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Management of Morphology: An investigation of the oikonomia of the Swedish horse breeding apparatus between 1874-1940

Annebäck, Karin-Linnea LU (2014) KOVM12 20141
Division of Art History and Visual Studies
Abstract
In this foucauldian inspired study I understand the kind of animal body that breeding practices produces based on Nicole Karafyllis concept biofact, which is defined by her as something or someone, whose growth is controlled and thus no longer self-determined. This leads to the question how, what Giorgio Agamben calls the oikonomia of apparatus governed the morphological changes that occurred in the body of the Swedish native horse population from the mid- nineteenth century and transformed them from many heterogeneous native horses into defined and fixed breed types. Drawing on a vide variety of sources, both visual and written, I investigate how those biofactual horse bodies generated meaning. In order to do so, I describe and frame... (More)
In this foucauldian inspired study I understand the kind of animal body that breeding practices produces based on Nicole Karafyllis concept biofact, which is defined by her as something or someone, whose growth is controlled and thus no longer self-determined. This leads to the question how, what Giorgio Agamben calls the oikonomia of apparatus governed the morphological changes that occurred in the body of the Swedish native horse population from the mid- nineteenth century and transformed them from many heterogeneous native horses into defined and fixed breed types. Drawing on a vide variety of sources, both visual and written, I investigate how those biofactual horse bodies generated meaning. In order to do so, I describe and frame different visual representations of horses as well as the actual breeding practices that aimed to produce the fixed breed types, both against the intellectual history as well as the contemporary current of ideas, political situation, technological changes and social climate at the time of the survey. The conclusion is, that the relationship between biofactual bodies and the oikonomia of apparatuses is highly relevant in the age in which we live as well. (Less)
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Annebäck, Karin-Linnea LU
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KOVM12 20141
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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Oikonomia of apparatus, Biofact, Artificial selection, Animal improvement, C. G. Wrangel
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English
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4450599
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2014-11-07 15:36:23
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  abstract     = {In this foucauldian inspired study I understand the kind of animal body that breeding practices produces based on Nicole Karafyllis concept biofact, which is defined by her as something or someone, whose growth is controlled and thus no longer self-determined. This leads to the question how, what Giorgio Agamben calls the oikonomia of apparatus governed the morphological changes that occurred in the body of the Swedish native horse population from the mid- nineteenth century and transformed them from many heterogeneous native horses into defined and fixed breed types. Drawing on a vide variety of sources, both visual and written, I investigate how those biofactual horse bodies generated meaning. In order to do so, I describe and frame different visual representations of horses as well as the actual breeding practices that aimed to produce the fixed breed types, both against the intellectual history as well as the contemporary current of ideas, political situation, technological changes and social climate at the time of the survey. The conclusion is, that the relationship between biofactual bodies and the oikonomia of apparatuses is highly relevant in the age in which we live as well.},
  author       = {Annebäck, Karin-Linnea},
  keyword      = {Oikonomia of apparatus,Biofact,Artificial selection,Animal improvement,C. G. Wrangel},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Management of Morphology: An investigation of the oikonomia of the Swedish horse breeding apparatus between 1874-1940},
  year         = {2014},
}