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Vanessa Bateman



Currently my research focuses on the history of animals in visual art and material culture from 1890 to the present, with a particular focus on representations of hunting. What does it mean to pose a hunted animal for a photograph, film, or taxidermy mount? I am interested in animal (and other non-human living beings) as: subject / material / collected thing / performer / re-(and de-)contextualized being / genetically manipulated / reproduced / and active agent. In particular I am interested in the ethical/moral/cultural questions that are raised by the animal subject matter/material and how it is part of the larger narrative of human-animal relations.

In 2017 I joined the Specialization Track in Anthropogeny (the study of human origins) through CARTA (Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny) as part of UC San Diego and the Salk Institute of Biomedical Studies.

In 2013 I received an MA from the Contemporary Art, Design, and New Media Art Histories program at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada with a thesis titled “Why Look at Dead Animals? Taxidermy in Contemporary Art.”

My research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Graduate Fellowship (SSHRC).