New Featured Article!

“Explorations in Ethnoelephantology”

September 6, 2017

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month’s article—”Explorations in Ethnoelephantology: Social, Historical, and Ecological Intersections between Asian Elephants and Humans”—comes from Volume 4 (2013). In his article, Piers Locke charts the emergence of an interdisciplinary research program and discursive space for human-elephant intersections under the rubric of ethnoelephantology

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The Asian or Asiatic elephant is the only living species of the genus Elephas and is distributed in Southeast Asia from India in the west to Borneo in the east (photograph by Dennis Jarvis via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0).



PIERS LOCKE is a social anthropologist at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Piers conducts field research in Chitwan, Nepal, where his primary interest is human-elephant relations. He has curated two exhibitions based on his field photography and coproduced the ethnographic film Servants of Ganesh (2010)Piers recently convened an interdisciplinary symposium on human-elephant relations in South and Southeast Asia, and his latest research concerns the historical photography of humans and elephants in colonial South Asia. He is also writing a monograph about his research with Nepali handlers and their elephants.

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