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JACOB BULL is a social and cultural geographer. His previous research includes a PhD on recreational fishing in the Southwest of England, work on the EU WELFARE QUALITY ® project into farm animal welfare and a short project investigating agricultural identities in light of the social and cultural constructions of livestock farming. He is coordinator of the Humanimal Group, and is Lead applicant on the VR-funded project ‘Becoming human: gender theory and animals in a more-than-human world’ and the FORMAS-funded project ‘Changing animal bodies: breeding responses to environmental, economic and social pressures’. Jacob is editor of the Crossroads of knowledge book series and part of the editorial collective for Humanimalia: a journal of human/animal interface studies and part of the editorial advisory board of Trace - Finnish journal for human-animal studies
Working with fish, ticks, cattle and bees his work focuses on the role of animals in understandings of space, place and identity.
Changing Animal Bodies: Breeding Responses to Changing Environmental Economic and Social Pressures (2015 – 2017)
This 5 Million SEK FORMAS funded project departs from the position that animalas are nota product of agriculture but rather operate as indicators of how farmers and farming are responding to changing environmental, economic and social pressures. The project uses three cases to examine 1) the changing economic circumstances of poultry production, 2) the contested politics of traditional breeds and 3) the environmental pressures faced by pollinating insects. By so doing it will offer insight into, the embodied realities of farm labour, how farmers and farming respond to contemporary challenges, and how we might build robust agricultural futures.
Becoming Human: Gender Theory and Animals in a More-than-Human Worlds (2012-2017)
This 6 million SEK Vetenskapsrådet Grant is a multidisciplinary project bringing together 3 scholars from Geography, Philosophy and Literature. Beginning from a position that suggests we shape our humanity not in spite of animals but rather through encounters with the more-than-human world, the project investigates the theoretical, ethical and practical questions that arise in the meeting of Gender Theory and Animal Studies.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
- Bull J. (2014) Between Ticks and People: responding to nearbys and contentments. Emotion Space and Society.
- Bear, C. and Bull (2011) ‘Water matters: agency, flows, and frictions – Guest Editorial” Environment and Planning A 43: 2261 – 2266
- Bull, J. (2011) ‘Encountering fish, flows and waterscapes through angling’: Environment and Planning A 43: 2267-2284.
- Roe, E., Buller, H. and Bull, J. (2011) The performance of farm animal assessment. Animal Welfare, 20, (1), 69-78.
- Leyshon, M. and Bull, J. (2011) ‘The Bricolage of the Here: Young People’s Narratives of Identity in the Countryside’: Social and Cultural Geography 12(2) 159-180
- Bull, J. (2009) ‘Watery Masculinities: Fly Fishing and the Angling Male’: Gender Place and Culture 16(4) 445-465
- Bull, J. Holmberg, T., and Åsberg, C. (2017) Animal Places: Lively Cartographies of Human-Animal Relations.
- Bull, J.. Ed. (2016). Illdisciplined Gender: Nature/culture and transgressive encounters. (Springer)
- Bull, J. (ed) (2011) Animal Movements •Moving Animals: essays in direction, velocity and agency in humanimal encounters Crossroad of Knowledge Series Centre for Gender Research: Uppsala University
Book Chapters (Peer reviewed marked with an *)
- Bull, J. and Holmberg, T. Introducing Animals Places and Lively cartographies. in Bull, J. Holmberg, T., and Åsberg, C. (2017) Animal Places: Lively Cartographies of Human-Animal Relations.
- Bull, J. (2017) A foray into the geographies of Ticks and people. In Bull, J. Holmberg, T., and Åsberg, C. (2017) Animal Places: Lively Cartographies of Human-Animal Relations.
- *Bull, J. (Forthcoming 2015) Toxic Skin and Animal Mops: Ticks and Humanimal Vulnerabilities In Folkmarson Käll, Lisa and Grenell, Ann (Forthcoming) Bodily Boundaries and embodied vulnerabilities (Springer)
- Bull, Jacob (Forthcoming 2015) Introduction. In Illdisciplined Gender: Nature/culture and transgressive encounters. ed. Jacob Bull (Springer)
- *Bull, J. (forthcoming 2014) Images of Cows, Stories of Gender. In Illdisciplined Gender: Nature/culture and transgressive encounters. ed. Jacob Bull (Springer)
- Bull, J. (2011) ‘The Imaginative Geographies of the Aquatic: Piscatorial Encounters with Landscape Geography’. In Segerdahl, P. (ed) Undisciplined Animals (Cambridge Scholars Press)
- Bull, J. (2011) ‘Introducing movement and animals’’ in Bull, J. (ed) Animal Movements •Moving Animals: essays in direction, velocity and agency in humanimal encounters Crossroad of Knowledge Series Centre for Gender Research: Uppsala University
- Bull, J. and Leyshon, M. (2010) ‘Writing the Moment: Landscape and the Memory-Image’ In Brace, C. and Johns-Putra, A. (eds) Process: Landscape and Text, (Rodopi, New York)
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