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[STS Lunch Seminar] An Ethnographic Perspective on the Social Lives of Wild Horses // John Hartigan

Friday, March 12, 2021 - 12:00pm

Mar 12, 2021, 12 – 1:15pm EST

Each summer in Galicia, Spain, a 500-year old ritual unfolds in which free-roaming horses are herded up and their manes and tails are systematically shaved. Initially, their social forms of interaction collapse during this traumatic four-day event, only to emerge newly reconfigured by its end. Hartigan uses Goffman’s concepts of “face” and “civil inattention” to analyze their social performances and inverts Geertz's analysis in the Balinese cockfight by regarding the horses as ethnographic subjects.

Location Details: Online via Zoom
Event Type: Academics, Lectures & Seminars
Event sponsor (school, institute, center, etc.): School of Arts and Sciences, University-wide
Event Sponsor: Science, Technology, and Society Program
RSVP Information: Contact for attendance information
Open to Public: Yes