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Invasive Species lecture at University of Waterloo

I am incredibly excited for a guest lecturer coming to my school Dr. Tom Stolhgren. This coming Thursday the March 12th, at 5:30pm he will be speaking about invasive species. The event page reads: “Invasive species may be the number one environmental threat  (ohh???) of the 21st century. Invasions from Inner Space: Species Invasions and Extinctions will […]

Politicizing Urban Wildlife

Reading List 1. Urban wild things: A cosmopolitical experiment. Steve Hinchliffee, Matthew Kearness, Monica Degen, Sarah Whatmore. Environment and Planning Development 2005, 23(5). 2. Risky Zoograpgies: The limits of place in avian flu management. Natalie Porter 2012. 3. Tales of cruelty and belonging: In search of an ethnic for urban human-wildlife relations. Erin Luther 2013. […]

Watch out! The complicated tales of ‘invader’ species

“An animal is rarely just an animal. And an animal is particularly precious when wrapped in a flag” (Coates, 2015, pg. 60). A provocative category of animals deemed ‘invasive’ is evoking deep-rooted sentiments of nationalism, racism, colonialism and fear of the foreign or the ‘other’. Thus far, appropriate responses to these creatures is to focus on further rejecting them […]

strange places: finding companion animals in shelters and in cemeteries

Urban Companion Animals Reading List 1. Homeless women’s vices on incorporating companion animals into shelter services. 2011, Jennifer Labreque & Chrstine A. Waslh, 79-96 2.  The emergence of “pets as family” and the socio-historical development of pet funerals in Japan. 2009, Elmber Veldkamp, 333-346 3. The meaning of American pet cemetery gravestones. Stanley Brandes, 2009, […]

A small snapshot of Animal Geographies

I designed this course to begin by building a foundation of knowledge for what constitutes the study of animal geography. Two of the articles I chose this week come from what are considered essential basic texts in this geographical subdiscipline. The first is Animal spaces, beastly places: New geographies of human-animal relations (2000) edited by Chris Philo […]

Independent Studies 402: urban animals / animal geography

I am so happy to confirm that I will be critically reading through texts again this term with the lovely Dr. Anne Dagg. I am going to explore urban ecologies and specifically placing animals within the western city; however the discourses can are witnessed globablly. Within the cityscape, animals hold different physical and ontological places […]