Amitav Ghosh
Amitav Ghosh

Abstract

On the face of it, the question ‘Can the non-human speak?’ is an absurdity.  Yet it is one of the most essential questions of our era of accelerating man-made climate change. At this moment in time, when we look back on the history that has brought us to the point of a planetary catastrophe, we cannot but recognize that our plight is in large part a consequence of the ways in which certain classes of humans have actively muted all other beings by representing them as brutes, creatures whose presence on earth is solely material. This talk looks at some of the ways in which non-human consciousness figures in various narrative traditions.