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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Species and Spaces

Dr Mary Elizabeth Murray.

This paper considers some of the implications of recent developments in biotechnology for the relationship between human and non human animals. Viewing human non-human animal relations as being embedded in the complex spatialities of the world, the paper looks at ways in which the spatiality of encounter and the spatiality of ethics between human and non human animals may be affected by biotechnology. This will involve consideration of issues surrounding identity and our understanding of the 'space' of society. The extent to which recent developments in biotechnology may, or may not, provoke us to rethink taken for granted assumptions about the relationship between human and non human animals will be reflected upon.


Dr Mary Elizabeth Murray  (New Zealand)
Senior Lecturer
Sociology Programme
Massey University

Short Biography *Mary Murray's research and teaching interests are in the area of death and dying, psychoanalysis and social theory, emotion and social relations and the relationship between humans and other animals. Her publications include The Law of the Father (Routledge 1995). She is currently writing a book about death and dying.

  • Human
  • Animal
  • Biotechnology
  • Space
  • Encounter
  • Ethics

(Virtual Presentation, English)