Through the Shadows of Roadkill


  • Carley MacKay York University



In this article, I problematize the ways in which we often turn our gaze away from road kill animals. I argue that our relations with road kill warrant ethical kinds of engagement, which I explore through an analysis of death and intimacy. An intimate engagement with animal death strengthens how we understand the complexity of human-road kill relations, while simultaneously providing us with tools for addressing how to engage in these relations in more ethical ways. As I make clear, death does not inhibit our relations with road kill animals, but instead acts as a catalyst for them, enabling us to locate ourselves in the shadows of road kill.


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Author Biography

Carley MacKay, York University

Carley MacKay is a doctoral student in the Department of Geography at York University. Her research interests include human-animal relationality, animal subjectivity, animal geographies, and biopolitics. Carley’s current research prompts questions about humane beef production, investigating how this form of production impacts the relations, lives, and deaths of cows. 




How to Cite

MacKay, Carley. 2019. “Through the Shadows of Roadkill”. Humanimalia 11 (1):128-40.