1. Animals and Affect in Literature, Audiovisual Media and Art (Eng)
2. Microbodies (Eng)
3. Critical Animal Studies and Vegan Theory – Research, Themes and Intersections (Eng)
4. Multispecies Studies in „urban natures“. Approaches from cultural and social sciences (Eng)
5. Eläimet yhteiskunnassa ja kulttuurissa (Fin)
6. Eläinpopulaatioiden väliset suhteet (Fin)
7. Tracing Animal-Ethics in Artworks (Eng)
9. Gradutyöpaja (Fin)

1. Animals and Affect in Literature, Audiovisual Media and Art (Eng)

Animals play various roles in literature, audiovisual media and art. They do not only emerge through representation as metaphors, symbols or expressions of values, but also act as sources of inspiration for writers and artists. Art in its different forms – stories, paintings, music, film – has always resorted to the animal world as a vibrant resource of expression that offers strong emotional experiences. Animals are feared others, exploited resources, beloved companions, objects of empathy, representatives of sublime beauty and many more, and in these roles intimately intertwined with affect. That said, animals are not only a resource for humans to seek inspiration from, but they can be companions to write and think with. Recently, many scholars and artists have, indeed, sought for ways to encounter and interpret the role of animals in art and literature that go “beyond” representation.

In this workshop, we approach animals from the perspectives of literature, audiovisual media and art and discuss the ways in which animals and affect are joined together. In the current media landscape, for example, animals emerge as centres of affective discussions related to a carbon-friendly diet or ethical living conditions for livestock; yet, they are often reduced to absent referents and objects of consumption in these same discussions.

We invite papers that deal with the ways animals are represented and discussed in the media in affectively engaging ways, but also approaches that are more attuned to animals as material beings in art, literature, and the media. We invite proposals for scientific presentations as well as artistic performances that address animals in literature, audiovisual media or art from various perspectives and various ways from working papers, article ideas or art work, however, with a clear emphasis on affect. The papers can focus on, but are not limited to, affective rhetorics or narration, or the affective responses of audiences.

Please send max. 500-word-long description, including a short bio, affiliation, and contact info, of your project to us both by the deadline. You will find our mail addresses below. Please submit your abstracts by February 7th, 2020. Workshop organisers will inform about the accepted/rejected abstracts on February 17th, 2020. Academic presentations are 20 minutes long (plus 10 minutes discussion), artistic presentations may be shorter, or slightly longer than 30 minutes.

Workshop organisers:

Aino-Kaisa Koistinen, Ph.D., University of Jyväskylä (

Aino-Kaisa Koistinen works as postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies at the University of Jyväskylä. Her research interests include feminist posthumanities, gender and queer studies, popular culture, science fiction and crime fiction, affect, monster studies, and violent fiction. Her latest publications include the edited collection Reconfiguring Human, Nonhuman and Posthuman in Literature and Culture (Routledge 2020, with Sanna Karkulehto and Essi Varis). Koistinen is currently also affiliated with the Posthumanities Hub at the University of Linköping, Sweden, and is one of the founders and organisers of the international Monster Network

Helen Mäntymäki, Ph.D., University of Jyväskylä (

Helen Mäntymäki works as a Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Culture at the Department of Language and Communication Studies at the University of Jyväskylä. Her research interests include for example popular culture, particularly contemporary crime fiction, violence in fiction, gender, ecocriticism and affect. She has previously published for example on male detectives and female murderers in crime novels, constructions of antagonists’ subjectivities through filmic means in crime films and boundaries between animals and human animals in TV crime series. She is the editor of several collections of articles, currently co-editing a volume on mobility and transgression in contemporary crime narratives.

2. Microbodies (Eng)

“We require each other in unexpected collaborations and combinations, in hot compost piles. We become with each other or not at all.” (Haraway, 2016, 4.)

Microbodies charts the multiplicity of bodies, pushing the boundaries of ‘one’ and the human/animal division. This will materialize at the workshop through the production of knowledge about microbes via embodied practices. We offer a workshop to regard a relation between the body and its microbiota, fragrant earth others. During four hours, presentation-papers are weaved between participatory practices that orient participants’ attention to the entanglements between bodies and the environment and the microbes inside and outside bodies. We will create an immersive situation to the venue by installing odours, edibles that are stimulating not only the participants but also microbes that are activated inside us depending on how we are affected, and how they affect us with the objective of tuning into the agency of microbes, rather than merely ‘thinking’ about them. With the help of a guided meditation/yoga with microbes, non-human theory becomes a part of the embodied practice.

The topics of the papers and talks

The concept of microbiome is becoming familiar to many, but dividing microbes as ‘goodies’ and ‘baddies’ stems from decades of war against microbes. Microbodies invites written works, presentations, and art practices that draw attention to complete (but not isolated) environments (tummies, kitchens, gardens, homes) rather than individuals or individual species. Without generalising microbes to a specific kind of actor, the workshop will concentrate on circulations and entanglements. Composting is one example of this, it allows us to tune into macro and micro scales of relationships and environments. We start on the surface, work upon and end up within it. Other examples of circulation might include human-animal relations in antimicrobial resistance, fermentation of food and how faeces travel.


We invite contributions on microbes in their multiple contexts and manifestations in art, social sciences and humanities. Paper-presentations will be followed by microbial meditation that includes movements from yin- and hatha yoga. Participants are guided to yoga poses that relax the Vagus nerve that connects the microbes of the gut and the brain, connecting to the non-humans within.

After the meditation, there will be a general discussion on the papers, over some herbal tea and eating vegetables and fruit to further caress our microbiota. Participants of the workshop are slowly guided from wisdom of the gut to a performative lesson. Salla Sariola will act as a discussant of the presentations while cutting the peels of the food leftovers, to be suitable for bokashi, fermented microbe composting.

Please submit your max. 500 word long abstracts (including a short bio) to the workshop organizers by February 7th, 2020 (email addresses below). Workshop organisers will inform about the accepted/rejected abstracts on February 17th, 2020. Deadline for workshop texts is March 20th, 2020. For the length of submitted texts, please follow the general guidelines of the conference (5– 6 pages) or ask more instructions from the workshop organizers.


Workshop organisers are part of Microbial Lives: Practices of New Human-Microbial Cultures project led by sociologist Salla Sariola ( from University of Helsinki.

Oona Leinovirtanen and Riina Hannula ( are producing artistic material to this project, where the aim is to combine social sciences and arts. Leinovirtanen (sociology) and Hannula (media studies) are finishing their M.A. theses and are both fine artists thinking with microbes and other non-human companions.

More information:

3. Critical Animal Studies and Vegan Theory – Research, Themes and Intersections (Eng)

Recent years have witnessed noticeable paradigm shifts within the cultural and societal branches of animal studies. These shifts have been critically oriented, questioning the anthropocentric and speciesist human–animal relations – which have traditionally been considered the invisible norm. In this workshop the focus is on the new disciplines of Critical Animal Studies (CAS) and Vegan Studies.

CAS aims to disrupt the core of the structural and hegemonic assumptions of human exceptionalism upon which Western culture and academia are built – creating a radical and innovative interdisciplinary field.

Due to the rise in global climate consciousness, there has been increased awareness around issues related to animal ethics within the Animal Industrial Complex. The growing intersectional knowledge and expanding body of research are promoting veganism as a globally wholesome individual and societal choice for sustainability. Vegan theory, (which could be called a sibling discipline to CAS), shares many fundamental objectives with CAS. They both have an agenda to eliminate the oppression, exploitation and consumption of non-human animals – often through an intersectional and interdisciplinary approach. However, there are notable differences too. For instance, CAS focuses predominantly on non-human animals through an activist stance, whereas Vegan Theory can be, (but is not necessarily), more focused on humans and the human world. These parallels and contrasts allow for interesting sites of scholarly inquiry.

We welcome papers relevant to themes of the workshop including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Vegan Studies and Vegan theory (general)
  • Critical Animal Studies (general)
  • The animal turn and/or the vegan turn
  • Contemporary developments of CAS and Vegan Theory
  • Multidisciplinary approach to CAS and Vegan Theory
  • Intersections and intersectional questions
  • Relations between CAS and Vegan studies
  • Anthropocentrism and speciesism in academia
  • The Vegan boom and its effect on the fields of animal studies
  • Theoretical/methodological challenges and/or opportunities
  • How research data, different disciplines and theoretical-methodological approaches serve CAS and Vegan Studies

Please send your abstracts (max. 500 words, including a short bio) to Lotta Luhtala ( and Linda Tallberg ( by February 7th, 2020. Organisers will inform about the accepted/rejected abstracts on February 17th, 2020. If your abstract will be approved, prepare to submit your workshop texts (max. length 5 pages) by March 20th, 2020.

We welcome working papers, articles and article ideas, dissertation chapters, and chapters of academic books. You may specify what type of feedback you would prefer to receive. Note: These can be work-in-progress texts.

Abstracts will be shared with all the participants of the workshop to stimulate discussion. For each paper there will be a designated opponent (commenter). The full workshop texts will be shared only with the workshop organisers and the opponents. There will be 30 minutes time per paper.


Lotta Luhtala, M.A., University of Eastern Finland (

Lotta Luhtala is Ph.D. Candidate and Grant Researcher majoring in Literary Studies. She is a board member of the Finnish Society for Human–Animal Studies (YKES) and the Network of Critical Animal Studies in Finland. Her main academic interests are Vegan Studies, Critical Animal Studies, Literary Studies, and Gender Studies. Studies.

Linda Tallberg, Ph.D., Hanken School of Economics (

Linda Tallberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and Organization at Hanken School of Economics (Finland). Linda’s work focuses around Dirty Work, emotions in organizations, animal shelters and human-animal studies. She has published on alternative methods for researching animals at work, and is working on projects related to human-animal relationships at work, veganism, social movements/activism, and advancing nonhuman animal interests in organizational studies.

4. Multispecies Studies in „urban natures“. Approaches from cultural and social sciences (Eng)

Urban spaces are, at least in Middle-European or Western thinking, conceptualized as spaces that have been made and designed by humans. However, from a posthumanist perspective, they can also be approached as more-than-human-spaces or contact zones between humans and other agents. Urban places where relations between humans and other agents, such as animals, plants or microbes, are densified, or experienced as densified, are often referred to as “urban natures”.

This workshop is focusing on ethnographic and cultural analytical research on or in such “urban natures”. Addressed will be questions by whom and how urban natures emerge and develop, how do the involved agents negotiate their mobilities and spatial practices, what kind of conflictive spatial orders become visibly, what kind of subversions of human spatial orders can be experienced? How are such “urban natures” perceptible and thus open to scholarly investigations and how can these contact zones in cities of the 21rd century be researched innovatively by cultural and social sciences?

Based on research examples on spaces which have actively been designed by humans as multispecies contact zones or developed as spaces of multiple possibilities for other than human agents due to a retreat of human dominance, we are also aiming for critical discussions on the continuation of the dichotomy of “nature” and “urban space” immanent to the term of „urban natures“.

This workshop provides two options of participation:

  • Participation based on an own research project, submitted are 5 to 10 pages of text describing the project, the methods, collected materials and addressing the theme of the workshop
  • Participation without own presentation

Applications for the workshop are welcome to and Applicants: please name which type (option) of participation you are interested in and send us some biographical information about yourself. In cases where participation is based on a research project, please submit an abstract of max. 1 page outlining the material for discussion in the workshop.

Organisers will inform about the accepted/rejected abstracts on February 17th, 2020. If your abstract will be approved, prepare to submit your workshop materials by March 20th, 2020.


Elisabeth Luggauer, M.A., Chair for European Ethnology, University of Würzburg/ Germany (

Elisabeth Luggauer is a preadoc researcher at the Chair for European Ethnology/Folklife Studies at the University of Würzburg, Germany. Her PhD deals with relations between humans and street dogs in the urban space of Podgorica (Montenegro) and links her major research interests of urban anthropology, multispecies studies and Southeast European cultural contexts. She has participated in several scientific workshops on ethnographic research methods, ethnographic writing, urban ethnography and multispecies research.

Arnika Peselmann, PhD, Chair for European Ethnology, University of Würzburg/ Germany (

Arnika Peselmann, PhD., is scientific researcher at the Chair for European Ethnology/Folklife Studies at the University of Würzburg, Germany. Her major research interests lie in the field of Multispecies Ethnography, Cultural Heritage/Cultural Property, and Border Studies. She has conducted several (international) workshops in scholarly contexts as well as for a broader public dealing with heritage matters, disciplinary histories of anthropologies in Europe, or human rights issues. She is co-organizer of the Würzburg Winter School Configurations of Mobility: Transition – Transformation – Transgression in February 2020 where she holds a workshop on “transgressive” mobilities of humans and nonhumans.


Dooren, Thom van/Rose, Deborah Bird: Storied-places in a multispecies city. In: Humanimalia: A journal of human/animal interface studies (Volume 3, Number 2). 2012. S. 1-27.

Fenske, Michaela/Norkunas, Martha: Introduction: Experiencing the More-than-Human World. In: Narrative Culture, 4 (2). 2017. S. 105-110.

Forbes, Steven/Kendle, Tom: Urban nature conservation. Landscape management in the urban country side. London et. al.: Routledge 1997.

Low, Setha/Taplin, Dana/Scheld, Suzanne (ed.): Rethinking Urban Parks. Public Space and Cultural Diversity. Austin: University of Texas Press 2005.

Philo, Chris/Wilbert, Chris (Hg.): Animal Spaces, Beastly Places. New Geographies of Human-Animal Relations. London/New York 2000.

5. Eläimet yhteiskunnassa ja kulttuurissa (Fin)

Yhteiskunnallisesta ja kulttuurisesta eläintutkimuksesta on tullut viimeisen kahdenkymmenen vuoden aikana entistä näkyvämpi tutkimusparadigma monella yhteiskuntatieteiden ja kulttuurintutkimuksen alalla. Tästä huolimatta eläintutkimus jää usein marginaaliin eri tutkimusalojen sisällä, mikä korostaa yhteiskunnallista ja kulttuurista eläintutkimusta harjoittavien tutkijoiden oppiainerajat ylittävän vertaistuen ja verkostoitumisen merkitystä.

Tähän työryhmään ovatkin tervetulleita kaikki ihmistieteellisen eläintutkimuksen piiriin kuuluvat tutkimuspaperit niin yhteiskunta- kuin oikeustieteiden, teologian ja uskontotieteiden sekä kulttuurin- ja kirjallisuudentutkimuksen ja sukupuolentutkimuksen aloilta. Työryhmässä käsitellyt työt voivat olla pidemmälle hiottuja tai vasta alkutekijöissään. Työryhmästä kiinnostuneita pyydetään lähettämään enintään 500 sanan mittainen abstrakti työryhmän vetäjille Tarja Koskelalle ( ja Eeva Kuikalle ( Abstraktiin tulisi sisällyttää myös lyhyt kuvaus tutkijasta itsestään. Abstraktit tulee toimittaa vetäjille 7.2.2020 mennessä.

Työryhmään hyväksyttyjen tulee valmistautua lähettämään 5-7 sivun mittainen teksti, jonka alussa on maininta siitä, millaista palautetta kirjoittaja tekstille toivoo. Tieto abstraktien hyväksymisestä ilmoitetaan 17.2.2020. Tekstit, jotka voivat olla myös työstövaiheessa olevia, tulee lähettää työryhmän organisoijille 20.3.2020 mennessä. Kullekin tekstille nimitetään opponentti, joka tutustuu tekstiin ja valmistautuu antamaan siitä palautetta. Abstraktit lähetetään kaikkien luettavaksi, varsinaiset tekstit lukevat vain työryhmän vetäjät ja työlle määrätty opponentti.


Tarja Koskela, OTT, Itä-Suomen yliopisto (

Tarja Koskela toimii Itä-Suomen yliopistossa rikos- ja prosessioikeuden yliopistonlehtorina ja post doc -tutkijana. Koskela tutki väitöskirjassaan 2017 optimaalista eläinsuojelua rikosprosessissa ja julkishallinnossa. Hän opettaa rikos- ja prosessioikeuden lisäksi eläinoikeutta eri yliopistoissa ja poliisiammattikorkeakoulussa. Koskela on yksi Suomen eläinoikeusjuristit ry:n perustajajäsenistä ja hänellä on laajat kansainväliset verkostot eläinoikeuden piirissä.

Eeva Kuikka, MA, Tampereen yliopisto (

Eeva Kuikka on väitöskirjatutkija Tampereen yliopistosta venäjän kielen ja kulttuurin oppiaineesta. Kuikka tarkastelee tekeillä olevassa väitöskirjassaan ihmisen ja eläimen välistä suhdetta Venäjän pohjoisosiin sijoittuvassa kirjallisuudessa. Kuikan tutkimusintresseihin lukeutuvat ihmistieteellinen eläintutkimus, posthumanismi, venäläisen kirjallisuuden tutkimus sekä sukupuolentutkimus.

6. Eläinpopulaatioiden väliset suhteet (Fin)

Yhteiskunnallinen eläintutkimus keskittyy pääasiassa niihin suhteisiin, mitä meillä ihmisillä on toislajisiin. Miten toimintamme hyödyttää tai haittaa toisia eläimiä, tai joskus jopa ”eläimiä” hyvin laajana yhteen niputettuna kokonaisuutena.

Tässä työryhmässä keskitytään tarkastelemaan eri eläinpopulaatioiden välisiä suhteita, joihin myös ihmistoiminta vaikuttaa. Tarkastelussamme ovat villit ja liminaaliset eläimet. Työryhmässä eläinyhteisöjä tarkastellaan toisiinsa vaikuttavina toimijoina, joilla on intressejä ja haluja toisiinsa nähden. Miten eri lajit ovat riippuvaisia toisista lajeista, ja onko tällä normatiivisia seurauksia?

Miten metsän pöllön ja suursyömärin suhde rakentuu? Miten ketut ja myyrät järjestelevät rinnakkaiselonsa? Miten oravat löytävät toisia oravia? Käsiteltäviä aiheita voivat olla esimerkiksi mutualismi, kommensalismi, kilpailu, saalistaminen tai loisinta. Myös lajirajat ylittävä ystävyys, empatia tai moraalinen toiminta voivat olla mielenkiintoisia kysymyksiä.

Työryhmään valitaan noin sivun mittaisten tiivistelmien perusteella kuusi osallistujaa. Tiivistelmät lähetetään työryhmän vetäjille 7.2.2020 mennessä. Tieto abstraktien hyväksymisestä ilmoitetaan 17.2.2020.

Työryhmässä käsitellään noin 3–5 sivun tekstejä, jotka toimitetaan työryhmän vetäjille viimeistään 20.3.2020. Kunkin tekstin alussa kirjoittaja kertoo lukijoille, millaista palautetta haluaa. Valmis artikkeli voi kaivata jatkotutkimuslinjoja ja ideapaperi vaikkapa konkreettisia lukuvinkkejä.

Kullekin tekstille osoitetaan kommentaattori, joka perehtyy aiheeseen erityisellä huolella. Kaikki lukevat kuitenkin kaikkien tekstit ja osallistuvat keskusteluun. Ryhmässä ei käytetä esitysgrafiikkaohjelmistoja, vaan luotetaan puhetaitoon.


Jari Kärkkäinen, Turun yliopisto (

Jari Kärkkäinen on Turun yliopistossa ympäristöfilosofian väitöstutkija.Hän on kohtuullisen kokenut pienryhmävetäjä, joka on opettanut sekä yliopistossa että kansalaisopistossa kursseja. Lisäksi hän on vetänyt luku- ja kuuntelupiirejä järjestötoiminnassa.

Jenna Aarnio,Turun yliopisto (

Jenna Aarnio on eläinfilosofiaan erikoistuva väitöstutkija, jolla on vahva kokemus järjestötoiminnasta ja ryhmätyöskentelystä.

7. Tracing Animal-Ethics in Artworks (Eng)

In this 4-hour workshop, lead by Swiss Artist Franziska Lauber and Ethicist Eric Maeder, we will focus on the ethics of these complex, interdisciplinary questions that arise when dead or living animals are the subject of art and are presented in exhibitions.

In recognition of animals as conscious and sentient subjects, modern animal ethics in particular generally opposes the instrumentalisation of animals, albeit artificially motivated. Relevant facets of the use of animals in contemporary art, which deals with the ethically problematic implications of the transfer of animals into art or their declaration as art entails.

The enslavement and instrumentalization of the real animal for and in art receives a new orientation with artists who include the living being animal as a subject with individual power of action in artistic processes. These recent artistic developments are an expression of the so-called ‘Animal Turn’, which is also reflected in the extremely active, interdisciplinary research, such as Human-Animal Studies, as well as in the continuously increasing number of works of art and exhibitions with and about animals.

The animal in its corporeality – alive as well as dead – has become a central theme in contemporary art, which at the same time reflects the growing social explosiveness of the human-animal relationship in its ambivalent manifestations.

We are calling for papers from artists, philosophers, curators, ethicists and art historians which deal with the following themes from the perspective of ethical issues and wont to present it on our workshop.

  • Use of skins, bones etc. of dead animals in contemporary art as material for art works
  • Use of living animals as material for art works
  • Ethics in curating exhibitions with animal issues

Please send your abstracts, no longer than 400 words (plus max. 100 words long bio), to Franziska Lauber Deadline for the abstracts is February 7th, 2020. Organisers will inform about the accepted/rejected abstracts on February 17th, 2020. If your abstract will be approved, prepare to submit your workshop papers (maximum length 5 pages) by March 20th, 2020.


Franziska Lauber, Artist, M.A., Bern/Switzerland (

Franziska Lauber works in various medias in the human-non-human relationships. She is a member of SARN – Swiss Artistic Research Network – and leads the work group “Sense of Forest – Sense of Place”. She also speaks on a regular base on international conferences about her artwork “On the Back of the Pig”, which deals with Gelatine as a waste-product in factory farming. More information:

Eric Maeder, M.A., School of Management Geneva and Fribourg

After a Master’s degree in Humanities at the University of Geneva (with a diploma in environmental ethics), Eric Maeder continued his research in environmental risks and ethical solutions. He teaches at the Universities in Geneva and Fribourg and he is a teacher at the ‘édhéa, The Valais School of Arts’ in Sierre|Switzerland in the master course ”Decoding EcoShperes”.

9. Gradutyöpaja (Fin)

Eläintutkimuspäivillä 2020 järjestetään gradutyöpaja, jossa käsitellään humanistisen ja yhteiskuntatieteellisten alojen opiskelijoiden tekeillä olevia eläintutkimusaiheisia pro graduja. Tekstit voivat olla esimerkiksi johdantotekstejä, käsittelylukuja tai pro gradu -töiden ideapapereita. Käsiteltäviksi teksteiksi hyväksytään niin pidemmälle hiotut kuin alkutekijöissään olevat paperit.

Työryhmään otetaan mukaan kaikkiaan 4–6 graduvaiheen opiskelijaa. Mikäli teet gradua eläinaiheesta ja olet kiinnostunut työryhmästä, lähetä enintään 500 sanan abstrakti eli tiivistelmä työpajan vetäjille Otto Latvalle (otto.latva[at] ja Nina V. Nygrenille (nina.nygren[at] viimeistään 7.2.2020.

Abstraktista tulee käydä selville oppiaineesi, tutkimusaiheesi, gradun tämän hetkinen vaihe sekä mihin seikkaan/seikkoihin erityisesti haluat kommentteja. Lisäksi abstraktin merkkimäärään tulee sisältyä bio, eli noin 100 sanan esittely itsestäsi. Biossa voit kertoa nimesi, yliopistosi, ja sähköpostiosoitteesi, sekä jos sinulla on joitakin eläintutkimuspäivien kävijöitä kiinnostavia meriittejä.

Työpajan organisoijat ilmoittavat hyväksytyistä tai hylätyistä abstrakteista 17.2.2020. Työryhmään hyväksyttyjen tulee valmistautua lähettämään haluamansa graduluku (joko käsittelyluku tai johdanto) tai gradun ideapaperi työryhmän vetäjille 20.3.2020 mennessä (tämä on ehdoton takaraja, ja tekstejä voi lähettää jo aiemmin). Opiskelijan niin halutessa jaetaan gradutekstit myös muiden työryhmään hyväksyttyjen kesken, jotta kaikilla on mahdollisuus kommentoida tekstejä ja osallistua keskusteluun. Suosittelemme, että tekstit jaetaan kaikille.


Otto Latva, FT, Turun yliopisto ( /

Otto Latva on eläintutkimukseen perehtynyt historioitsija. Hän on väitellyt mustekalojen ja ihmisten jaetusta menneisyydestä transatlantisessa kulttuurissa 1760-luvulta 1890-luvulle. Latva työskentelee tutkimuspäällikkönä Turun yliopiston meri ja merenkulku -profilaatiossa. Hän on mukana myös Suomen Akatemian projektissa ”Living with the Baltic Sea”, jossa hän tutkii ihmisten ja eläinten historiallista vuorovaikutusta Suomen rannikkoalueella ja Itämerellä. Lisäksi Latva on mukana Suomen Akatemian projektissa ”Culture of Unsustainability: Animal Industries and the Exploitation of Animals in Finland since the Late Nineteenth Century”, jossa hän tutkii ihmisten ja turkiseläinten jaettua menneisyyttä Suomen alueella 1800-luvulta 1900-luvun lopulle. Latva on vetänyt Turun yliopistossa kulttuurihistorian graduseminaareja kuusi vuotta, minkä lisäksi hän on toiminut myös useiden gradujen ohjaajana.

Nina V. Nygren, HT, Tampereen yliopisto (

Nina Nygren on ympäristöpolitiikan ma. yliopistonlehtori Tampereen yliopistossa. Hän on tutkinut ihmisten ja eläinten välisiä suhteita ja luonnonsuojelullisia konflikteja. Nygren on erikoistunut sovittelevaan ja osallistavaan tutkimukseen sekä monitieteisiin lähestymistapoihin. Hän on mukana Helsingin kaupunkirottia tutkivassa monitieteisessä ”Helsinki Urban Rats” -projektissa. Nygren on ohjannut useita ympäristöpolitiikan ja aluetieteen opinnäytteitä.

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