Eimear Theresa Mc Loughlin
  • Blichers Allé 20, 8867/K27, 3220

    8830 Tjele

    Denmark

20152024

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As a Tenure Track Assistant Professor in the Anthropology of Human-Animal Relations with the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Aarhus University, my work incorporates multimodal methods to examine the politics of multispecies relations through emotion, gender, and care. As a multispecies anthropologist, I have experience in companion species relations, human-wildlife conflict, veterinary ethics, and the politics of meat production. Within the context of human-animal relations, my theoretical interests include everyday ethics, phenomenology, and care. My primary regional focus has been within Europe, encompassing fieldwork in Denmark, Ireland, UK, France, and Poland. My research interests benefit from a multidisciplinary background including veterinary science, philosophy, sociology, and critical theory.

My ESRC-funded doctoral research with the University of Exeter studies the politics of transparency and the production of national identity in displays of animal death in Denmark.

Continuing ongoing collaboration with Department of Anthropology at Moesgaard, with Jens Seeberg (PI), Mette Vaarst, and Holger Brüggemann, I am investigating how a biosocial approach to antimicrobial resistance in pig farming in Denmark illuminates new modes of thinking about human-animal difference, multispecies kinship, and zoonotic disease prevention and management. 

At AU Viborg, I work with the European Reference Center for Animal Welfare-Pigs where I have conducted fieldwork across Europe trying to figure out what the concept of animal welfare looks like through the eyes of those who regulate it. Combining audit culture with literature on welfare, this research draws on my background in organisational ethnography.

I have published on a wide range of topics, namely conservation politics, slaughterhouse labour, the affective ethics of care in farming and zoo management, and the politics of grief in industrial killing in peer-reviewed journals such as American Anthropologist, Gender, Work, and OrganizationVisual Anthropology ReviewCultural Geographies, and Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.

If you are interested in anything multispecies, don't hesitate to get in touch! 

Education/Academic qualification

Social Anthropology, PhD, Displaying Animal Death: The Politics of Transparency and the Production of National Identity in Industrial Pig Agriculture and Zookeeping in Denmark, University of Exeter

Sept 2017Oct 2021

Award Date: 7 Jan 2022

Education, Adv. Cert. in Teaching and Learning Higher Education, University of Exeter

10 Oct 20169 Mar 2018

Award Date: 9 Mar 2018

Science and Technology Studies, MRes in Research Methods, University of Exeter

Sept 2016Aug 2017

Award Date: 20 Jul 2017

Anthrozoology, MA , University of Exeter

Sept 2014Aug 2016

Award Date: 20 Jul 2016

Veterinary Nursing, Advanced Diploma in Animal Science, St. John's Central College

1 Sept 200924 Jun 2011

Award Date: 24 Jun 2011

Sociology, BA (Hons) in Arts, University College Cork

1 Sept 200416 Sept 2008

Award Date: 16 Sept 2008

Keywords

  • Animal welfare
  • Individual and Species
  • Killing Animals
  • Grievability
  • Work and workplaces
  • Dirty work
  • Slaughterhouse Work
  • Surveillance
  • Audit Culture
  • Bureaucratization
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Socialisation theory
  • Emotionsregulering
  • Emotion Work
  • Ethnography
  • Multispecies Anthropology
  • Environmental humanities
  • Biosociality

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