Riina Hannula

Turku, Finland

PhD Candidate

University of Helsinki

Riina Hannula is a doctoral candidate in the University of Helsinki, sociology department. She/they are also an artist working with different mediums from video essays to installation and immersive art in the context of multispecies care. Riina’s interest in microbial social sciences has emerged from cultural animal studies and subsides in relational and new materialist ontologies and posthumanism. They are interested in humans as holobionts from the gut-brain axis point of view. Looking at how microbes think, feel, and behave within humans the study focuses on the vagus nerve. This nerve among other mechanisms it conducts is the central signaling pathway between gut microbiota and the brain, being sort of a multispecies apparatus of care.


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Modern societies are founded on practices of hygiene, disinfection, and treatment with antibiotics to avoid microbes in health, agriculture, and environmental practices. Yet, these attempts have promoted rapidly advancing antimicrobial...
This project explores human-microbe relations and in so doing, opens up a novel field for the social study of microbes. 130 years after the discovery of microbes, science is beginning...

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Oona Leinovirtanen, Riina Hannula, Vishnu Vardhani