Closing Date: 07/01/2018
Applications are invited for a full-time, three-year postdoctoral research associate position that explores forms and ideas of relatedness, care and extinction at play in orangutan adoption programmes. This position is part of a new European Research Council-funded project (Starting Grant), Refiguring conservation in/for ‘the Anthropocene’: the global lives of the orangutan, which will be led by Dr Liana Chua at Brunel University London.
This project seeks to produce an ethnography of the burgeoning field of virtual orangutan adoption—a prominent means through which orangutan charities raise awareness of the threats facing orangutans, and a popular entry point into orangutan conservation and welfare for many ordinary supporters in the Global North. This study will examine how notions of kinship, relatedness, intimacy and care are negotiated in this field, and ask how they shape and are shaped by mounting public awareness about extinction, environmental crisis, interspecies ethics and ‘the Anthropocene’. This study will be based mainly in the UK and involve working with charities and supporters of orangutan causes.