I’m pleased and proud to announce the publication of my 52nd academic book chapter: ‘‘To our big boy’. Zoos and animal sanctuaries as deathscapes‘. It appears in very large edited book containing a vast range of studies on prehistoric and historic archaeologies assembled to honour the lifetime contribution to the discipline of Professor Anders Andrén of Stockholm University.

My very short contribution explores zoos and animal sanctuaries as deathscapes where ashes are scattered and memorials raised to the human dead. I use Chester Zoo as my case study, showing  how the zoo’s human ancestors and patrons, as well as visitors, find memorial homes in the zoological gardens.

The piece aims to complement a contribution to the same book by Professor Cornelius Holtorf of Linnaeus University. Indeed, the chapter began life as a co-authored piece first penned in 2010. Together, we identify themes in Anders’ research exploring Old Norse cosmology and human-animal relationships in contemporary landscapes.

Read it here on Academia.edu.

Indeed, this publication addresses a theme I’ve explored multiple times on this blog, most recently here: Back Boris! 

I’m a regular visitor and supporter of Chester Zoo, and the affinity of the place and its gardens, bugs and beasts is revealed by the choice of some to commemorate there.

Williams, H. 2019. ‘To our big boy’. Zoos and animal sanctuaries as deathscapes, in C. Ljung, A Andreasson Sjögren, I. Berg, E. Engström, A-M. Hållans Stenholm, K. Jonsson, A. Klevnäs, L. Qviström, T. Zachrisson (eds). Tidens landscakap. En väanbok till Anders Andrén. Lund: Nordic Academic Press, pp. 298−300.