Tuomas Räsänen

Researcher
European and World History, University of Turku
email: tuomas.rasanen(a)utu.fi

In his study “Transcending Animality: Iconic Animals and Finnish Society, from the 1950s to the Present”, Tuomas Räsänen examines the agency of certain iconic wild animals, such as the Saimaa ringed seal, the whooper swan, the brown bear, the white-tailed eagle, and the golden eagle. Räsänen will analyse the mechanism through which the iconicity of animals was constructed. Räsänen argues that iconic animals played a significant role in shaping the national environmental identity.