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 […]

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 […]