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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]