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Associate Professor Thom van Dooren awarded Fleck Prize 2021

Congratulations to SEI researcher, Associate Professor Thom van Dooren for being awarded the prestigious Fleck Prize for his latest book The Wake of Crows: Living and Dying in Shared Worlds.

Crows roosting against wintery sky. Image via Unsplash by Ospan Ali.

Associate Professor of the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney and SEI researcher Thom van Dooren has been awarded the Ludwik Fleck Prize of 2021 by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) for his book The Wake of Crows: Living and Dying in Shared Worlds (Columbia University Press, 2019).

The Fleck Prize, first awarded in 1992, recognizes an outstanding book in the area of Science and Technology Studies (STS). For the 2021 prize, the Committee reviewed more than 50 books and evaluated them on their scholarly quality and their exemplary contribution to the field.

In awarding the prize, the Committee noted that The Wake of Crows exemplifies the potential of STS to bring together knowledge production at the cusp of the natural and social sciences and humanities, thus giving form to a global scholarly conversation: ‘The Wake of Crows is a playful invitation for reimagining the possibilities of human and nonhumans’ shared lives on earth. It is a call for learning to live (and die) well with each other in rapidly changing worlds’.

The award highlights the exemplary nature of Thom’s research and its timely focus on some of the many philosophical, ethical, cultural and political issues that arise in the context of species extinctions and human entanglements with threatened species and places.

Thom is the Research Lead on the Animal Stories, The Living Archive and Climate Justice and Problems of Scale research projects.


Thom van Dooren is an Associate Professor in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies and the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney, and a Professor II in the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities at the University of Oslo. His research and writing focus on some of the many philosophical, ethical, cultural, and political issues that arise in the context of species extinctions and human entanglements with threatened species and places. He is the author of Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction (Columbia UP, 2014), The Wake of Crows: Living and Dying in Shared Worlds (Columbia UP, 2019), and the forthcoming A World in a Shell: Snail Stories for a Time of Extinctions (MIT Press, 2022).