L4E PhD Fellow – MGill University
Wenrui Li is currently pursuing a PhD in the Department of Anthropology at McGill University. She holds a BA in Archaeology from Nanjing University, an MSc in Visual, Material, and Museum Anthropology from the University of Oxford, and an MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology from KU Leuven. Shifting from more object-oriented museum studies to more human-oriented social anthropology, her research centres on the agency and cultural biographies of non-human actors and their active role in shaping our lives, particularly within the field of environmental anthropology. Her recent fieldwork in South Finland on mushroom foraging tries to explore the cross-species encounters enabled by the embodied and multi-sensory experiences of foraging. Drawing inspiration from the Chinese philosophies she was exposed to while growing up, Wenrui is also passionate about incorporating Asian intellectual resources that extensively explore human/nature relations into her research. With working/volunteering experiences in galleries and museums in China and the UK, she also envisions exhibitions, museums, and public education as integral components of her future research.