SHAVING THE BEASTS virtual event with the Equine History Collective and John Hartigan Jr.

John Hartigan Jr. will join the Equine History Collective for a virtual event on Friday, May 14 to discuss his new book, SHAVING THE BEASTS.
When May 14, 2021
from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Where Virtual (more info below)
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A vivid first-person study of a notorious equine ritual—from the perspective of the wild horses who are its targetsJohn Hartigan Jr. will join the Equine History Collective for a virtual event on Friday, May 14 at 11:00 a.m. to discuss his new book, Shaving the Beasts: Wild Horses and Ritual in Spain, as part of their coffee chat series. Please register here to receive the virtual meeting information.

Wild horses still roam the mountains of Galicia, Spain. But each year, in a ritual dating to the 1500s called rapa das bestas, villagers herd these “beasts” together and shave their manes and tails. Shaving the Beasts is a firsthand account of how the horses experience this traumatic rite, producing a profound revelation about the durability of sociality in the face of violent domination.

"Deftly pushing against three-quarters of a century of ethnographic tradition, John Hartigan Jr. creates an earnest multispecies anthropology rich with methodological and theoretical promise. He decenters the human, entangles ethological and ethnographic method and first-person narrative, and invites us to imagine a truly multispecies social theory. The horses remain the focus amid the enticing and challenging assertions about how we could (should) be ‘doing’ anthropology with other-than-humans in the Anthropocene." —Agustín Fuentes, Princeton University

"In this sympathetic account of Galician wild horses and cultural rituals, John Hartigan Jr. offers an important multispecies intervention into how we conceptualize sociality and subjectivity. His clear and lively prose captures the nuance of horse interactions and relationships, making this book a pleasure to read and teach." —Laura A. Ogden, author of Swamplife: People, Gators, and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades