Multispecies Ethnography

Multispecies Ethnography brings creatures previously relegated to the margins of Anthropology into the foreground of study.


The Emergence of Multispecies Ethnography,” an article by Oxford anthropologist Eben Kirksey and Stefan Helmreich, pioneered new methodological and theoretical approaches for studying how people interact with other creatures. It goes beyond considering them simply as part of the landscape, as food for humans or as symbols. The multispecies approach brings into focus the entanglement of people's live with over living creatures ranging from animals to plants, fungi to microbes.

The School of Museum Ethnography and Museum Ethnography and Multispecies Ethnography

Across the units that make up the school there are members of staff working at the forefront of this field. 

Current work ranges from examining the links between human infrastructure and mosquito habits to exploring multispecies justice and whose lives matter in a multispecies world.

At 6:00 a.m., a young man arrives at the Buguruni ward office in southeast Dar es Salaam. He is one of 64 local residents known as “Community-Owned Resource Persons,” or CORPs, who are paid a modest sum to find mosquito breeding habitats for the city's Urban Malaria Control Programme... Read More

Multispecies Ethnography Publications from members of staff

Explore a range of publications on Multispecies Ethnography. These publications are by current members of staff at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography but some may have been published whilst they were at other institutions.

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