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One of the World’s Leading Geographers Comes to SEI

HARN is excited to announce its first Visiting Fellow for 2014: the award winning Professor Sarah Whatmore.

The Human Animal Research Network (HARN) (one of SEI’s seven nodes) is excited to announce its first Visiting Fellow for 2014: award winning Professor Sarah Whatmore; one of the world’s leading geographers. Professor Whatmore has been actively pushing her discipline in new directions and is at the forefront of her field. She is currently the head of the School of Geography and the Environment and is a Professor of Environment and Public Policy at Keble College, Oxford.

At a time in which species extinction, habitat loss and animal exploitation (such as badger and shark culling) grow as important issues, Whatmore’s interrogation of the nature of human-animal relationships proves to be increasingly essential. The importance of her work was recognised when she received the Cuthbert Peek award from the Royal Geographical Society in 2003 for ‘innovative contributions to the understanding of nature-society relations’.

Network leader and executive member of HARN, Dr. Fiona Probyn-Rapsey, explained the significance of Professor Whatmore’s visit. ‘Sarah’s expertise really complements the work of HARN, which seeks to highlight the significance of non-human and human interactions in the contemporary world. We’ll be holding two public events with Sarah to showcase both her work and the various ways in which her concept of the ‘more than human’ has been taken up in different ways’ Dr. Probyn-Rapsey said.

The two events will include a Sydney Ideas Public Lecture called: “the badger’s moved the goalposts, trial cull and animal politics in the English countryside” and also a HARN seminar called “More than Human” featuring Associate Professor Kane Race, Professor Lesley Head, Associate Professor Dale Dominey-Howes and chaired by Professor Mike Michael with Professor Whatmore as respondent.

SEI cofounder and Professor of Environmental Politics David Schlosberg also welcomed Professor Whatmore’s visit, ‘one of the key questions that SEI seeks to address is how we understand and redesign the fundamental relationship between human communities and the natural world that supports them. Professor Whatmore’s work plays an important role in answering that question’.

Registration for Professor Whatmore’s events are essential.