NATASHA SEEGERT portrait
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Communication
  • Associate Professor (Lecturer), Communication

Research Statement

My work explores the intersections and relationships between animals–the human animal, and the multitude of more-than-human animals who puncture our everyday worlds. Boundary violations between the human and the more-than-human serve as unruly “crossings” that rewild the banal. Animals’ unexpected bounds and flagrant flights into our lives queer human notions of animality. Specifically, I am interested in how animals challenge and transform naturalized human boundaries and barriers. How do the animals we encounter on digital screens breach the boundaries surrounding anthroponormativity and assert their own form of rewilding in human-dominated space?  Animal crossings at unsanctioned intersections have the power not simply to disrupt, but to animate the worlds where we live. Transgressive crossings queer the ways we think about animals.

Research Keywords

  • Feed Grains
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • International Agriculture

Presentations

  • 3rd International Conference: Advances in Service Learning Research. Salt Lake City, UT. McVaugh, Natasha. “Fostering the Experience of the Ecological Self in Elementary School Children”. Other, Presented, 2003.
  • 22nd American Community Gardening Association Conference. Salt Lake City, UT. McVaugh, Natasha. “Cultivating Ecological Awareness through Youth Gardening”. Other, Presented, 2001.
  • Where There’s a Monster, There’s a Miracle: Radioactive Boars and Earth’s Abiding. , Presented, 2018.
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  • “Digital Tracks and Toxic Trails," Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference. , Presented, 2017.
  • "Animal Alterity on the Digital Frontier," Utah Symposium on Science and Literature. , Presented, 2017.
  • 101st Annual Conference: National Communication Association Las Vegas, NV. Seegert, Natasha. “Where Are We Headed: Assessing the State of Rhetorical Studies.”. , Presented, 2015.
  • 101st Annual Conference: National Communication Association Las Vegas, NV. Seegert, Natasha. “The Crowing of Corax: A Flight Path into Animate Rhetoric in the Digital Sphere". , Presented, 2015.
  • Affect, Images and Digital Media. Salt Lake City, UT. Seegert, Natasha. “Animals, Affect, and the Digital Screen: Revealing Animal Perspectives.". , Presented, 2015.
  • Cultural Studies Association. Salt Lake City, UT. Seegert, Natasha. “Canine Perestroika: Riding a Fast Train from Domesticity.". , Presented, 2014.
  • 63rd Annual Conference: International Communication Association. London, UK. Seegert, Natasha. “Embracing the Mongrel: Transcendence, Material Engagement, and Hybrid Identity in Ecological Discourse”. , Presented, 2013.
  • 2013 Alta Conference on Argumentation. Salt Lake City, UT. DeLuca, Kevin M., Brunner, Elizabeth A., Seegert, Natasha, Light, Elinor Christopher. “The Architecture of Oppression: Using Place to Crush Free Speech”. , Presented, 2013.
  • 84th Annual Convention: Western States Communication Association. Reno, NV. Seegert, Natasha. “Images as Animals, Animals as Images”. , Presented, 2013.
  • 97th Annual Conference: National Communication Association. New Orleans, LA. Seegert, Natasha. “Voices Howling in the City: Re-Wilding Our Urban Narratives”. , Presented, 2011.
  • 97th Annual Conference: National Communication Association. New Orleans, LA. Seegert, Natasha. “Where Wings Wither Words and Images Give Voice: Hauntology and Ecological Ruptures”. , Presented, 2011.
  • 97th Annual Conference: National Communication Association. New Orleans, LA. Seegert, Natasha. “Taxidermied Wild: The Cipher of Bruno the Voiceless Bear”. , Presented, 2011.
  • 96th Annual Conference: National Communication Association. San Francisco, CA. Seegert, Natasha. “Dirty Pretty Trash: Confronting Perceptions through the Aesthetics of the Abject”. , Presented, 2010.
  • 96th Annual Conference: National Communication Association. San Francisco, CA. Seegert, Natasha. “Searching for the Material Animal in PETA’s Rhetoric”. , Presented, 2010.
  • 8th Biennial Conference: Association for the Study of Literature & the Environment. Victoria, BC. Seegert, Natasha. “The Language of Phenomenology and the Phenomenology of Language: Words Marking Pathways to the Other”. , Presented, 2009.
  • 12th North American Interdisciplinary Conference on Environment & Community. Ogden, UT. McVaugh, Natasha. “The Jordan: From Sacred River to Sewage Canal”. , Presented, 2002.
  • 8th International Symposium for Society and Resource Management. Bellingham, WA. Werner, Carol M.; Sansone, Carol; Livsey, Sara; McVaugh, Natasha & Smith, Jessie L.. “Changing Environmental Behaviors: Inspiration from Persuasion and Behavioral Self-Regulation Research". , Presented, 2000.
  • 8th International Symposium for Society and Resource Management. Bellingham, WA. McVaugh, Natasha; Werner, Carol M.; Sansone, Carol; Livsey Sar; & Smith, Jessie L. “Behavior Change to Support Environmental Policy: The "Enjoying Backyard Nature" Calendar”. Poster, Presented, 2000.
  • 8th International Symposium for Society and Resource Management. Bellingham, WA. Werner, Carol M. & McVaugh, Natasha. “Service-learning "Rules" that Encourage or Discourage Long-term Service: Implications for Research and Practice”. Poster, Presented, 2000.
  • 8th International Symposium for Society and Resource Management. Bellingham, WA. Livsey, Sara; Werner, Carol M.; Sansone, Carol; McVaugh, Natasha & Smith, Jessie L.. “Encouraging Nature-Friendly Gardening: Strategies that Combine Persuasion and Behavioral Self-regulation”. Poster, Presented, 2000.

Publications

  • Seegert, Natasha (date unknown). “Resignified Urban Landscapes: From Abject to Agricultural.” Rhetoric of Food: Discourse, Materiality, and Power. Ed. Frye, Joshua and Michael Bruner. New York: Routledge Press, 121-138. 2012. The People’s Portable Garden of Salt Lake City challenges basic assumptions of the iterability of space, what space can mean, and how space is resignified. In this urban space, the process of aesthetic resignification arises as a political act c.... Accepted, .
  • Seegert, Natasha (date unknown). Seegert, Natasha. 2012. “Resignified Urban Landscapes: From Abject to Agricultural.” Rhetoric of Food: Discourse, Materiality, and Power. Ed. Frye, Joshua and Michael Bruner. New York: Routledge Press, 121-138. The People’s Portable Garden of Salt Lake City challenges basic assumptions of the iterability of space, what space can mean, and how space is resignified. In this urban space, the process of aesthetic resignification arises as a political act c.... Accepted, .
  • Seegert, Natasha (date unknown). Animate Rhetoric. (pp. 194). Vol. Theories of Human Communicatio, Waveland Press. Accepted, .
  • NATASHA LAUREE SEEGERT (date unknown). “Exploring Environmentalism Amidst the Clamour of Networks: A Social Network Analysis of Utah Environmental Organizations.” Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, Forthcoming. Dwelling in a world awash in multiple environmental crises while science and social theory erode the last vestiges of the subject of humanism, it makes sense to imagine our world beyond the lens of humanism and turn to diverse methodologies in order to explore what is going on and how to ... Accepted, .
  • NATASHA LAUREE SEEGERT (date unknown). “Dogme Productions, with an Emphasis on the Dog: Revealing Animal Perspectives.” Film Criticism, Forthcoming. Examining the intersection of images, animals and affect, I claim that images created by non-human animals impact us affectively and thereby upset our human-centered perspective. Specifically, I consider how GoPro videos from social media destabilize our human perspective. Focusing on a short video – “Run Walter, RUN!!” – I analyze how digital i... Accepted, .
  • Werner, Carol (date unknown). Werner, Carol, and Natasha McVaugh. 2000. “Service Learning ‘Rules’ that Encourage or Discourage Long-term Service: Implications for Practice and Research.” Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning 7 (2000): 117-125. Accepted, .
  • NATASHA LAUREE SEEGERT (date unknown). “Where Are We Headed: Rewilding Rhetoric.” Submitted to Review of Communication. Invited Submission for Special Issue on Rhetoric, Forthcoming. As a challenge to the “all too human” focus of rhetoric, I put forth the concept of “animate rhetoric” as a disciplinary disruption. Despite rhetoric’s critical embrace of poststructuralism – what Ivie refers to as an “ideological turn” – the discipline still tends to naturalize t... Accepted, .
  • Seegert, Natasha (date unknown). “Dirty Pretty Trash: Confronting Perceptions through the Aesthetics of the Abject.” Journal of Ecocriticism, 6(1) Spring, 2014. Both abjection and the return of the abject are crucial feedback. We send away what we don’t want, but the forced confrontation of the abject can have a transformative power when we actually percei... Accepted, .
  • Seegert, Natasha (date unknown). “Play of Sniffication: Coyotes Sing in the Margins.” Philosophy & Rhetoric, 47 (2) 2014: 158-178. Indigenous to North and Central America, the coyote has been revered in the stories of native tribes, trapped by ranchers, and detonated in Saturday-morning cartoons. Recently, the coyote has assumed the role of “patroller” in downtown Chicago. This paper plays with how the coyotes in Chicago decenter and disrupt the logics of rhetoric, a disrupt... Accepted, .
  • Seegert, Natasha (date unknown). “Queer Beasts: Ursine Punctures in Domesticity.” Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 8 (1) 2014: 75-91. In 2006, Bruno the bear wandered onto German soil—the first brown bear in 170 years—where he was shot, killed, taxidermied, and put on display (his presence recently resurfaced due to the 2010 Wikileaks). Bruno served as a queer beast in the anthropogenic landscape where he challenged boundaries of what is permis... Accepted, .