The Lives of Animals Research Group

The Lives of Animals Research Group

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CHICKENS (Gallus gallus domesticus)

   

Synopsis

My PhD research focused on gendered commercial (peri)urban agriculture in Gaborone, Botswana. The majority of agricultural enterprises featured chickens, prompting me to consider their own circumstances and experiences within an intensive, vertically integrated poultry industry.

I embarked on a 'thought-experiment' to re-imagine urban form and function, and gender relations of power, as necessarily shaped by the role and agency of chickens themselves (rather than the men and women entrepreneurs whose businesses focused on poultry production, processing and marketing). This work reveals the ways in which chickens are wrapped up with, and indeed drive, social constructions of masculinity/femininity, material expressions of socioeconomic status and opportunity, and national pride premised upon this successful and lucrative realm of agricultural entrepreneurship.

Publications

Hovorka, Alice J. 2015. The Gender, Place and Culture Jan Monk Distinguished Annual Lecture: Feminism and animals: exploring interspecies relations through intersectionality, performativity and standpoint. Gender, Place & Culture 22(1): 1-19.

Hovorka, Alice J. 2015. Transspecies urban theory: chickens in an African city (Chapter 5). In Encountering the City, Jonathan Darling and Helen F. Wilson, eds. Aldershot UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited.

Hovorka, Alice J. 2012. Women/chickens v. men/cattle: insights on gender-species intersectionality. Geoforum 43(4): 875-884.

Hovorka, Alice J. 2008. Transspecies urban theory: chickens in an African city. Cultural Geographies 15(1):95-117.

Hovorka, Alice J. 2006. The No.1 Ladies’ Poultry Farm: A Feminist Political Ecology of Urban Agriculture in Botswana.  Gender, Place and Culture 13(3): 207-225.

Hovorka, Alice J. 2005. The (re)production of gendered positionality in Botswana's commercial urban agriculture sector. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 95(2):294-313.

Presentations

Hovorka, Alice J. 2014. Feminism & animals: exploring interspecies relations in Botswana and beyond. Gender Place & Culture Jan Monk Distinguished Professor Lecture. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Tampa Florida.

Hovorka, Alice J. 2014. Feminism & animals: exploring interspecies relations in Botswana and beyond. Jan Monk Distinguished Professor Lecture. Department of Geography, University of Arizona, Tucson Arizona.

Hovorka, Alice J. 2013. Women/chickens v. men/cattle: insights on gender-species intersectionality. Paper presented to the Village at the Arboretum community group, Guelph Canada.

Hovorka, Alice J. 2012. Women/chickens v. men/cattle: insights on gender-species intersectionality. Poster presented at the Humboldt Foundation Colloquium, Toronto, Canada.

Hovorka, Alice J. 2012. Women/chickens v. men/cattle: insights on gender-species intersectionality. Paper presented at the Canadian History and Environment Summer School, University of Guelph, Guelph Canada.

Hovorka, Alice J. 2012. Women/chickens v. men/cattle: insights on gender-species intersectionality. Poster presented at the Minding Animals 2 Conference, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Hovorka, Alice J. 2011. The lives of women and chickens in Botswana: intersections, hierarchies and everyday life. Presentation to Arts, Science & Technology Research Alliance, University of Guelph.

Hovorka, Alice J. 2011. Chicken v. cattle: feminist geographical insights on interspecies hierarchy. Paper presented at the Sex, Gender, Species Conference, Wesleyan College, Connecticut USA.

Hovorka, Alice J. 2005. Animal cities: reinterpreting Africa’s urbanization. Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, London, Ontario Canada.

Hovorka, Alice J. 2004. The power of poultry. Paper presented the Department of Geography Colloquium Series, York University, Ontario Canada.

Hovorka, Alice J. 2003. Chicks and the city. Paper presented at the International Development Seminar Series, University of Guelph, Ontario Canada.