New year, new research

I’ve much to update on the site in the next few weeks, but first I thought I’d share something I’m super excited about: a new research project, funded by VUW’s Strategic Initiatives Impact Fund, and set to begin in March. Caring for Sheep Through Birth and Death: Human-Sheep Relations on the Farm and in the […]

Read-along-with-Anne: The Impossible 6

Posted on Nov 27, 2017 in Fieldnotes, Read Along

This is part of #theimpossible series The Impossible Will Take A Little While, Chapter 6, Howard Zinn on “The Optimism of Uncertainty” Somewhat ironically, I took a week off from this project because I was overwhelmed by a sense of not-exactly-hopelessness, but some sort of meaninglessness. Perhaps I would have felt better sooner if I had […]

Read-along-with-Anne: The Impossible 5

Posted on Nov 17, 2017 in Fieldnotes, Read Along

This is part of #theimpossible series The Impossible Will Take A Little While, Chapter 5, Danusha Veronica Goska’s essay “Political Paralysis” This is the last chapter in the first section, and after yesterday’s high I didn’t know what to expect. It begins by citing a concern I often share: “I want to do something, but what […]

Read-along-with-Anne: The Impossible 4

Posted on Nov 16, 2017 in Fieldnotes, Read Along

This is part of #theimpossible series The Impossible Will Take A Little While, Chapter 4, Paul Hawken’s commencement address “You Are Brilliant and the Earth is Hiring” “You are going to have to figure out what it means to be a human being on earth at time when every living system is declining, and the rate […]

Read-along-with-Anne: The Impossible 3

Posted on Nov 15, 2017 in Fieldnotes, Read Along

This is part of #theimpossible series The Impossible Will Take A Little While, Chapter 3, Marian Wright Edelman on standing up for children Before I start, is it strange that I feel obligated to admit I have no children? That I feel compelled to reassure others that I like children just fine, but never wanted my […]

Read-along-with-Anne: The Impossible 2

Posted on Nov 14, 2017 in Fieldnotes, Read Along

This is part of #theimpossible series The Impossible Will Take A Little While, Chapter 2, an excerpt from Jonathan Kozol’s Ordinary Resurrections The second piece seems to endlessly run through a list of almost unbearable tragedies suffered by St Ann’s parish in the South Bronx, before I find what I’m looking for. A six year old […]

Read-along-with-Anne: The Impossible 1

Posted on Nov 13, 2017 in Fieldnotes, Read Along

Kia ora. Kei to pēhea koutou? For the next ten weeks of weekdays–that’s 55 days in total–I’ll be reading & writing about each piece in Paul Loeb’s edited volume, The Impossible Will Take A Little While: Perseverance and Hope in Troubled Times. I’m not interested in whether or not the collection is “complete.” (Of course it’s […]

With summer comes hope

Posted on Nov 13, 2017 in Everyday Life

It’s Monday morning and I’m working at home, looking out at the valley, thinking that the year is coming to an end and I don’t know where it all went… At the same time it’s been such a long year. There has been beauty and wonder, yes, but things have been difficult. Life has been bloody […]

New year, new teaching & learning

Kia ora and haere mai everyone! Despite the dire state of global politics, and an unusually rainy summer, life is treating us well and we continue to stand beside everyone fighting the good fight. Kia kaha! The More-Than-Human Lab has some new and exciting things happening this year, but classes start in less than a […]

On grief and other hard things: A visit with the (environmental) humanities

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 in Fieldnotes

As part of my sabbatical, I recently spent two weeks with the exceptional researchers in Environmental Humanities at UNSW. My hope was to encounter ideas that would inspire me to reinterpret my emerging research findings and, later this year, re-engage in more fieldwork. In terms of thinking differently about my research, I honestly don’t know […]