Andrew Mitchell, PhD student, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University

Becoming-wolf

Andrew Mitchell
Andrew Mitchell

As scholars attempt to surf the raging waves presently whipped up by the ontological storm occurring in the social sciences, it is more important than ever to ground one’s research in the practices that as anthropologists form the basis of our enquiries. Yet anthropology has traditionally considered many of the themes that are now taking centre stage in such posthuman endeavours, especially in the field of human-animal relations. In reference to ethnographic material from his current project, Becoming-wolf, Andrew, in this presentation, shall draw together anthropological theory from the past and present, together with aspects of feminist science and technology studies, in an attempt to address two basic research questions, what is a wolf and how does it become one? The key to answering such questions lie in comprehending practices such as tracking, hunting, global positioning systems (GPS), genetic analysis, working with tracking dogs, as well as observing the remains of wolf kills, as significantly these practices facilitate the comprehension of wolf effects and indices, and it is via such practices that Scandinavian wolves, as we humans know them, come into being.

Possessing a Master’s in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology as well as Social Anthropology, Andrew’s academic interests are trans-disciplinary in nature, exploring phenomena within the boundaries of the social and natural sciences. His doctoral project, Becoming-wolf, aims continue this trend, exploring the practices that are entangled together with the Scandinavian wolf.

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