2 – Oulu – April 2012

Seminar 2 – Panel at the XII Nordic TAG Conference, Oulu

Rangifer Domus: Theories of Domestication

The domestication of animals, and of landscapes, traditionally has been defined as a sudden technical achievement which allowed humans to rise above, exploit, dominate, and profit from their surroundings. Described dramatically as a revolution, or more recently as neolithization, these stark metaphors have often overwritten local accounts of how people nurture relationships with certain places or certain species, let alone thrive in them. Arctic landscapes are frequently described as needing more domination
than most, making them ideal examples with which to compare these two positions. This panel will present recent research from environmental archaeology, genetics, anthropology, and the history of science to work towards a new model of human-animal relationships with a special focus on reindeer (Rangifer) both wild and tame.  The presenters, each from their own discipline, will re-examine the line between wild and tame forms to explore how they anticipate each other.  The papers will reflect new work on ‘nurturing’ using categories from the theory of personhood, the structure of the biosphere, niche construction, and the domus.  There will be an emphasis on Rangifer relationships internationally and not limited to the Nordic countries.

Chair: David Anderson, University of Tromsø david.anderson@uit.no

Link to Full Panel Abstracts

Link to Registration page (deadline 25 March)