Coffee Hour: Richard Schroeder "Ode to the Extreme Huntress"

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 3:30pm
Refreshments are offered in 319 Walker Building at 3:30 p.m. The lecture begins in 112 Walker Building at 4:00 p.m

Hunter Eva Shockey

Professional bow and rifle hunter Eva Shockey. Image from an interview on Hunting

About the talk

This presentation explores the emergence of trophy hunting as a new and embattled frontier in the culture wars surrounding notions of women’s rights and gender equity. The analysis centers on three specific domains: 1) video campaign materials produced by the National Rifle Association to encourage firearm use in general and hunting in particular among women (“Love at First Shot”; “Armed and Fabulous”); 2) an international hunting competition that bestows the title “Extreme Huntress” on its champion each year; and 3) a group of increasingly high profile celebrity women trophy hunters, including “Winchester Deadly Passion” reality TV star Melissa Bachman, “Extreme Huntress” winner Rebecca Francis, and Jen “The Archer” Cordero, among others. In each of these settings, I analyze the seemingly contradictory ways women have come to identify and express themselves as hunters, and how these complex modes of self-identification complicate our understanding of the act of hunting writ large. 

About the speaker

Richard SchroederRichard Schroeder is dean of social and behavioral sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University. He previously served as Rutgers’ founding director of the Center for African Studies and chair of its Department of Geography. He is the author of two books and an edited collection, including Africa After Apartheid: South Africa, Race and Nation in Tanzania, which won the American Association of Geographers’ (AAG) Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography in 2012. He subsequently received the 2016 Robert Netting lifetime achievement award for research and professional activities that bridge geography and anthropology by the AAG’s Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group. 

Suggested reading

Moving Targets: The "Canned" Hunting of Captive-Bred Lions in South Africa (PDF)

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