On Preparations: Engaging with Inhuman Materialities

  • Myra J. Hird

Field Note: Kingston, Ontario, Canada – 14 Jun 2007

How do I prepare for my fieldwork: a year in Distinguished University Professor Lynn Margulis’ laboratory? I’ve read Laboratory Life (1986), but I don’t want to be an anthropologist of science. I’m not sure what I have in mind, but something more like Mackenzie and Murphie’s “engagement.” I have a passport and map to get through New England, an old undergraduate microbiology textbook, running shoes, a recent book on earth systems science, diapers for my son and pull-ups for my daughter, a new laptop, a camera, my family, a book contract, emails of unfinished business, a bicycle… Somehow this doesn’t seem enough.

On Preparations

Between 2001 and 2011, Peter van Wyck travelled what has become known as the Highway of the Atom (2010). van Wyck’s research took him to the Déline community and the Eldorado mine at Great Bear Lake, Hay River, Norman Wells, Inuvik and Fort Smith; to the North West Territory Archives in Yellowknife, the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Environmental Studies, Queen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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