Dr David Redmalm (Sweden)

David Redmalm received his PhD in Sociology from Örebro University, Sweden, in 2014, and now works as a lecturer in Sociology and Social Psychology at Mälardalen University, Sweden. His thesis combined posthumanist and poststructuralist theory to explore pet keeping theoretically and empirically. Redmalm is a member of the interdisciplinary HumAnimal Group based at the Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Redmalm is currently working on two projects. The first project concerns humans’ grief for lost companion animals from various angles. So far, he has conducted interviews on the issue of pet loss and analyzed condolence cards for bereaved pet keepers. The project will also include analyses of online forums, memorial websites, costumer communication from companies providing pet bereavement services, pet loss self-therapy handbooks, and an ethnography of a Swedish pet cemetery.

The second project deploys concepts from Foucauldian theory, queer theory, and sociology of emotions to investigate entrepreneurial activism—private companies which actively participate in social movements. The focus is on an IT company and their engagement for LGBT rights.

Selected publications
2015. (in press) “Pet Grief: When Is Nonhuman Life Grievable.” The Sociological Review
2015. (in press) ‘“So Sorry for the Loss of Your Little Friend”: Pets’ Grievability in Condolence Cards for Humans Mourning Animals,’ in DeMello, Margo (ed.) Mourning Animals: Rituals and Practices Surrounding Animal Death. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press.
2014. “Holy Bonsai Wolves: Chihuahuas and the Paris Hilton Syndrome,” International Journal of Cultural Studies 17(1), 93-109.
2013 An Animal Without an Animal Within: The Powers of Pet Keeping. Örebro: Örebro University, 17. (Doctoral thesis).
2011: “Why Look at Tinkerbell? Notes on the Paris Hilton Syndrome,” pp. 119-38 in Bull, Jacob (ed.) Animal Movements • Moving Animals: Essays on Direction, Velocity and Agency in Humanimal Encounters. Uppsala University/Crossroads of Knowledge. 
2011: “Johan Asplund: Mellan fråga och svar” [English: ‘Johan Asplund: Between Question and Answer’], pp. 74-104 in Lindblom, Jonas & Stier, Jonas (eds.) Det socialpsykologiska perspektivet [English: The Social Psychological Perspective]. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
2011: “In-Your-Face-Ethics: Phenomenology of the Face and Social Psychological Animal Studies,” pp. 73-104, in Segerdahl, Pär (ed.) Undisciplined Animals: Invitations to Animal Studies. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Email: david.redmalm@mdh.se