Speakers Series: Timothy Pachirat, PHD Gerry M. Kulick Community Center
“Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight” Timothy Pachirat, PhD, Assistant Professor - Department of Politics, The New School for Social Research
Per Dr. Pachirat, “This talk brings to life the massive, routine killing of animals for human consumption from the perspective of those who take part in it. Drawing on more than five months of undercover employment as a liver hanger, cattle driver, and quality control worker on the kill floor of a Great Plains slaughterhouse where 2,500 cattle were killed per day, it explores not only the slaughter industry but also how, as a society, we facilitate violent labor and hide away that which we find too repugnant to contemplate.”
Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 7 p.m. Gerry M. Kulick Community Center 1201 Livernois St., Ferndale, MI
For more information, contact Jo-Ann Swaney at (248) 283-5671 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Tickets are $20 each or $10 for seniors and students.
Timothy Pachirat (PhD, Yale) works as an assistant professor in the Department of Politics at The New School for Social Research. His research and teaching interests include comparative politics, the politics of South¬east Asia, critical animal studies, the sociology of domination and resistance, the political economy of dirty and dangerous work, and interpretive and ethnographic research methods.
Dr. Pachirat’s work has received awards from the American Political Science Association’s Section on Qualitative Methods and from the American Political Science Association’s Labor Project.
He is author of “Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight” (Yale University Press, 2011), a political ethnography of immigrant labor on the kill floor of an industrialized slaughterhouse that explores how violence that is seen as both essential and repugnant to modern society is organized, disciplined, regulated, and reproduced.
Copies of Dr. Pachirat’s book, “Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight,” will be available for purchase for $20 plus 6% Sales Tax ($21.20). Proceeds from the sale of books will be donated to MHS and ASI by EVERYbody Reads, 2019 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912-3011.
Dr. Pachirat grew up in northeastern and northern Thailand, and lives in Brooklyn, NY.