[New publication]: “From the Classroom to the Slaughterhouse: Animal Liberation By Any Means Necessary”
…and they keep on coming. With a few more to still post here is another installment of ‘Waiting to go to print book chapters’ by me. This one is co-written with Jennifer Grubbs, an amazing activist and writer. We co-authored this piece as part theory, part action an part experimental prose. The article builds to a bombastic (yet fictional) communique in the name of academic freedom and an expanded intersectionality.
The article is to be included in “Critical Animal Studies Reader: An Introduction to Total Animal Liberation.” Eds. Anthony Nocella, John Sorenson, 2013.
Though the article was written without an abstract, it can be encapsulated in the following section:
The advancement of a critical animal pedagogy is predicated on the examination and eradication of speciesist pedagogies. Academics who challenge these oppressive pedagogies are mapped within a spectrum of discourses that examine power, and subsequently labeled within a binary of “good scholar/bad scholar.” The hegemonic animal welfarists enjoy the privileges of being the “good academic,” while those who adopt an anti-speciesist methodology and endorse confrontational tactics are rhetorically constructed as the latter. There are those who critique speciesism but do not support direct action, and those who do nothing with the species binary but would illegally remove a dog or cat from abusive homes. Regardless, activists and academics in support of confrontational tactics are constructed as the ideological-other and tactically “radical.” Similar to the intersectionality of systems of oppression, systems of repression intersect at the juncture of academia and activism. The experiences of leftist academics are stratified within neoliberal academic capitalism, the individualistic knowledge-as-commodity corporate university. The political landscape of dissent is manipulated through the architecture of industry-sponsored legislation. Thus, the ghettoization (symbolically and respectfully referring to the removal and isolation of Jews to an island in Venice called ghèto) of critical animal scholars coincides with the terrorization of animal liberationists. The rhetoric used to redefine dissent as terrorism in the 2006 U.S. Animal Enterprise Terrorist Act (AETA) makes no distinction between the quantitative research churned out by anarchist anti-speciesist academics and the torched leather factory in Salt Lake City, Utah—both can, in the language of the law, “damage or interfere with the operations of an animal enterprise.” Through an interrogation of these processes, we define our roles as academics committed to defending animal liberation by whatever means necessary.
The (most recent draft of the) article is available at: