In the blink of an eye: Human and non-human animals, movement and bio-political existence

Colombino, A. & Palladino, P., 19-Nov-2019, In : Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities. 24, 6, p. 168-183 16 p.

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  • Annalisa Colombino
  • Paolo Palladino
This paper examines the proposition that movement offers new insight into the relationship between human and non-human animals, a relationship that is important to understanding contemporary bio-political existence. It draws on a recent commemoration of transhumance, the seasonal movement of herds and herders, to analyse different conceptions of movement and their implications for the relationship between human and non-human animals. On this basis, the paper argues that current attempts to address the violence of the relationship by establishing the subjectivity of non-human animals are not the answer. It proposes instead that Nancy’s re-articulation of existence as oscillating between the detachment of singularity and the attachments of multiplicity offers a more productive way of reconfiguring the relationship between human and non-human animals. This offers an understanding of the relationship as always already transforming, and in a manner that does not, at the same time, undermine the possibility of political action.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-183
Number of pages16
JournalAngelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 19-Nov-2019


  • transhumance, movement, human-animal relations, heterology, being-with, biopolitics

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