April 19, 2024

Decentring the human in social science research


Centre for Global Challenges and Social Justice (GCSJ) seminar series

The 'animal turn' has been gathering pace in the social sciences in recent years, with a profusion of critical perspectives emerging that question the anthropocentric roots of the social sciences themselves. This seminar brings together scholars from varying disciplinary backgrounds who share a common concern to unlock the potential of social science research to expand our understanding of who and what counts as part of 'the social'.

By decentring the human, for example by adopting post-humanist perspectives, can social science research be a tool in service of more-than-human and planetary flourishing, or is it doomed by its history to reproduce destructive anthroparchal epistemologies?

Speakers will explore topics such as the inclusion of nonhuman animals as 'legitimate' victims of social harm, the forging of a vegan standpoint methodology, organizing post-colonial animal relations and the ways that we currently organise anthropocentrism.


Prof Janet Sayers, School of Management, Massey University, New Zealand

Prof Caroline Clarke, Professor in Organisation Studies, The Open University

Dr Matthew Cole, Lecturer in Criminology, SPC, The Open University