Summer 2020-2021: Writing Animals & Speculative Fiction

Black Marks on the White Page: "A stunning collection of Oceanic stories for the 21st century."

Image: Black Marks on the White Page, edited by Witi Ihimaera and Tina Makereti.


In summer, our Lab reads speculative fiction and books about writing. 


The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke and Once Upon A Time in Aotearoa, by Tina Makareti.

Black Marks on the White Page, edited by Witi Ihimaera and Tina Makereti.

New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction By People Of Colour, edited by Nisi Shawl.

Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movementsedited by Adrienne Maree Brown & Walidah Imarisha.


Living with Animals: Bonds Across Species, edited by Natalie Porter & Elana Gershon.

Writing for Animals and Among Animals by Ashland Creek Press.

Winter 2020: Animal Ethnographies

The More-Than-Human Lab supports careful scholarship and recognises that we can accomplish more together than alone. Each term, we each sign up for articles to read and digitally annotate them for the group. We meet monthly to discuss what we’ve shared, and individual interests are followed up with additional reading.

This winter we are reading animal ethnographies.

Animals in anthropology, Geography & sociology

Eben S. Kirksey & Stefan Helmreich, “The Emergence of Multispecies Ethnography”, Cultural Anthropology, 2010, 25(4):545-576.

Juno Salazar Parreñas, ”Multispecies Ethnography and Social Hierarchy”, 2015, Engagement: a Blog Published by Anthropology and Environment Society of the American Anthropological Association.

Swanson, H A, Swanson, H A, “Curious Ecologies of Knowledge
More-Than-Human Anthropology” in Curiosity Studies: A New Ecology of Knowledge, 2020, edited by Zurn and Shankar.

Henry Buller, “Animal Geographies I”, Progress in Human Geography, 2014, 38(2):308-318.

Henry Buller, “Animal Geographies II: Methods”, Progress in Human Geography, 2014, 1-11.

Henry Buller, “Animal Geographies III: Ethics”, Progress in Human Geography, 2015, 1-9.

Richard York & Stefano B. Longo, “Animals in the world: A materialist approach to sociological animal studies”, Journal of Sociology, 2017, 53(1):32-46.

Nik Taylor & Zoei Sutton, “For an Emancipatory Animal Sociology”, Journal of Sociology, 2018, 54(4):467-487.

Reviews & Critiques

Lauro A. Ogden, Billy Hall & Kimiko Tanita, “Animals, Plants, People, and Things: A Review of Multispecies Ethnography”, Environment and Society, 2013, 4:5-24.

Alan Smart, “Critical Perspectives on Multispecies Ethnography”, Critique of Anthropology, 2014, 34(1):3-7.

Raymond Madden, “Animals and the Limits of Ethnography”, Anthrozoös, 2015, 27(2):279-293.

Matthew C. Watson, “On Multispecies Mythology: A Critique of Animal Anthropology”, Theory, Culture & Society, 2016, 33(5):159-172.

Helen Kopnina, “Beyond multispecies ethnography: Engaging with violence and animal rights in anthropology”, Critique of Anthropology, 2017, 0(0):1-25.

Shaila Seshia Galvin, “Interspecies Relations and Agrarian Worlds”, Annual Review of Anthropology, 2018, 47:233-49.

Case Studies 

Radhika Govindrajan, “The Goat That Died for Family: Animal Sacrifice and Interspecies Kinship in India’s Central Himalayas”, American Ethnologist, 2015,  42.3: 504-19.

Alexandra Palmer, Nicholas Malone & Julie Park, “Accessing Orangutans’ Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Methods at the Human/Animal Interface”, Current Anthropology, 2015, 56(4):571-578.

Paul Kockelman, “A Mayan ontology of poultry: Selfhood, affect, animals and ethnography”, Language in Society, 2017, 40:427-54.

Matt Barlow, “Enchanted Bee-ings: Encounters and Movements Beyond the Human“, Humananimalia, 2017, 8(2).

+ individual interests

“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth … Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”

— Anne Lamott,  Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life