'The Animal Turn' is full of rich theoretical and methodological conversations that help us to grapple with the complexity of the field and how we can know animals. However we can sometimes, paradoxically, lose sight of animals in these conversations. To mitigate this Claudia launched "Animal Highlights" at the end of every episode. These are five minute clips that focus on animals themselves and try to highlight aspects of their lives or why they are amazing. The highlights are coupled with related videos on youtube!
As part of the sponsorship provided by SAPLab, Season 4's Animal Highlights will be done by Hannah Hunter. Hannah Hunter (she/ her) is a PhD Candidate at the Sonic Arts of Place Laboratory at Queen's University. Her research explores the intersections of animals, sounds, and extinction through the case study of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Hannah is particularly interested in how we can build relationships with distant and lost beings through sound, and how sound may be a potent force for representing and challenging the sixth mass extinction.
About the Animal Highlights
"There are so many exciting and divergent conversations happening in animal studies, so it is wonderful to have a podcast that hones in on and draws out some of these debates. The fact that there is a whole season on sound is SO exciting- I hope this season can bring attention to all the thrilling things to be found (and heard!) at the intersections of animals and sound....So much of the ways animals experience the world, and we experience animals, is sonic. When you think about it, we hear animals a lot more often than we see them, and just like us, animals depend on sound for survival, relationship building, and play. By studying animals and sound, we can understand animals' lifeworlds more richly, as well as how humanity's sonic activities impact animal lives." - Hannah Hunter