UCL Anthropology


David Whyte


UCL Email: david.whyte.13@ucl.ac.uk
Websites: Twitter: @davidwhyte131; Academia.edu: https://ucl.academia.edu/DaveWhyte
Year of Start: 2014
Supervisors: Dr. Allen Abramson, Prof. Charles Stewart
Subject: Social Anthropology
Fieldsite: Surf culture along Ireland's Atlantic coast

PhD Research

Cold water relations: Surfing waves and weather on Ireland's Atlantic coast

My PhD research is based on ethnography of surf culture along Ireland's Atlantic coast. It takes the human-wave relationship as its core analytical unit in order to examine precisely how a relationship between humans and the non-human environment is established and develops in this context, and how this relationship affects human sociality, politics, and ontological presuppositions relating to the environment in question.

Research Interests

  • Ecological anthropology
  • Environmental anthropology
  • Surfing
  • Ethnography of sea-borne practices
  • Ethnography of Ireland
  • Irish Politics
  • Ontology
  • Material culture

Presentations & Conferences

Knowledge, Culture, Ecologies, Santiago, Chile, November 2017. "Defending waves from death: The case of "Duggie" the wave and its potential destruction."

Panel Shaping the flow: Anthropological encounters with water typologies.
American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis, USA, November 2016.

"Learning through liquid: Knowledge as material movement in surfing and anthropology."

Panel Chair: Living in an (im)material world: The anthropology of earth, wind, and water).

Transatlantic Connections Conference, Donegal, Ireland, January 2015.

 "Surfing and school down the line: Towards a more sensuous scholarship."

Panel: Surf and Skate Culture. 

Teaching Experience

  • 2017-2018 Teaching Assistant. Introduction to Philosophy. UCC Philosophy.
  • 2016-2017 Teaching Assistant. Introduction to Material and Visual Culture, UCL anthropology.
  • 2015-2016 Teaching Assistant. Introduction to Philosophy. UCC Philosophy.

Additional Information

Active member of DiEM25 Ireland and founding member of the DiEM25 Cork-1.