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School of Social and Political Science: Research


What Difference Could a Cow Make?

What Difference Could a Cow Make?
Speaker: Dr Aaron Kappeler # University of Edinburgh; Introduced by: Dr Isabel Fletcher # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
9th Apr 2019 15:30 - 9th Apr 2019 17:00
Violet Laidlaw room (6.02), Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square, EH8 9LD.

This talk explores the recent efforts of the Venezuelan government to improve food security and rural livelihoods through an experimental cattle-breeding project. Investigating the activities of a state-run, agro-industrial farm, it asks how the selective breeding practices of technical experts, designed to create a race of cow suited to local ecological conditions, intersect the logic of capital and a biopolitics which requires a re-imagining of the nation and its sovereignty. 

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