Book 3, Ep. 3 | Animal Studies Revisited

Witches, meet us at the edge of the Forbidden Forest.


We're returning to the rich territory of animal studies to understand the limitations of human vs. animal hierarchies. We'll spend some time with marginal figures in the wizarding world who cross the human/animal divide, challenge social and political norms, and invite us into new ways of being. In particular, we'll be spending quite some time with Remus Lupin and his fellow marauders. We'll also discuss how systemic dehumanization, or the rendering of certain people as animalistic or less than human, is a tool of state violence.


Content note: Throughout this episode, there are references to historical and contemporary instances of racism, violence, and dehumanization as enacted upon Black people and Indigenous people.


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