Drafts of all of the below papers have been completed and are awaiting publication. Please get in touch if you’d like to see any of them.
Thinking with Crows: (Re)doing Philosophy in the Field
For Brett Buchanan, Matt Chrulew, and Michelle Bastian (eds.) “Field Philosophy” special issue of Parallax, 2018.
Abstract: This article thinks with crows about what it means to do philosophy in the field, drawing on short vignettes from fieldwork conducted over the past five years on people’s changing relationships with crows in the context of escalating processes of habitat and biodiversity loss, globalisation, and climate change. Three of these sites of human/crow encounter are briefly presented as a way into exploring some of the many ways in which philosophy might be redone—the how, what, and why of philosophy challenged and transformed—by an encounter with the field.
Moving Birds in Hawai’i: Assisted colonisation in a colonised land
For Matthew Chrulew and Rick De Vos (eds.) “Extinction Studies: Stories of Unravelling and Reworlding” special issue of Cultural Studies Review, 2019.
Abstract: In September 2011, a delicate cargo of 24 Nihoa Millerbirds was carefully loaded by conservationists onto a ship for a three-day voyage to Laysan Island in the remote Northwest Hawaiian Islands. The goal of this effort was to establish a second population of this endangered species, an “insurance population” in the face of the mounting pressures of climate change and potential new biotic arrivals. But the millerbird, or ulūlu in Hawaiian, is just one of the many avian species to become the subject of this kind of “assisted colonisation.” In Hawai’i, and around the world, recent years have seen a broad range of efforts to safeguard species by finding them homes in new places. Thinking through the ulūlu project, this article explores the challenges and possibilities of assisted colonisation in this colonised land. What does it mean to move birds in the context of the long, and ongoing, history of dispossession of the Kānaka Maoli, the Native Hawaiian people? How are distinct but entangled process of colonisation, of unworlding, at work in the lives of both people and birds? Ultimately, this article explores how these diverse colonisations might be understood and told responsibly in an era of escalating loss and extinction.