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#LondonVegans: Deliberating, sensing and practicing vegans in a non-vegan city

Zachary Hecht, UCL Digital Anthropology Msc Student

Why would somebody forgo juicy steaks, delicate smoked salmon, velvety goat cheese, and the many seemingly delicious foods people eat? Why would somebody choose to submit themselves to the inconvenience of not being able to eat outside of their home without some advanced planning? Why would they refuse to wear products widely seen as fashionable and insist on knowing what their hygiene products are made of?

Why would anybody be vegan?

The individuals I conducted fieldwork with—members of what I term the London Vegan Community—are regularly asked this very question by family, friends, and even strangers. In popular media, veganism is often framed as being trendy and undertaken for supposed health benefits. While many—certainly not all—of my participants discuss health as being a vital component of their veganism, and many first learned about veganism due to its increasing popularity, each of my participants assert that veganism is an “ethical choice”; for London Vegans, veganism is a “social justice movement.”

As I write, we find ourselves living in a time widely referred to as the Anthropocene.…

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Aesthetics and ethics: An enquiry into their relationship

 

A one-day workshop

​Wednesday 6 May 2015 9:30 am – 4 pm

Venue: Daryll Forde Seminar Room

Department of Anthropology

University College London

14 Taviton, London WC1H 0BW

 

Keynote speakers:

Christopher Pinney (University College London)

Roger Sansi-Roca (Goldsmiths)

 

Organizers:

Haidy Geismar

Elena Magdalena Craciun

  

The relationship between aesthetics and ethics has long been the topic of scholarly debates, from Kant’s (1928[1790]) insistence that the experience of beauty involved disinterested contemplation and, subsequently, the separation of aesthetics from ethics, or Wittgenstein’s (1961[1889]) enigmatic proposition that ‘ethics and aesthetics are one’, to the numerous enquiries into the ethical aspects of art and art criticism or the aesthetic aspects of moral life and moral evaluation (e.g. Bourdieu 1984, Foucault 1985, 1986, Eco 1986, Eagleton 1990, Guattari 1995, Korsmeyer 1998, Levinson 2001, Rancière 2006, Osborne and Tanner 2007).…

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Internet Ethics Guidelines

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The Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) has just published their second Ethics Guide. The latest guide, written by Annette Markham and Elizabeth Buchanan, with contributions from the AOIR Ethics Working committee, provides useful updates,  questions and strategies for managing “data” and other material for those of us carrying out research in and through the internet; the last guide, published in 2002, was written before the era of social media. The guide also usefully integrates perspectives from a range of countries around the world. As documents, they capture some of the rapid changes in internet practices and concerns over the last decade.

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