Dr Thom van Dooren


Senior Lecturer
BA (Hons) ANU; PhD ANU
School of Humanities and Languages

Contact

02 9385 3768
Room 323, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Environmental Philosophy, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Studies

Thom van Dooren’s research is situated in the broad interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities. His current work focuses primarily on the philosophical and ethical dimensions of species extinctions and wildlife management, and is rooted in an approach that draws the humanities into conversation with ecology, biology, ethology and ethnographic work with communities whose lives are entangled with disappearing species in a range of different ways.

Van Dooren completed his B.A. (honours) and PhD at the Australian National University. He has been a Humboldt Research Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich (2014-2016, intermitent) and has held visiting positions in the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California at Santa Cruz (2005, 2010) and the Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (2014).

Van Dooren is co-editor of the international open-access journal Environmental Humanities. For more information on his writing and current research projects please visit his personal website.

Research

Thom van Dooren’s research is situated in the broad interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities. His current work focuses primarily on the philosophical and ethical dimensions of species extinctions and wildlife management, and is rooted in an approach that draws the humanities into conversation with ecology, biology, ethology and ethnographic work with communities whose lives are entangled with disappearing species in a range of different ways.

Van Dooren completed his B.A. (honours) and PhD at the Australian National University. He has been a Humboldt Research Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich (2014-2016, intermitent) and has held visiting positions in the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California at Santa Cruz (2005, 2010) and the Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (2014).

Van Dooren is co-editor of the international open-access journal Environmental Humanities. For more information on his writing and current research projects please visit his personal website.

Publications

    Books

    • Van Dooren T, 2014, Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction, Columbia University Press, New York
    • van Dooren T, 2011, Vulture, Reaktion, London

    Book Chapters

    • Van Dooren T, 2015, 'The Last Snail: Loss, Hope and Care for the Future', in Springer A-S; Turpin E (ed.), Land & Animal & Nonanimal, K. Verlag and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, pp. 1 - 14
    • Van Dooren T, 2015, 'Vulture Stories: Narrative and Conservation', in Gibson K; Rose DR; Fincher R (ed.), A Manifesto for Living in the Anthropocene, New York
    • Van Dooren T, 2014, 'Mourning Crows: Grief and Extinction in a Shared World', in Marvin G; McHugh S (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Human-Animal Studies, Routledge, London
    • Rose D; van Dooren T, 2010, 'Extinctions', in Encyclopedia of Geography, SAGE Publications

    Journal articles

    • van Dooren T, 2015, 'Authentic Crows: Identity, Captivity and Emergent Forms of Life', Theory, Culture and Society: explorations in critical social science, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0263276415571941
    • Van Dooren T, 2014, 'Care (in the Living Lexicon for the Environmental Humanities)', Environmental Humanities, vol. 5, no. n/a, pp. 291 - 294
    • Van Dooren T, 2012, 'Nature in the anthropocene? A reflection on a photograph', Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature, vol. 58, pp. 228 - 234, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/cgl.2012.0024
    • van Dooren T, 2012, 'Wild Seed, Domesticated Seed: Companion species and the emergence of agriculture', Philosophy Activism Nature, vol. 9, pp. 22 - 28
    • van Dooren T; Rose D, 2012, 'Storied-places in a multispecies city', Humanimalia: a journal of human/animal interface studies, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 1 - 27
    • Van Dooren T, 2011, 'Invasive species in penguin worlds: An ethical taxonomy of killing for conservation', Conservation and Society, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 286 - 298, http://dx.doi.org/10.4103/0972-4923.92140
    • Rose D; Cooke S; van Dooren T, 2011, 'Ravens at Play', Cultural Studies Review, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 326 - 343
    • van Dooren T, 2011, 'Vultures and their People in India: Equity and Entanglement in a Time of Extinctions', Australian Humanities Review, vol. 50, pp. 45 - 61, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/man.2010.0006
    • van Dooren T, 2010, 'Pain of Extinction: The Death of a Vulture', Cultural Studies Review, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 271 - 289
    • Van Dooren T, 2010, 'Biopatents and the problem/promise of genetic leaks: Farming canola in Canada', Capitalism, Nature, Socialism: a journal of socialist ecology, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 43 - 63, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10455752.2010.489669
    • van Dooren T, 2009, 'Banking Seed: Use and Information in the Conservation of Agricultural Diversity', Science As Culture, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 373 - 395
    • van Dooren T, 2009, 'Genetic Conservation in a Climate of Loss: Thinking with Val Plumwood', Australian Humanities Review, vol. 46, pp. 103 - 112
    • Roa-Rodriguez C; van Dooren T, 2008, 'The Shifting Common Spaces of Plant Genetic Resources in the International Regulation of Property', The Journal of World Intellectual Property, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 176 - 202
    • van Dooren T, 2008, 'Inventing seed: The nature(s) of intellectual property in plants', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 676 - 697, http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/dtvd
    • van Dooren T, 2007, 'Terminated Seed: Death, Proprietary Kinship and the Production of (Bio)wealth', Science As Culture, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 71 - 93
    • Van Dooren T, 2005, 'I would rather be a god/dess than a cyborg' a pagan encounter with Donna Haraway', The Pomegranate: the international journal of Pagan studies, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 42 - 58

    Other

    • Rose D; van Dooren T; Chrulew M; Cooke S; Kearnes M; O''Gorman E, Thinking Through the Environment, Unsettling the Humanities
    • Metcalf J; van Dooren T, Temporal Environments: Rethinking Time and Ecology
    • Rose, Introduction

Teaching

Honours and prizes

Significant Recent Awards

 

Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, 2014-2016

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany

Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich

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Australian Research Council, Discovery Project 2015-2017 (DP150103232): AUD 146,700

Encountering Crows: Living with Wildlife in a Changing World

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Australian Research Council, Discovery Project 2011-2013 (DP110102886): AUD 95,000 

Encounters with Extinction: A multi-sited, multi-species approach to life at the edge of catastrophe in the Asia-Pacific region

(with Deborah Bird Rose)

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Sir William Keith Hancock Lecture, invited lecture to the 44th Symposium of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, November 2013

"Spectral Crows in Hawai‘i: Conservation, Haunted Landscapes and the Environmental Humanities"

Affiliations and membership

Professional Member of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) USA (since 2008)

Member, International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) (since 2011)

Member, International Association for Environmental Philosophy (IAEP) (since 2012)

Member, Australian Animal Studies Group (AASG) (since 2012)

 

Founding co-editor, Environmental Humanities, www.environmentalhumanities.org (since 2012)

Editorial Board Member, Routledge Environmental Humanities book series, (since 2013)

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