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 […]

Upcoming seminars & workshops: Australia

Posted on Jul 9, 2016 in Conferences, Workshops & CFPs

I’m pleased to announce the following Australian seminars & workshops. Anguish (Angoisse) by August Friedrich Albrecht Schenck (c. 1878) SEMINAR | MULTISPECIES ETHNOGRAPHY & MORE-THAN-HUMAN DESIGN Our impact on the earth has been so significant that scientists have proposed that our current geological era be renamed the Anthropocene, or Age of Humans. Regardless of whether […]

In praise of muddling

Posted on Jul 2, 2016 in Everyday Life, Research Methodologies

I’ve been rather harshly reminded of late how bad a forum Twitter is for complex discussion, so I’m going to try to work through some tangled thoughts and experiences here instead. (And maybe something I write will help me reflexively attend to my own research later on.) Although I would think it goes without saying, […]

NZ animal welfare & public consultation

Posted on May 16, 2016 in Animals & Plants & Stuff, Fieldnotes

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) regulates animal welfare in NZ, and it currently has two proposals out for public consultation. Interested parties have until Thursday 19 May to get their submissions in. I’m finishing my own submission (which I’ll post here later because they’re all available via OIA requests anyway) but I want to […]

The week ahead

Posted on May 16, 2016 in Everyday Life

I’ve realised that going back to work in a couple of weeks means remembering how to make and keep a schedule. (Who knew?! That’s how long I’ve been on sick leave. Sigh.) Anyway, I thought it might help if on Monday mornings I give myself a set of tasks to do for the week, and […]

New publication: Critical and Creative Ethnography After Human Exceptionalism.

I’m pleased to announce that The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography, edited by Larissa Hjorth, Heather Horst, myself & Genevieve Bell, will be published later this year. For the companion I also contributed a chapter called “More-Than-Human Lab: Critical and Creative Ethnography After Human Exceptionalism.” This is how it starts: Haere mai. Welcome. This story […]

Update

Posted on May 1, 2016 in Everyday Life

Just a quick update noting that Anne has been on long-term sick leave but will be returning to full-time research on 30 May, 2016. Stay tuned for more.

Fieldnotes: Stop motion farming

One of the things I planned for my sabbatical is learning how to make stop motion videos for research dissemination / public engagement. I’ve never done it before, and although I’ve always enjoyed the aesthetic, I’ve chosen it because of the relatively low barrier to entry, especially in terms of skill. In my case, scenery […]

Fieldnotes: “I am a fieldnote”

Posted on Dec 18, 2015 in Fieldnotes, Research Methodologies

It’s hard to explain to others how we do something. Anything. But it’s especially difficult to do it when much of what happens takes place in our own minds, hearts and guts, and with our own hands and backs and feet–whether we’re ethnographers or welders or veterinarians or priests. As a student I wasn’t taught […]