Laura McLauchlan

Honorary Lecturer

My area of speciality is how transformative change takes place, particularly with respect to environmental and interspecies care and connection.  I investigate the ways in which we come to care for other species and lives, as well as the sociocultural and discursive inheritances that can block such connection. 

I am trained in multispecies anthropology, informed by material feminisms, environmental humanities scholarship, medical anthropology and trauma studies. My work, which ranges from studying hedgehog-human relations, to tree-planting and pedagogical practice, pays ethnographic attention to emergent and marginal ontologies and practices that might allow for greater responsiveness to the interconnection of life.

Through research and teaching, my work attends to the question of what sorts of kindness, delight, and environmental (including human) flourishing might be possible in the face of our current environmental crises.
 

PUBLICATIONS

Book Chapters
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McLauchlan L, 2020, 'On becoming a massively distributed thing: Extricability, collectives and hedgehog death-by-plastic', in The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic
2020
McLauchlan L, 2019, 'Urchins in the infrastructure: Building with hedgehogs in the multispecies city', in The Routledge Companion to Critical Approaches to Contemporary Architecture, pp. 351 - 362, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315688947-27
2019
Journal articles
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McLauchlan L, 2019, 'A Multispecies Collective Planting Trees: Tending to Life and Making Meaning Outside of the Conservation Heroic', Cultural Studies Review, vol. 25, pp. 135 - 153, http://dx.doi.org/10.5130/csr.v25i1.6415
2019
McLauchlan L, 2019, 'Wild Disciplines and Multispecies Erotics: On the Power of Wanting Like a Hedgehog Champion', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 34, pp. 509 - 523, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08164649.2019.1682457
2019
McLauchlan L, 2019, 'A multispecies collective planting trees: Tending to life and making meaning outside of the conservation heroic', Cultural Studies Review, vol. 25, pp. 135 - 153, http://dx.doi.org/10.5130/csr.v24i1.6415
2019
McLauchlan L, 2018, 'Sadness and the Noir of Urban Hedgehog Conservation', Green Letters, vol. 22, pp. 101 - 112, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14688417.2017.1413991
2018
McLauchlan L, 2018, 'Lively Collaborations: Feminist Reading Group Erotics for Liveable Futures', Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, vol. 28, pp. 86 - 95, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/tnf.2018.0005
2018
McLauchlan L; Treadwell S, 2014, 'Earthquake weather and other tentative correspondences', Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, http://dx.doi.org/10.24135/ijara.v0i0.474
2014
Shore C; Mclauchlan L, 2012, 'Universities and the commercial construction of reality: Reply to commentaries', Social Anthropology, vol. 20, pp. 298 - 303, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8676.2012.00210.x
2012
Shore C; Mclauchlan L, 2012, ''Third mission' activities, commercialisation and academic entrepreneurs', Social Anthropology, vol. 20, pp. 267 - 286, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8676.2012.00207.x
2012
Trnka S; McLaughlan L, 2012, 'Becoming 'Half a Doctor': Parent-Experts and the Normalisation of Childhood Asthma in Aotearoa/New Zealand', Sites: a journal of social anthropology and cultural studies, vol. 9, pp. 3 - 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.11157/sites-vol9iss2id208
2012
McLauchlan L; Park J, 2010, '‘Quiet as lambs’: Communicative Action in the New Zealand Parliamentary Debates on Human Assisted Reproductive Technology', Sites: a journal of social anthropology and cultural studies, vol. 7, pp. 101 - 122, http://dx.doi.org/10.11157/sites-vol7iss1id118
2010
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