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Animals and Science

Animals and Science

My post-doctoral work took the question of knowledge and alterity to a different field: that of inter-species relations in scientific research. I studied the conceptual and material relations between humans and other animals in behavioural biology, with a particular focus on researchers who study meerkats. As in the Corsican case, the focus was on the ways in which understandings of similarity and difference emerge from situated interactions, the intersections of materiality, sociality and language, and the ways in which knowing and not-knowing constitute and emerge from social, ethical and political relations.


The two faces of character: moral tales of animal behaviour. Social Anthropology 26, 361–375.

Paradoxical Pedagogies: Reassembling Individual (Animal) Subjects. In Recovering the Human Subject. Martin Holbraad, James Laidlaw, and Barbara Bodenhorn, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Science. Felix Stein, Sian Lazar, Matei Candea, et al., eds. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology.

We Have Never Been Pluralist: On Lateral and Frontal Comparisons in the Ontological Turn. In Comparative Metaphysics: Ontology after Anthropology. Pierre Charbonnier, Gildas Salmon, and Peter Skafish, eds. London: Rowman & Littlefield.


The Fieldsite as Device. Journal of Cultural Economy, 6, 241-258.

Suspending Belief: Epoche in Animal Behavior Science. American Anthropologist, 115, 423-436. 

Objects made out of action. In Objects and Materials Companion, (Eds, Harvey, P. et al.) Routledge, London, 


Different Species, One Theory: Reflections on Anthropomorphism and Anthropological Comparison. Cambridge Anthropology, 30, 118-135. Pre-print (free) 


Two hopes built on swarms. BioSocieties, 6, 365-369.

“We both wait together”: Poaching Agustin Fuentes. Kroeber Anthropological Society, 100, 148-151.


“I fell in love with Carlos the meerkat”: Engagement and detachment in human-animal relations. American Ethnologist, 37, 241-258.