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PhD candidate at the Faculty of Artes Liberales, working on critical animal studies and environmental humanities. She was a Fulbright Fellow at the Wesleyan University (supervisor: Kari Weil), National Science Centre’s (NCN) grantee and the Seedbox network at the Linköping University grantee (supervisor: Cecilia Ǻsberg). In 2019/20 academic year she was a short time visiting scholar at the University of California (Santa Cruz). In her PhD thesis entitled “Species Cleansing. Rat Eradication as a Cultural Practice” (supervisors: Ewa Domańska, Andrzej Elżanowski) Jarzębowska examines material, linguistic and visual practices shaping our perception of urban rats, in order to analyze cultural codes which organize, strengthen and sustain symbolic status and negative stereotypes of this species. She believes that in the context of global environmental crisis, the humanities must take a stand and develop new methods of analysis aimed at rethinking humans’ place in the world, as well as propose theoretical models for constructive solutions to bring about change.

Publications

  • “Four-legged terror or ultimate New Yorker? Urban rat videos and their media reception”, Society & Animals (forthcoming)
  • “Follow the Rat. From Necropolitics to A Theory of Interspecies Cohabitation”, Journal for Critical Animal Studies, 5(3), 2018, 4-25.
  • „Prevention or poisoning? Dilemmas in urban rats control”, Arcadia: Explorations in Environmental History, www.environmentandsociety.org/arcadia.
  • „Dead (organic) chicken and the late capitalism. Humanimal relations in the age of consumerism”, The Seedbox Linköping University blog, 2016 https://www.theseedbox.se/blog?l=en.
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