Sheep signs

The scan above is from Sarah Franklin’s excellent 2007 book, Dolly Mixtures: The Remaking of Genealogy. I don’t know if her interpretation of the ASL sign for “sheep” makes sense to people who speak ASL (I have to assume she checked!) but I’m completely fascinated by the idea that it performs a hybrid: simultaneously human […]

Upcoming conferences

I’ve put in two conference abstracts this week: the first one below for the ASAANZ conference on Anthropology & Imagination in Wellington, and the second for the CSAA conference on Materialities: Economies, Empiricism & Things in Sydney, both in December. The Possibilities of a Fantastic Ethnography Anthropologists have long grappled with questions of empiricism, cultural […]


Posted on Aug 24, 2012 in Everyday Life

A Martian Sends A Postcard Home by Craig Raine Caxtons are mechanical birds with many wings and some are treasured for their markings — they cause the eyes to melt or the body to shriek without pain. I have never seen one fly, but sometimes they perch on the hand. Mist is when the sky […]

Progress Report #3

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 in Research Methodologies

This winter has been very busy for the Counting Sheep project — here are a few highlights of what I’ve been up to and what’s yet to come before the end of the year. I was interviewed by Chris Speed for the first issue of new journal Ubiquity; I submitted a paper (co-authored with PhD […]

On "fantasy's green country" and the place of the (non)human

I’m writing a journal article on research methodologies right now and won’t be able to use all the bits of Ursula K. Le Guin’s essay “The Critics, the Monsters, and the Fantasists” that I think are brilliant. The whole essay is worth reading, of course, and if I could include a ridiculously long quote this […]

The Bush Olympics

Everyone’s been talking about the London Olympics, but I’m pretty thrilled with Central Australia’s Bush Olympics: “More than 50 students from cattle stations and remote communities across Central Australia are currently competing in the final rounds of the Alice Springs School of the Air Bush Olympics. The students log in from computers in their schoolrooms […]