Vicariously wild: dwelling with wolves in conservation stories

Hayes, Tracy ORCID logo ORCID: (2018) Vicariously wild: dwelling with wolves in conservation stories. In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference: Geographical Landscapes / Changing Landscapes of Geography, 28-31 August 2018, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK. (Unpublished) Full text not available from this repository.

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Into the wild I went. Searching for wolves, I discovered wolf-dogs and passionate people, dwelling together in centres designed for the tourists that the staff welcomed. The wolves/wolf-dogs were more wary…

The purpose of this session is to reflect on conservation stories by focusing on the way wolves are presented within them. Conservation stories are used in various ways – to encourage people to visit places, to help them connect with the animals and landscape, and to linger in memories (and photos) afterwards. The task of these stories is to illuminate, enhance and bring meaning to experiences. Conservation stories have a foundation in empirical science, yet embrace narrative, emotive methods to convey information in a manner that resonates with listeners and readers. These are more than just stories, they are peer-reviewed for robustness, with a strong evidence-base and aim to help ‘… bring conservation science to life’. I will share a story from my research exploring publicly-accessible conservation-education programmes in UK and Canada. I have utilised a fieldwork survey model, to capture my emotional response to my encounters, which I have explored through autoethnographical writing. I dwell alongside wolves in their stories as I reflect on the meaning of my experiences.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Departments: Academic Departments > Health, Psychology & Social Studies (HPSS) > Children, Youth, Families and Community Work
Additional Information: Presented within the conference session titled: Landscape, Becoming and Time: past, present and future uses of the dwelling concept in human geography and beyond. Co-sponsored by the Rural Geography Research Group and the History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group.
Depositing User: Tracy Hayes
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2018 11:13
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 20:30
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