George North could skin a muskrat blindfolded. At 56 years old, North was a white man who had spent his entire life on the Eastern Shore. He lived in Cambridge, Maryland: home of the first annual muskrat skinning contest in 1939.
My name, Renée, means ‘re-born’. It bears a distinct irony considering the power of naming, re-naming, un-naming, and misnaming which are all constituted in a process of birthing or rebirthing.
Ehrlich gesagt, hatte ich vor Beginn meines Dissertationsprojekts noch nie etwas von CEPIS gehört.
A colleague of mine was surprised when I informed him that I do not know any songs about rivers in Ghana. I could not recall any songs about rivers. It came as a shock to him.
Since I began working on my dissertation project on the multiple ways the relationship between humans and nature is understood and enacted under climate change, one of the most important shifts in my thinking has been to see extinction not only as a scientific concept, but a social, cultural, and political phenomenon.