- Environmental Anthropology
- Multispecies Ethnography
- Anthropology of Learning and Enskilment
- Anthropology of Mood and Affect
- Socio-ecological Perspectives on Wellbeing and Health
- Anthropology of Britain and Europe
Sara A. Schroer's current research is situated in the field of environmental anthropology and multispecies ethnography and is concerned with how humans perceive, think about and relate to nonhuman living beings and their enviornments. In her research, that also incorporates perseptives from STS and the Environmental Humanities, she explores the conceptual, methodological, as well as ethical implications that arise when anthropologists open their analysis to other living beings as active participants in shared social worlds. A developing interest lies in the study of species extinction and its socio-ecological consequences for human and nonhuman communities. Through the lens of de-extinction experiments, she is here interested in developing research to explore how notions of future liveability and human wellbeing may be best approached as entangled within wider hereogenous multispecies assemblages.
Since April 2015 she is Research Fellow at Arctic Domus, an interdisciplinary, ERC funded research project, based at the University of Aberdeen and led by Professor David Anderson. Here she is interested in how the concept of domestication might be rethought through finding a more nuanced language to talk about the dynamism of human-animal sociality away from notions of absolute human domination or stark categories of the ‘wild’ and the ‘tame’. In her research she is looking at the practices involved in captive breeding of birds of prey, which is based upon ethnographic fieldwork with falconers and breeders mainly in the UK. Her esearch particularly focused on the affective relationality of inter-species intimacy, technologies of breeding, and breeders' everyday conceptualisations of heredity and reproduction. Between June 2016 and August 2017 she was on maternity leave.
Her current research builds upon and develops further from her PhD research which was supervised by Professor Tim Ingold and Dr Andrew Whitehouse. In her thesis (2015) she invetsigates the complex relationships involved in the hunting with birds of prey, based on fieldwork in Britain, Germany and Italy. The thesis challenges an anthropocentric mode of anthropological inquiry as it demands to open the traditional focus of anthropology to consider meaning making, sociality and knowledge production beyond the human spehere. She also investigates how the bodily attunement to birds, be it falcons, hawks or eagles, shapes the human practitioners' expereince of a world in movement, through drawing their attention to the affective forces of the weather and the shifting topography of air.
Her PhD research was awarded the RAI Sutasoma Award for the potentially outstanding contribution to the discipline of anthropology. Other funding bodies included: The International Rotary Foundation; Falconry Heritage Trust; Deutscher Falkenorden; Principle’s Excellence Fund, University of Aberdeen.
2018. (edited with Susanne B. Schmitt). Exploring Atmopsheres Ethnographically. London: Routledge.
2018. Breeding with Birds of Prey: Intimate Encounters, In H. Swanson, M. Lien, G. Wen and (eds.), Domestication Gone Wild: Politics and Practices of Multi-species Relations. Duke University Press
2018. (with Susanne B. Schmitt) Introduction: Thinking Through Atmospheres. In Schroer, S.A. and S. Schmitt (eds.), Exploring Atmospheres Ethnographically. London: Routledge
2018. “A feeling for birds” – tuning into more-than-human atmospheres. In Schroer, S. A. and S. Schmitt (eds.), Exploring Atmospheres Ethnographically. London: Routledge
2017. (with David Anderson, Peter Loovers and Rob Wishart). ‘Architectures of Domestication: On Emplacing Human-Animal Relations in the North’, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 23 (2): 398-416.
2016. Multi-species ethnography in the study of falconry practice, In K. Gersmann, O. Grimm and U. Schmoelke (eds.), Premodern falconry and bird symbolism – interdisciplinary and practical considerations: the global perspectives in relation to Northern Europe. Druckhaus Koehten
2016 (with Aina Azevedo) ‘Weathering – A Graphic Essay’, Vibrant: Virtual Brazilian Anthropology 13 (2): 177-194.
2016. (with David Anderson, Peter Loovers and Rob Wishart). Prostranstvennye arkhitektury v otnoshenii͡akh mezhdu li͡ud'mi, zhivotnym mirom i landshaftom na severe. in DS Tupakhin & N Fedorova (eds), Arkheologii͡a Arktiki. vol. 3, ROS-DOAFK, Kalingrad, pp. 5-24. (In Russian)
Unpublished Research Monographs
Living with Birds of Prey: A Study of Falconry Practice in Britain. (Manuscript in preparation)
2015. 'On the Wing': Exploring Human-Bird Relationships in Falconry Practice. PhD thesis, Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen.
Sara A. Schroer is the founder and convenor of the newly established EASA Network 'Humans and Other Living Beings', co-convened with Dr Ursula Muenster (LMU Munich/Rachel Carlson Centre) and Dr Charlotte Marchina (INALCO, Paris).
In case you are interested in becoming a member and in joining the mailing list of the network please get in touch with her by email.