Elisabeth Luggauer

Designing contact zones

Ethnographic research into relationships between humans and stray dogs in Podgorica

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Abstract

This article focuses on a multispecies ethnographic study on relationships between human and (stray) canine inhabitants of the Montenegrin capital Podgorica. What guided the research was the question of how these two groups of actors jointly shape the urban space. This contribution aims to outline strategies of an urban anthropology beyond the human. The intersections of the practices of spatial appropriation of the different actors lead to actual contact zones in which places in the urban space are mutually designed as centers of the negotiations of transspecies relationships.

Keywords
contact zone, multispecies research, multi-sited ethnography, Montenegro, Podgorica, Southeast European Studies