Dr Annie Potts - New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Associate Professor Annie Potts

English and Cultural Studies, School of Humanities and Creative Arts

Research interestsAssociate Professor Annie Potts and Screech

·         Human-animal interactions in everyday life and popular culture

·         Animals and natural disasters (including the Christchurch earthquakes)

·         Constructions of chickens and other birds in fiction, film and art

·         The link between social violence and animal abuse

·         Ethical consumption and subcultural identity

·         Vegan sexuality; gender, meat consumption and vegetarianism

·         Constructions of ‘pests' in Aotearoa

·         Animals in horror film

Annie Potts is the author of Chicken, an illustrated natural and cultural history of gallus domesticus (Reaktion Animal Series, 2011), and co-author, along with Philip Armstrong and Deidre Brown, of A New Zealand Book of Beasts: Animals in our Culture, History and Everyday Life (Auckland University Press, 2013). Her contribution to this book includes a detailed history of companion animals in New Zealand (including traditional pets of Maori); a critical analysis of anti-possum rhetoric in New Zealand; and an exploration of vegetarian sub-cultural identity in this country.

Most recently Annie has co-authored with Donelle Gadenne a book called Animals in Emergencies: Learning from the Christchurch Earthquakes (Canterbury University Press, 2014). This book provides a historical record of animal rescue, shelter and advocacy following the earthquakes which struck Christchurch and surrounding areas in 2010 and 2011.

Annie is also editing a volume called Critical Perspectives on Meat Culture for Brill’s Human-Animal Series (for publication in 2015).

Annie is a member of New Zealand’s First Strike network (which raises awareness of the link between social and domestic violence and animal abuse), and was a member of the National Animal Welfare in Emergencies Management Advisory Group (NAWEM) from 2011-2014. She was a recipient of the New Zealand Companion Animal Council’s Assisi Animal Welfare Award in 2014.

Annie’s professional memberships/administrative roles include

·         Member, First Strike New Zealand (a group researching and combating the link between social violence and animal abuse [PDF]

·         Member, New Zealand Companion Animal Council (NZCAC)

·         Faculty Member, The Kerulos Center, USA

·         Associate, HARN (Human-Animal Research Network, Sydney University)

·         Member, Editorial Board: Antennae: Journal of Nature in Visual Culture

·         Member, Editorial Advisory Board: Humanimalia: Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies

·         Member, Editorial Advisory Board: Journal of Animal Studies

Research and Publications