“The Invention of Enrichment: Dogs, Humans, Food, and Work” lecture by Margret Grebowicz

In the frames of the 8th CRIC Festival 2023 “Trapped in freedom” we are honored to...

In the frames of the 8th CRIC Festival 2023 “Trapped in freedom” we are honored to host Margret Grebowicz who will deliver a lecture followed by a discussion on the topic of “The Invention of Enrichment: Dogs, Humans, Food, and Work”. The event will take place on Saturday 20th of May, starting at 8 pm at SCS Center Jadro.

:::The Invention of Enrichment: Dogs, Humans, Food, and Work:::

At the heart of the dog-human relationship is food. But today, it’s not at all clear what follows from this well-rehearsed fact of humans and dogs sharing food. To try to understand the enormously complex thing that goes under the innocent name “dog food” one must disaggregate a bunch of rhetorically and semiotically different kinds of agency and infrastructure. As Lauren Berlant writes, about humans, “[T]he image of obesity as a phenomenon improvised by biopolitical experts needs to be separated from eating as a phenomenological act and from food as a space of expressivity as well as nourishment.” As more and more dogs become classified as obese, in the domain of biopolitical expertise, dog life will call for an ever-closer look at the complexity of food and the many critical frameworks and investigative methods it demands.

Professor Grebowicz is a continental philosopher, researching environmental imagination and desire. She is especially interested in wilderness, public lands, wild animals, and pet-keeping. For the past two years she has been conducting field research on the southern U.S. border, writing about migration and conservation. She founded and edits the Practices series for Duke University Press, which features public-facing writing by a wide range of scholars and practitioners. She has authored the following books: Rescue Me: On Dogs and Their Humans (2021), Mountains and Desire: Climbing vs. The End of the World (2020), Whale Song (2017), The National Park to Come (2015), Beyond the Cyborg: Adventures with Donna Haraway (2015, co-authored with Helen Merrick) and Why Internet Porn Matters (2013). She also co-edited Lyotard and Critical Practice (2021) and Still Seeking an Attitude: Critical Reflections on the Work of June Jordan (2004), and edited Gender After Lyotard (2007) and SciFi in the Mind’s Eye: Reading Science Through Science Fiction (2007). Her current writing projects include Foraging, a book on mushroom foraging and another book about the national parks on the border, titled The Border Sublime. She is a native of Poland and is currently affiliated with the University of Silesia in Poland. Prior to that, she taught in Siberia. Prior to that, she held tenure at two American colleges, Goucher College and University of Houston-Downtown. During this time she also worked as a jazz singer for about a decade, in Texas and New York City. She was a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Scholar at University of Dundee, the inaugural Resident in Situated Philosophy at Arizona State University, and a Marc Sanders Foundation Philosophy in the Media Fellow.

:::8th CRIC Festival 2023 Trapped in freedom:::

As in the last few years, this year CRIC festival, will take place in several clusters throughout the year, because the attempt to live and encourage the critical culture cannot be a one-time event – it is an ongoing and continuous effort.

The realm of freedom – our socially available leisure – depends on our institutional forms of life and how we maintain or change those institutions. Our social institutions are not necessarily explicit, but are always implicit in what we do and in all forms of practical identities. All activities that we consider essential parts of a practical identity – as essential parts of the profession with which we identify – belong to the realm of freedom, and the time we devote to them is considered free time. Even activities that may seem more like means than ends—for example, acquiring a painstaking education—fall into the realm of freedom, as long as education is an essential part of what it means to be committed to a profession.

Through various theoretical, artistic and social practices, we will examine and explore the forms of fringe, subversive strategies of alternative spaces of freedom that will stand against the repressive social and institutional forms that control our free time, understood as the time in which we realize our imperativе goals, related to the creation of social communities that care for the common good, for green policies applied in all segments of the community and that want to redefine the current, capitalist, “market” political concepts that mercilessly trample on everything that should create ан empathic, just and solidary order.

The team of CRIC – festival for critical culture is: Iskra Geshoska, Artan Sadiku, Tijana Ana, Petar Milat, Stanimir Panayotov, Natasha Geleva, Gjorge Jovanovic. Public relations at the festival: Aleksandra Bubevska.
Permanent strategic partners of Kontrapunkt and KRIK are: MaMa (https://www.mi2.hr/en/) from Zagreb, kuda.org (https://kuda.org/) from Novi Sad, and Kulturtreger from Zagreb.

Special thanks to KOMA (@koma.mk) graphic design studio.

The event is realized in cooperation with CSS Centar Jadro.

Kontrapunkt and CRIC Festival are supported by the Ministry of Culture of North Macedonia, Goethe Institute, the European Union through Creative Europe Projects Re-Imagine Europe and Peripheral Visions. The event is realized in collaboration with SCS Center Jadro .

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

Shared on: May 10, 2023 at 10:37 pm