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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Seminar - Tracks: Walking With Animals in the Past

23rd February 2015, 13:00 to 14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green, Professor Garry Marvin (University of Roehampton)

Last year, during a conservation field course in South Africa, Professor Garry Marvin began to work with a Zimbabwean parks ranger, guide and animal tracker, on a project that explores how trackers learn their skills of interpreting and following animal tracks. Professor Marvin is particularly interested in how they need to become the animals they follow and how the traces of the animal are read to create that animal in their imagination. He is attempting to link this ethnographic work with recent anthropological literature on walking and sensing the world through walking. This project is in its infancy and the seminar will consist of some very muddy trails.

Fellows' seminars take place on Monday lunchtimes in the seminar room at Cosin's Hall.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

The aim of these seminars is to develop new thinking on the big issues that are of current concern/interest for the Fellows . Each Fellow is asked to present a core idea that informs their current work, or a problem that they are tackling, that could benefit from cross-disciplinary thinking. These seminars are informal and designed to encourage discussion.

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