Episode 5: Animals as Immigrants



In this episode, we look at Animals as Immigrants. Animal movement across the globe and boundaries happens within contested spaces leaving animals wanted, unwanted, forced, coerced or in liminal landscapes of uncertainty.


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Michelle Szydlowski

PhD Candidate, University of Exeter 



Kris Hill

PhD Student, University of Exeter



Sarah Oxley Heaney

PhD Student, University of Exeter 



Podlet Guests


Tom Aeillo

PhD Candidate, University of Exeter

Associate professor of history and African American studies.


Jes Hooper

PhD Student, University of Exeter




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