Phillips, Dr Perdita

Phillips, Dr Perdita
Phillips, Dr Perdita

Independent Scholar

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Research interests / activities:

Animals in contemporary art; interactions between human and nonhuman worlds; animals in science; critical natural histories; animal vocalisation and bioacoustics; interactions of nonhumans, humans, and places; walking as a methodology of ecosystemic thinking; history of science, especially field sciences such as ecology; eco-criticism and environmental ethics.

Currently working on Stygofauna, fossils and groundwater, harnessing the speculative possibilities of contemporary art to envision new environmental futures. My work with animals overlaps with the wider network of nonhuman players from ecosystems to biomes, where I consider the notion of ‘porous repair’ or caring and repairing that embraces ambiguous and complex interactions. Recently accepted for publication is ‘Postcards from the Underground: Walkshopping as Relationing Otherwise’ by Astrida Neimanis and myself for the Journal of Public Pedagogies. This work follows on from ‘Going underground: Multispecies encounters with rocks and water in the shadow of extraction’, Collaborative event with Astrida Neimanis, 2017.


Book chapters, journal articles, conference presentations, book art, walkshops/walking art, installations, socially engaged practice.

Potential areas for collaboration: contemporary art/ecology/science
Potential areas for research supervision: contemporary art with more-than-humans (animals, plants, ecosystems and elements)
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