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Forced Life: Female Sexual Reproduction as Panacea and Poison in the Sixth Age of Extinction

Juno Parreñas, Ohio State University

Thu, 1/23 · 4:30 pm-5:30 pm · 219 Aaron Burr

Princeton Environmental Institute; Anthropology; Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Orangutan rehabilitation centers foster the reproduction of a critically endangered species. But what appears to be a panacea for biodiversity loss and agricultural industrialization works as a poison for female orangutans that face systematic sexual violence. Juno Parreñas will use interdisciplinary qualitative methods of animal behavioral sampling, participant observation, discourse analysis, archival research and interviews to explain how human cultural values shape the unfolding of the sixth age of extinction. Parreñas is speaking as part of the New Directions in Environmental Humanities.

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