Who are we?
Isabelle Arpin is sociologist at Irstea, Grenoble (France). She studies contemporary ways of investigating and managing biodiversity, with a special interest in collaborations between scientists and various kinds of nature managers. She also has a long-standing interest in relationships with wild animals.
Heta Heiskanen, University of Tampere
Justin Irvine, The James Hutton Institute
Sera James Irvine uses drawing, painting and sculpture to consider the relationships between form and space and transience. She explores recurring themes of pared down land and skyscapes and simple interiors. In recent years Sera has led a number of projects concerning skills and craftsmanship and interdisciplinary projects considering the role of arts and science in transforming environmental conflicts. She has also run a gallery, showing work by emerging and established artists from Wales and Scotland with accompanying music and literary event
Petra Lackova, The James Hutton Institute
Taru Peltola is a researcher at the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Interactive Governance Unit. She has studied local disputes about bioenergy, implementation of forest biodiversity conservation and human-animal cohabitation, including case studies on wolf-dog conflicts, knowledge controversies over wolf population, poaching, garbage eating bears and wildlife tourism. She is particularly interested in the role of affects in organizing and governing the ways in which animals and humans live together.
Lasse Peltonen is a professor of environmental conflict resolution at the University of Eastern Finland.
Outi Ratamäki (University of Eastern Finland) is a researcher in environmental policy with an emphasis on human-animal studies. She is interested in interdisciplinary work; her research reaches out from social sciences towards humanities and law. In her research she analyzes how humans, animals and environment(s) coproduce (un)shared realities and how this production is controlled or steered in societies and communities through institutional and socio-cultural arrangements. She has done research e.g. on wolf policies, development of modern animal policy and law and sustainable use of natural resources and ecosystem services.
Tanya Stadelmann is a Swiss-Australian filmmaker, video artist and photographer who makes documentaries, narrative and experimental films. Inspired by Darko Suvin’s idea of ‘cognitive estrangement’, a literary device used in science fiction to place viewers in a world different from our own, she seeks to apply this concept to her films in order to stimulate a fresh perspective about our world. Tanya has a particular interest in the human side of environmental issues. Her current work centers around the way contamination is embodied and remembered by residents living near toxic waste sites. Her work combines photography with archival footage, narratives, soundscapes, music, art videos and poetic documentaries. Her films have been shown at film festivals and galleries in Europe, Australia and the U.S.A. Tanya works as a Lecturer of Film and Media Studies at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A.
Inge Thomson is a musician/composer brought up on Fair Isle, now living on the mainland of Scotland. She grew up with music being a very normal, essential part of life. The music has taken her to many far-flung places and afforded opportunities to create and collaborate. Two years ago Inge produced a body of work called ‘Da Fishing Hands’ whose job, initially, was to run alongside Fair Isle’s, already knee deep, campaign for marine protected status. Growing up on Fair Isle you are never more than a minute away from the sea. In fact there’s nowhere on the isle that you can’t hear it (or taste it). The sea has always seeped into her music. On an island so small and remote the sea is everything.
Juliette Young, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology