Australasian Animal Studies Association

Sempert, Mattie

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Independent scholar

Research interests / activities

As a creative writer (PhD Creative Writing) and clinician (I practice East Asian medicine), I am on a dogged mission to discover writerly ways to rethink ‘body’ esp from more-than human perspectives. How to give nonhuman others/bodies (not limited to nonhuman animals) a voice without falling into the common pantheistic pitfall of assuming human-like qualities are distributed throughout all of nature? Put bluntly, I have more interest in animals than I do humans, and want to critically examine my own tendencies and assumptions. I regularly practice acupuncture on dogs so that has me tuning in differently, which is a start.