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.

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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.

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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:

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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 Feb. 19, 2021 12:40 PM