Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Grad Chat - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
Daphne Brouwer, PhD in Cultural Studies - The cultural perception of liminal animals in Western and non-Western cultures

I research how humans perceive liminal animals in Western society – which is very negatively – and how we could improve this. To establish that this perception is rooted within our cultural understanding of liminal animals, I built on personal experience of living in multiple countries all over the world as well as research done by other scholars as to why the same liminal animals are perceived differently around the world. Confirming that there is indeed a cultural bias against liminal animals, I establish a framework for how these animals are perceived negatively and what can be done to change these (often wrong) perceptions.

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