Eli Witteman: Imagination Beyond the Anthropocene: Towards an Anarchovegan (Non)-Fiction

 

Thesis Advisor: Julia Morandeira Arrizabalaga

June 2022

Abstract

I’d like to thank everybody who has been involved in making this thesis possible. Firstly, I’d like to thank my thesis supervisor, Julia Morandeira Arrizabalaga, for her endless collection of references, her ability to look beyond what I deemed impossible, and for all the inspiration she brought to me, both in our private conversations as well as in her seminar. Secondly, I’d like to thank Hypatia Vourloumis, who got me into reading into object-oriented ontology and who helped me in the composition of the initial framework of my thesis proposal. I’d like to thank all my fellow students, who listened to all my utterings of despair every time I got stuck between my politics and my research, and who helped me in finding ways to escape this constant paradox.

I’d like to thank my sister, who already from a young age introduced me to anarchism and veganism. I’d like to thank all fellow (trans* and anarchist) activists who helped me with the politics of this paper and the language I used. I’d like to thank my friend, activist and other half of our DJ collective, Noor, who is the main resident of my echo chamber, but at the same time challenges me to come out of it every once in a while. I’d like to thank my father, my aunts and my cousin who have listened to my struggle during our weekly Scrabble evenings and who have enriched me with their very different views, from their own points of reference. I’d like to thank all the others who have listened to my worries, complaints but also to my “accomplishments” when everything seemed to go well, and everybody else who cared for me and contributed to the coming into being of this thesis.