Michael Adams talks about hunting on ABC Illawarra

Dr Michael Adams

Dr Michael Adams

On 18 June 2014 AUSCCER’s Dr Michael Adams was interviewed by Nick Rheinberger on ABC Illawarra. He discussed his recent article “Caught in the Net of Life and Time” which was published by Meanjin earlier in June 2014.

Here’s the audio of Michael’s ABC Illawarra interview.

Caught in the net of life and time: hunting

Last week Meanjin published an essay of mine. The tagline they used was ‘Michael Adams reflects on the relationships between hunters and their prey’. The Guardian has just reprinted it in their Comment section. The essay explores modern hunting, with some of it focusing on my own hunting. My thinking continues to evolve on these issues, and recent media indicates they continue to be important and controversial. Continue reading

Expeditions in India: from A (Andamans) to B (Buddha)

Post written by Michael Adams

I have just returned from New Delhi, the capital of India. I was also in Calcutta (Kolkata), the city of my birth, after spending a week in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, between India and SE Asia, an extraordinarily beautiful and fascinating place. This post continues my series engaging with India.

Sunset over North Andaman

Sunset over North Andaman. Photo credit: Michael Adams

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High North

Post written by Michael Adams

Linnaeus in Sámi dress, portrait by Martin Hoffman, 1737.

Linnaeus in Sámi dress, portrait by Martin Hoffman, 1737.

Two hundred and eighty years ago, the founder of modern taxonomy, Carl Linnaeus, travelled from Luleå to Jokkmokk, both towns in northern Sweden, and connected by the Lule River (jokkmokk, or in the Lule Sami language, Jåhkåmåhkke, means ‘bend in the river’). Linnaeus was on his ‘journey to Lapland’ documenting the ethnobiology of Sami reindeer herders in their ancestral home, Sápmi. I have just returned to Australia after retracing part of his trip.

Lesley’s blog from Gothenburg explored some interesting issues around naming, and the power of names was part of the discussions on my Sweden visit. American environmental historian Karl Jacoby, Maori lawyer Jacinta Ruru, and myself were invited as keynote speakers for a specialized conference on ‘Sami Customary Rights in Modern Landscapes’ developed from a joint research project of Umeå University, (including the Centre for Sami Studies) and Luleå UniversityContinue reading

Journeys in Japan

Post written by Michael Adams, Christine Eriksen and Heather Moorcroft.

For ten days in August, three AUSCCER members immersed themselves in a series of cultural experiences in Japan. Heather Moorcroft, Christine Eriksen and Michael Adams  were there for the International Geographical Union (IGU) Regional Conference. The conference theme was Traditional Wisdom and Modern Knowledge for the Earth’s Future  – an interesting example of political irony in hindsight. The conference venue, the dramatic Kyoto International Conference Centre, achieved a place in history as the site of the signing of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997.

We were all in Japan as members of the Indigenous Peoples Knowledges and Rights Commission (IPKRC) of IGU. IPKRC has an established protocol of engaging with the local Indigenous communities of the country hosting any given IGU conferences. So for thirty members of the commission (postgraduate students, academics as well as accompanying family members of different nationalities), our Japan experience commenced with a pre-conference trip to Ainu Mosir – Hokkaido – the northernmost island of current-day Japan. The field trip foreshadowed the Indigenous-themed sessions of the conference to consider the political struggles and programs for the retention and revival of Ainu culture.

Photo credit: Christine Eriksen.

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