I was born in an extremely built-up urban environment, and have always been afraid of virtually all nonhuman animals. For a long time, I saw the natural world as out there, independent of my existence, and was oblivious to whatever happened to it. But this has changed.
I had written almost exclusively about men. That’s something I realized after finishing my book manuscript.
Looking back, my fascination with museums has clearly played out in my doctoral research on emerging relationships between humans and nonhumans under ecological emergency. Unsurprisingly, the natural history museum is one of the most fraught sites in which these relationships have historically been constructed.