Recentering the Wild Life in Postcolonial Discourse

Sadhana Naithani (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Colonialism has been widely discussed for economic, political and cultural subjugation and exploitation of a country by another. What has not been adequately discussed is the impact colonialism has had on the non-human animals, particularly of the colonised country, and the its consequences which are still with us. Hundreds of species went extinct in the process and many more suffered loss of large numbers and degradation of their habitat. The list of endangered animals today reflects that colonial exploitation is the root cause of the current situation of many species. This is a global issue that requires historical perspective so as to decolonize mentalities and find enthusiastic support of the public.

Part of 06-11 Non-Human Animals, Friday, October 14, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm