"Animals as Self-Other"--
Instead of measuring human-animal valuation based on their relative ability to "think, reason, or speak…[t]he first and decisive question [should] be to know whether animals can suffer" (Derrida 1997). An exploration of the complexities of the human-animal identity continuum, including human causes of and responses to animal suffering.
The 109th annual conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) will be held on the beautiful campus of Scripps College in Claremont, CA on November 5 and 6, 2011. This panel will be scheduled for November 6 (Sunday).