Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Kaarlenkaski, Taija
Organisation UEF
Project title Human-Animal Relationships and Technology in Transition: Reconfiguring Finnish Cattle Tending from the Late 19th Century to the Present
Decision No. 296488
Decision date 29.04.2016
Funding period 01.09.2016 - 31.12.2019
Funding 245 545
WebFOCUS Report
Project description
The object of this study is to examine the impacts of technologisation and modernisation on cattle husbandry and the concomitant human-animal relationships in Finland from the late 19th century until the 21st century. The transformations that have occurred in Finnish animal husbandry in this period function as the socio-historical backdrop for this study. The project focuses on three periods that have been especially significant for the modernisation process of cattle tending: from the 1860s to the 1930s, from the 1950s to the 1970s, and, finally, the 2010s. The materials include archived ethnographic descriptions concerning cattle tending, cattle tending guidebooks, articles and advertisements in professional magazines as well as interviews complemented by observation in the cowsheds. The study adopts a theoretical framework that combines the viewpoints and concepts of human-animal studies and cultural studies, and uses theories of gender, new materialism and posthumanism.