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.


Related projects

The Nordic Network for the Social Study of Microbes is a unique research community and workshop series that fosters collaboration, builds scientific expertise, and generates new knowledge about human-microbial relations.
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...

Related outputs

Oona Leinovirtanen, Riina Hannula, Vishnu Vardhani

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Can we intentionally influence our nervous system through what we do? If so, could we also activate the main nerve of our parasympathetic nervous system known as vagus nerve? This is the central communication...