Tracking Love in the Wild: from San Diego to Athens, Greece and Beyond

  • Alexandra Halkias
Keywords: non-human animals

Abstract

The animal is a border guard; produced socially and historically in ways that work for an array of (neo)colonizing state-building projects. Here I attempt to destabilize 'the animal' while tracking pathways for a form of relationality which reveals it as a political instrument that is powerful and deadly. Of interest is a state of being wherein relationality between human and non-human animals becomes a force that is transformational. A state of being wherein the human is the feline; wherein humor is not exclusively human. A new politics of vision is at stake. This paper-collage seeks to open up this ground.

Author Biography

Alexandra Halkias

Alexandra Halkias is a Professor at the Department of Sociology, Panteion University, Athens, Greece.  She has a Ph.D. in Communication, University of California, San Diego and a B.A. and M.A. in Sociology, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.  She has published numerous articles in Greek and international journals. She is the author of The Empty Cradle of Democracy: Sex, Abortion and Nationalism in Modern Greece (Duke 2004, Alexandria Press 2007) and Gendered Violences[in Greek] (Alexandria Press 2011). Also in Greek, she is co-editor of the book Social Body(Katarti-Dini 2005) and of a book on LGBT politics in Greece (Plethron Press 2012). Alexandra currently is using images, as well as words, to research the politics of vision as a way of contributing to the germination of relationalities that are critical and honed to disrupt patterns of power that are supremacist.

Published
2019-05-01
How to Cite
HalkiasA. (2019). Tracking Love in the Wild: from San Diego to Athens, Greece and Beyond. Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, 10(1), 147–180. https://doi.org/10.17742/IMAGE.CR.10.1.6