Beyond Species

Vegan Geographies & Embodied Politics

Episode Summary

Episode 24. In this episode, we hear from Dr. Catherine Oliver. Catherine’s studies in vegan geographies have led her to explore how and why people take up veganism, and how for the majority of them, veganism is a politics that is felt, emotionally and physically, and lived and performed. This embodied politics contrasts with the simplistic sound bites of social media influencer-activists. We also hear about Catherine’s study of Richard Ryder’s work, and how a group of men including Tom Regan and Peter Singer came to dominate the discourse of animal rights. Catherine also outlines some of the questions she intends to look at within her current area of investigation – the rehoming of chickens, particularly in London – and the complications and possible outcomes around this.

Episode Notes

Episode 24. In this episode, we hear from Dr. Catherine Oliver. Catherine’s studies in vegan geographies have led her to explore how and why people take up veganism, and how for the majority of them, veganism is a politics that is felt, emotionally and physically, and lived and performed. This embodied politics contrasts with the simplistic sound bites of social media influencer-activists. We also hear about Catherine’s study of Richard Ryder’s work, and how a group of men including Tom Regan and Peter Singer came to dominate the discourse of animal rights. Catherine also outlines some of the questions she intends to look at within her current area of investigation – the rehoming of chickens, particularly in London – and the complications and possible outcomes around this. 

Dr. Catherine Oliver: https://twitter.com/katiecmoliver