My dissertation research asks how Danes conceptualize their concern for the environment and its relationship to their diet: animal agriculture is one of the leading contributors to climate change and, in polls, Danes frequently identify as environmentalistsâ€”yet they often top world charts in per capita meat consumption. I am interested in how food (specifically meat) consumption is tied to what Foucault calls the ethical self, and the ways in which foodâ€™s semiotic and ritual inscriptions can separate it from oneâ€™s political subjectivity.
Initially, my scholarly research concerned the tension between the animal rights/liberation movement in North America, and the political Leftâ€”which then became comparative with Denmark (where the two movements are far less antagonistic). This primarily entailed discourse analysis of critical Left-Wing literature, as well as surveying personal affiliations and organizational relationships.
Applying an anthropological lens to my hobby, I made a small foray into digital ethnography and ethnographic film by exploring kinship and social structures in the online zombie apocalypse survival game DayZ Mod.
I am currently in the graduate certificate program at the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory (3CT), and my work is supported by the Culture and Animals Foundation.