This evening we celebrate the recent publication of a brilliant debut work of scholarship, University of Washington professor of anthropology Radhika Govindrajan’s Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India’s Central Himalayas (University of Chicago Press). Drawn from extensive fieldwork and a deeply developed range of study, this book is an engaging exploration of what living and dying in proximity to the lives and deaths of other animals is - something that is becoming more fleeting for more people as ways of life adapt, transform, evolve.
“Animal Intimacies is written in a beautiful style, and the scholarship is exemplary: both rigorous and creative. Govindrajan's exceptional ethnography demonstrates the range of relationships people in the central Himalayas of India have with animals—relationships that can be described, ultimately, as ones of everyday, entangled intimacy. By showing us the textures of these intimacies, Govindrajan demonstrates that animals are not mere objects in the lives and reflections of humans, but are thinking, feeling subjects themselves, playing equal parts in human-animal cohabitation.” - Naisargi N. Dave.
Co-presented with TASVEER.