In 2013, when we started our project researching human-chicken interactions over the last 8,000 years, we were lambasted by the press, in particular the red-tops, who couldn’t resist the puns: “What a bird-brained project!”, “...
About the Project
Chickens (also known as 'domestic fowl') are native to South East Asia but, today, they have a worldwide distribution. Their diffusion is almost entirely due to human-assisted transportation and, as such, their natural history is a reflection of human history.
Given the social significance of this species (whether as a provider of foodstuffs, their widespread use in cock-fighting or within magic and medicine) and their growing popularity as domestic pets, a detailed analysis of their natural and cultural history in the West is long overdue.
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At the end of January the team met in Nottingham for a project meeting. The day was immensely busy and successful.
I am a PhD student interested in the social construction and representation of chickens. In other words, what interests me is the way we talk (write) about chickens.