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Fall 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014
Eleana Kim (Anthropology, UC-Irvine)
Militarized Flyways: Migratory Birds and Transnational Choreographies of Endangerment
3:30 pm Curtin 175
Recorded video (Mediasite, w/ separate window for slides)
Recorded video (YouTube, sans slides)

The Black-faced Spoonbill is considered to be one of the world’s conservation success stories. This highly endangered species was rescued from the verge of extinction in the 1980s through the coordinated efforts of conservationists along its flyway, which extends across East Asia and Southeast Asia.

Eleana Kim's lecture focuses on the work of South Korean ornithologists and bird lovers who monitor the birds in island breeding grounds in the islands west of the Korean peninsula, in the highly contested maritime border between North and South Korea. She demonstrates how human-nonhuman, networked relations of migratory birds and bird lovers generate transnational, interspecies relations of care through technobiopolitical assemblages of bird-human-GPS, as well as other low-tech instruments, in ways that might decenter human perception and politics.

Brown bag lunch seminar with Eleana Kim
Friday, November 14
12 noon Curtin 939

Bird in flight

Eleana Kim is associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. Her research and teaching interests include kinship, transnationalism, environment, and Korea. Her most recent book is Adopted Territory: Transnational Korean Adoptees and the Politics of Belonging.



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