Associate Professor Thom Van Dooren

PhD ANU
ARC Future Fellow (2017-2021)

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Thom van Dooren is Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2017-2021) in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, and founding co-editor of the journal Environmental Humanities (Duke University Press). His research is based in the broad interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities, with particular grounding in environmental philosophy, cultural studies, and science and technology studies. His research and writing focuses on some of the many philosophical, ethical, cultural, and political issues that arise in the context of species extinctions and human entanglements with threatened species and places. He is the author of Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction (2014), Making Worlds With Crows: A Multispecies Ethics (2018), and co-editor of Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death, and Generations (2017), all published by Columbia University Press.

He completed his BA (honours) at the Australian National University (2003), and his PhD in the Fenner School of Environment and Society, also at the ANU (2007).He then held a Research Councils of the UK Academic Fellowship at the University of Hull (UK) and a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Technology Sydney. From 2011-2017 he helped to establish and then worked with the Environmental Humanities group at the University of New South Wales. He took up his current position at the University of Sydney in 2018.

He has held visiting positions at the University of California at Santa Cruz (2005, 2010), the Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (2014), MIT (2018), the University of Hawai`i (2018) and been a Humboldt Research Fellow (Experienced Researchers) at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (2014, 2015, 2016).

Research interests

Thom’s research is situated in the broad interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities. Particular topics of interest include: extinction studies; cultures and politics of biodiversity (esp. in Hawai`i and the Pacific); multispecies/animal/plant studies; feminist science studies; field philosophy; natureculture writing; storytelling; public humanities; extra-terrestrial ethics.

For further information see: www.thomvandooren.org

Teaching and supervision

From 2018-2021, Thom will be an ARC Future Fellow. As such, his teaching will be limited. Thom is available to supervise research students in any of the above listed areas.

Current projects

I am currently engaged in two primary research projects:

1.) “Making worlds with crows”: This ARC-funded project focuses on changing human/crow relationships in the context of escalating processes of globalisation, biodiversity loss and climate change.

2.) “Extinction Stories: Inhabiting Landscapes of Loss”: This ARC-funded project focuses on the ways in which the loss of species, and efforts to prevent these losses, shape the contours of local people’s lives and the landscapes they inhabit in the Pacific, with a particular focus on Hawai`i.

Associations

  • Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S)
  • International Association for Environmental Philosophy (IAEP)
  • Australian Animal Studies Association (AASA)
  • Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture – Australian/New Zealand (ASLEC-ANZ)

Awards and honours

  • Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2017-2021)
  • Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany (2014-2016)
  • Delivered the Sir Keith Hancock Lecture to the 44th Symposium of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2013)
  • Invited Advisory Board member: Environmental Humanities Collaboratory, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Editorial Board Member, Routledge Environmental Humanities book series
  • Editorial Board Member, Sydney University Press Animal Publics book series

In the media

For a listing of my major contributions to media discussion and public scholarship, please see www.thomvandooren.org.

Selected publications

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Books

  • van Dooren, T. (2014). Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • van Dooren, T. (2012). Vulture. London: Reaktion Books.

Book Chapters

  • van Dooren, T. (2014). Mourning Crows: Grief and extinction in a shared world. In Garry Marvin and Susan McHugh (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Human-Animal Studies, (pp. 275-289). New York, NY: Taylor and Francis. [More Information]

Journals

  • Calver, M., Adam, P., van Dooren, T., Rose, D., Wallis, I., Banks, P., Hochuli, D. (2017). Dangerous Ideas in zoology: Plenary session 2. Australian Zoologist, 38(3), 414-421. [More Information]
  • van Dooren, T., Bird Rose, D. (2017). Keeping faith with the dead: Mourning & de-extinction. Australian Zoologist, 38(3), 375-378. [More Information]
  • van Dooren, T., Rose, D. (2017). Lively Ethography: Storying Animist Worlds. Environmental Humanities, 8(1), 77-94.
  • O'Gorman, E., van Dooren, T. (2017). The promises of pests: Wildlife in agricultural landscapes. Australian Zoologist, 39(1), 81-84. [More Information]
  • van Dooren, T. (2016). Authentic Crows: Identity, Captivity and Emergent Forms of Life. Theory, Culture and Society, 33(2), 29-52. [More Information]
  • van Dooren, T., Kirksey, E., M�nster, U. (2016). Multispecies Studies: Cultivating Arts of Attentiveness. Environmental Humanities, 8(1), 1-23.
  • van Dooren, T. (2016). The Unwelcome Crows: hospitality in the anthropocene. Angelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 21(2), 193-212. [More Information]
  • van Dooren, T. (2012). Nature in the anthropocene? A reflection on a photograph. Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature, 58, 228-234. [More Information]

2017

  • Calver, M., Adam, P., van Dooren, T., Rose, D., Wallis, I., Banks, P., Hochuli, D. (2017). Dangerous Ideas in zoology: Plenary session 2. Australian Zoologist, 38(3), 414-421. [More Information]
  • van Dooren, T., Bird Rose, D. (2017). Keeping faith with the dead: Mourning & de-extinction. Australian Zoologist, 38(3), 375-378. [More Information]
  • van Dooren, T., Rose, D. (2017). Lively Ethography: Storying Animist Worlds. Environmental Humanities, 8(1), 77-94.
  • O'Gorman, E., van Dooren, T. (2017). The promises of pests: Wildlife in agricultural landscapes. Australian Zoologist, 39(1), 81-84. [More Information]

2016

  • van Dooren, T. (2016). Authentic Crows: Identity, Captivity and Emergent Forms of Life. Theory, Culture and Society, 33(2), 29-52. [More Information]
  • van Dooren, T., Kirksey, E., M�nster, U. (2016). Multispecies Studies: Cultivating Arts of Attentiveness. Environmental Humanities, 8(1), 1-23.
  • van Dooren, T. (2016). The Unwelcome Crows: hospitality in the anthropocene. Angelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 21(2), 193-212. [More Information]

2014

  • van Dooren, T. (2014). Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • van Dooren, T. (2014). Mourning Crows: Grief and extinction in a shared world. In Garry Marvin and Susan McHugh (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Human-Animal Studies, (pp. 275-289). New York, NY: Taylor and Francis. [More Information]

2012

  • van Dooren, T. (2012). Nature in the anthropocene? A reflection on a photograph. Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature, 58, 228-234. [More Information]
  • van Dooren, T. (2012). Vulture. London: Reaktion Books.

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