Fieldnotes: Week 2

I’ve been on research and study leave for two weeks now. This is what’s happened and what I’ve learned so far. TVNZ Sunday broadcast an expose on animal cruelty in NZ dairy farming, and there was a lively social media response from farmers to the broadcast and subsequent UK-based advertising campaign – see #agchatnz,  #caring4calves […]

Fieldnotes: T minus 41 hours

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 in Animals & Plants & Stuff, Fieldnotes

My sabbatical officially starts in 41 hours so I thought I’d round up a few things that are on my mind… I first learnt of Robin Wall Kimmerer‘s work from her book Braiding Sweetgrass, and it’s rich in wonderful ideas. She uses a phrase, almost in passing, that I’d almost forgotten from my undergraduate studies: […]

AAA2015 research

I didn’t make it to AAA2015, but I wanted to make sure I noted sessions of interest so I can keep an eye out for people, publications, etc. Loosely grouped & in no particular order: Multispecies Ethnography MULTISPECIES MORALS AND MORE-THAN-HUMAN ETHICAL ENTANGLEMENTS CYBORGS, HYBRIDS, AND MONSTERS: ANTHROPOLOGIES OF LIVELY TRANSGRESSIONS MICROSOCIALITY I: THINKING WITH […]

Fieldnotes: the beginning

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 in Fieldnotes, Ordinary Madness of Academia

I’ve read five books this year that keep rattling me. *** Today looks and feels like proper springtime in the Akatarawa Valley. Two days ago I handed in the final grades from the courses I taught this term, and realised that I’ve taught university for ten years and I won’t be grading again for more […]

Human-Livestock Entanglements into the Anthropocene

I was delighted to be invited to participate in Foodscapes: A World Food Day Symposium at the University of Canberra on October 16th. Every single one of the presentations sounds fascinating and this is what I’ll be talking about: Human-Livestock Entanglements into the Anthropocene If we are to believe popular media accounts of livestock agriculture, […]

Sheep Time?

I’m always trying to figure out new ways of doing remote presentations so I was pretty excited when I was invited to prepare something that could be continually broadcast (or looped) during the Temporal Design: Surfacing Everyday Tactics of Time Workshop @ Design Informatics, Edinburgh University, 28 September, 2015. Here’s what I did:   [ […]

Design Ethnography in the Anthropocene

It’s the second week of winter trimester, and I’m teaching my second-year undergraduate course in Design Ethnography. The theme this year is the Anthropocene, or how design relates to people’s relationships with animals, plants, the Earth’s elements, and “natural” materials in an era defined by humanity’s impact on the planet. In this course, students learn […]

New Zealand forest birds

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 in Animals & Plants & Stuff

“New Zealand’s forests were once filled with birds and their clamour: melodious songs, squawks, whirrs, squeaks, buzzing and chattering. These are the sounds of birds finding food, defending territory, attracting mates or guarding chicks.” – Christina Troup For the past couple of weeks, a black fantail has been flitting around the sheep. Black fantails are […]

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. […]