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SEMINAR: ANTHROPOLOGY / SOCIOLOGY SEMINAR SERIES, SEMESTER 1, 2017

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ANTHROPOLOGY / SOCIOLOGY SEMINAR SERIES, SEMESTER 1, 2017 : Hunting, foraging and the pursuit of animal ontologies in rural Victoria Other events...
Hunting, foraging and the pursuit of animal ontologies in Victoria, Australia Dr Catie Gressier Disenchantment with the industrial food complex—and recognition of its detrimental impacts on ecosystems, animal welfare and human health—has led to growing numbers of Australians endeavouring to reduce their reliance on commercially-produced foods; meat in particular. This paper explores the ways in which self-provisioning hunters and foragers in Victoria invoke animal ontologies within their attempts to create sustainable, emplaced lifestyles and diets that circumvent the industrial food system. Through a focus on practices of accountable killing and sacred eating, I explore hunters’ justifications for their (somewhat anguished) omnivory through the construction of the embodied human as both predator and prey within their local ecosystems.

BIO: Catie Gressier is a McArthur Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. A cultural anthropologist with a focus on settler societies in southern Africa and Australia, her first book At Home in the Okavango examines emplacement and belonging among the white citizens of northwest Botswana. For the past five years, her research has focussed on changing foodways in Australia, particularly relating to meat production and consumption. Her second book Illness, Identity and Taboo among Australian Paleo Dieters will be released in late 2017. She has a PhD from the University of Western Australia and is on the Editorial Board of Anthropological Forum.
Speaker(s) Catie Gressier
Location Social Sciences Building Room 2204
Contact Farida Fozdar <fairda.fozdar@uwa.edu.au>
Start Fri, 04 Aug 2017 14:30
End Fri, 04 Aug 2017 15:30
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <karen.eichorn@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Tue, 01 Aug 2017 09:57
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