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Elizabeth Eleanor Jacqueline Atkinson

Elizabeth Atkinson is an AHRC funded Ph.D. candidate at the Royal College of Art. She researches other species, to investigate how their exhibition in particular art works successfully challenges traditional anthropocentric beliefs about selfhood. Her project ultimately proposes how and why particular forms of nonhuman knowledge matter to us, in the hope of weaving these knowledges into human constructions, to establish a plane for coexistence. Elizabeth argues why these particular (re)presentations of animals become an effective way for humans to encounter and learn from other species, and how the artists themselves suggest ways that animal capabilities might be adopted by humans to improve their relationship to the planet and its other inhabitants.