Artifact Title: Multispecies Kin

Medium: Text

Author: Donna Haraway

Year: 2016

Publisher: Duke UP, Durham, NC

Book Title: Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene

Pages in Image: 13, 68

Image Credit: Mikayla Collins

TERA Curator: Hillary Kaell

Multispecies Kin

These quotes are from Donna Haraway’s book Staying with the Trouble. The first quote criticizes the post-human: can we ever really be post-human and, in fact, do we even want to aim to eliminate the human perspective, if such a thing were possible? So she is raising a philosophical question, but she also brings up what might be called a physio-biological problem, which she refers to as the Darwinian zero-sum game. It is the idea that competition creates the radical separation of individuals within a species. Instead, Haraway emphasizes collaborative relations, and companion species, as a better way to conceive of ecological systems. So at both the philosophical level, and the bio-physiological level, Haraway has a problem with separations. For scholars of religion, it brings up another question: where can religion or spirit fit? How can we also avoid the radical separation implied in the secularism of most scholars of technology and ecology, including Haraway?