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The making of the brave sheep...or the laboratory as the unlikely space of attunement to animal emotions

Miele, Mara ORCID: 2016. The making of the brave sheep...or the laboratory as the unlikely space of attunement to animal emotions. Geohumanities 2 (1) , pp. 58-75. 10.1080/2373566X.2016.1167617

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Abstract Cohen (2003) has argued that animals, humans, and objects must be appraised together as they form various, temporary clusters of active beings. In this paper, drawing on material semiotics/ ANT insights, I will look at one such temporary cluster of animal scientists and sheep brought together in a specific experiment and a set of animal science practices dedicated to explore sheep emotions. This experiment was carried out in an animal science farm/laboratory of INRA (National Institute of Agricultural Research) in Clermont Ferrand, France, as part of a project on farm animals’ emotions (EmoFarm, 2010-2015). Here, I will argue, the laboratory can be seen as an unlikely space of attunement to farm animals’ emotions and the sheep body, to borrow from Latour, is what leaves a dynamic trajectory by which she learns to register and become sensitive to what the world is made of (Latour, 2004:205). By looking at this temporary cluster of active beings and what they produce, I engage in a conversation with Giorgio Agamben’s theory of signatures (2009) and Ginzburg (1989) signatorial method.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Uncontrolled Keywords: animal emotions, Actor-Network-Theory, animal welfare science.
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 2373-566X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 14 March 2016
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2023 20:00

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