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Professor Samantha Hurn

Associate Professor (Anthropology)

North Cloisters 

Office hours by appointment so please email me to arrange a mutually convenient time.

I am a social anthropologist, but my research falls under the umbrella category of anthrozoology or multi-species ethnography (in other words, how humans think about and engage with nonhuman or other-than-human animals in a range of cultural contexts). I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Southern Africa (Swaziland and South Africa - looking at primate conservation and human-wildlife conflict) and Europe (especially rural Andalusia, Spain and Wales, UK - focussing on domesticated animals, animals in agricultural production systems, the enrolment of animals in ritual contexts and human kinship with dogs and other companion species). While anthrozoology is my real passion my research interests and expertise cover a wide range of thematic and theoretical areas of much broader and traditional anthropological focus and interest. These include environmental anthropology; ritual and sacrifice; development; globalisation; migration and diaspora; ethnicity and nationalism; kinship and gender; biopolitics and power; tourism; neo-colonialism; exchange and reciprocity; material culture; visual anthropology; crime, deviance and risk taking; medical anthropology; the occult; religious syncretism; spiritual landscapes, pilgrimage and monasticism; agrarian change and diversification; food production and consumption.

I am the Director of the Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics (EASE) working group, Programme Director for the MA in Anthrozoology and PhD programme in Anthrozoology here at Exeter.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Please also see the Exeter Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics (EASE) website: http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/ease

Publications: 

Hurn, S. (forthcoming) Human-Animal Farm: A Multi-Species Ethnography of Rural Social Networks. London: Routledge.

Hurn, S. (forthcoming) Baboon. Reaktion (Animal Series).

Hurn, S. (forthcoming) Multi-species ethnography, in Sage Qualitative Datasets.

Hurn, S. (2017). Human-Animal Relations, in Fuentes, A. (ed). International Encyclopaedia of Primatology.

Hurn, S. (ed) (2016). Anthropology and Cryptozoology: Researching Encounters with Mysterious Creatures. London: Routledge.

Hurn, S. (2016). Introduction. In Hurn, S. (ed) Anthropology and Cryptozoology: Researching Encounters with Mysterious Creatures. London: Routledge. 

Hurn, S. (2016). Land of beasts and dragons: Modern myth-making in rural Wales. In Hurn, S. (ed) Anthropology and Cryptozoology: Researching Encounters with Mysterious Creatures. London: Routledge 

Hurn, S. (2016). Animals as producers, consumers and consumed: the complexities of trans-species sustenance in a multi-faith community. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology. DOI 10.1080/00141844.2015.1107611

Hurn, S. (2016) ‘Gifts for the gods? The present and future of sacrifice’ in Murray, C. A. (ed) Diversity of Sacrifice: Form and Function of Sacrificial Practices in the Ancient World and Beyond. Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology Series. Albany: SUNY Press

Hurn, S. (2015). Anthrozoology: an important subfield in anthropology. In Hartung, G., & Herrgen, M. (Eds.). (2014). Interdisziplinäre Anthropologie: Jahrbuch 2/2014. Springer-Verlag, 179 - 188.

Hurn, S. (2015). Baboon Cosmopolitanism: More-Than-Human Moralities in a Multispecies Community. In Nagai, K., Jones, K., Landry, D., Mattfeld, M., Rooney, C., & Sleigh, C. Cosmopolitan Animals. Palgrave Macmillan.(pp. 152-166).

Hurn, S. (2013) Confessions of a Vegan Anthropologist. In A. Lavis, & E. J. Abbots (Eds.). Why we eat, how we eat: Contemporary encounters between foods and bodies. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd, pp. 219 - 236.

Hurn, S. (2013). Students and Fieldwork Collide: Taking a Hands-on Approach to Teaching Anthropology. Teaching Anthropology2(2): 66 - 71.

Hurn, S. (2012) Humans and Other Animals: Human-Animal Interactions in Cross-Cultural Perspective. London: Pluto Press. 

Hurn, S. (2011) Like Herding Cats! Managing conflict over wildlife heritage on South Africa’s Cape Peninsula’ Journal of Ecological and Environmental Anthropology. 6 (1): 39 – 53. 

Hurn, S. (2011) ‘Dressing down: Clothing animals, disguising animality’ Civilizations. 59 (2): 123 – 138. 

Hurn, S. (2010) ‘Humans and other animals in the work of Anna Lucas: Conversation with the artist’ Holy Hiatus: Ritual and Community in Public Art. Cardigan: Parthian Books. 

Hurn, S. (2010) 'What's in a name? Anthrozoology, human-animal studies, animal studies or something else?' Anthropology Today. June 2010. Volume 26 (3): 27 – 28. 

Hurn, S. (2009) ‘Here be dragons? No, big cats! Predator symbolism in rural West Wales’ Anthropology Today. Volume 25 (1): 6 – 11. 

Hurn, S. (2008) ‘The ‘Cardinauts’ of the Western coast of Wales: Exchanging and exhibiting horses in the pursuit of fame’ Journal of Material Culture. Volume 13 (3): 335 – 355. This paper won the JMC prize. 

Hurn, S. (2008) ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It? The interplay between sex and gender in the commercial breeding of Welsh cobs’ Society & Animals. 16 (1): 23 – 44. 

Hurn, S. (2007) ‘Cultural Conditioning: Constructions of equine obesity amongst Welsh cob exhibitors’ NES Journal of Equine Studies. Volume 2: 33 – 36 

Hurn, S. (2006) ‘Horse culture? An alternative view of equine welfare’ NES Journal of Equine Studies. Volume 1: 32 – 38.

Awards:

  • Academic year 2015/16 I received multiple nominations per category for the Exeter Student Guild Teaching Awards in the following categories: Best supervisor; Innovative Teaching; Research Inspired Teaching; Best feedback provider; Most supportive member of staff; Best lecturer, and was shortlisted for Best supervisor.
  • Academic year 2014/15 I received nominations for the Exeter Student Guild Teaching Awards in the following categories: Best lecturer; Innovative teaching.
  • 2013 recipient of the Higher Education Academy and Association of Social Anthropologists Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Anthropology.
  • Academic year 2012/13 I received nominations for the Exeter Student Guild Teaching Awards in the following category: Best Lecturer.
  • 2012 recipient of the Higher Education Academy and Association of Social Anthropologists Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Anthropology.
  • 2011 the documentary film which was made of my research project ‘Riding the Trod’ was commended as an important piece of Welsh cultural heritage and was added to the National Library of Wales digital archive. The documentary can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/15655164 
  • 2010 winner of the Humane Society of the United States Distinguished Course Award for the MA in Anthrozoology.
  • 2008 winner of the Journal of Material Culture prize for best paper.
  • 2003 recipient of the UCL Anthropology Department PhD studentship.