Convivial conservation podcast: Sanna Komi, Anja Nygren (Episode 3)
From Judith Krauss
In the third episode of the convivial conservation podcast, Sanna Komi, PhD researcher, and Prof Anja Nygren, the Finnish team of the CONVIVA – convivial conservation research project, share with Dr Judith Krauss (University of Sheffield, CONVIVA post-doc) what CONVIVA Finland has been up to (recorded in June 2021).
Sanna and Anja, both from the University of Helsinki, describe their research and knowledge exchange efforts around human-wolf interactions in Lieksa in eastern Finland. Sanna explains their wolf conservation project to me like I am eight years old (02:20), gives us a glimpse of her in-depth fieldwork finding out more about the challenges of living with wolves, but also what potentials there may be for conviviality (05:00). Sanna equally explains her efforts at knowledge exchange, seeking to feed back to and get feedback from those who were part of her research (12:00).
Next, Anja and Sanna let us in on their current joint paper-writing project, conducted in a convivial spirit transcending the conventional supervisor-supervisee relationship: reflecting on Sanna’s fieldwork through an other-than-human lens, they call for a political ecology of responsibility (16:10), including the key takeaways (28:30). We hear about Sanna’s intentions of thinking through her case-study from the vantage points of what ‘nature’ is and how the ‘post-truth’ era as well as generational differences affect views and knowledges of human-wolf interactions (29:40).
Finally, we end on something hopeful (38:15), which definitely includes Sanna’s project of bringing her research together with her third solo album (33:00)! Please find Sanna’s music here: open.spotify.com/artist/0UjtiwAIQXyBw6OlNRZsJV
The CONVIVA - convivial conservation research project is funded by NORFACE/The Belmont Forum.
Image by Anne Leroy, all music by KO:MI.
Thanks very much for listening!
More info: conviva-research.com/convivialconservation.com/@convivconserv