Children’s Geographies of La Paz

Karen Malone is currently working on a place-based participatory research project with children and dogs residing in the high reaches of the valley of La Paz, Bolivia. This project explores – through photographic, mobile travel methodologies, and ecological posthumanist theorizing – child-dog-body co-habitation. This work raises ontological questions about privileging the human subject, and considers what might happen theoretically if agency was not the exclusive property of the child. The study seeks to challenge the idea that humans occupy a separate and privileged place among other beings and are exempt/separate/outside of the natural world. By interrogating differently these child-dog encounters in La Paz I, am deliberately seeking to notice, attend to and grapple with questions of child-dog cohabitation. I ask: How can child-dog intra-actions reveal the complexity, richness and diversity of what it means to be in La Paz? I do this in order to: (a) contribute to a reconsideration of intra-species relations and questions of the ‘human-centric’, ‘western-centric’, and ‘class-centric’ universalisms of current dominant voices in the ‘child nature’ movement; and (b) imagine what common world pedagogies of nature/outdoor /sustainability education might look like.

 

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