UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Associate Professor Annie Potts

School of Humanities and Creative Arts; English

Fields of Research

  • Human-Animal Studies
  • Animals and natural disasters (especially the Christchurch earthquakes)
  • Representations of animals and birds in fiction, film, TV, art and pop culture
  • The 'link' between social violence and animal abuse
  • Horror, psychological thriller and crime genres in fiction and film
  • Vegetarian subcultural identities
  • Gender, sexuality and embodiment
  • Popular music studies (particularly the music of Prince)
  • Critiques of biomedicalization
  • Critical psychology and discourse analysis
  • Critiques of sexology, therapy and psychoanalysis

Researcher Summary

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'.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research Projects

Research Groups

Future Research

  • Human-animal relations in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Animals in natural disasters: The impact of the Christchurch earthquakes on animals and human-animal relationships (book to be published by Canterbury University Press)
  • The link between social violence and animal abuse, and its representation in film, fiction and popular culture
  • Critical perspectives on meat culture and carnism (edited book for Brill's Human-Animal Studies Series)
  • Prince Rogers Nelson: a book on the impact of his music (for Icons of Pop Music Series)

Key Methodologies

  • Discourse analysis
  • Cultural Studies methodologies
  • Qualitative methodologies
  • Textual and narrative analysis

Affiliations

Prizes and Awards

  • Invited Visiting Fellow, Gender, Culture & Health Research Unit, PsyHealth, University of Western Sydney (April-May 2005). This research fel ( 2000 - 2005)
  • Won an Animals & Society Institute (USA) Fellowship, 2008. This was offered in support of the book I have written on the natural and c ( 2008 )

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

Authored Books
  • Potts, A. and Gadenne, D. (2014) Animals in Emergencies: Learning from the Christchurch Earthquakes. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press.
  • 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.
  • Potts, A. (2011) Chicken. London: Reaktion Books.
  • Potts, A. (2002) The Science/Fiction of Sex: Feminist Deconstruction and the Vocabularies of Heterosex. New York and London: Routledge.
Edited Volumes
  • Potts, A. (Ed.) (2010) Feminism & Psychology, 20(3). Special Issue: Feminism, Psychology and Nonhuman Animals. London: Sage.
  • Potts, A. (Ed.) (2010) Feminism and Psychology, 20(3). Special Issue: Feminism, Psychology and Nonhuman Animals. London: Sage.
  • Potts, A. and Tiefer, L. (Ed.) (2006) Sexualities, 9(3). Special Issue: Viagra Culture. London: Sage Publications.
  • Potts, A., Gavey, N. and Weatherall, A. (Ed.) (2004) Sex and the Body. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press.
Journal articles
  • McCrow-Young, A., Linne, T. and Potts, AK. (2015) Framing Possums: War, sport and patriotism in depictions of brushtail possums in New Zealand print media. Animal Studies Journal 4(2): 29-54.
  • Potts, Annie. (2013) Poultry Science, Chicken Culture: A Partial Alphabet. AGRICULTURAL HISTORY 87(2): 277-278.
  • Adams, C. and Potts, A. (2010) The politics of Carol J. Adams. Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture 14(Autumn 2010): 12-24.
  • Vares, T., Potts, A., Gavey, N. and M Grace, V. (2007) Reconceptualizing cultural narratives of mature women's sexuality in the Viagra era. Journal of Aging Studies 21(2): 153-164. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2006.08.002.
  • Basson, R., Leiblum, S., Potts, A., Lewis, P., Doogan, DP., Tonks, A. and Moynihan, R. (2003) The making of a disease: Female sexual dysfunction. British Medical Journal 326(7390): 658-660.
  • Potts, A. (2003) The making of a disease: female sexual dysfunction - Diversity of experiences should be acknowledged. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL 326(7390): 658-659.
  • Vares, T., Potts, A., Gavey, N. and Grace, VM. (2003) Hard sell, soft sell: Men read Viagra ads. Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy 2003(108): 101-114.
  • Potts, A. (2002) Homebodies: Images of 'inner space' and domesticity in women's talk on sex. Journal of Mundane Behavior 3(1)
  • Potts, A. (2002) New Zealanders' experiences of erectile difficulties and Viagra use. The New Zealand Venereological Society Bulletin 42(October)
  • Potts, A. (2001) The Body without Orgasm: Becoming erotic with Deleuze and Guattari. International Journal of Critical Psychology 1(3): 140-164.
  • Potts, A. (2001) The man with two brains: Hegemonic masculine subjectivity and the discursive construction of the unreasonable penis-self. Journal of Gender Studies 10(2): 145-156. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09589230120053274.
  • Potts, A., Gavey, N. and Grace, V. (2001) New Zealand research on the social impact of sildenafil (Viagra). Venereology 14(4): 189-190.
  • McAllister, J., Potts, A., Mason, K. and Marchant, G. (1994) Word duration in monologue and dialogue speech. Language & Speech 37(4): 393-405.
Chapters
  • Potts, A. and Parry, J. (2014) "Too sexy for your meat": Vegan sexuality and the intimate rejection of carnism. Critical Animal Studies: Thinking the Unthinkable: 234-250. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press.
  • Potts, AK. and Parry, J. (2014) The 'vegansexual' challenge to macho/meat culture. Exploring the Animal Turn: Human-Animal Relations in Science, Society and Culture: 33-46. Lund: Pufendorfinstitutet.
  • Potts, Annie. and Armstrong, Philip. (2013) Picturing cruelty: chicken advocacy and visual culture. In Johnston, J, ProbynRapsey, F (Ed.), : 151-168.SYDNEY UNIV PRESS.
  • Potts, A. (2012) The Joy of Chickens. Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies: 56-59. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Potts, A. and Armstrong, P. (2010) Hybrid Vigor: Interbreeding Cultural Studies and Human-Animal Studies. Teaching the Animal: Human-Animal Studies across the Disciplines: 3-17. New York: Lantern.
  • Potts, A. (2007) The 'Female Sexual Dysfunction' debate: Different 'problems', new drugs - more pressures? Contesting Illness: Processes and Practices: 259-280. Toronto: Toronto University Press.
  • Potts, A. (2007) The mark of the beast: Inscribing animality through extreme body modification. Knowing Animals: 131-154. Leiden: Brill.
  • Armstrong, P. and Potts, A. (2004) Serving the wild. On Display: New Essays in Cultural Studies: 15-40. Wellington: Victoria University Press.
  • Potts, A. (2004) Viagra cyborgs: Creating 'better manhood through chemistry'. Sex and the Body: 221-238. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press.
  • Potts, A. (2004) Viagra. Sexuality: The Essential Glossary: 239-240. London & New York: Arnold.
  • Weatherall, A., Potts, A. and Gavey, N. (2004) Feminist scholarship from 'down under' on sexuality, gender and embodiment. Sex and the Body: 7-16. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press/Thomson Learning.
  • Potts, A. (2002) The man with two brains: The discursive construction of the unreasonable penis-self. The Life of Brian: Masculinities, Sexualities, Health: 105-115. Dunedin: University of Otago Press.
Conference - Published
  • Potts, AK. and Gadenne, G. (2016) People and Pets in Natural Disasters: Learning from the Christchurch Earthquakes. People in Disasters, 24 Feb 2016 - 26 Feb 2016.
Conference - Other
  • Potts, AK. (2015) Chicken. AnimalFest, 18 Jul 2015 - 19 Jul 2015.
  • Potts, AK. (2014) In the wake of the quake: Stories of animal loss and survival. Best in Show: 25 Years of the New Zealand Companion Animal Council, 19 Sep 2014 - 20 Sep 2014.
  • Potts, AK. (2014) Ngā mōkai: The traditional pets of Māori. Animal Magnetism, 5 Apr 2014 - 7 Apr 2014.
  • Potts, AK. (2014) Vegan sexuality and the disruption of heteronormative masculinity. Exploring the Animal Turn, 27 May 2014 - 29 May 2014.
  • Potts, AK. and Gadenne, D. (2014) Animal rescue and shelter following the Christchurch earthquakes. 7th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference, 22 Sep 2014 - 26 Sep 2014.
  • Potts, AK. and Gadenne, G. (2014) Feline earthquake stories. Animal Places, 20 Nov 2014 - 21 Nov 2014.
  • Potts, A. (2013) Ngā mōkai: The traditional pets of Māori. 5th Australian Animal Studies Group Conference 2013 (AASG): Life in the Anthropocene, 8 Jul 2013 - 10 Jul 2013.
  • Potts, A. (2012) From Alectromancy to McNuggets: An Illustrated Cultural History of the Chicken. Animal Death, 12 Jun 2012 - 13 Jun 2012.
  • Potts, AK. (2012) From reverence to ruination: Representations of Chickens and Poultry Farming in Contemporary and Activist Art. Nonhuman: Conference of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA), 27 Sep 2012 - 30 Sep 2012.
  • Potts, A. (2011) Gallus Graphicus: Representations of Chickens in Contemporary and Activist Art. Cultural Animals: A 'Minding Animals' International Pre-Conference Event, 27 Sep 2011 - 27 Sep 2011.
  • Potts, A. (2011) With Respect to Chickens. 22nd New Zealand Companion Animal Council Conference (NZCAC), 31 Oct 2011 - 1 Nov 2011.
  • Potts, A. (2010) The New Zealand Devil. New Zealand Geographical Society Conference 2010 (NZGS), 5 Jul 2010 - 8 Jul 2010.
  • Potts, A. and Parry, J. (2010) Vegan Sexuality: Challenging Heteronormative Masculinity through Meat-free Sex. Sexualities Against the Grain: A One-Day Symposium, 19 Feb 2010 - 19 Feb 2010.
  • Potts, A. (2009) Kiwis against possums: A critical analysis of anti-possum rhetoric in New Zealand. The 2009 International Academic & Community Conference on Animals & Society: Minding Animals, 13 Jul 2009 - 19 Jul 2009.
  • Potts, A. (2009) Using popular culture to promote learning in Human-Animal Studies. The 2009 International Academic & Community Conference on Animals & Society: Minding Animals, 13 Jul 2009 - 19 Jul 2009.
  • Potts, A. and Armstrong, P. (2009) The New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies. The 2009 International Academic & Community Conference on Animals & Society: Minding Animals, 13 Jul 2009 - 19 Jul 2009.
  • Potts, A. (2008) The embodiment of animality. Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP 2008), 27 Mar 2008 - 30 Mar 2008.
  • Potts, A. (2008) The female sexual dysfunction debate: Different ‘problems,’ new drugs-more pressures? 259-280.
  • Potts, A. (2007) Kiwis against possums: Representations of 'homegrown heroes' and 'feral felons' in Aotearoa. Nature Matters Conference 2007, 25 Oct 2007 - 28 Oct 2007.
  • Potts, A. (2007) Non-consuming animals: Vegetarian perspectives in Aotearoa New Zealand. Animals and Society II: Considering Animals, 3 Jul 2007 - 6 Jul 2007.
  • Potts, A. (2007) Totem transformations in 'Animal Tragic'. 21st Annual Conference of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA'07), 1 Nov 2007 - 4 Nov 2007.
  • Potts, A., Armstrong, P. and Brown, D. (2007) Introducing 'Human-Animal Studies': New interdisciplinary scholarship in Aotearoa New Zealand. Transformations 2007, 27 Aug 2007 - 28 Aug 2007.
  • Potts, A. (2006) Surpassing natural sex the Viagra way. Substitution, Enhancement, Autonomy Workshop, 19 Apr 2006 - 19 Apr 2006.
  • Potts, A. (2006) The new brute fashion: Embodying the animal. Kindred Spirits, 7 Sep 2006 - 9 Sep 2006.
  • Potts, A. (2005) The mark of the beast: Inscribing animality through extreme body modification. Body Modification, Mark II, 21 Apr 2005 - 23 Apr 2005.
  • Potts, A. (2005) Viagra down under: Researching the New Zealand experience. Women and the New Sexual Politics: Profits versus Pleasures, 8 Jul 2005 - 10 Jul 2005.
  • Potts, A. (2004) Chemical men: Viagra and cyborg masculinity. In AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 56 88-88.
  • Potts, A. (2004) Viagra and the new retro sex. Mobile Worlds, Rigid Boundaries Conference Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, 27 Sep 2004 - 28 Sep 2004.
  • Potts, A. (2004) Viagraborgs and the new virile reality. International Interdisciplinary Conference on Gender, Sexuality and Health, 10 Jun 2004 - 13 Jun 2004.
  • Potts, A., Grace, V., Gavey, N. and Vares, T. (2004) Challenging the 'quick fix' approach to erectile dysfunction. Scientific Conference of the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine, 12 Feb 2004 - 14 Feb 2004.
  • Potts, A., Vares, T., Grace, VM. and Gavey, N. (2004) New Zealand men's experiences of changes in sexuality associated with ageing. Expanding Horizons: The Art and Science of Ageing (New Zealand Association of Gerontology Conference), 1 Apr 2004 - 1 Apr 2004.
  • Vares, T., Gavey, N., Potts, A. and Grace, V. (2004) "Improves with Age": Women's Accounts of Sexuality and Sexual Changes in Mid to Later Life. Expanding Horizons: New Zealand Gerontology Association Conference, 1 Apr 2004 - 1 Apr 2004.
  • Gavey, N., Potts, A., Grace, V. and Vares, T. (2003) The other 'Viagra Story': Relationship difficulties following Viagra use by men. 3rd Murdoch Symposium on Talk-in-Interaction, 15 Dec 2003 - 17 Dec 2003.
  • Grace, VM., Potts, A., Gavey, N. and Vares, T. (2003) Viagra stories: NZ men and women challenge ideas about sexual dysfunction. British Psychology Society Annual Conference, 10 Sep 2003 - 12 Sep 2003.
  • Potts, A. (2003) Deleuze on Viagra: Molar medicine or molecular madness? Body Modification Conference: Changing Bodies, Changing Selves, 24 Apr 2003 - 26 Apr 2003.
  • Potts, A. (2003) Sex for life? Critical perspectives on 'Viagra culture' (Panel leader & presenter). Cultural Studies of Australasia Annual Conference: Culture Incorporated - Bodies, Technologies, Habitats, 6 Dec 2003 - 8 Dec 2003.
  • Potts, A. (2003) Viagra cyborgs: Creating better manhood through chemistry. Vital Politics: Health, Medicine and Bio-economics into the 21st Century, 5 Sep 2005 - 7 Sep 2005.
  • Potts, A., Vares, T., Grace, V. and Gavey, N. (2003) The downside of Viagra: Women's experiences and concerns about Viagra use by men. International Conference of Social Sciences, 13 Jun 2003 - 16 Jun 2003.
  • Potts, A., Vares, T., Grace, V. and Gavey, N. (2003) Women and Viagra. Australasian Sexual Health Physicians Conference, 1 Jun 2003 - 1 Jun 2003.
  • Potts, A., Vares, T., Grace, VM. and Gavey, N. (2003) On the other end of Viagra: Women's experiences and concerns. Australasian Sexual Health Conference, 4 Jun 2003 - 7 Jun 2003.
  • Vares, T., Potts, A., Grace, V. and Gavey, N. (2002) On the other end of Viagra: Partners' experiences and concerns. Social Science in the 21st Century: Sociological Association of Aotearoa (NZ) Conference, 5 Dec 2002 - 7 Dec 2002.
  • Potts, A. (2001) The day the earth stood still: Deconstructing orgasm. Third Conference of the International Association of the Study of Sex, Culture and Society, 1 Oct 2001 - 3 Oct 2001.
  • Potts, A. (2001) War of the worlds: Male and female desire in popular sexology. Third Conference of the International Association of the Study of Sex, Culture and Society, 1 Oct 2001 - 3 Oct 2001.
  • Potts, A. (2001) Women and popular sexology. Women's Studies Conference, 1 Jun 2001 - 1 Jun 2001.
  • Potts, A. (2000) Researching Viagra. New Zealand Venereological Society Conference, 1 Oct 2000 - 1 Oct 2000.
  • Potts, A. (2000) The man with two brains: Hegemonic masculinity and the discursive construction of the unreasonable penis-self. Masculinities, 1 Jul 2000 - 1 Jul 2000.
  • Potts, A. (1999) Coming, coming, gone: A feminist deconstruction of the metaphysics of orgasm. Millennium Conference in Critical Psychology, 1 Apr 1999 - 1 Apr 1999.
  • Potts, A. (1999) Critiquing popular sexology. New Zealand Venereological Society Conference, 1 Oct 1999 - 1 Oct 1999.
  • Potts, A. (1999) So whose words are they anyway? Roundtable discussion. Millennium Conference in Critical Psychology, 1 Apr 1999 - 1 Apr 1999.
  • Potts, A. (1998) The science/fiction of sex: John Gray's 'Mars and Venus in the Bedroom'. Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, 1 Apr 1998 - 1 Apr 1998.
Oral Presentations
  • Potts, AK. (2014) The traditional pets of Māori.
  • Potts, AK. (2014) The value of interdisciplinarity.
  • Potts, AK. (2014) Too sexy for your meat': Vegan sexuality and the intimate rejection of carnism.
  • Potts, AK. and Armstrong, PC. (2014) Meat Nation: Carnivory and New Zealand National Identity.
  • Potts, A. (2008) Animality and body modification.
  • Potts, A. and Vares, T. (2005) Kiwis on Viagra: Challenging sex after 40.
  • Potts, A. (2000) Coming, coming, gone: Deconstructing orgasm.
Other
  • Potts, A. (2013) Susan M. Squier's 'Poultry Science/Chicken Culture'. Agricultural History 87(2) Book Review.
  • Potts, A. (2012) Foreword.: 5-6. Auckland: Reinaissance Publishing.
  • Potts, A. (2011) Commissioned Book Review: Carol J. Adams' 20th Anniversary Edition of The Sexual Politics of Meat. MP: An Online Feminist Journal 3(3): 79-82.
  • Potts, A. (2008) Exploring vegan sexuality: An embodied ethics of intimacy.(Posted March 9 2008) Ethos: Practical Ethics. On-line media.
  • Potts, A. (2007) Sex and the Slayer: A Gender Studies Primer for the Buffy Fan, by Lorna Jowett. Feminism & Psychology 17(3) Book Review.
  • Potts, A. (2006) Embodiment.: 164-166. London: Routledge. Encyclopedia Entry.
  • Potts, A. (2006) Eroticism. London: Routledge. Encyclopedia Entry.
  • Potts, A. (2006) Phallocentrism. London: Routledge. Encyclopedia Entry.
  • Potts, A. (2006) Sexuality.: 545-547. London: Routledge. Encyclopedia Entry.
  • Potts, A. (2003) Respecting diversity. A response to the debate on female sexual dysfunction. British Medical Journal 326(7390): 658-659. Invited commentary.
Reports
  • Potts, A. (2008) The national SAFE member survey: Full report and analysis.
  • Potts, A. and White, M. (2007) Cruelty-Free Consumption in New Zealand: A National Report on the Perspectives and Experiences of Vegetarians & Other Ethical Consumers. New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies.
Theses / Dissertations
  • Potts, A. (2000) The science/fiction of sex: A feminist deconstruction of the vocabularies of heterosex.
Additional Publications
  • Potts, AK. and Forgan, S. (0) Chicken Bestiary' in A. Rogers' and L.A. Watson's curated exhibition 'Uncooped: Deconstructing the Domestic Chicken'. [Text and Charcoal Drawings].