Call for Abstracts--Humans and Insects in Multispecies Networks

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Humans and Insects in Multispecies Networks


17-18 March 2022 

Venue: The University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University in Turku

The research project Humans and Ticks in the Anthropocene (HUTI) is organizing a workshop exploring the multi-faceted relationship between humans and insects in multispecies networks. 

Human and non-human well-being, and indeed our common existence, is indebted to insects. However, insects can also pose a serious threat by, for example, spreading diseases and destroying crops. Against this background, it is remarkable how little we know about the interactions between humans, insects and other non-humans. The aim of our workshop is to investigate the multi-faceted relationship between humans and insects in multispecies networks from different perspectives such as environmental humanities and environmental history, environmental social sciences and animals studies. A further objective is to bring about an increase in knowledge of insects, and refine methods and concepts for studying invertebrate animals that have previously been almost completely ignored in humanistic research on animals. We seek papers that address all kinds of insects and arachnids. 

A keynote lecture entitled “Becoming Aware of Insects: Humanities in the Face of Crisis” is given by Professor Michaela Fenske, University of Würzburg 

The workshop is organized as a hybrid meeting with participants meeting face-to-face or via Zoom according to their wishes. 

Areas of focus include, but are not limited to: 

Insects and climate change Insects and risks 

Biodiversity and the loss of insects 

Popular and traditional knowledge about insects Feelings and emotions related to insects 

Insects in popular culture Multispecies perspectives on insects Insects in media 

Insects in the history of science Insects in urban environments Insects, health and epidemiology 

Methodological considerations in studying insects in the humanities 

Please submit your abstracts (300 words) and a short CV (max two pages) as one single document by 30 November 2021 to Sanna Lillbroända-Annala, sanna.lillbroanda- Notification of acceptance is given by December 15, 2021.