Below is a video of a plenary session with Anna Tsing & Donna Haraway that took place at the eleventh biennial ASLE conference on Thursday, June 25th at the University of Idaho, Moscow.
Anna Tsing (born 1952) is an American professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has contributed, and written several articles and books on a broad range of topics, and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010. The two books from Tsing that have had the most influence on me are Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection (2004) and The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the possibility of life in capitalist ruins (2015).
Donna Haraway (born 1944) is a Distinguished American Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness Department and Feminist Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, United States. She is a prominent scholar in the field of science and technology studies, described in the early 1990s as a “feminist, rather loosely a postmodernist”. Haraway is the author of numerous foundational books and essays that bring together questions of science and feminism, such as A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century (1985) and “Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective” (1988). She is also a leading scholar in contemporary ecofeminism, associated with post-humanism and new materialism movements. Her work criticizes anthropocentrism, emphasizes the self-organizing powers of nonhuman processes, and explores dissonant relations between those processes and cultural practices, rethinking sources of ethics.