Extinction Afterlives: The Thylacine in the era of species mass extinction


Friday Seminar Series

Start Date

19th May 2017 1:00pm

End Date

19th May 2017 2:00pm


Room 586, Social Sciences Building, Sandy Bay campus

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Presented by

Dr Hannah Stark, University of Tasmania

Ideas about specular commerce, memorialisation, and mourning in relation to three “texts”: Daniel Nettheim’s 2011 film The Hunter; the thylacine exhibit at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery; and photographs of thylacine specimen P762, an 1866 female pup in alcohol. The thylacine provides a particularly apposite case-study for thinking through the construction of the human-animal relationship, bringing together multiple points of interconnection including zoos, museums, farming, laboratory science, hunting and the exploitation of animals as metaphors. Working between cultural text, archival footage, and the “objects” (including animal bodies) held by cultural institutions, this paper works toward a more-than-human approach to the commemorative landscape of Australia.

Dr Hannah Stark is Senior Lecturer in English. She is the author of Feminist Theory After Deleuze (Bloomsbury, 2016), and the co-editor of Deleuze and the Non/Human (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). She is currently working on the extinction economy in relation to museums and zoos (with Penny Edmonds and Katrina Schlunke), and a book called How To Do Politics with Love (with Timothy Laurie). In 2017 she will be an Environmental Humanities visiting fellow at the University of Edinburgh, working on a project called “Love, Kinship, and Futurity in the Anthropocene”.