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Animal Globalism: Zoos, Slaughterhouses, and the City in the 19th Century

10/25/2012 | German House New York

Animal Globalism: Zoos, Slaughterhouses, and the City in the 19th Century

Co-Sponsor:
• German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

In this discussion, Prof. Dorothee Brantz addressed the links between the rise of modern metropoles and the emergence of zoological gardens and industrial slaughterhouses.

What characterizes a modern metropolis? Have you ever thought about the zoo or the slaughterhouse as a marker of global economics and culture in metropolitan areas? Scholars usually explain the growth of cities in purely human terms, but this presentation also considered the important role of non-human factors for emerging metropoles. Focusing on two specific examples – the Berlin Zoo and the Chicago stockyards – Prof. Dorothee Brantz demonstrated how animals in particular have shaped the rise of these cities in a global world.

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  • Featured Speakers

    • Prof. Dorothee Brantz

      Director, Center for Metropolitan Studies; Director, International Graduate Research Program 2012-2015, Technische Universität Berlin

    • Prof. Rosemary Wakeman (Moderator)

      Professor of History; Director, Urban Studies Program, Fordham University