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Michael Vine

Postdoctoral Affiliate, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

Affiliated Researcher, Centre for Environmental Humanities, Aarhus University



2017 PhD Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

2012 MA Anthropology of Health and the Body in the 21st Century, Goldsmiths

2005 BSc Molecular Biology, University of Warwick

Research Interests

Cultural anthropology; environmental anthropology; medical anthropology; North America, especially California and Florida; settler colonialism; whiteness and indigeneity; space, time, memory, and history; vernacular cultures of experimentation; more-than-human anthropology, and in particular theories of affect, materiality, and multispecies relations.

My doctoral research (PhD, Cambridge, 2017) focused on everyday responses to drought, climate change, and other environmental crises in the deserts of Central and Southern California, focusing especially on questions of embodiment, intimacy, and illness among the region’s Anglo-American residents. Tentatively entitled “When Landscapes Remember: Making Environmental Pasts Present in the California Desert,” my first monograph will build on this research to explore the lived, often visceral experience of settler landscapes and histories amidst conditions of geological, biological, and social uncertainty.

Currently in development, my first project of postdoctoral research will explore the everyday microbiopolitics of zoonotic and vector-borne diseases in urban and suburban south Florida, paying close ethnographic attention to the interactions between humans, animals, viruses, bacteria, and the built environment as sites of statecraft, subject formation, and everyday experimentation. Overlapping research interests also include an exploration of the relationship between settler infrastructures and white subjectivities in the American West; the shifting dynamics of memory, history, and “dark” or “difficult” heritage in an era of large-scale environmental change; and the entanglement of evangelical and scientific cultures of sensation both historically and in the present.

Supervision Experience

SAN6 Political Economy & Social Transformations 
SAN12 Anthropology of Cities & Space