Messing with methods in mud with pigs and mangroves

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

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsJudith, Kate (Author) and Ahlberger Le Dunff, Helene (Author)
Journal or Proceedings TitleProgram Abstracts: 4S Sydney: TRANSnational STS: Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Conference 2018
Number of Pages1
Year2018
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttps://convention2.allacademic.com/one/ssss/4s18/
Conference/Event4S Sydney: TRANSnational STS: Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Conference 2018
Event Details
4S Sydney: TRANSnational STS: Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Conference 2018
Event Date
29 Aug 2018 to end of 01 Sep 2018
Event Location
Sydney, Australia
Abstract

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.

Keywordsmud, mangrove, method, more-than-human, agency
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020500304. Environmental philosophy
440699. Human geography not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of New South Wales
University of Sydney
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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