Whale-watching in the archives: methodological experimentation for more-than-human histories – Anna Guasco (Department of Geography)

February 14, 2022 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Zoom and Seminar Room 2
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Olin Moctezuma

This presentation shares some of the methodological challenges and possibilities raised by more-than-human histories. Focusing on archival methods and my doctoral dissertation on histories, stories, and justice issues surrounding grey whale migration in the North American Pacific, I propose alternative ways of envisioning and practicing archival methods. I will discuss some of the practical challenges of ‘whale-watching in the archives’, and I also will share some stories from my archival research to raise questions about power, memory, knowledge, and agency in these archives. I aim to bring together conversations from history of science (particularly histories of natural history), STS, animal and more-than-human histories, cultural and historical geographies, environmental justice, and political ecology to argue for the necessity of interdisciplinary and experimental approaches to archival research for more-than-human histories.

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