Tuure Tammi & Pauliina Rautio (2022) “It was funny at first” exploring tensions in human-animal relations through internet memes with university students, Environmental Education Research, DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2022.2073972
“It was funny at first” exploring tensions in human-animal relations through internet memes with university students
|Author:||Tammi, Tuure1; Rautio, Pauliina1|
1Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe202301255569
|Publish Date:|| 2023-11-11
Because of their mostly upbeat everyday presence in most people’s lives globally, Internet memes have gained attention as tools in spreading information and enacting attitudinal change in the face of environmental troubles. The reappropriation of memes for classroom purposes is not straightforward, however. We focus our exploration of Internet memes in environmental education to questions of human-animal relations. The context is a higher education course on multispecies childhood studies. The question we pose is whether and how Internet memes can bring forth tensions in human-animal relations. First we review literature mapping what Internet memes are and how they relate to humour and laughter. Then we explore what memes (can) do by creating Internet memes with university students of education. And finally we turn to affect theory and suggest that the potential for environmental education that Internet memes hold, may lie in understanding and using them as feral pedagogical creatures.
Environmental education research
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
1172 Environmental sciences
516 Educational sciences
This article was produced as a part of the research project CitiRats supported by the Academy of Finland under award number 333438.
|Academy of Finland Grant Number:||
333438 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
© 2022 Informa UK limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Environmental Education Research on 11 May 2022, available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13504622.2022.2073972.