Paul G. Keil
Paul is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Ethnology, Czech Academy of Sciences. His research examines pig hunting practices in New South Wales, Australia, and the place and identity of feral pigs.
Paul’s current research project examines Australia’s relationship with wild pigs through recreational hunting. More-than-human ethnographic research aims to deliver novel insights on an under-studied and controversial interspecies interaction. Further, hunting offers an unexpected opening to explore new perspectives on the place, identity, and becoming of free-roaming pigs in Australia. Australia has inherited pigs, hunting traditions and ontological orders from Europe. The country’s historical, cultural, and ecological peculiarities can deliver unique insights into Europe’s concerns about the endemic boar dramatic population resurgence, biosecurity risks, and future.
Selected pig publications
2023 | ‘Unmaking the Feral: The shifting relationship between domestic-wild pigs and settler Australians.’ Environmental Humanities 15 (2): 19-38
2023 | Fair H., Schreer V., Keil, P., Kiik L., Rust N. “Dodo dilemmas: Conflicting ethical loyalties in conservation social science research” Area 55: 245-253
2021 | ‘Rank Atmospheres: the more-than-human scentspace and aesthetics of a pigdogging hunt.’ The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 32, 96-113.