november, 2021

02nov10:1510:45V Ashall: A dog, a vet and multispecies meanings of a good death10:15 - 10:45(GMT+00:00) View in my timeSession (Hopin)Event type:PresentationTopic:Other-than-humanSession ID: :Session 5A

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(Tuesday) 10:15 - 10:45(GMT+00:00) View in my time

Event Details

Dr Vanessa Ashall: Multispecies meanings of a good death

Our interspecies team creates an opportunity for attendees to explore what happens when we think about a good life and a good death alongside a companion animal. Vanessa Ashall is a qualified veterinary surgeon and interdisciplinary health researcher from the University of York, Quinn is a 3 year old German Wirehaired Pointer and Bentley Crudgington is a creative facilitator from the University of Manchester. Together, they invite you to explore with them: • How might the physical experience of walking with a young dog help situate our explorations of a good life? • Does the meaning of a good death change when discussing end of life care provision in the veterinary clinic? • What happens when we physically include a non-human in our formal and informal engagements with dying? The team will offer an immersive experience which physically engages attendees with an interspecies perspective on life and death. First, we invite attendees to join us for an early morning walk where Quinn will encourage us to think beyond only human understandings of a good life.

Next, in a more formal discursive session, Dr Ashall will share lived experiences of life and death decision making in the laboratory and the veterinary clinic. Session attendees will be encouraged to use post human thinking (Haraway 2016) to explore the changing landscape of veterinary end of life care and to map connections and divisions (Latimer, 2014) between human and non-human animal experiences of a good death. Finally, throughout the conference, we will ‘follow the non-human’ (Friese and Nuyts 2017) from formal lectures to conversations over drinks. Dr Crudgington will capture in creative media the results of a physical or new material (Fox and Aldred 2017) approach to engaging with more-than-human understandings of life and death. Dr Ashall leads a pioneering interspecies and interdisciplinary research project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, which examines the meaning of a good death from within contemporary multispecies families. This proposal will share and enrich post human theoretical approaches to exploring the changing landscapes of veterinary and medical end of life care through creative participatory methodologies.

Through including Quinn as a member of our research team, we develop the notion of speculative research, which demands new habits and practices of attention, invention, and experimentation (Wilkie et al 2017). Our aim is to explore the potential role of human-non-human animal interaction in coproducing knowledge, research dissemination and public engagement with clinical concepts of a good life and a good death.

Speakers for this event

  • Dr Vanessa Ashall

    Dr Vanessa Ashall

    Vanessa Ashall is a qualified veterinary surgeon and interdisciplinary health researcher from the University of York. They lead a pioneering research project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, which examines the meaning of a good death from within contemporary multispecies families. Session attendees will be encouraged to use post human thinking (Haraway 2016) to explore the changing landscape of veterinary end of life care and to map connections and divisions (Latimer, 2014) between human and non-human animal experiences of a good death. The session examines novel data from a cross-species focus group of end of life care professionals, identifying both conceptual and new material (Fox and Aldred 2017) models within the representation of more-than-human understandings of a good death.

    URL https://www.interspeciesentanglements.org/

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