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Wessell, A 2010, 'Making a pig of the humanities: re-centering the historical narrative', M/C Journal, vol. 13 no. 5.

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http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/issue/view/pig

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Abstract

As the name suggests, the humanities is largely a study of the human condition, in which history sits as a discipline concerned with the past. Environmental history is a new field that brings together scholars from a range of disciplines to consider the changing relationships between humans and the environment over time. Critiques of anthropocentrism that place humans at the centre of the universe or make assessments through an exclusive human perspective provide a challenge to scholars to rethink our traditional biases against the nonhuman world. The movement towards nonhumanism or posthumanism, however, does not seem to have had much of an impression on history as a discipline. What would a nonhumanist history look like if we re-centred the historical narrative around pigs?

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