Living with Vultures in the Sixth Extinction. Environmental Lunchtime Discussion.

In this talk, environmental anthropologist Sara Asu Schroer will introduce us to her ongoing ethnographic research project that investigates the challenges and possibilities of European vulture conservation within landscapes that have become at once increasingly toxic and sanitized.

Several vultures sitting by the edge of a cliff looking out.


In this talk Sara Asu Schroer will introduce us to her ongoing research project Living with Vultures in the Sixth Extinction (LiVE) based at the Institute of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS) and the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities (OSEH). The project investigates the situated practices of avian conservation in changing European landscapes. It traces the environmental history of vulture reintroductions in European mountain ranges, as well as contemporary challenges and possibilities of scavenger survival within landscapes that have become at once increasingly toxic and sanitized. Focussing attention on the vital processes of decay, the project will investigate how ideas, values, and imaginaries associated with the medicalisation and sanitization of death and decay in late modernity influence the ways in which conservation initiatives conceptualise and manage lively processes of dying and decaying in anthropogenic landscapes. It will do so by analysing conservation not only as an ethical and political endeavour, but also importantly as an aesthetic one, through which human-wildlife relations are ordered, sensed, and imagined.

About the presenter

Sara Asu Schroer is an environmental anthropologist with a longstanding interest in more-than-human ethnography, the anthropology of learning and enskilment as well as interdisciplinary debates on communication, meaning making and affectivity. She has been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship for the project Living with Vultures in the Sixth Extinction: An Ethnographic Study of Avian Conservation in Changing European Landscapes (LiVE), based at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, UiO (2020-2023). She is co-editor of Exploring Atmospheres Ethnographically (Routledge, 2018), and co-speaker of the recently establish OSEH collaboratory Worlds of Meaning in Conservation.

About the event series

The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 15 minute presentations by invited guests, followed by a discussion. We invite speakers from a wide variety of fields, both academic and beyond. The presentations are accessible and are aimed at anyone with an interest in environmental issues. All are welcome.

Tags: OSEH, HF, Environmental Humanities, Extinction
Published Sep. 10, 2021 1:29 PM - Last modified Apr. 21, 2022 11:22 AM