Socio-environmental crises are currently transforming the conditions for life on this planet, from climate change, to resource depletion, biodiversity loss and long-term pollutants. The vast scale of these changes, affecting land, sea and air have prompted calls for the ‘ecologicalisation’ of knowledge.
This book adopts a much needed ‘more-than-human’ framework to grasp these complexities and challenges. It contains multidisciplinary insights and diverse methodological approaches to question how to revise, reshape and invent methods in order to work with non-humans in participatory ways. The book offers a framework for thinking critically about the promises and potentialities of participation from within a more-than-human paradigm, and opens up trajectories for its future development. It will be of interest to those working in the environmental humanities, animal studies, science and technology studies, ecology, and anthropology.
Table of Contents
Introduction: More-than-human participatory research: contexts, challenges, possibilities
Michelle Bastian, Owain Jones, Niamh Moore, Emma Roe
Part 1: Experiments in more-than-human participatory research
1. Towards a more-than-human participatory research
2. Marginalised voices: zoömusicology through a participatory lens
3. ‘Animal-computer interaction: a manifesto’ (2011) and sections from ‘Towards an animal-centred ethics for Animal–Computer Interaction’ (2016)
4. Transformations of time on ecological pilgrimage
Part 2: Building (tentative) affinities
5. How we nose
Timothy Hodgetts and Hester
6. An apprenticeship in plant thinking
7. Imagination and empathy – Eden3: Plein Air
Reiko Goto Collins and Timothy Martin Collins
8. Empowerment as skill: the role of affect in building new subjectivities
9. Shadows, undercurrents and the Aliveness Machines
Jon Pigott and Antony Lyons
Part 3: Cautions
10. Laboratory beagles and affective co-productions of knowledge
Eva Giraud and Gregory Hollin
11. Rethinking ethnobotany? a methodological reflection on human-plant research
Jennifer Atchison and Lesley Head
12. Con-versing: listening, speaking, turning
Michelle Bastian is a Chancellor’s Fellow in the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Owain Jones is Professor of Environmental Humanities, School of Humanities and Cultural Industries, University of Bath Spa, UK.
Niamh Moore is a Chancellor’s Fellow in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Emma Roe is Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Southampton, UK.
"This book explores exciting new methodological horizons. After more than a decade of philosophising and theorising about human-nonhuman relations, researchers across the social sciences and humanities will find here tools to fully ‘enrol’ the non-human in their inquiries."
- Noel Castree, University of Wollongong, Australia
"This book is a boundary-busting collection that asks an excitingly hard question—can members of a more-than-human world engage in truly participatory research? In it human experimenters sensitively recount their humble successes and insightful failures with trying to do just this. For anyone who wants to think seriously and adventurously about participation in more-than-human communities, this book is a must read."
- Katherine Gibson, Western Sydney University, Australia