Professor Erica Fudge, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (UK)

Erica’s interdisciplinary research locates in the fields of Animal Studies and Renaissance Studies. She has written on issues as varied as meat eating, dreams, children, laughter, reason, bladder-control and animal faces. In addition, she has done work on contemporary culture, and have looked at a range of areas where humans interact with animals, including pet ownership, experimentation, the wearing of fur, anthropomorphic children’s literature and vegetarianism.

Erica is also the director of the British Animal Studies Network (BASN) bringing together those with an interest in human-animal relations from a range of backgrounds from both within and beyond academia. Details of the network can be found at

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KEYNOTE: Conversations with Cows in Early Modern England

Associate Professor Jamie Lorimer, University of Oxford (UK)

jlorimerJamie is an environmental geographer whose research explores popular understandings of Nature and the politics of environmental governance. His research projects span scales from elephants to microbes and include thematic interests in volunteering, rewilding, and the Anthropo-scene. His current focus is on the microbiome. This includes the geographies of the human management of hookworm, which are characterised by concurrent initiatives to deworm and reworm the world.  A second interest is in participatory methods for engaging people with the microbes that live in their kitchens ( Jamie runs the Oxford Interdisciplinary Microbiome Project ( He is the author of Wildlife in the Anthropocene: Conservation after Nature.

KEYNOTE: The Probiotic Turn

Helena Telkänranta, University of Bristol (UK) and University of Helsinki (FIN)

Helena Telkanranta 2016 Nov

Helena is a zoologist specializing in animal behaviour and cognition. She is currently developing new methods of using infrared thermography to measure animal emotions. Her previous research projects have involved other methods for measuring perception and welfare in animals, as well as testing cost-effective options for reducing welfare problems on pig farms.

In addition to academic research, Helena’s work consists of providing lay audiences with up-to-date knowledge on the science of animal behaviour and cognition. Most of this work has realised in the Finnish language so far, in the form of books, magazine articles and public lectures.

The Finnish-language body of work by Helena has been recognized with awards by the Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists, the Finnish Federation for the Animal Welfare Associations and the Finnish Association of Non-fiction Writers. The book Millaista on olla eläin? (“What’s it like to be an animal?”), an in-depth look into animal cognition for lay readers, has also won a State Award for Public Information, awarded by the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland, as well as the Lauri Jäntti award for outstanding non-fiction literature.

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KEYNOTE: What Do Animals Feel? An Overview on the Current Knowledge from Natural Sciences

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