In early May, Prof Rosaleen Duffy and Dr George Iordachescu were welcomed by the BOAR team in Prague for a half-day workshop at the Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The Veterinarization of Europe? Hunting for Wild Boar Futures in the Time of African Swine Fever (BOAR) project led by PI Dr Luděk Brož runs through 2025 and pursues a collaborative ethnographic investigation of the relations between hunting, wild boars and veterinary medicine.
We had a rewarding discussion starting from our overlapping research interests, and we set details for future collaborations. Both projects are interested in the role played by scientific and other types of knowledges in shaping the management and commodification of wildlife while also setting the policy responses to address issues like security or trafficking. Considering the diverse research backgrounds of the attendees, we had a stimulating exchange on the materiality of our research species and the way it impacts their commodification, circulation and transboundary movements. We are grateful to our hosts and look forward to expanding on the intersections between our two projects.
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