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Bugs and Beasts Before the Law

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In Fall 2020, the Henry Art Gallery will present "Bugs and Beasts Before the Law," an essay film by the artist duo Bambitchell that explores the history and legacy of “animal trials,” in which non-human animals and inanimate objects were put on trial for various offenses. In conversation with this work, we propose an interdisciplinary colloquium that will imagine, explore, and enact possibilities for survival and liberation for those whose protections are limited or whose personhood is compromised, oppressed, or threatened within sociolegal systems.

Primary Contact

Mita Mahato (Associate Curator of Youth and Public Programs, Henry Art Gallery)

Carolyn Pinedo-Turnovsky (Associate Professor, American Ethnic Studies)

Nina Bozicnik (Associate Curator, Henry Art Gallery)

Dan Berger (Associate Professor, Comparative Ethnic Studies UW Bothell)

Dan Paz (Lecturer, Comparative History of Ideas)