Kinship of Different Kinds

Horses and People in Iceland


  • Catherine Nash



This paper brings together an attentiveness to genealogical imaginaries of human and animal lineage and pedigree as modes of figuring connection and difference and recent approaches to interspecies kinship to explore the kinships of horses and people in Iceland. They include the entanglements of human genealogies, family histories, and horse ancestries; the practice of kinship through horses; and human-horse relationships that are shaped by human understandings of kinship among horses. It explores the possibility of recognising the subtle spatialities of kinship between horses and people and the agency of horses in these proximate and partial connections.


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Author Biography

Catherine Nash

Catherine Nash is Professor of Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London. Her research has examined of ideas of human difference and relatedness in genealogical practices and imaginations, including genealogical science. This work has been published as Of Irish Descent: Origin Stories, Genealogy and the Politics of Belonging (Syracuse University Press, 2007) and Genetic Geographies: The Trouble with Ancestry (Minnesota University Press, 2015). She has recently extended her interest in relatedness to include kinship with non-human animals and is developing a geographical approach to addressing animal breeds and animal breeding.




How to Cite

Nash, C. (2020). Kinship of Different Kinds: Horses and People in Iceland. Humanimalia, 12(1), 118–144.