Thesis Title: ‘Vital transgressions’, otter predation, conflict & controversy, in UK specimen carp fisheries
Primary Supervisor: Dr Chris Bear
Secondary Supervisor: Dr Mara Miele
Reviewer: Dr Gareth Enticott (tbc)
Starting Date: October 2013
Completion Date: September 2016
Funding Source: +3 ESRC Studentship via Wales DTC
- Animal Geographies.
- Environmental Governance.
‘Vital transgressions’, otter predation, conflict & controversy, in UK specimen carp fisheries.
John’s research adopts a more-than-human paradigm to explore the interactions of anglers’, carp and otters, within specific recreational fisheries which have a history of predation. Within these sites he is exploring how conditions of conflict between humans and non-humans are expressed within their respective relations. At present he is working on innovative methodological practices that seek to evidence the material and affective connections that exist between humans and animals. At RGS-IBG 2014 he presented a paper in the ‘Historical Animal Geographies’ session, concerning the individuation of a fish named ‘Clarissa’, caught in 1952, and how this became the foundational story of a specialist practice. More broadly he is seeking to root research within a Deleuzian tradition whilst exploring Von Uexkull’s notion of the umwelt as an explicitly spatial framework through which to diagram relationality between humans, animals and their environments.
RGS-IBG 2014 Historical Animal Geographies session: ‘Clarissa’, the historical individuation of a fish, her capture and public exhibition in the age of taxidermy.
May 13th 2015 Environment Research Group: ‘Assembling the Aquacultural Field’; attunements, materialities, and the ontological metaphysics of seeking the non-human.
Forthcoming, 2015 BASN Cold Blood(ed): Knowing fish; ‘Old Warriors’, ‘Wrong ’uns’, and the ballad of ‘Big Vern’.
Forthcoming, 2016: Encyclopaedia of Human-Animal Co-existence; ‘Fishing’.