Meeting #3: FRI 21 Sept 1 – 4pm

**Next meeting at IFP on Friday afternoon, 21 September, 1pm**

life is a product of putrefaction, and it depends on both death and the dungheap[i]

At the last meeting we took some sound recordings to begin an extinction audio book cassette library, which could eventually share some of our activities beyond the group. This week we’re going to read for the library a chapter from Thom van Dooren’s Flight Ways (2014), ‘Circling Vultures: Life and Death at the Dull Edge of Extinction’, concerned with Indian vultures and ‘the dynamics and practicalities of eating and being eaten in multispecies communities’. We’ll also look at the Introduction to Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death, and Generations (2017), which gives a good overview of why lively stories on this topic matter right now.

Afterwards we’ll have a discussion about the local relevance of this kind of work and thinking. No prior preparation needed, newcomers always welcome.

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[image L: Lionel Lindsay, Indian Vulture, 1933. wood engraving. National Library of Australia / image R: cover, Thom van Dooren, Deborah Bird Rose, Matthew Chrulew (eds.) Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death, and Generations (2017), New York: CUP]

[i] Georges Bataille, ‘Death.’ In The Bataille Reader, Fred Botting and Scott Wilson (eds.) (1997) Oxford: Blackwell. p. 224. Cited in Thom van Dooren Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction (2014) New York: CUP p. 45

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