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Harmful Hamsters

Harmful Hamsters

The wild hamsters of the Dutch province of Limburg are currently cherished as a cute-yet-threatened indigenous species and a marker of local identity. This has not always been the case however. In a blogpost for Mosa Historia, Raf De Bont discusses how the Dutch...
Before Hamsters Became Cute

Before Hamsters Became Cute

On 15 December, Raf de Bont published a blog post for Mosa Historia on changing perceptions of European hamsters from harmful to cute, a shift which only occured in the 1960s and 1970s. The full blog post can be read here:...
Animal Borderlands

Animal Borderlands

In September-October 2020, The British Animal Studies Network devoted its autumn meeting to ‘Animal Borderlands’. Moving Animals’ project leader Raf De Bont gave one of the plenary lectures. A full report of the BASN autumn meeting can be found...
Caribous on Treadmills, and Alaskan oil

Caribous on Treadmills, and Alaskan oil

What do caribous on treadmills have to do with Alaskan oil? Alaskan wildlife conservation research and oil development have a long and entangled history. It is a complex one, too, in which the oil industry has funded various types of ecological research and in which...
Women and Wildebeests

Women and Wildebeests

Studying migratory wildebeests in the African savanna often involved a collaborative effort by research couples. In January, Simone Schleper wrote a short blog post on the gender dynamics of ecological fieldwork and its historiography: Understanding Women’s...