"When I'm designing, I believe in ghosts."

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 in Everyday Life, Research Methodologies

A former research assistant of mine just pointed me to FJP: a weird and wonderful blog about interaction design that gets updated each week and has no archives or social media extensions, which makes it pretty ace in my books above and beyond its content. And apologies to the author, but this post is just […]

Reflections on teaching and learning

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 in Everyday Life, Ordinary Madness of Academia

Hi, my name is Anne and I am a researcher an educator. Of course, I’m both. But the reason I work at a university instead of doing research somewhere else is because I love teaching. Not every moment of it, for sure, but my best moments with students have been amongst the best moments of […]

The Industries of Animals

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 in Animals & Plants & Stuff

Frédéric Houssay’s 1893 The Industries of Animals is a classic example of 19th century categorisation practices, and the table of contents is a rather lovely list to read. Imagine how different animals would be if we understood them in these ways: INTRODUCTION. The naturalists of yesterday and the naturalists of to-day–Natural history and the natural […]

On our bookshelf: human-animal relations

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 in Animals & Plants & Stuff

Mostly social and cultural perspectives, with a little geography, media, art, biology and philosophy thrown in. Alger and Alger, Cat Culture: The Social World of a Cat Shelter Arluke, Just a Dog: Understanding Animal Cruelty and Ourselves Arluke and Sanders, Regarding Animals Bekoff, The Emotional Lives of Animals Bekoff and Pierce, Wild Justice: The Moral […]