Annie Potts

Associate ProfessorAnnie Potts

Cultural Studies Programme Co-ordinator
Karl Popper 616
Internal Phone: 95536

Qualifications, Memberships & Awards

Research Interests

Annie Potts has two key domains of research expertise, both most closely affiliated with the field of Cultural Studies.

1. Human-Animal Studies.
Annie is Co-Principal Investigator of the Marsden project "Kararehe: The Animal in Culture in Aotearoa New Zealand", & co-author (with Philip Armstrong & Deidre Brown) of A New Zealand Book of Beasts: Animals in Art, Literature & Everyday Life (Auckland University Press, 2013). Her contribution to this book includes a detailed history of companion animals in New Zealand (including traditional pets of Maori); a critical analysis of anti-possum rhetoric; and an exploration of vegetarian sub-cultural identity in this country.

Annie has also completed a book for the Reaktion Animal Series called Chicken, an illustrated natural and cultural history of Gallus gallus domesticus (pub. December 2011); and edited a special issue of the journal "Feminism and Psychology" on gender, psychology and animals (2010).

Her current project is a book called “Animal Earthquake Stories” which involves an illustrated account of what happened to Christchurch's animals post-quakes (to be published by Canterbury University Press, 2013/14).

2. Sexuality Studies.
Annie is the author of "The Science/Fiction of Sex: Feminist Deconstruction & the Vocabularies of Heterosex" (Routledge, 2002). She was principal investigator of a Health Research Council study on the social impact of Viagra (2001-2004); & has published recently on 'vegan sexuality'.

Recent Publications

  • Potts A. and Gadenne D. (2014) Animals in Emergencies: Learning from the Christchurch Earthquakes. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press. 288pp.
  • Potts A., Armstrong P. and Brown D. (2013) A New Zealand Book of Beasts: Animals in our Culture, History and Everyday Life. Auckland: Auckland University Press. 288.
  • Potts A. (2011) Chicken. London: Reaktion Books. 216pp.
  • Potts A. (2002) The Science/Fiction of Sex: Feminist Deconstruction and the Vocabularies of Heterosex. New York and London: Routledge. 292pp.
  • Potts A (Ed.) (2016) Meat Culture. Boston and Leiden: Brill. 295.