SEAE Seminar Series: April 2021
Fellow feelings: On the frictions of building a transdisciplinary alliance to combat biodiversity loss
Senior Research Fellow Pauliina Rautio, Faculty of Education, University of Oulu
Research shows that young people’s everyday life experiences and their understanding of biodiversity do not easily coalesce. Biodiversity remains, for many, a distant and vague concept to be cognitively learned rather than something that can be affectively felt and cared for. To this end, our newest project, Fellow Feelings is an emerging transdisciplinary, intergenerational alliance to combat biodiversity loss by exploring both the cognitive and the affective dimensions of biodiversity. In our project statement we write “Combining ecological inquiry with education and biological art in the form of citizen science, Fellow Feelings provides innovative tools for monitoring change and fostering sustainable and strong multispecies community identities.” This talk will offer a peek behind or beyond this noble sounding objective and shed light to the frictions and conflicts of interests when bringing together natural scientists, social scientists, artists and young people, and aiming to co-create knowledge respectfully on both parties’ terms, and importantly: including also the viewpoints and interests of the other species or non-human individuals involved. The objective is to portray transdisciplinary scholarship as important, yet non-innocent, and to suggest ways forward.
Pauliina Rautio is a Senior Research Fellow at the Faculty of Education (University of Oulu, Finland), and an Adjunct Professor of Education at the University of Helsinki. Her research focuses on human-environment relations in general, and recently on human-animal co-habitation and collaboration in specific. Pauliina is the Principal Investigator of two funded projects on young people’s relations to the significant or difficult other animals in their lives, and also a Senior Scholar of a transdisciplinary research hub ANTS (Biodiverse Anthropocene Natures and Transdisciplinary Science) at the University of Oulu. In her free time Pauliina runs a wildlife rehabilitation service at her home, caring for local injured wild birds.