Susan Haris is a Doctoral Research Scholar at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi. She helped found and run the Indian Animal Studies Collective, an organization that organizes online webinars called “Table Talks” that host open discussions with animal rights-oriented academics, scholars, and activists. She’s also worked as a writer for magazines like Economic and Political Weekly and Frontline. Her writing focuses on literature in the context of contemporary political thought.
Susan received a grant for “‘Storied Worlds’: Activism and Community in Urban India.” This project focuses on theorizing multispecies communities as those which comprise both humans and nonhumans, to argue that the various existing zoo-political configurations of human-animal relationality that arise in different settings are key to reframing the question of the animal in the Anthropocene. Susan will be conducting interviews with activists and will also be observing them to see their interactions with animals. She writes:
I suggest that activists relate to animals in a variety of ways: they share, interpret and witness the lives of animals. This project explores the heterogenous modality of relations by documenting their deeply relational perspectives that are nevertheless shaped by both material and affective conditions. These narratives could augment what Deborah Rose calls the “storied worlds” of non-human life and allow us to witness human-animal interactions even as animals are in a state of “perpetual vanishing.”