Dr Julien Dugnoille

Research Interests


I was Co-Investigator (2017-2020) with Exeter Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics (EASE) on a project entitled: Tails from the streets. I withdrew from the project and the team in 2017.


Through a pilot research of Seoul’s advertising agencies, this research aims to investigate how travel images of North Korean destinations are produced in South Korean advertising organisations and are commoditized, and consumed, as South Korean cultural products. I focused on a particular mountain on the border between China and North Korea, ‘Paekdusan’. I shared my findings at the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS)’s bi-annual conference, where I won the Junior Paper Prize Award.


With this research also based at Exeter's Centre for Anthrozoology and Symbiotic Ethics, I plan to develop the first in-depth ethnographic research in English on how cultural ethics of distribution between edible and non-edible species are evolving today in the context of global meat production and how moral stances associated with meat consumption are developing into a need to enhance global food traceability and the accentuation of nationalist sentiments associated with animal meat consumption/production.


Based on my participation as an actor in two plays by Louis de Voltaire performed at the University of Oxford in 2011, Le Fanatisme ou Mahomet le prophète and Zaïre, and as a actor/make-up artist in a Parisian Grand-guignol play, Le baiser dans la nuit, this research engages with the ethnographic presence of drama on and off the stage. More widely, I use eight years of experience in the drama and film industry in France and the UK to propose a critique of the anti-neoliberal narratives of ‘well deserved success’ mobilized in vocational acting training in Europe today.


Between July 2012 and July 2013, I conducted thirteen months of fieldwork in Seoul. My four main field sites were animal welfare organizations. These sites where supplemented by a series of secondary locations, which I visited less often but very regularly.

Research Supervision

I offer individual and in-group supervision to both undergraduate and graduate students every week. In 2015-16, I was responsible for 4 BA, 12 MA and 4 MPhil dissertations focusing on more-than human sentience. I now have 5 PhD students. I am first supervisor for 3 PhD Anthropology/Anthrozoology/Sociology students, and another 2 PhD Philosophy/Literature students as second/third supervisor.

Past student dissertations include research on animal cruelty, farm animal welfare, contemporary discourses about health and ecosystems, the microbiome, slaughterhouses in Ireland, sensorial economy in animal street collections, animal biographies and signages in English and Scottish zoos, vegan food for pets, mountain sentience, or the use of polar bears as symbols of climate change.

I welcome enquiries from prospective MA, MPhil and PhD students. All of our students in Exeter are working on very exciting and important projects. I am always keen to develop more projects with hard-working individuals looking to improve human and nonhuman welfare and/or contribute to the development of qualitative, research-based Anthropology and Anthozoology. Some of my students work on slaughterhouse visibility in Ireland and Denmark, the biopolitics of dog training in the UK, how zooarchaeology in Greece can inform current debates about human-nonhuman intersubjectivity, biographies of lions in French circuses, or the phenomenology of disgust in a Londonian butchery.

Research Students


Eimear Mc Loughlin - Slaughterhouse culture: An ethnography of animal slaughter in Denmark

The visibility of animal slaughter in Denmark contrasts starkly with the modes of concealment typical of slaughterhouses in industrialised societies. Members of the public can enter a pig slaughterhouse and participate in a tour of the facility, tracking the animal from the slaughterhouse gate to the dinner plate. Interestingly, Denmark boasts one of the highest meat consumption rates in the world. This transparency of animal slaughter transcends the slaughterhouse to other arenas of animal consumption. My ESRC-funded PhD will involve a 13-month ethnographic fieldwork wherein I will interrogate Danish cultural attitudes towards animals and explore how these are influenced by visibility of animal consumptive practices. In collaboration with Copenhagen Zoo, I will conduct participant observation as well as semi-structured interviews with staff. I will carry out a significant ethnographic study of a Danish slaughterhouse using a variety of sociological and anthropological research methods. In an effort to recreate the immersive experience of the slaughterhouse, I will utilise a background in visual anthropology in collaboration with two art galleries in the exhibition of my research material.

Elizabeth Vander Meer - Troubling Boundaries? Tradition, biopower and individual wild animals in French circuses - PhD Anthrozoology

Circus tradition that includes a central role for animal performance persists in France and is afforded governmental support and promotion through the Ministry of Culture.  However, traditional circuses in Europe that perform with wild animals are being challenged publicly and altered through the enactment of legal bans on use of these animals, reflecting increasing unease with wild animal performance in particular.  My PhD project involves multi-sited multispecies ethnographic research of current 21st century traditions of wild animal performance in circuses in France, to investigate circus discourse and the lives of animals caught within entertaining narratives. I will undertake fieldwork within three circuses that perform in and around Paris. I build on existing research that explores boundaries between humans and other animals in circuses to explore how traditions of wild animal performance in French circuses may trouble or blur boundaries between humans and other animals, and how it is possible to make “visible” the lived experiences of individual animals to understand more fully the bodily impact of these traditions. Ideas in biopower and phenomenology provide the theoretical frame for this research which is located at the crossroads of Anthrozoology, Ethnographic Anthropology and Applied Philosophy. The study produced will capture a rare analytical account of an oral and physical tradition, while also giving full consideration to animal experience, of benefit to scholars of performance but also to those considering the welfare of animals in circuses, with great potential to feed into policy discussions and decisions.

Coming soon: Sarah Thubron / Anna Milon / Christina Terberl