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, […]

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 […]

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.

Exporting livestock

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 in Animals & Plants & Stuff, Everyday Life

I recently wrote an Op Ed piece on government and industry failure to adequately communicate with New Zealanders about live export. It was published in the Dominion Post, and I think the comments may be more interesting than the piece I wrote. I also got a few positive comments via Twitter:   Public engagement is […]

Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 in Animals & Plants & Stuff, Everyday Life

Pope Francis’ encyclical, released today, has been the most anticipated papal encyclical in decades. I’ll return to it soon, but for now I’ve copied an excerpt below. It really is an exceptional position on capitalism and the environment. “The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. […]

Jubilate Agno, Fragment B, [For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry]

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 in Animals & Plants & Stuff, Everyday Life

For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry. For he is the servant of the Living God, duly and daily serving him. For at the first glance of the glory of God in the East he worships in his way. For is this done by wreathing his body seven times round with elegant quickness. For then […]

November is Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo)

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 in Everyday Life, Research Methodologies

I’m allergic to joining clubs or movements, and loathe academic productivity imperatives, but I’ve just finished the year’s teaching and have this problem: So I’ve decided to find my own way of participating in Academic Writing Month 2013. First of all, I’ve got some fieldwork to do in November, and since that will continue until […]

A first time for everything…

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 in Everyday Life

I’ve never done this before, but I’m about to use some of my annual leave to get some work done. The idea of having to work on holiday may sound strange to non-academics, but I know I’m not the only one who finds it really difficult–even impossible sometimes–to keep up on research during the teaching […]

On being attached, caring for animals and humble technologies

The longer I study relations amongst people, animals and technologies, the more I return to notions and practices of caring. Interests are staked in quantities and qualities of caring, and many social and ethical issues arise as matters of caring too much or too little. In Latour’s recent book, An Inquiry into Modes of Existence, […]

February #2013reads

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 in Everyday Life

Another good month, in no particular order: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey A story about the costs of wishes coming true. Quite beautiful. The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman A story about the consequences of love. And loneliness. Castle Waiting (Vol 1) by Linda Medley A very fun fairy tale about misfits and […]