Olea Morris joins OSEH as (virtual) Visiting Doctoral Researcher with a project on Mexican Ecovillages

Morris' project Communing with Others: Multispecies Entanglements in Mexican Ecovillages focuses on the emergent ecovillage movement in Mexico, exploring how people imagine, construct, and inhabit intentional, ecologically-oriented communities.

Image contains cattle in a small compound of grass. Palmtrees in the back.

Ethnographic fieldwork with sheep herds in Veracruz. Photos by author.

I’m very excited to be a part of OSEH as a (virtual) visiting doctoral researcher for the Spring 2021 semester. I’ll be participating in department events and working under the supervision of Dr. Ursula Münster with the help of a Doctoral Research Support Grant offered by my home institution.

Portrait photo of Olea Morris

Currently, I am a PhD candidate in Environmental Sciences and Policy at Central European University in Austria. Trained as a cultural anthropologist during my MA at San Diego State University, I also have a broad background in the humanities, with a BA in Anthropology and Art History and a minor in Classics from George Mason University. In addition to my previous experience in archaeological collections management, I have also worked on several grassroots projects related to sustainable agriculture and beekeeping in Mexico, Germany, and the United States.

 

My dissertation, provisionally titled “Communing with Others:

Photo of beekeeper in Yucatán
Bee hives in Yucatán. Photo by Olea Morris.

Multispecies Entanglements in Mexican Ecovillages”, focuses on the emergent ecovillage movement in Mexico, exploring how people imagine, construct, and inhabit intentional, ecologically-oriented communities. Taking a multispecies ethnographic approach, I understand these communities as assemblages of both human and nonhuman residents. In particular, I am interested in how these emergent social relationships influence the ways that each community engages with alternative agriculture practices, including permaculture, agroecology, and biodynamic agriculture.

I very much look forward to engaging with OSEH students and professors in the Welcome to the Anthropocene lecture series, lunchtime discussions, and research collaboratories this semester!

Tags: OSEH, HF, IKOS, Environmental Humanities, Ecology By Olea Morris
Published Jan. 22, 2021 3:20 PM - Last modified Mar. 30, 2022 12:51 PM