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  • 1. Birke, Lynda
    et al.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Thompson, Kirilly
    Stories of animal passports: Tracing disease, movements and identities2013In: Humanimalia - a journal of human/animal interface studies, ISSN 2151-8645, E-ISSN 2151-8645, Vol. 5, no 1Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Fagerberg, Johan
    Sveriges Sociologförbund.
    Sjöstrand, Glenn (Editor)
    Linnéuniversitetet.
    Sociologi på gymnasiet: En kartläggning från Sveriges Sociologförbund2018Report (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
    A feeling for the animal: On becoming an experimentalist2008In: Society and Animals, ISSN 1063-1119, E-ISSN 1568-5306, Vol. 16, no 4, p. 316-335Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article deals with questions that arose during a 2-week university course in nonhuman animal laboratory science. Doctoral students and researchers take the course to acquire the knowledge necessary for future independent work with nonhuman animal experimentation. During the course, participants learn to handle animals in the laboratory, both in theory and in practice, and to do so in a humane way with a feeling for the animals. Th e paper analyzes how this knowledge, in other tacit contexts, is constructed and learned and focuses on two main aspects of handling rodents in the laboratory: habituation and killing. Th e course’s focus on good handling works as a means of doing good research, as a strategy of including animal welfare as a legitimate agenda, while keeping intact traditional scientifi c norms—such as standardization. In this case, standardization has a wider scope than commonly assumed: Not only are the animals standardized but also the experimentalists who become standardized through courses and curricula. However, this process of standardization is not complete; thus, a feeling for the animal implies, as the case study shows, individual animals and human-animal interaction.

     

  • 4.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Animal waste work: The case of urban sewage management in Sweden2019In: Contemporary Social Science, ISSN 2158-2041, E-ISSN 2158-205XArticle in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Urban infrastructures such as wastewater services are essential to the functioning of cities. Through waste work, sewage gets transformed and revalued. Non-humans are potentially unruly agents in the transformation of “dirty” sewage into biogas, a “clean” energy resource in environmental terms. But these values are not given or applied in any simple sense. What goes on under the surface, beneath the street or inside a pile of dirt is the invaluable work that constitutes a city’s multispecies waste management. The article argues that rats, worms and microbes perform labour in the urban wastewater economy, as they eat, digest and breed. This article investigates the role of these non-human waste workers and the cultural and economic values they produce in the intersections between the socio-technical infrastructures where the urban and the animal meet. The article makes use of “trash-tracing” as a method and follows the multiple steps taken in the chain of sewage management in the city of Gävle, Sweden. It contributes new knowledge on the waste ecologies of cities by paying close attention to shifting and paradoxical valuations of wastewater, as it is configured through nonhuman work.

  • 5.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Animist hunting: Review of Willerslev, Rane, Soul hunters. Hunting, animism, and personhood among the Siberian Yukaghirs2010In: Humanimalia, ISSN 2151-8645, Vol. 2, no 1Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Arter och avarter.: Harawayska underdogs i Låt den rätte komma in2014In: Feminism i rörliga bilder / [ed] Tollin, Katarina, Törnqvist, Maria, Lund: Liber , 2014, 2, p. 166-199Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences2012In: The European Journal of Women's Studies, ISSN 1350-5068, E-ISSN 1461-7420, Vol. 19, no 2, p. 267-271Article, book review (Refereed)
  • 8.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Controversial connections: Human-animal relations in the city2010Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Controversial connections: Urban studies beyond the human2011In: Undisciplined Animals: Invitations to animal studies / [ed] Pär Segerdahl, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing , 2011, p. 135-156Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Animal studies is not a discipline of its own, but emerged simultaneously in many disciplines, such as sociology, geography, biology, art history, education research, philosophy, anthropology, film studies, political science, and gender research. Animal studies stands for a transformed way of doing scholarly work, always through the lens of the human/animal relationship. If anything keeps the field together, it is the productive incoherence that it creates wherever it challenges human-centred modes of work. What does it mean to do animal studies? Due to the essential "undisciplinarity" of the field, a traditional textbook approach could not answer the question. "Undisciplined Animals" is a series of confessions: "this is how I and my basic outlook changed through the efforts of unruly animals, neither of us happily adapting to human-centred perspectives." The hope is that readers will recognize the same productive tensions in their own work; that the book will help them use these tensions and not hide them as breaches of disciplinary rules. "Undisciplined Animals" is a collection of invitations to animal studies, addressed to emerging scholars in a variety of fields who want to see how animal studies can vitalize work in their disciplines. The chapters are intersected by short interludes that describe an experience, a notion, or a thought that secretly drives the author's work. These interludes reveal animal studies to transgress not only disciplinary borders, but also borders between the academic and the personal.

  • 10.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
    Discussions on biology: Gender scholars talk about bodily matters2008Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    During recent recades, understandings of embodiment and the body have been of a crucial concern in gender research. Accordingly, gender studies' relationship to "the biological" has become an increasingly urgent question. In this publication, Tora Holmberg examines and illuminates the boundaries between the social and the biological, between nature and culture, between sex and gender, and the different theoretical debates in gender research. she does this through discussions with prominent Swedish gender researchers, who have taken an interest in corporeality and biology. Together they look nto the problems posed by the different approaches and the possibilities for transgression.

  • 11.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
    Gränsgångare eller gengångare?: Transgena möss och urbana fåglar2009In: Kultur~Natur  : Konferens för kulturstudier i Sverige 2009, Norrköping 15–17 juni, 2009Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Herrgårdsliv: Om jordägares boendeval2018In: Eliter i Sverige: tvärvetenskapliga perspektiv på makt, status och klass / [ed] Bengt Erik Eriksson, Mikael Holmqvist, Lena Sohl, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2018, p. 125-154Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
    Investigating human/animal relations in science, culture and work2009Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    How can we make sense of the ambiguous and historically shifting characteristics of human/animal relations? How can these relations be analysed in terms of power and hierarchies intersecting with gender, race, class and nationality?  This collection of essays, derived from a Nordic workshop on the matter, contributes to the growing interdisciplinary field of human/animal studies (HAS). The book contains 17 articles, divided into three sections: Thinking with Animals, Animal-Human Culture and Scientific Animals. All the papers included are work in progress – from ongoing or planned projects – in the shape of short contributions. This volume thus constitutes a “smörgåsbord” of lively and vivid research in the area of human/animal relations that goes on throughout the Nordic countries.

  • 14.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Kattkvinnor2014In: Dyrisk og dyrebar - kæledyr i etsamfundsvidenskabeligt lys / [ed] Thorslund, C.A., Gjerløff, A.K. (eds.), Köpenhamn: Nyt fra Samfundsvidenskaberne , 2014, p. 129-151-Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Knowledge and evidence: Investigating technologies in practice2015In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 52, no 2, p. 189-192Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 16.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Konsten kan lämna nyttotänkandet2014In: Fria Tidningen, no 2Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 17.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Mellan tokfeminism och biologism: Vetenskaplig retorik från en debatt år 20022004Report (Other scientific)
    Abstract [en]

    This case study investigates a science based debate concerning gender, a debate in which the labels ”fool feminism” versus ”biologism” where frequently used. The debate took off in Swedish newspapers in February 2002, and expanded in the following months to other arenas. This debate is followed through its’ intertextual linkages; from media articles, over e-mails, letters and a web-based debate, to a conference on the theme and, finally, back to articles. This empirical body gives an unique insight into the dynamics of the scientific debate; how the arguments and positions become displaced through the shift of genre.

    Different texts are analysed discursively with the emphasis on rhetoric as argumentative practice, aiming at a hegemonic position. The statements generally strive to undermine the position of the opponents, and rhetoric strategies such as irony, citation and the frequent use of contrast structures, work in that direction. While categorizing the other as ignorant, a kind of enlightenment rhetoric is framed. In the report I illuminate how descriptions, through narratives and metaphors concerning what is referred to as “science war”, become tied up with tropes of the “good conversation”, and thereby point at some commonalities between the discursive poles of the debate. It is also argued that unexpected alliances are created in this debate, whereas the poles are not as fixed as they appear to be from the onset.

  • 18.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Mortal love: Care practices in animal experimentation2011In: Feminist Theory, ISSN 1464-7001, E-ISSN 1741-2773, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 147-163Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article addresses the embodied nature of laboratory human–animal practices in order to understand the notions of care that take place within an institution of domination – the apparatus of animal experimentation. How is it possible to both love and harm in this context? Building on animal studies and feminist ethics, the theme of emotionality is explored in the section ‘loving animals’. Here it is demonstrated that empathy and affection for individual animals, as well as species, are strong components of an experimental ethos expressed by the informants. The second empirical section deals with the issue of ‘killing well’. The good kill is supposed to be done with care: quickly and compassionately. This is performed by way of bodily measures of care, technological refinement and personal skills and, sometimes, with the help of a division of labour. In the concluding section, the empirical findings are read through the framework, where the feminist theoretical analysis of love, dependency and care from an embodiment perspective understands the dialectics of instrumentalisation and exploitation of – and care for – animals, not as something that goes on above or outside of relations, but rather as something that can be understood from within. ‘Mortal love’ is the attempt to capture and theorise this dialectic, arguing that emotions of love and friendship are not mere justifications for the harm and killing performed, but rather intrinsic dimensions of the embodied animaling of experimental human–animal relations

  • 19.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Narrative, affect, love and confusion: Review of Kathy Rudy, Loving Animals. Toward a New Animal Advocacy2012In: Humanimalia, ISSN 2151-8645, Vol. 3, no 2Article, book review (Refereed)
  • 20.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Nature nurture debate2016In: The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies / [ed] Nancy Naples, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2016Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 21.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Nature–Nurture Debate2016In: The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies / [ed] Nancy Naples, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2016Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Biologically based explanations of human behavior have been put forward by scientists throughout history, and have been fiercely contested by gender scholars. This entry explores the so-called nature–nurture debate and its effects on current gender theory, in particular in the area of feminist science studies and feminist epistemology.

  • 22.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Never mind the gap?: Genetics and feminism2010In: Never Mind the Gap!: Gendering Science in Transgressive Encounters / [ed] Blomqvist, M. & E. Ehnsmyr, Uppsala: Centrum för genusvetenskap, Uppsala universitet , 2010, p. 17-39Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 23.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Pigeon Stories: Review of Colin Jeromack's The Global Pigeon2013In: Humanimalia - a journal of human/animal interface studies, ISSN 2151-8645, E-ISSN 2151-8645, ISSN 2151-8645, Vol. 5, no 1Article, book review (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Like us, some  kinds of animals require passports to enable movements  across national borders. Passports tell all  kinds of multispecies stories, in which humans and nonhumans are entangled in  myriad ways. But what is a passport — human or nonhuman? What kind of symbolic,  legal, material, relational identity and not least control and disciplinary work  do they “do”?  The article departs  from autoethnographical notes in a European context, and discusses these  questions in dialogue with animal studies literature and actor network theory.

    So, what kinds of stories do passports tell? In the article,  the authors consider first what role  passports serve, and then analyze their function, in various forms of  surveillance — around disease and global bio-security, around mobility/travel,  and around identities. Finally, some issues raised about technologies of identification,  and what these say about identity and belonging, particularly with respect to  human-animal relationships, are discussed. For all that these passports  signify human-animal separation, they also signify the shared, mobile  enmeshment of humans and animals in citizenship as well as social life.

  • 24.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
    Samtal om biologi: genusforskare talar om kön och kropp2007Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Förståelsen av kroppar och kroppslighet har under de senaste decennierna varit central för genusforskningen. Frågan om genusvetenskapens relation till "det biologiska" har därmed blivit alltmer brännande. I denna skrift undersöker och belyser Tora Holmberg gränserna mellan det sociala och det biologiska, mellan natur och kultur, mellan kön och genus, och olika genusteoretiska debatter. Hon gör det genom samtal med i Sverige framträdande genusforskare som intresserat sig för kroppslighet och biologiskt kön. Tillsammans utforskar de problem med olika angreppssätt och möjligheterna till överskridanden.

  • 25.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Sensuous governance: Assessing urban animal hoarding2014In: Housing, Theory and Society, ISSN 1403-6096, E-ISSN 1651-2278, Vol. 31, no 4, p. 464-479Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article addresses how professional animal welfare inspectors and police officers produce knowledge about animal hoarding, and how they detect disconcern and come to conclusions about how to act. The specific aim is to contribute to a sociological understanding of the phenomenon of urban animal hoarding assessment by deploying the framework of “sensuous governance”. I will do so by focusing on the ways in which authorities use and record their senses of the emplaced situation – their visual, olfactory and auditory impressions – in order to make a judgement. The more general contribution concerns how the dimension of species adds to the long-lasting sociological interest in sensing as a mode of knowing about our environment. Using interview data along with animal welfare protocols from a Swedish study of human/animal relations in the city, the intersection of species, spaces and senses is put in focus.

  • 26.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Sentient Creatures, Mortal love: Care practices in animal experimentation2010Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 27.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Sharing the lives of many: Urban controversies over animal hoarding and animal rescue2011Other (Other academic)
  • 28.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Sociologiska gångarter: Föredrag från Sociologdagarna 20182018In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 55, no 4, p. 505-508Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Detta föredrag vid Sociologidagarna är av tradition lite av en avgående ordförandes bekännelser, en möjlighet att breda ut sig inför en något så när vänligt inställd publik: låt människan prata, snart är vi av med henne. När jag för någon månad sedan började fundera över tema så tänkte jag förstås på... hästar. Eller snarare på samspelet mellan häst och människa och hur det kan begreppsliggöra sociologin som ämne, och sociologiserandet som praktik. Därmed titeln ”Sociologiska gångarter”. Detta kryptiska ämne ska jag utveckla. Först pratar jag om takt, frekvens och energi i olika gångarter för att undersöka hur vi kan förstå rytm. Sedan om sociologiserandet och dess olika tidsregimer. I ett tredje steg lägger jag ihop rytm och tid för att hävda att sociologins faser kan förstås med hjälp av redan befintliga gångarter men också genom en alldeles egen: en gångart i ständig spänning mellan den upprepade alldagliga aktiviteten och den oregelbundet uppblossande energin.

  • 29.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    The Human-animal; species boundaries and significant otherness in behavioural genomics2005Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 30.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
    Transgenic noise and mouse silences: engineered animals in an age of biological control2009Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 31.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
    Transgenic silences and 'a feeling for the animal': mouse ethics in laboratory practice2009Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 32.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
    Transgenic silences.: The rhetoric of comparisons and the construction of transgenic mice as ‘ordinary exclusivities’2009In: Biosocieties, Vol. 4, no 2, p. 165-181Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

     

    This article addresses how people who handle transgenic animals in practice—laboratory workers and members of animal ethics committees—talk about and handle dilemmas with transgenic animals. It is shown how dilemmas associated with transgenic animals become back-grounded through rhetorical comparisons with ‘something else’. Through these comparisons, transgenic animals are framed as normal, ordinary and thereby unproblematic on the one hand, and as valuable treasures in which are embedded hopes and expectations of future medical treatments on the other. This tension builds up to a discourse on transgenic mice as 

    ordinary treasures.

    Towards the end of the article we discuss how this discourse tends to exclude possibilities of discussing specific dilemmas of genetically modified animals. Instead the discourse is contributing to certain transgenic silences.

     This article is based on the project ‘Dilemmas with transgenic animals’, in which notions of culture and nature, risk and safety, innovation and organism, science and technology, are investigated in the scientific production, use and ethical evaluation of transgenic animals. The project builds on case studies in two different contexts: laboratories and animal ethics committees. The methods used are interviews and ethnographic fieldwork.

  • 33.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Trans-species urban politics2010Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 34.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Trans-species urban politics: Stories from a beach2010Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 35.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Trans-species urban politics: Stories from a beach2013In: Space and Culture, ISSN 1206-3312, E-ISSN 1552-8308, Vol. 16, no 1, p. 28-42Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The article investigates the emergence and continuation of a spatial conflict, concerning a "dog beach" in Santa Cruz, California, that led to the creation of local interest organizations and came to involve city and state authorities and regulations, local news and social media, and not least, park visitors (both humans and dogs). Through the debate, positions for and against dogs being off leash were consolidated—however, not necessarily positions for and against dogs. Several themes emerge through the analysis: safety/risk, disturbance, excrements, and "dogginess," meaning the perceived nature of dogs. The case study is used as an example of not only how urban politics affects the bodies, practices, and movement of people and dogs but also, similarly, how this politics is constantly under the threat of civil disobedience and subversive acts of counterpolitics. It illustrates the dialectics of everyday lives—of the bodies, practices, and movement of people and dogs—and space: the liminal case of the beach. Furthermore, the collective movement of dogs and people is conceptualized as a trans-species urban crowd, threatening a certain ideal public order.

    Keywords

    dog, animal studies, urban crowd, urban sociology, liminality, politics of place

  • 36.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Unfamiliar biological futurities: Animals in techno-science2011In: Humanimalia, ISSN 2151-8645, Vol. 2, no 2Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 37.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Urban Animals: Crowding in Zoocities2015Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The city includes opportunities as well as constraints for humans and other animals alike. Urban animals are often subjected to complaints; they transgress geographical, legal as and cultural ordering systems, while roaming the city in what is often perceived as uncontrolled ways. But they are also objects of care, conservation practices and bio-political interventions. What then, are the "more-than-human" experiences of living in a city? What does it mean to consider spatial formations and urban politics from the perspective of human/animal relations?  This book draws on a number of case studies to explore urban controversies around human/animal relations, in particular companion animals: free ranging dogs, homeless and feral cats, urban animal hoarding and "crazy cat ladies". The book explores 'zoocities', the theoretical framework in which animal studies meet urban studies, resulting in a reframing of urban relations and space. Through the expansion of urban theories beyond the human, and the resuscitation of sociological theories through animal studies literature, the book seeks to uncover the phenomenon of 'humanimal crowding', both as threats to be policed, and as potentially subversive. In this book, a number of urban controversies and crowding technologies are analysed, finally pointing at alternative modes of trans-species urban politics through the promises of humanimal crowding - of proximity and collective agency. The exclusion of animals may be an urban ideology, aiming at social order, but close attention to the level of practice reveals a much more diverse, disordered, and perhaps disturbing experience.

  • 38.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Walking, Eating, Sleeping: Rhythm Analysis of Human/Dog Intimacy2019In: Emotion, Space and Society, ISSN 1755-4586, E-ISSN 1878-0040, Vol. 31, p. 26-31Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 39.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    "Wastable" urban animals2016In: lo Squaderno, ISSN 1973-9141, Vol. 42, p. 9-11Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 40.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    What are bio-objects?2012In: Public service review: Europe, no 24, p. 329-329Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 41.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Wherever I lay my cat?: Post-human urban crowding and the meaning of home2014In: Routledge Handbook of Human-Animal Studies / [ed] Marvin, G., McHugh, S., London: Routledge , 2014, p. 54-67Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 42.
    Holmberg, Tora
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Working with animals: notes on care practices in animal experimentation2011In: Körper Raum Transformation / [ed] Elvira Scheich & Karen Wagel, Münster: Westfaelisches Dampfboof , 2011Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [de]

    Der Band setzt an grundlegenden Debatten der Geschlechterforschung zu Begriffen von Natur und Materie an. Ziel ist das Zusammenführen aktueller Forschungsstränge und die kritische Wiederaufnahme feministischer Perspektiven auf den Themenbereich Natur – Umwelt – Ökologie. In welchen Begriffen werden dabei Naturverhältnisse und (Um-)Weltbezüge, aber auch Materialitäten gefasst? Der Sammelband nimmt Bezug auf Beiträge, die in der internationalen Geschlechterforschung zum Denken von Materialität bzw. materiellen Gestaltungen inzwischen vorliegen.

  • 43.
    Holmberg, Tora
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Ideland, Malin
    Malmö Högskola, Natur, Miljö och Samhälle.
    Bio-objekt på 2000-talet: Chimbrider och andra arthybrider2011Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 44.
    Holmberg, Tora
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
    Ideland, Malin
    Natur, miljö och samhälle, Malmö högskola.
    Dilemman med transgena djur: forskningspraktik och etik2010Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Under senare år har vi i Sverige sett en minskning av djurförsök. Denna trend gäller dock inte transgena djur, det vill säga djur som på olika sätt förändrats i arvsmassan, något som tvärtom ökar. verksamheten skapar en rad frågeställningar. Det handlar om moraliska och andra dilemman som är en del av all djurförsökshantering. Vi människor tar oss trots allt rätten att använda andra djur för att förbättra oss själva. Men verksamheten skapar också vissa specifika och ibland svårhanterliga frågeställningar som hänger ihop med att djuren är genmodifierade, som oförutsägbara eller för djuret svåra konsekvenser av modifieringen. Transgens djur - framför allt är det möss som används - utmanar också en rad etablerade kulturella gränser; mellan olika arter, mellan vetenskap och teknologi samt mellan organism och uppfinning. I denna publikation, ett resultat från projektet Dilemman med transgena djur, undersöks hur forskare, djurförsökstekniker och ledamöter i djurförsöksetiska nämnder, hanterar dessa dilemman.

  • 45.
    Holmberg, Tora
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Ideland, Malin
    Malmö Högskola.
    För Sverige i framtiden: Bio-objektifiering av ny medicinsk teknologi2013In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 50, no 1, p. 31-49Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Taking Sweden into the future – Bio-objectification of new medical technology

    In this article, we analyze how contemporary discursive silences around new biotechnologiessuch as cybrids and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC), have been enabled by earlier policyprocesses in the area, e.g. boundary work around what is human and non-human, livingand non-living, subject and object. The analysis of policy processes around xenotransplantationsand the use of human embryonic stem cells, shows that the stem cells’ and xenografts’“bio-identities” become stabilized through high expectations for the future, a lack of therapeuticpossibilities and struggles over definitions of life. The policy processes around humanembryonic stem cells and organs from other animals, are characterized by a normalizationof certain understandings of ”life”, trust in scientific progress and it’s national financial potentialsand a categorization of criticism as irrational. Through these “bio-objectificationprocesses”, debate and decision making has been moved from a political and public contextinto ethical committees and research funding bodies. The article concludes by discussingconsequences of this political non-handling of biomedical technologies and how these bioobjectscould be re-politicized.

  • 46.
    Holmberg, Tora
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Ideland, Malin
    Malmo Univ, SISEME, Studies Sci Environm & Math Educ, Malmo, Sweden.
    Imagination laboratory: Making sense of bio-objects in contemporary genetic art2016In: Sociological Review, ISSN 0038-0261, E-ISSN 1467-954X, Vol. 64, no 3, p. 447-467Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Public engagement in biotechnology has declined as cloning, genetic engineering and regenerative medicine have become socially and culturally normalized. Zooming in on existing bio-technological debates, this article turns to contemporary genetic art as sites for ethical reflections. Art can be viewed as an imagination laboratory', a space through which un-framing and rupturing of contemporary rationalities are facilitated, and, in addition, enabling sense-making and offering fantastic connections otherwise not articulated. In this article, the framework of bio-objectification' is enriched with Bennett's (2001) notion of enchantment and the importance of wonder and openness to the unusual, in order to highlight alternative matters of concern than articulated through conventional politico-moral discourse. Drawing on a cultural sociological analysis of Eduardo Kac's Edunia, Lucy Glendinning's Feather Child, Patricia Piccinini's Still Life with Stem Cells and Heather Dewey-Hagborg's Stranger Visions, we discuss how the intermingling of art, science, critics, art historians, science fiction, internet, and physical space, produce a variety of attachments that this article will unpack. The article demonstrates that while some modern boundaries and rationalities are highlighted and challenged through the imagination laboratory' of the art process, others are left untouched.

  • 47.
    Holmberg, Tora
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Ideland, Malin
    Kloner och tvillingar är ännu inte jämställda2003In: Axess, ISSN 1651-0941, no 5, p. 41-43Article in journal (Other scientific)
  • 48.
    Holmberg, Tora
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Ideland, Malin
    Malmö högskola.
    Secrets and lies: 'selective openness' in animal experimentation2012In: Public Understanding of Science, ISSN 0963-6625, E-ISSN 1361-6609, Vol. 21, no 3, p. 354-368Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 49.
    Holmberg, Tora
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
    Ideland, Malin
    Malmö Högskola.
    Secrets and (mice) lies: selective openness in the apparatus of animal experimentation2009Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 50.
    Holmberg, Tora
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
    Ideland, Malin
    Malmö Högskola.
    Transgenic noise and mouse silences: engineered animals in an age of biological control2009Conference paper (Other academic)
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