Reading Zoos in the Age of the Anthropocene

Thick Descriptions

Over the last few years, research master students involved with the project have visited different zoos in the Netherlands and written about their experiences. Following Clifford Geertz’ concept of “thick description” the students have produced elaborate essays analyzing the various human-animal interactions happening in the zoo.

2017 – Blijdorp Rotterdam

2018 – ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo

2019 – Ouwehands Dierenpark Rhenen

2020 – [COVID19 lockdown]

2021 – [COVID19 lockdown]

2022 – Burger’s Zoo, Arnhem

  • Burger’s Zoo and the Illusion of Visibility by Luna Njoku Dominguez
  • Ecodisplays at Royal Burgers’ Zoo: Animal or Human Paradise? by Nienke Veenstra
  • Along Phenomenological Parameters in the Aquaria of Zoological Gardens by Luka Hattuma