Can Methods Do Good? Ethnology and Multi-species Research as a Response to Covid-19

Linda Tallberg, Astrid Huopalainen, Lindsay Hamilton

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In this conversational essay, three scholars working in the field of human—animal studies discuss the multi—species work that is underway in ethnology. Examples of different methodological approaches are highlighted; multispecies ethnography, crystallization, feminist dog-writing and écriture feminine. By reflecting on the value of such techniques, the authors contend that a renewed enthusiasm for methodological innovation can pave the way for more rounded accounts of social life, bringing animals and their agencies into clearer focus as companions, workers and beings in their own right. This is regarded as both an intellectual and ethical pursuit, with methods placed at the heart of the endeavour.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalEthnologia Fennica
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)103-112
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 22.12.2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • multi-species ethnography
  • crystallization
  • feminist dog-writing
  • ecriture feminin
  • arts-based methods

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoS: Responsible organising


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