You Don't Know What Pain Is: Affect, Religion, and Animal Ethics
Donovan Schaefer, University of Oxford
Affect theory is a subfield that encourages us to think about how we interact with each other and the world along registers that are not reducible to language. This has suggested to some scholars that affect theory can also be used to better understand the experience of animals. This talk explores the understanding that animals, like humans, have rich experiential worlds that are shaped by deep textures of affect, then considers the ethical implications of the modern factory farm system, in light of this, particularly in the practice of confinement.
Sponsored by Wesleyan Animal Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, the Religion Department, and the Anthropology Department