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Saturday, June 28 • 9:30am - 10:15am
Plenary 2 - Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight

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As part of his Ph.D. dissertation research at Yale University, Timothy Pachirat worked undercover for nearly six months on the kill floor of an industrialized cattle slaughterhouse in Omaha, Nebraska. In his book Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight, Timothy draws on his experience working as a liver hanger, a cattle driver and a quality control worker to explore how routine, massive processes of violence against immigrant workers and animals are normalized in modern society. Timothy’s talk today, far from being a “shock and awe” exposé (no graphic images will be shown!), carefully analyzes the divisions of space and labor on the slaughterhouse kill floor in order to raise provocative questions about the relationship between transparency and social and political transformation, all of which will be of interest to anyone fighting to change the world for animals.

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Timothy Pachirat

Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst
In 2004, Pachirat conducted undercover fieldwork for nearly six months as a liver hanger, a chute handler, and a quality control worker on the kill floor of an industrialized cattle slaughterhouse in Omaha, Nebraska.  This research is the basis for his book, Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight (Yale University Press, 2011; paperback, 2013; Korean translation, 2012), a political ethnography of... Read More →


Saturday June 28, 2014 9:30am - 10:15am
Ballroom C