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“We Know Them All”: Does It Make Sense to Create a Collective Biography of the European Bison?

  • Markus Krzoska
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature book series (PSAAL)

Abstract

The preconditions for the creation of a collective biography of animals exist in the case of the European bison because the international society which was founded in the 1920s published a yearly pedigree book. These books contain name, date of birth, gender, parents, breeders, registration number, and so on. After the presentation of these facts, the question is discussed what collective biographies actually are. By using the new concept of entangled biographies we can try to make considerations from Deleuze/Guettari and Latour on the situational character of network connections and their contingency more visible. Within the context of European bison, such an attempt will be made using the examples of a failed “mating ceremony” in Nazi Germany as well as general accounts of animal obstinacy.

Keywords

European bison Collective biography Entangled biographies Animal agency 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Markus Krzoska
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Justus-Liebig-University GiessenGiessenGermany
  2. 2.University of SiegenSiegenGermany

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