Book Launch - Stray: Human–Animal Ethics in the Anthropocene
Free Public Lecture
Ian Potter Museum of Art
801 Swanston Street
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The Ian Potter Museum of Art and The Power Institute are pleased to present a talk by Barbara Creed, followed by a book launch celebrating her latest publication Stray: Human–Animal Ethics in the Anthropocene.
Barbara Creed’s timely polemic Stray explores the relationship between human and animal in the context of the stray.
To celebrate the launch of this new publication, Creed, with respondent Dr lynn mowson, Vice Chair of the Australasian Animal Studies Association, will discuss the concept of the stray through the visual arts, film and literature, introducing the concept of the anthropogenic stray and exploring the contradictions it embodies. Following the talk, Stray will be officially launched by curator Victoria Lynn, Director, TarraWarra Museum of Art.
A stray, to stray, the act of straying
The stray is the outsider, other, exile, refugee—the one who lives apart from the mainstream or isolated in foreign lands. The idea of straying offers an unusual but rich concept with which to think about the shared animal–human condition and the possible fate of the earth and all species in the Anthropocene. Why do societies label certain animals as strays? How do human animals become strays? Barbara Creed will explore the concept of the stray from earliest times to the present with particular reference to the visual arts, literature and film.