TRACE ∴ Finnish Journal for Human-Animal Studies https://trace.journal.fi/ <p><em>Trace — Finnish Journal for Human-Animal Studies</em> is a peer-reviewed,&nbsp;fully open access online journal that&nbsp;provides a forum for research and discussion of human-animal relations from social and cultural perspectives.&nbsp;The journal&nbsp;publishes original research articles, lectiones praecursoriae, and conference reports, as well as reviews on books, art exhibitions, films, and other media. <em>Trace </em>accepts submissions in Finnish, English, and Swedish.</p> en-US outi.ratamaki@uef.fi (Outi Ratamäki) jiteit@utu.fi (Jouni Teittinen) Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:50:11 +0200 OJS 3.1.0.1 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Movements beyond human: ecological aesthetics and knowledges in underwater wildlife documentaries https://trace.journal.fi/article/view/59505 <p>Our conceptions of underwater space are mostly based on images we have seen of it. These images, mediated through technology, have a great impact on how the environment is perceived. The article analyses how three different wildlife documentary series (Planet Earth, Dolphins – Spy in the Pod and Oceans) produce an oceanic environment and its inhabitants, and how these cinematic environments can affect how the ocean is perceived. The article’s approach questions anthropocentrism and maps the relation between cinematic features, the oceanic environment and the aesthetic possibilities of perceiving more-than-human space. The analysis emphasises how the films’ aesthetics are connected to the material movements of environments and animals. With the help of Gilles Deleuze’s and Félix Guattari’s concepts of assemblage and deterritorialisation, the article takes a posthumanist approach in mapping the possibilities of decentering the human and engaging nonhuman animals and nature as the proper cinematic subjects. The article argues that the audiovisual aesthetics of the analyzed documentaries are able to challenge anthropocentrism, but at the same time they are anthropomorphic in premissing their imagery on human comprehensibility.</p> Heidi Mikkola ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://trace.journal.fi/article/view/59505 Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:21:04 +0200 Conservation education in zoos: a literature review https://trace.journal.fi/article/view/66540 <p>Zoos nowadays often claim that their main objective is nature conservation and that they strive to educate the visitors on this subject. A considerable amount of research has been undertaken on conservation education in zoos. This overview performs a qualitative meta-analysis of the methodology, concepts and results of research articles on zoo visitors, particularly regarding learning, education and conservation. Our main finding is that most of the research uses quantitative methodologies and the qualitative, lived experiences of zoo visits remain under-researched. Based on the articles analyzed, “nature conservation” (the substance of conservation education in zoos) becomes implicitly defined as captive breeding and far-off conservation projects, distancing the visitors and their daily lives from nature and issues of conservation.</p> Nina Viktoria Nygren, Sanna Ojalammi ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://trace.journal.fi/article/view/66540 Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:30:38 +0200