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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

New publication: Critical and Creative Ethnography After Human Exceptionalism.

I’m pleased to announce that The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography, edited by Larissa Hjorth, Heather Horst, myself & Genevieve Bell, will be published later this year. For the companion I also contributed a chapter called “More-Than-Human Lab: Critical and Creative Ethnography After Human Exceptionalism.” This is how it starts: Haere mai. Welcome. This story […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]