Salla Tuomivaara is a sociologist (Ph.D.), writer and NGO professional. Tuomivaara defended her doctoral dissertation on history of animals in sociology at the University of Tampere in May 2018. Tuomivaara’s book Animals in the Sociologies of Westermarck and Durkheim, which is based on her doctoral dissertation, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in September 2019.
Currently Tuomivaara works as a postdoctoral grant-funded researcher in a project Can we disclose other animals? – The challenges of conceptualising animals in sciences and arts (Voiko eläintä kertoa? Eläinten käsitteellistämisen haasteet tieteissä ja taiteissa) at the University of Turku. Her research interests include human–animal dualism, posthumanism, history of social sciences, and significance of human–animal boundary.
Tuomivaara is chairperson of the Network for Critical Animal Studies in Finland. She was also involved in the founding of the Finnish Network for Human–Animal Studies, current Finnish Society for Human–Animal Studies. She is also a board member of Animalia – a Finnish non-governmental animal rights organization.
Tuomivaara has lived three years in China, two years in Beijing (2011–2013) and one year in Hong Kong (2016). As a high school student she spent one year in Chile, in Laja, as an exchange student.
Tuomivaara’s texts in English:
The lectio praecursoria of Tuomivaara’s doctoral thesis: Searching for the roots of exclusion – how sociological view on animals started to form
A blog text for Estonian animal rights organization Loomus: China is recovering its animal friendly roots
Salla Tuomivaara and Siri Martinsen: It is time to see through the marketing tactics of the European fur industry: https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/opinion/it-is-time-to-see-through-the-marketing-tactics-of-the-european-fur-industry/