How can art shape science, and how can science shape art?

Read the article about Eva Hayward, one of the affiliated members of the animal studies group.

Mitt i spänningsfältet

Malin Ah-King, med den ena foten i genusvetenskapen och den andra väl förankrad i evolutionsbiologin vill hon utveckla teorier inom bägge discipliner. Läs hela artikeln.

Researcher by chance

Read the article about Jacob Bull by clicking here!

Lambda Nordica

Ann-Sofie Lönngren has edited a special edition of the magazine on the topic animal studies.

Undisciplined animals - new book edited by Pär Segardahl

Read more about the book, or order it here!

Members from the HumAnimal group receives funding!

Jacob Bull, Pär Segerdahl and Ann-Sofie Lönngren has received funding from VR for a joint project. Read more about the project and the funding here!

New publication!

Many members from the HumAnimal group has contributed to the new publication Animal Movements - Moving Animals. Essays on direction, velocity and agency in humanimal encounters. The book  is the 17th in the publication series Crossroads of Knowledge and has been edited by Jacob Bull.
More information about the book and how to get it can be found here!

Upcoming symposium in October:


Uppsala University, Sweden
17th - 18th October 2011


Dog-day at the Centre!

Companions – Culture – Conflict

25 March 2011

Tora Holmberg (Uppsala University),
David Redmalm (Orebro University),
Harlan Weaver (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Rolf David Ramslien (University of Oslo)
Matthew Webster (Uppsala University)

Room 3-1028, Centre for Gender Research, Engelska Parken, Uppsala. Time: 13-17
No fee. Open for everyone.

The transdisciplinary HumAnimal group invites you to an afternoon of talks and discussions concerning the relation between dogs and humans in contemporary culture. Ever since the first canine creatures decided to accompany the nomadic human societies that provided them with food, the canis familiaris has been an integral part to human societies. They have today established their place in human society in an a variety of contexts: as sheepdogs and watchdogs, as guide-dogs for  people with visual disabilities, in the police force and in the military, in airports at Customs searching for narcotics and explosives, as care dogs in hospitals and homes for the elderly, as parts of rehabilitation programs in prisons, in both legal and illegal gambling at dog tracks and in fighting arenas, in kennels and pet shops as well as in smuggling and illegal commerce, as status symbols, as characters in books, movies and TV shows, as laboratory animals, and of course, as companions to people. Dogs also generate conflicts in public spaces with dogs attacking both humans and other animals, in addition to the problems with allergens and diseases transmittable from dogs to humans. And while on the one hand many dedicated dog owners demand access to public places for their canine companions, on the other, critical voices are being raised in support of a ban on breeds perceived as particularly dangerous, as well as stricter rules concerning dog-keeping in general and the spaces dog are permitted to inhabit.

In fact, since dogs are present in public affairs as well as in people’s private lives as commodities, co-workers, assistants, risks factors and friends, they challenge the very notion of a “human” society. This shared world has on several occasions been explored in joint efforts by scholars and dogs: Donna Haraway and Cayenne, Emmanuel Lévinas and Bobby and Vicki Hearne and Salty, to name a few. Even though dogs are not allowed on the Uppsala University premises, this day will be an inspiration for a continuous interspecies effort to analyze the multifaceted and tension-filled co-existence of humans and dogs.



Investigating Human/Animal Relations in Science, Culture and Work, edited by Tora Holmberg (2009).

How can we make sense of the ambiguous and historically shifting characteristics of human/animal relations? How can these relations be analysed in terms of power and hierarchies intersecting with gender, race, class and nationality?  This collection of essays, derived from a Nordic workshop on the matter, contributes to the growing interdisciplinary field of human/animal studies (HAS). The book contains 17 articles, divided into three sections: Thinking with Animals, Animal-Human Culture and Scientific Animals. All the papers included are work in progress – from ongoing or planned projects – in the shape of short contributions. This volume thus constitutes a “smörgåsbord” of lively and vivid research in the area of human/animal relations that goes on throughout the Nordic countries.

The book can be ordered by sending an e-mail to the following address:

Book project

Undisciplined Animals: A Displaced Epistemology, edited by Pär Segerdahl (forthcoming).

The HumAnimal Group, formed at the Centre for Gender Research in 2008, is producing their first joint book. It will consist of nine chapters, written by members of the group, where each chapter exemplifies how animal studies challenge basic perspectives in the disciplines where these studies emerge: education research, philosophy, geography, social psychology, sociology, gender research and visual culture studies, etc. The book will be published during 2010.

Meat Animal Meat Conference Report

Download a pdf here


PhD Course in Human-Animals Studies: Representations and Practices
The course will be held between 6/12–10/12 2010 and will be one week with full-time activities. READ MORE ABOUT THE COURSE.

Animal Movements Moving Animals Conference Report

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Poster Zoo-ethnographies
Animal Movements - Moving Animals. Editor Jacob Bull
Cover, Investigating Human/Animal Relations in Science, Culture and Work