New term, creatures, design & cultural critique

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 in Research Methodologies

I can’t believe it’s autumn already! Where did the summer go? Anyway, here’s what we’ve been up to and a glimpse of what’s to come: Mata Freshwater (of Grow Your Own Lamb fame) and I have been working on something very creaturely… and sometime before the end of the month, we’ll be adding this final […]

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 […]

Golden fleece and other fantastic things

As part of Ethnography Matters‘ Ethnography, Speculative Fiction and Design month, I’ve just published “Towards Fantastic Ethnography and Speculative Design“–a personal reflection on what I’ve been doing (mostly design ethnography) and what’s been inspiring me (mostly Ursula Le Guin). Right after I wrote it, I read the following passage in the latest installment of my […]

Practicing science and poetry

Last week I went to a seminar on poetry and science by Bryan Walpert and Helen Heath. Both spoke of the capacity of writing to manifest other ways of knowing the world beyond the totalising, univocal perspectives of both “objective” science and “subjective” poetics–a topic that kept me rapt for several hours and is still […]

Objects, Animals, Fantasies and Speculations, Oh My!

With Trimester 1 ending this week and Wellington quickly sinking into winter, I’m looking forward to visiting warmer-than-here Australia… In a few weeks I’ll be heading to Brisbane to join a great team at the CCI Winter School, which offers some amazing participants “a week-long program of interdisciplinary study, collaboration and social interaction in the broad […]

My body’s plant and animal companion species

“Multispecies ethnographers are studying the host of organisms whose lives and deaths are linked to human social worlds. A project allied with Eduardo Kohn’s ‘anthropology of life‘—’an anthropology that is not just confined to the human but is concerned with the effects of our entanglements with other kinds of living selves’—multispecies ethnography centers on how a […]

My body's plant and animal companion species

“Multispecies ethnographers are studying the host of organisms whose lives and deaths are linked to human social worlds. A project allied with Eduardo Kohn’s ‘anthropology of life‘—’an anthropology that is not just confined to the human but is concerned with the effects of our entanglements with other kinds of living selves’—multispecies ethnography centers on how a […]

"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 […]

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 […]

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 […]