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November 2018

Grand Theft Buffalo – “Animals” and Property in Imperial Vietnam

November 27 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
INTS 1111

Presented by: Prof. Bradley C. Davis, Eastern Connecticut Based largely on nineteenth century archives but informed by a broad environmental humanities perspective, this presentation considers the category of animals in imperial Vietnam. As an element of a sedentary agricultural empire, buffalo (bubalus bubalis) received legal protections that befitted their collective status as biotic farm machines, including an important role in imperial discourses of property that informed French colonial law in the late nineteenth century. Elephants, however, enjoyed a very different…

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