My current research investigates animal knowledge in the discourses and practices of contemporary philosophy, science and popular knowledge. It brings together both modern and nonmodern traditions and evaluates their contributions to the field of Animal Studies as well as our everyday life. My second area of research at the moment focuses on the recent application of relational thinking (network theory) to Literary studies and to humanities in general.
Contemporary trauma studies, Animal Studies, Relational thinking (Network Theory), Eco-criticism, Literature and the Environment, Sociology of science
FREN 4700 - Encountering Animals: contemporary Discourse and the Dialog of Species
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
Explores Western philosophy and literature recent challenges to species' differences and human privileges and includes contemporary theory, novels as well as movies and other cultural artifacts. Themes include animal representations in today's culture, animal and human bond, animal welfare, post-humanism. Taught in English. Approved for the Animal Studies Certificate.
FREN 5110 - French Special Topics
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Different topics are offered and, in a number of cases, cross-listed with other departments. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different topics.