Messing with methods in mud with pigs and mangroves

Judith, Kate ORCID: and Ahlberger Le Dunff, Helene (2018) Messing with methods in mud with pigs and mangroves. In: 4S Sydney: TRANSnational STS: Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Conference 2018, 29 Aug - 01 Sept 2018, Sydney, Australia.


Thinking mud is something many humans are not well practiced in, but it is something mangroves and pigs can do well. We are making ‘theory in the mud’ (Haraway 2016) through allowing the practices of mangroves and pigs to guide us into the the shifting, the multiple, the earthly, the sticky, the dirty and the dangerous. Understanding pigs’ practice of wallowing in mud, and the accumulation and settling in mud of mangroves as grounded ways of being, lets us see these more-than-human worlds as sticky webs of encounters. Our studies take an interest in the muddy world making of pigs and mangroves as they rub against those human desires which locate cleanness, control and identity in opposition to muddiness. The mangroves of Sydney are negotiating their world making around the margins not only of the harbour and rivers of the city but also of the human imaginings of these spaces. In the capital of Kiribati, pigs’ mud weaves together modern and traditional waterworlds. In lurking with the mangroves of Sydney and the pigs of Kiribati we notice their accommodating, edge-seeking, space-shaping methods. Much of this adaptive and experimental practice incorporates quantities of discharges, toxins, and human practices. We have made particular choices about the tools, practices, theories and words we use to engage and think with our non-human collaborators. We find there hosts, guests, parasites, kin, co-producers and co-participants. In this paper we will share our own methodological journeys in engaging theoretical perspectives within mangrove and pig worlds.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Open Access College (1 Jul 2013 - 7 Jun 2020)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Open Access College (1 Jul 2013 - 7 Jun 2020)
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2020 00:26
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2020 03:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: mud, mangrove, method, more-than-human, agency
Fields of Research (2008): 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220303 Environmental Philosophy
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
Fields of Research (2020): 50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5003 Philosophy > 500304 Environmental philosophy
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440699 Human geography not elsewhere classified

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