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

  • Animals & Society Institute (USA) ( 2008 )

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

Authored Book
  • Potts A. and Gadenne D. (2014) Animals in Emergencies: Learning from the Christchurch Earthquakes. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press. 288pp.
  • 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.
Edited Volume
  • Potts A. (Ed.) (2010) Feminism & Psychology, 20(3). Special Issue: Feminism, Psychology and Nonhuman Animals. London: Sage. 136pp.
  • Potts A. and Tiefer L. (Ed.) (2006) Sexualities, 9(3). Special Issue: Viagra Culture. London: Sage Publications. 116pp.
  • (2004) Sex and the Body. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press. 247.
Journal Article
  • Potts A. and Watt Y. (2017) Yvette Watt/Annie Potts. Antennae: the journal of nature in visual culture 39(Spring): 69-83. | http://www.antennae.org.uk/.
  • Probyn-Rapsey F., Donaldson, S., Ioannides G., Lea T., Marsh K., Neimanis A., Potts A., Taylor N., Twine R. and Wadiwel D. (2016) A sustainable campus: The Sydney Declaration on interspecies sustainability. Humanimalia: a journal of human/animal interface studies 5(1): 110-151. | http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/vol5/iss1/8.
  • 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. | http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/vol4/iss2/3/.
  • Potts A. (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.
  • Basson R., Leiblum S., Potts A., Lewis P., Doogan DP., Tonks A. and Moynihan R. (2003) The making of a disease: Female sexual dysfunction. BMJ 326(7390): 658-660.
  • Potts A. (2003) The making of a disease: female sexual dysfunction. Diversity of experiences should be acknowledged.. BMJ 326(7390): 658.
  • Vares T., Potts A., Gavey N. and Grace VM. (2003) Hard sell, soft sell: Men read Viagra ads. Media International Australia 2003(108): 101-114.
  • James IL. and Norton DA. (2002) Helicopter based natural forest management for New Zealand's rimu (Dacrydium cupressinum, Podocarpaceae) forests. Forest Ecol. Manag 155: 337-346.
  • Potts A. (2002) Homebodies: Images of 'inner space' and domesticity in women's talk on sex. Journal of Mundane Behavior 3(1): 35-56.
  • Potts A. (2002) New Zealanders' experiences of erectile difficulties and Viagra use. The New Zealand Venereological Society Bulletin 42(October)
  • Weatherall A., Gavey N. and Potts A. (2002) So whose words are they anyway? Feminism and Psychology 12(4): 533-541.
  • 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 VM. (2001) New Zealand research on the social impact of sildenafil (Viagra). Venereology: The International Interdisciplinary Journal of Sexual Health 14(4): 189-190.
  • Potts A. (2000) Coming, coming, gone: A feminist deconstruction of heterosexual orgasm. Sexualities 3(1): 55-76.
  • Potts A. (1998) The science/fiction of sex: John Gray's 'Mars and Venus in the Bedroom'. Journal of Gender Studies 1(2): 153-173.
  • McAllister J., Potts A., Mason K. and Marchant G. (1994) Word duration in monologue and dialogue speech. Language & Speech 37(4): 393-405.
Chapter
  • Potts A. (2016) What is Meat Culture? In Potts A (Ed.), Meat Culture: 1-30. Leiden and Boston: Brill.
  • Potts A. and Parry J. (2014) "Too sexy for your meat": Vegan sexuality and the intimate rejection of carnism. In Sorensen J (Ed.), Critical Animal Studies: Thinking the Unthinkable: 234-250. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press. | http://www.cspi.org/books/critical-animal-studies.
  • Potts AK. and Parry J. (2014) The 'vegansexual' challenge to macho/meat culture. In Andersson Cederholm E; Bjorck A; Jennbert K; Lonngren AS (Ed.), Exploring the Animal Turn: Human-Animal Relations in Science, Society and Culture: 33-46. Lund: Pufendorfinstitutet.
  • Potts A. and Armstrong P. (2013) Picturing Cruelty: Chicken Advocacy and Visual Culture. In Probyn-Rapsey F; Johnston J (Ed.), Animal Death: 151-168. Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Potts A. (2012) The Joy of Chickens. In DeMello M (Ed.), 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. In De Mello M (Ed.), 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? In Moss P; Teghtsoonian K (Ed.), 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. In Simmons L; Armstrong P (Ed.), Knowing Animals: 131-154. Leiden: Brill.
  • Armstrong P. and Potts A. (2004) Serving the wild. In Smith A; Wevers L (Ed.), On Display: New Essays in Cultural Studies: 15-40. Wellington: Victoria University Press.
  • Potts A. (2004) Viagra cyborgs: Creating 'better manhood through chemistry'. In Potts A; Gavey N; Weatherall A (Ed.), Sex and the Body: 221-238. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press.
  • Potts A. (2004) Viagra. In Eadie J (Ed.), 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. In Potts A; Gavey N; Weatherall A (Ed.), Sex and the Body: 7-16. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press/Thomson Learning.
  • Grace V., Worth H. and Simmons L. (2003) Introduction. In Grace V; Worth H; Simmons L (Ed.), Baudrillard West of the Dateline: 11-19. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press.
  • Potts A. (2002) The man with two brains: The discursive construction of the unreasonable penis-self. In Worth H; Paris A; Allen L (Ed.), The Life of Brian: Masculinities, Sexualities, Health: 105-115. Dunedin: University of Otago Press.
Conference Contribution - Published
  • Potts AK. and Gadenne G. (2016) People and Pets in Natural Disasters: Learning from the Christchurch Earthquakes. Christchurch, New Zealand: People in Disasters, 24-26 Feb 2016.
Conference Contribution - Other
  • Potts AK. (2015) Chicken. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada: AnimalFest, 18-19 Jul 2015
  • Potts AK. (2014) In the wake of the quake: Stories of animal loss and survival. Rotorua, New Zealand: Best in Show: 25 Years of the New Zealand Companion Animal Council, 19-20 Sep 2014
  • Potts AK. (2014) Ngā mōkai: The traditional pets of Māori. School of Archeology, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA: Animal Magnetism, 5-7 Apr 2014
  • Potts AK. (2014) Vegan sexuality and the disruption of heteronormative masculinity. Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies, Lund University, Sweden: Exploring the Animal Turn, 27-29 May 2014
  • Potts AK. and Gadenne D. (2014) Animal rescue and shelter following the Christchurch earthquakes. Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand: 7th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference, 22-26 Sep 2014
  • Potts AK. and Gadenne G. (2014) Feline earthquake stories. Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Uppsala University, Sweden: Animal Places, 20-21 Nov 2014
  • Potts A. (2013) Ngā mōkai: The traditional pets of Māori. Sydney, Australia: 5th Australian Animal Studies Group Conference 2013 (AASG): Life in the Anthropocene, 8-10 Jul 2013
  • Potts A. (2012) From Alectromancy to McNuggets: An Illustrated Cultural History of the Chicken. Sydney, Austrailia: Animal Death, 12-13 Jun 2012
  • Potts AK. (2012) From reverence to ruination: Representations of Chickens and Poultry Farming in Contemporary and Activist Art. Milwaukee, WI, USA: Nonhuman: Conference of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA), 27-30 Sep 2012
  • Potts A. (2011) Gallus Graphicus: Representations of Chickens in Contemporary and Activist Art. Christchurch, New Zealand: Cultural Animals: A 'Minding Animals' International Pre-Conference Event, 27-27 Sep 2011
  • Potts A. (2011) With Respect to Chickens. Auckland, New Zealand: 22nd New Zealand Companion Animal Council Conference (NZCAC), 31 Oct-1 Nov 2011
  • Potts A. (2010) The New Zealand Devil. Christchurch, New Zealand: New Zealand Geographical Society Conference 2010 (NZGS), 5-8 Jul 2010
  • Potts A. and Parry J. (2010) Vegan Sexuality: Challenging Heteronormative Masculinity through Meat-free Sex. Auckland, New Zealand: Sexualities Against the Grain: A One-Day Symposium, 19-19 Feb 2010
  • Potts A. (2009) Kiwis against possums: A critical analysis of anti-possum rhetoric in New Zealand. Newcastle, Australia: The 2009 International Academic & Community Conference on Animals & Society: Minding Animals, 13-19 Jul 2009
  • Potts A. (2009) Using popular culture to promote learning in Human-Animal Studies. Newcastle, Australia: The 2009 International Academic & Community Conference on Animals & Society: Minding Animals, 13-19 Jul 2009
  • Potts A. and Armstrong P. (2009) The New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies. Newcastle, Australia: The 2009 International Academic & Community Conference on Animals & Society: Minding Animals, 13-19 Jul 2009
  • Potts A. (2008) The embodiment of animality. Wellington, New Zealand: Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP 2008), 27-30 Mar 2008
  • Potts A. (2007) Kiwis against possums: Representations of 'homegrown heroes' and 'feral felons' in Aotearoa. Toronto, Canada: Nature Matters Conference 2007, 25-28 Oct 2007
  • Potts A. (2007) Non-consuming animals: Vegetarian perspectives in Aotearoa New Zealand. Hobart, Australia: Animals and Society II: Considering Animals, 3-6 Jul 2007
  • Potts A. (2007) Totem transformations in 'Animal Tragic'. Portland, ME, USA: 21st Annual Conference of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA'07), 1-4 Nov 2007
  • Potts A., Armstrong P. and Brown D. (2007) Introducing 'Human-Animal Studies': New interdisciplinary scholarship in Aotearoa New Zealand. Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand: Transformations 2007, 27-28 Aug 2007
  • Potts A. (2006) Surpassing natural sex the Viagra way. National Centre in HIV Social Research, UNSW, Sydney, Australia: Substitution, Enhancement, Autonomy Workshop, 19-19 Apr 2006
  • Potts A. (2006) The new brute fashion: Embodying the animal. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA: Kindred Spirits, 7-9 Sep 2006
  • Potts A. (2005) The 'Female Sexual Dysfunction' debate: Different 'problems', more drugs, new pressures. University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada: Illness and the Contours of Contestation: Diagnosis, Experience, Policy, 11 Nov 2005
  • Potts A. (2005) The mark of the beast: Inscribing animality through extreme body modification. Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia: Body Modification, Mark II, 21 Apr 2005
  • Potts A. (2005) Viagra down under: Researching the New Zealand experience. Montreal, Canada: Women and the New Sexual Politics: Profits versus Pleasures, 8 Jul 2005
  • Potts A. (2004) Chemical men: Viagra and masculinity. Auckland, New Zealand: Society of Australasian Social Psychologists Annual Conference, 15 Apr 2004
  • Potts A. (2004) Viagra and the new retro sex. Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Sydney, Australia: Mobile Worlds, Rigid Boundaries Conference Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, 27 Sep 2004
  • Potts A. (2004) Viagraborgs and the new virile reality. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada: International Interdisciplinary Conference on Gender, Sexuality and Health, 10 Jun 2004
  • Potts A., Grace V., Gavey N. and Vares T. (2004) Challenging the 'quick fix' approach to erectile dysfunction. Christchurch, New Zealand: Scientific Conference of the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine, 12 Feb 2004
  • Potts A., Vares T., Grace VM. and Gavey N. (2004) New Zealand men's experiences of changes in sexuality associated with ageing. Christchurch, New Zealand: Expanding Horizons: The Art and Science of Ageing (New Zealand Association of Gerontology Conference), 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. Christchurch, New Zealand: Expanding Horizons: New Zealand Gerontology Association Conference, 1 Apr 2004
  • Gavey N., Potts A., Grace V. and Vares T. (2003) The other 'Viagra Story': Relationship difficulties following Viagra use by men. Perth, Australia: 3rd Murdoch Symposium on Talk-in-Interaction, 15 Dec 2003
  • Grace VM., Potts A., Gavey N. and Vares T. (2003) Viagra stories: NZ men and women challenge ideas about sexual dysfunction. London, UK: British Psychology Society Annual Conference, 10 Sep 2003
  • Potts A. (2003) Deleuze on Viagra: Molar medicine or molecular madness? Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia: Body Modification Conference: Changing Bodies, Changing Selves, 24 Apr 2003
  • Potts A. (2003) Sex for life? Critical perspectives on 'Viagra culture' (Panel leader & presenter). Christchurch, New Zealand: Cultural Studies of Australasia Annual Conference: Culture Incorporated - Bodies, Technologies, Habitats, 6 Dec 2003
  • Potts A. (2003) Viagra cyborgs: Creating better manhood through chemistry. London School of Economics, London, UK: Vital Politics: Health, Medicine and Bio-economics into the 21st Century, 5 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. Honolulu, HI, USA: International Conference of Social Sciences, 13 Jun 2003
  • Potts A., Vares T., Grace V. and Gavey N. (2003) Women and Viagra. Christchurch, New Zealand: Australasian Sexual Health Physicians Conference, 1 Jun 2003
  • Potts A., Vares T., Grace VM. and Gavey N. (2003) On the other end of Viagra: Women's experiences and concerns. Christchurch, New Zealand: Australasian Sexual Health Conference, 4 Jun 2003
  • Vares T., Potts A., Grace V. and Gavey N. (2002) On the other end of Viagra: Partners' experiences and concerns. Christchurch, New Zealand: Social Science in the 21st Century: Sociological Association of Aotearoa (NZ) Conference, 5 Dec 2002
  • Potts A. (2001) The day the earth stood still: Deconstructing orgasm. University of Melbourne, Australia: Third Conference of the International Association of the Study of Sex, Culture and Society, 1 Oct 2001
  • Potts A. (2001) War of the worlds: Male and female desire in popular sexology. University of Melbourne, Australia: Third Conference of the International Association of the Study of Sex, Culture and Society, 1 Oct 2001
  • Potts A. (2001) Women and popular sexology. Christchurch, New Zealand: Women's Studies Conference, 1 Jun 2001
  • Potts A. (2000) Researching Viagra. Palmerson North, New Zealand: New Zealand Venereological Society Conference, 1 Oct 2000
  • Potts A. (2000) The man with two brains: Hegemonic masculinity and the discursive construction of the unreasonable penis-self. University of Auckland, New Zealand: Masculinities, 1 Jul 2000
  • Potts A. (1999) Coming, coming, gone: A feminist deconstruction of the metaphysics of orgasm. Sydney, Australia: Millennium Conference in Critical Psychology, 1 Apr 1999
  • Potts A. (1999) Critiquing popular sexology. Christchurch, New Zealand: New Zealand Venereological Society Conference, 1 Oct 1999
  • Potts A. (1999) So whose words are they anyway? Roundtable discussion. Sydney, Austrailia: Millennium Conference in Critical Psychology, 1 Apr 1999
  • Potts A. (1998) The science/fiction of sex: John Gray's 'Mars and Venus in the Bedroom'. Christchurch, New Zealand: Society of Australasian Social Psychologists, 1 Apr 1998
Oral Presentation
  • Potts AK. (2014) The traditional pets of Māori. Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies, Lund University, Sweden.
  • Potts AK. (2014) The value of interdisciplinarity. Pufendorf Institute of Advanced Studies, Lund University, Sweden.
  • Potts AK. (2014) Too sexy for your meat': Vegan sexuality and the intimate rejection of carnism. Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden.
  • Potts AK. and Armstrong PC. (2014) Meat Nation: Carnivory and New Zealand National Identity. Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden.
  • Potts A. (2008) Animality and body modification. School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington: Invited Guest Lecture, Gender & Psychology Stage 3 Class.
  • Potts A. and Vares T. (2005) Kiwis on Viagra: Challenging sex after 40. University of Western Sydney: PsyHealth Forum.
  • Potts A. (2000) Coming, coming, gone: Deconstructing orgasm. University of Canterbury: Feminist Scholarship Series, 01 Sep 2003.
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. (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. : 174. London: Routledge. [Encyclopedia Entry].
  • Potts A. (2006) Phallocentrism. : 427. London: Routledge. [Encyclopedia Entry].
  • Potts A. (2006) Sexuality. : 545-547. London: Routledge. [Encyclopedia Entry].
  • Potts A. (2006) The rise of Viagra: How the little blue pill changed sex in America, by Meika Lee. 9(1): 110-112. [Book Review].
  • Potts A. (2003) Respecting diversity. A response to the debate on female sexual dysfunction. British Medical Journal 326(7390): 658-659. [Invited commentary].
Report
  • Potts A. (2008) The national SAFE member survey: Full report and analysis.Commissioned by SAFE. 44pp.
  • 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. 108pp.
Thesis / Dissertation
  • Potts A. (2000) The science/fiction of sex: A feminist deconstruction of the vocabularies of heterosex. Auckland, New Zealand. University of Auckland.
  • Richnow J. (1900) "Eruptional and post-eruptional processes in rhyolite domes". [Masters dissertation]... Christchurch, New Zealand.
Additional Publications
  • Potts AK. and Forgan S. (1900) Chicken Bestiary' in A. Rogers' and L.A. Watson's curated exhibition 'Uncooped: Deconstructing the Domestic Chicken'. [Text and Charcoal Drawings].