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

  • Alexandra Halkias
Keywords: non-human animals


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.

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.