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  • Zeitschrift für Kritische Tierstudien is an inter- and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal. The first volume will be published in December 2018.

    Authors include both junior researchers and established specialists in Human Animal Studies, as well as activists of the Animal Liberation and Total Liberation Movement, who are pursuing an emancipatory, abolitionist, critical, non-reformist approach. Zeitschrift für Kritische Tierstudienaims to proceed, together with other liberation movements, intersectionally against existing systems of power and any form of suppression.

    Zeitschrift für Kritische Tierstudien is a german medium that also accepts contributions in english. In order to maintain scientific standards, submitted articles are assessed in an anonymous peer review process.

    Accepted contributions submitted by May 31 will be published in December of the same year. Manuscripts with a volume of up to 50,000 characters can now be submitted as .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .odt files under the email address

    Dr. Daniel Lau (Editor)

  • Animals
    • Animals is an international and interdisciplinary scholarly open access journal. It publishes original research articles, reviews, communications, and short notes that are relevant to any field of study that involves animals, including zoology, ethnozoology, animal science, animal ethics and animal welfare. However, preference will be given to those articles that provide an understanding of animals within a larger context (i.e., the animals' interactions with the outside world, including humans). There is no restriction on the length of the papers. Our aim is to encourage scientists to publish their experimental and theoretical research in as much detail as possible. Full experimental details and/or method of study, must be provided for research articles. Articles submitted that involve subjecting animals to unnecessary pain or suffering will not be accepted, and all articles must be submitted with the necessary ethical approval.
  • Animal Sentience
    • Animal Sentience is a brand new, peer-reviewed, pluridisciplinary online journal on animal feelings. No subscription or publication fees. Accepted articles will be accorded Open Peer Commentary across disciplines. As an interdisciplinary journal, ASent will be of interest to all who are concerned with the current empirical findings on what, when and how nonhuman animals feel, along with the practical, methodological, legal, ethical, sociological, theological and philosophical implications of the findings.
  • Animal Studies Journal
    • Animal Studies Journal, the new online scholarly journal of the Australian Animal Studies Group, provides a forum for current research in human-animal Studies. ASJ publishes international cross-disciplinary content with a particular, but not exclusive, interest in Australian, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific scholarship. The journal, which is published twice yearly, is fully refereed (double-blind peer reviewed) and open access. ASJ publishes inquiring and critical academic work by both new and established scholars whose work focuses on animals and human relationships with other animals. The journal aims to be a leading international forum for the dissemination and discussion of animal studies research and creative work.
  • Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture
    • Over its first two years of activity, Antennae has become an influential resource of academic relevance within the fast growing field of animal and environmental studies, acting as receiver and amplifier of relevant topics, as expressed by the connections between the subject of nature and the multidisciplinary field of visual culture.
  • Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the Interactions of People and Animals
    • Anthrozoös is a quarterly, peer-reviewed publication whose focus is to report the results of studies, from a wide array of disciplines, on the interactions of people and animals. Academic disciplines represented include anthropology, archaeozoology, art and literature, education, ethology, history, human medicine, psychology, sociology and veterinary medicine.
  • Environmental Humanities
    • Environmental Humanities is an international, open-access journal that aims to invigorate current interdisciplinary research on the environment. In response to a growing interest around the world in the many questions that arise in this era of rapid environmental and social change, the journal publishes outstanding scholarship that draws humanities disciplines into conversation with each other, and with the natural and social sciences.
  • Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin
    • Announcing the new open access, online, peer-reviewed Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, devoted to the dissemination of research in the field of the interaction between non-human animals and their human counterparts. The mission of HAIB is to bring together researchers, academicians, clinicians/practitioners, and scholarly students working in different areas for the advancement of the human-animal interaction field.
  • Human Ecology Review
    • Human Ecology Review is a refereed journal published twice a year by the Society for Human Ecology. The journal publishes peer-reviewed research and theory on the interaction between humans and the environment and other links between culture and nature (Research in Human Ecology), essays and applications relevant to human ecology (Human Ecology Forum), book reviews (Contemporary Human Ecology), and relevant commentary, announcements, and awards (Human Ecology Bulletin).
  • Humanimalia: A Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies
    • The study of human/animal relationships is connected to questions ranging from postcolonial politics (land struggles among Western “animal tourists,” indigenous people in underdeveloped areas, and the endangered species), through philosophy (acknowledging how “the animal” has functioned as the other to “the human,” both historically malleable and politically charged categories), to the study of art and literature (examining how the animal image expresses cultural assumptions). As editors of Humanimalia, we believe there is a need for a journal that brings together scholarship on these questions from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives, and creates opportunities for further exchanges of ideas. We believe also that our knowledge about the intricate relationships among human and non-human animals should not be rigidly restricted to established conventions of scholarly study and polemical argument, conventions that in their exclusive claims to validity have contributed to the objectification of relationships in which human observers are profoundly implicated.
  • Journal of Animal Ethics
    • Journal of Animal Ethics is the first named journal of animal ethics in the world. It is devoted to the exploration of progressive thought about animals. It is multidisciplinary in nature and international in scope. It covers theoretical and applied aspects of animal ethics -- of interest to academics from the humanities and the sciences, as well as professionals working in the field of animal protection. JAE is published by the University of Illinois Press in partnership with the Ferrater Mora Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. The aim of the Centre is to pioneer ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching, and publication.
  • Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law
    • Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law seeks to explore the legal and public policy issues surrounding animals and natural resources at all levels of government: local, state, national, comparative national and international. All perspectives are welcome. JANRL will be web-published in its entirety, but hard print copy shall also be available.
  • Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
    • Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science publishes articles, commentaries, and brief research reports on methods of experimentation, husbandry, and care that demonstrably enhance the welfare of all nonhuman animals. For administrative purposes, manuscripts are categorized into the following four content areas: welfare issues arising in laboratory, farm, companion animal, and wildlife/zoo settings. Manuscripts of up to 8,000 words are accepted that present new empirical data or a re-evaluation of available data, conceptual or theoretical analysis, or demonstrations relating to some issue of animal welfare science. The editors also encourage submission of brief research reports and commentaries. In addition, JAAWS publishes letters, announcements of meetings, news, and book reviews. Unsolicited submissions of such articles are welcome.
  • Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences
    • Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences offers a venue where relevant interdisciplinary research, practice and public policies can be recognized and evaluated. Increasingly, environmental studies integrate many different scientific and professional disciplines. Thus the journal seeks to set a rigorous, credible standard for specifically interdisciplinary environmental research. JESS is the official publication of the newly formed Association of Environmental Sciences and Studies.
  • Otherness: Essays and Studies
    • Via ‘Otherness: Essays & Studies’, we seek to publish research articles from and across different academic disciplines that examine, in as many ways as possible, the concepts of otherness and alterity. As such, we now offer an outlet for the dissemination of such research into otherness and aim to provide an open and active forum for academic discussion. We particularly appreciate dynamic cross-disciplinary study. We envisage that forthcoming issues of the journal will relate to topics within the context of Otherness studies and members and colleagues of the Centre are welcome to propose research ideas and themes for more focused studies.
  • One Earth -- A new journal from Cell Press, One Earth publishes research across the spectrum of natural, social, and applied sciences, with a particular interest in integrated, transdisciplinary studies. The papers we publish will provide insight into the drivers and scales of environmental change, identify risks and implications for society, and develop transformative sustainable solutions.

    We will unite communities and stimulate the cross-pollination of ideas with a platform that fosters dialogue and facilitates debate. We will give the research we publish unparalleled reach and visibility to ensure the topics of socio-environmental importance have maximum impact.

    There's only one planet we call home. There's only One Earth.

  • Politics and Animals
    • Politics and Animals is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that explores the human-animal relationship from the vantage point of political science and political theory. It hosts international, multidisciplinary research and debate—conceptual and empirical—on the consequences and possibilities that human-animal relations have for politics and vice versa.

      Politics and Animals is pleased to announce that the 2019 issue is open for submissions!

      Politics and Animals is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that explores the human-animal relationship from the vantage point of political science and political theory. It hosts international, multidisciplinary research and debate — conceptual and empirical — on the consequences and possibilities that human-animal relations have for politics and vice versa.

      As part of our 2019 issue, we are also happy and excited to include the first instalment of a new section of the journal: The Politics and Animals Forum (“The P/A Forum”):

      The P/A Forum is a place for scholars, policy makers, and those involved in the community/ies (e.g., activists, organizers, etc) to initiate conversations, dialogues, and debates around policy and contemporary issues related to human-animal relations. A submission to The P/A Forum may incorporate text as well as multimedia and is divided into three formats: Response ArticlesModerated Discussions, and Interviews & Symposia. For more information on the P/A Forum, its three formats or to see what is already included as part of the 2019 issue, please visit us at

      Politics and Animals publishes articles on a rolling basis within the current issue. Articles accepted for publication are added continuously to the current issue until it closes, ensuring the fastest possible turnaround times for authors. 


  • Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism
    • Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism is a peer-refereed open access journal of trans-anthropocentric ethics and related inquires. The main aim of the journal is to create a professional interdisciplinary forum in Europe to discuss moral and scientific issues that concern the increasing need of going beyond narrow anthropocentric paradigms in all fields of knowledge. The journal accepts submissions on all topics which promote European research adopting a non-anthropocentric ethical perspective on both interspecific and intraspecific relationships between all life species—humans included—and between these and the abiotic environment.
  • Sloth: A Journal of Emerging Voices in Human-Animal Studies
    • Sloth is an online bi-annual journal that publishes international, multi-disciplinary writing by undergraduate students and recent (within three years) graduates that deals with human/non-human animal relationships from the perspectives of the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences. Sloth showcases the important and innovative contributions of undergraduates, giving those who are interested in human/non-human animal relationships a way to contribute to and engage with the field, as well as an opportunity to build their skills, knowledge, and resumes in anticipation of their graduate school careers.
  • Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies
    • Since 1993 and in conjunction with the internationally recognized Brill, ASI produces Society & Animals, published six times per year and containing peer reviewed studies concerning nonhuman animals from psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science and other social sciences and history, literary criticism, and other disciplines of the humanities. Recent articles suggest the scope of the journal: Dolphins in Popular Literature and Media; More than a Furry Companion: The Ripple Effect of Companion Animals on Neighborhood Interactions and Sense of Community; and An Investigation into the Association between the Witnessing of Animal Abuse and Adolescents' Behavior toward Animals.

Books and Special Editions

  • The journal Religions will be publishing a special issue on the subject of animals in world religions, to be edited by Dr. Anna Peterson.  In recent decades, nonhuman animals have become an important focus of scholarly work in the humanities and social sciences. Anthropologists, literary scholars, historians, philosophers, and others have examined diverse issues including the significance of animals in art and literature, the role of real animals in economics, politics, and war, human moral attitudes toward animals, and a host of other issues. Animals play an important role in almost all religions, including world religions as well as smaller native traditions. Religious studies scholars have addressed topics such as animal sacrifice, animals in sacred stories and myths, symbolic animals such as totems, animal deities, and animals as moral exemplars or villains. The literature has grown in recent years, but it remains small and scattered. This special issue on animals in world religions aims to explore important and interesting contemporary scholarship on the topic. Our scope is deliberately broad – we hope to receive articles that examine many different religious traditions, in different historical periods and geographic regions. We prefer articles that focus on concrete questions and arguments, rather than on broad surveys or overviews. We also prefer studies that look at the place, treatment, and experiences of real animals in religious communities and practices. Studies of symbolic or mythical animals are also welcome, but we are especially interested in those that add a new dimension to the literature, either by employing innovative theoretical and methodological approaches or showcasing unfamiliar topics. In all cases, the goals are to expand scholarly understanding and knowledge of the important place of nonhuman animals in religious thought and practice.The journal issue will provide a valuable complement to the existing literature, by extending the range of religious traditions addressed, by encouraging innovative approaches, and by focusing on studies of real rather than purely symbolic or mythical animals. Deadline for submissions: March 31, 2019.
  • Call for Papers for a Special Issue on the psycho-social impact of human-animal interactions (HAIs) on health in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The venue is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. The study of HAI has received an enormous amount of multidisciplinary interest over the past few decades, including research on therapy and service animals. Our relationships with nonhuman animals is now being examined in more depth to understand the physiological and psycho-social benefits of these interactions throughout the lifespan. Additional attention has been given to investigating the role of animals in supporting the lives of vulnerable populations, including the elderly and persons with disabilities. This Special Issue, guest edited by Aubrey Fine, is open to any subject area related to the psycho-social benefits of human-animal interactions. The listed keywords suggest just a few of the many possibilities.

    Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions. Deadline for manuscript submissions:  September 30, 2019.

  • CFP - Animals and Race - edited collection

    By Jonathan W. Thurston

    When Iago informs Brabantio that “a black ram is tupping your white ewe” (I.i.87-88) in Shakespeare’s Othello, he is doing more than identifying the two protagonists’ races. He is referring to the early modern agricultural fact that black wool was undesirable, as per Leonard Mascall, and that black rams would threaten the livelihood of shepherds by decreasing the profitability of a flock of sheep. In this way, the black ram becomes a metaphor not just for interracial taboo but for generational corruption and loss of social capital due to racist structures of power.

    The study of nonhuman animals and the study of human race are often quite distinct for scholars across disciplines. However, perhaps there is more overlap than one would think. In what ways has race formation been tied to animals? Why do animals often become implicated in racial slurs? What does it mean for there to be a black panther representing a black political group or even standing in as the token black superhero? What does it mean to have a mostly black cast of voice actors in the original The Lion King, except its star role?

    This collection will look closely at the ways that critical animal studies and critical race studies intersect, tracking the blurring of concepts like race and breed. It will ask how race has always been tied into questions of the animal–human divide. How has knowledge of animals informed our knowledge of race, and vice versa? How have codes of animal behavior affected our racial discourse and our race thinking? And how have these two seemingly disparate approaches danced with each other in academia? These are only a few of the questions this book will attempt to tackle.

    I invite chapters that approach animals and race from a wide array of cultures, periods, and disciplines. Topics that are not anglocentric and are before the twentieth century are welcome.

    Potential disciplines can include (but are not limited to):

    • history
    • literature
    • philosophy
    • art
    • popular culture
    • visual and digital media
    • politics

    Potential topics can include (but are not limited to):

    • similarities of Othering
    • race’s appearance in historical natural science
    • animal color versus race and/or breed
    • cultural codes employing animal and racial connotations
    • bestial characterizations of interracial relationships
    • animals as mascots against racism
    • racial representations of animal characters
    • comparisons of animal ethics to racial ethics in pre-modern times
    • classical debates of nature versus nurture
    • reading animals in racial texts, and vice versa
    • animal imagery in the slave trade

    Send abstracts of around 250 words and a brief academic biography to Jonathan W. Thurston ( by July 1st, 2019.

    The chapters themselves (5,000-8,000 words) will be due in January 2020. Book proposal will be sent first to Routledge’s Human-Animal series.

  • Call for Papers: Animal, Literature and Cinema: A Critical Interface

    Critical studies on animal culture have not received enough attention. There still remain a dearth of critical underpinnings on the human relationship with animals. While religions such as Christianity, Islam and Judaism have been instrumental and orchestrated processes in anthropocentric-human cruelty to animals, the utility of animal for experiments, animal suffering and human dominance over animals, critical dimensions and various movements in animal rights and ethics continue to emerge. These movements are geared towards initiating animal welfare, liberation from human dominance and subjugation, thereby deconstructing the notion of anthropocentrism, speaking for non-humans and creating new spaces for the advocacy for the prevention of cruelty to animals. This advocacy stems from the fact that growing body of evidence, from the Arts and the Humanities, Ethology, and Neuroscience, as well as other fields, indicating that animals can experience suffering in ways similar to humans. Literary artists and cineastes have not been left out of this intellectual debate. Films such as Electrocuting an Elephant (1903), Ben-Hur (1959), The Birds (1963), The Godfather (1972), The Artist (2011) and literary works such as King Solomon’s Mines, Robinson Crusoe, Animal Farm among others, not only capture the plight of animals in/and through film and literary works but some of these filmic/literary texts are an advancement on the polemic(s) between anthropocentrism and biocentric-animal liberation. The questions that emanate in this collection are: what informs the culture of human domination over animals? Is there hope for the liberation of animals from human/anthropocentric subjugation? How can film and literature further create awareness on animal liberation? The collection of essays in this book examine diverse representations of the animal in literature and cinema and critical processes employed by literary artists and filmmakers in advancing the crusade for animal liberation. A study as this is imperative with the recent upsurge in animal liberation movements, subaltern studies and ecocriticism.


    Contributions are welcome in the following themes and sub-themes:

    • Animal as a Totem
    • Theories on Animals
    • Animal Ethics
    • Animal Intelligence
    • Animal Mind
    • Animal Rights
    • Human as an Animal
    • Animal in Popular Culture
    • Representation of Animals in Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood films
    • Animal in Poetry
    • Animal in Drama
    • Animal in Prose
    • Animal as Medium of Sacrifice
    • Ritualization of the Animal
    • Deification of Animals in Indigenous African and Asian Cultures
    • Performing the Animal on Stage
    • Animal as Food
    • Animals as Beast of Burden
    • Animal as a Pet


    Guidelines for contributors

    1. Contributors should submit e-copies of their manuscripts to the editors at and CC to and

    2. Manuscripts should be typed using MC-word, with double line spacing and not more than 20 pages (6000 to 8000 words).

    3. In order to guarantee a blind review, the names of the author(s), a short biography of the contributor(s), telephone number(s), email address(es) and institutional affiliations should appear on a separate page.

    4. Each article should be accompanied by an abstract of 200-250 words

    5. Referencing style should conform to APA 6th edition

    6. Receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledged. All manuscripts must reach the editor(s) on/before 30th of April 2019.

    7. The book will be published by a reputable publisher in the United States of America


Conferences and Programs

  • Animals in ethnography: methods and ethical positionings” Museum of Natural History, Paris, November 21-22, 2019

    The inclusion of animals as objects of research in the human and social sciences was for a long time nearly a contradiction in terms since Western "naturalistic ontology" (Descola, 2005) seemed to have erected watertight boundaries between nature and culture. If animals have been present in anthropology from the very beginnings of the discipline, they were considered mainly from an anthropocentric perspective, as partners, resources, tools or attributes to characterize human cultures (Manceron, 2016). However, the evolution of relations between humans and animals, marked by "ambivalence" (Burton-Jeangros, Gouabault, 2002), has gradually led to a renegotiation of the boundaries between the two categories (Despret, 2012; Dubied, Gerber, Fall, 2012; Camos et al., 2009). Similarly, the "animal turn" (Delon, 2015) that is emerging in parts of the academic world is leading to new ways of understanding animals and their relationships with humans (Laugrand, Cros, Bondaz, 2015). In their introduction to a recent issue of the journal Lectures anthropologiques devoted to animals, Vincent Leblan and Mélanie Roustan thus observe that "a shift in intellectual, scientific and moral context seems to have modified the centre of gravity of humankind's place on earth and, along with this, the balance of their relations with animals" (Leblan, Roustan, 2017: 1).
    In this context, sociology and anthropology are developing research aimed at analysing anthropozoological relations (Bekoff, 2007; Michalon, Doré, Mondémé, 2016) within "hybrid communities" (Lestel, 2001, 2008), focusing on describing both human and animal behaviour and their interactions (see in particular Piette, 2002; Mondémé, 2013; Vicart, 2014; Marchina, 2015; Leblan, 2017). In other words, these studies, some of which are based on multi-species ethnographic field work (Hurn, 2019; Smart, 2014; Kirksey, Helmreich, 2010), do not only consider animals as "objects shaped by human societies" but also analyse "their active part in social dynamics" (Michalon, 2018). Moreover, while the study of animal behaviour has traditionally been dominated by ethology, researchers in the human and social sciences are taking up the challenge and reflecting on ways of linking ethnographic survey methods with those of ethology for this purpose (Latour, Strum, 1986; Kohler, 2012; Joulian, 2000; Lescureux, 2006; Lestel, Brunois, Gaunet, 2006; Guillo, 2009; Servais, 2012, 2016; Louchart, 2017).

    Methodological questions
    These approaches, which give a new place to animals in ethnography, pose many epistemological and methodological challenges that this symposium aims to explore: how should we observe the "existing beings" (Descola, 2005), both human and non-human, from an ethnographic perspective? Is it possible to move away from anthropocentrism to analyze the "point of view" (Baratay, 2012) of animals in the study of their relationships with humans? Under what conditions is a "multi-species ethnography" feasible? And what methodological approaches can allow an ethnography of animals? What collaborations can we envisage between the social sciences and the life sciences for this purpose? What are the specificities of the relationship with respondents when these are not human (Kohler, 2012; Leblan, Roustan, 2017; Jankowski, 2011)?
    One of the main objectives of this conference is to gather papers presenting ethnographic surveys, regardless of the disciplinary affiliation of the researchers, and focusing on the methodological issues related to animals in ethnography. These may be multi-species ethnographic surveys that study human-animal interactions with a symmetrical perspective (Latour, 1991) or that study animal communities. For example, proposals could come from surveys conducted on "work situations" (Porcher, 2011; Porcher & Schmitt, 2010), "exploitation", "domesticity" or "commodification". Contexts could include "farm animals" and "pets” (Blanchard, 2014; Podberscek, Paul, Serpell, 2000; Alger, 1999), but also canine or equine sports (Chevalier, 2018 ; Wendling, 2017, 2018), guide dogs (Mouret, 2015) and animals used in animal mediation ((Franklin, Emmison, Haraway, Travers, 2007; Servais, 2007; Michalon, 2014), laboratory animals (Rémy, 2009), “living collections” in zoos (Estebanez, 2011; Servais, 2012; Bondaz, 2014), sentinel birds (Keck, 2010) or hunting practices (Safonova, Santha, 2013; Baticle, 2007), circus, bullfighting (Saumade, 1998; Saumade et Maudet, 2014; Combessie, 2017), etc. We can also look at "liminal” animals (Blanc, 2009; Gramaglia, 2003; Mougenot, Roussel, 2006) or "wild" animals, and at the relationships with humans in these contexts. The papers could also examine the importance of these categories in research practices.

    Ethical Issues
    Debates about the place of animals in society are currently marked by strong ideological tensions (Michalon, 2017, 2018). In this context, the study of animals and the study of anthropozoological relations also question the ethical positionings of ethnographers and their influence on ethnographic practice. Alongside research without normative pretensions, a current of animal studies has developed which, like other strands of cultural studies (gender studies, disability studies, etc.), is marked by an important critical dimension in favour of an ethical approach to animals and their interests (Nibert, 2003; Burgat, 2006; Waldau, 2013). The common objective of the research developed within this interdisciplinary field of scholarship is to move away from the anthropocentric approach that has long characterized the study of relations with animals, towards a zoocentric approach that recognizes animals as moral subjects (Franklin, 1999), agents of their own existence and their relations with humans (Donaldson, Kymlicka, 2011). Some of the researchers in this movement claim a connection with the anti-speciesist thinking and animal liberation theory of the Australian philosopher Peter Singer (1975) and affirm a political commitment to the abolition of animal exploitation. This raises the question of the balance between social sciences and the animal cause (Kopnina, 2017), between a scientific approach and political commitments to animal rights (Regan, 1983), which this conference intends to discuss on the basis of papers by researchers offering a reflexive analysis of their own positionality (Candea, 2010). 
    Indeed, the French academic world is marked by ideological tensions around these issues (Michalon, 2017, 2018) which echo the growing politicization of the animal condition within society. In such circumstances, how are ethnographers encouraged to position themselves? How does the adoption of an ethical commitment or refusal thereof, by researchers influence their relationship to the field and to respondents, both human and non-human? How is it possible to carry out the ethnography of anthropozoological relations in these situations of strong moral tensions?
    Investigating animal ethics
    Proposals for papers may also draw on research on areas where the animal condition is discussed. We can think of animal liberation movements (vegan / antispeciesist / animalist) (Dubreuil, 2009; Turina, 2010; Traïni, 2012; Veron, 2016; Carrié, 2018), anti-hunting, wolf or bear conservation (Mauz, 2005), etc…, but also to hunting groups (Dalla Bernardina, 2017), fishing organisations (Gramaglia, 2008; Roux, 2007), ethics committees relating to animal experimentation (Larrère, 2002), farmers' mobilizations against the return of wolves (Doré, 2011, 2015; Campion-Vincent, 2002; Martin, 2012), etc. Since animals are most often absent from these fields this is unlikely to be multi-species ethnography. However, these are important places for the production of discourse and debates on animals and their place(s) in society (Manceron, Roué, 2009). They are also sites where animal ethics (in the broadest sense) takes shape, in collective actions, discursive and interactive dynamics. The aim would therefore be to investigate animal ethics "in the making", by observing how animals are represented (politically and scientifically) by humans and how their interests are constructed and carried publicly (Carrié, 2015). Finally, as these movements are widely spread on social networks, papers presenting surveys including digital ethnographies are more than welcome.

    Communications may be given in French or English. Proposals, approximately 5000 characters long, must be written in one of these two languages and sent by 30 April 2019 at the latest to and
    Answers will be given in June 2019.
    The conference will result in a publication: submission of a manuscript to a journal (thematic issue) or a publishing house (collective book).

  • This year's "Animals in Literature and Film" panel at the Midwest Modern Languages Association's annual meeting (November 13–17, 2019 in Chicago, IL) invites papers engaging the conference’s theme of “Doubles, Duality, and Doppelgangers,” specifically how works of literature or film reflect or confound perceived differences between human and non-human animals.

    Discussing his cat, Jacques Derrida asks in “The animal that therefore I am,” “How can an animal look you in the face?” He goes on to consider the philosophical and moral issues in the word “animal,” as a word imposed on others by human beings. In response, Donna Haraway criticizes Derrida for not “seriously consider[ing] an alternative form of engagement ... one that risked knowing something more about cats and how to look back, perhaps even scientifically, biologically, and therefore also philosophically and intimately.” Haraway’s comment points to the continued privileging of the human over the animal, even in philosophical discourse that positions humans alongside animals.

    Art often explores this privileging at the same time it questions or exploits it. The narrator of Daphne du Maurier’s “Blue Lenses” wakes up after surgery only to see that everyone—every human—has suddenly turned into an animal. When she reluctantly looks at herself in the mirror, she realizes that she too was an animal all along. What happens when we look in the mirror and see an animal staring back at us? This panel will examine the parallels and similarities between humans and animals in literature and film. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

    • The use of animal similes and metaphors and their symbolism
    • The transformation (complete or incomplete) of humans into animals or animals into humans
    • When animals speak to humans or each other and the language of their discourse
    • Hybrids and chimaeras as uncomfortable doubles
    • The ethics of cloning and the use of clones for non-human purposes (e.g., organ harvesting)
    • Human-animal genetic experimentation in science and speculative fiction
    • Animal familiars in folklore; animal brides/grooms in fairy tales; animal companions in animation
    • Species dysphoria as a metaphor for gender dysphoria and the trans experience
    • Animal narratives that mirror human stories (The Wind in the Willows, Redwall)
    • Animals as substitutes for children in children’s and YA fiction and film


    We invite submissions from all fields that engage in this topic from a literary, cinematic, or art historical angle both in our own cultural moment and beyond it. While we welcome submissions that engage in all languages and literatures, please plan to deliver your paper in English.

    Abstracts of no more than 300 words (excluding bibliography) should be sent to Margaret Day ( by April 5th. Please include your name, institutional affiliation, the title of your paper, and any special audio-visual needs in the body of your email.

    Derrida, Jaques. “The animal that therefore I am.” Critical Inquiry 28 (2002): 369–418, 377.

    Haraway, Donna. When Species Meet. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006, 20. 

    Du Maurier, Daphne. “The Blue Lenses.” In The Breaking Point. New York: Doubleday, 1959.

  • BASN Friends:

    The cfp for our autumn 2019 meeting has just gone live. 'Movements' will be held at the University of Leeds on 22 and 23 November, under the direction of Lourdes Orozco, Jonathan Saha and Tom Tyler. If you are interested in giving a paper addressing the topic ‘Movements’ from whatever disciplinary perspective please submit your title, with an abstract of no more than 200 words and a brief biography (also of no more than 200 words). These should be included within your email – i.e. not as attachments. Please send them to The deadline for abstracts is Friday 19 July 2019. Presentations will be 20 minutes long and we hope to include work by individuals at different career stages. Sadly we have no money to support travel, accommodation or attendance costs.

    Topics covered at this meeting might include (but are not limited to):
    •       Animal migrations
    •       Bodily motility
    •       Animals as conveyances
    •       Trafficking
    •       Performance and performativity

    We would welcome papers that deal with such issues in contemporary and historical settings, and would especially like to see papers that address these issues from contexts outside the UK, including the Global South. Papers are welcomed from across animal studies, including disciplines such as (but not limited to) geography, anthropology, sociology, literary studies, art history, classical studies, history, science and technology studies, ethology, philosophy, psychology, behavioural sciences and ecology.

    You can download a poster for this cfp here

    In addition, booking remains open for our up-coming meeting at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. 'Emotion' will take place on 26 and 27 April. Details and a link to register can be found on 

  • The Biennial Conference of The University of Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre (ShARC), on April 29-30th at the Humanities Research Institute, The University of Sheffield, is now open for registration!

    Keynote Speakers: 

    Lucinda Cole, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
    Thom van Dooren, The University of Sydney, Australia

    Artist in Residence: Steve Baker, The University of Central Lancashire, UK

    This international and cross-disciplinary conference will examine the material histories and futures of animal remains. More details available here.

    REGISTRATION: Registration payments will be accepted at our online store, which can be accessed at this link: 

    Registration is £95 waged/£35 unwaged.

    Please note that snacks, lunches, and coffee breaks are included in the price of registration.

    If you would like to attend the conference dinner on Monday, April 29th from 7-9 pm at INOX, The University of Sheffield’s award-winning restaurant and conference venue, the cost is £36 and includes a delicious three-course vegan meal. If you would like to purchase a dinner ticket, please visit our online store. If you have any accessibility or dietary requirements, please contact Sarah Bezan (

    To view the original call for papers, please visit A finalized conference programme will be posted on the BIOSEC website in the coming weeks.

    This conference is generously supported by BIOSEC and the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities

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  • Internal
  • External


    • The Tom Regan Animal Rights Archives Fellowship is sponsored by the Culture & Animals Foundation (CAF) in memory of Tom Regan to promote scholarly research in animal rights.

      The fellowship will support the use of the SCRC’s Animal Rights Archive—the largest scholarly archive of animal rights collections in the country. The SCRC builds collections of rare and unique materials to support the research and teaching needs of the university, emphasizing established and emerging areas at the university and corresponding to strengths within the Libraries’ overall collection. These rich collections serve as a foundation for generations of scholarship in animal protection, impacting and supporting scholars from across the nation.

      The fellowship provides a $4,000 stipend awarded to a qualified applicant for research completed in residence at the SCRC for a term of no less than four weeks to begin on or after July 1.

      Please feel free to share with colleagues and students near and far -- we hope to get applicants from around the country and from abroad. Annual deadline is April 30

    • PhD Studentships
      School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
      Royal Holloway, University of London

      The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures welcomes applications for College Studentships for PhD study beginning 2018-9. Studentships will include Home/EU fees and a maintenance grant for 3 years. The range of expertise in the School includes:

      - Comparative Literature and Culture, focusing on literature, film, critical theory and visual arts as well as across media, genres, geographies, periods and languages, from the early modern to the twenty-first century.
      - Critical Theory including: animal studies, ethics, consumer culture, disability studies, ecocriticism and the Anthropocene, gender, globalization, post-colonialism, queer theory, memory and trauma, and transnationalism.
      - French, German, Spanish and Italian literature, culture and visual art.

      For more information about the School and/or the application process, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Danielle Sands:

    • CAF is an all-volunteer-run, non-profit organization whose mission is to support artists and scholars in advancing our understanding of and commitment to animals. For more information see

    • Call for Research Proposals - The animal protection organizations Farm Sanctuary ( and The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy ( announce a Call for Grant Proposals for cutting-edge noninvasive research on the complex nature of farm animal (chickens, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, and cows) emotions, behavior, and cognitive abilities in an approved setting (such as a farm animal sanctuary). We are particularly interested in funding rigorous innovative research which will expand our understanding of who farm animals are and how they experience their lives. Examples include studies of self-awareness, emotional and social complexity, personality, and mood and anxiety disorders such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. All proposals should be designed for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and the plan for peer review submission should be included in the proposal.

       How to Apply

      Grants will be awarded for amounts from $1,000–$20,000. Research proposals should include:

      • A cover letter that includes the proposal title and name of principal investigator and any co-investigators.
      • An abstract of the proposed research.
      • Rationale (background) for the study.
      • Study aims and objectives.
      • Methodology, including:
        • A detailed description of how animals will be studied.
        • Outcomes measurement techniques.
        • Analysis.
      • Potential implications or impact for our understanding, perception, and treatment of farm animals.
      • Curriculum vitae and current affiliation of the applicant. For students, this information should be provided on the advisor(s) offering guidance on the project.
      • A proposed timeline, including start date and completion date.
      • A description of the final product (e.g., a research paper), and the plans for submitting for publication and (if applicable) poster presentation(s).

      Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis. Research can be carried out at any time agreed upon in advance with Farm Sanctuary.

      Additional Information

      • Grant amounts depend on the scope of the project, budget justification, and significance of the study.
      • All research must take place in an approved setting, such as a farm animal sanctuary. (Farm Sanctuary has approved sanctuaries in Watkins Glen, New York; Orland, California; and Acton, California) Research settings should be ethologically and socially appropriate for the individual animal and his/her species and should not involve animals who are purchased or bred.
      • All research must be noninvasive, respectful and promote the welfare interests and choices/preferences of the animals; in other words, it must be non-coercive if it involves an intervention.
      • All research should avoid causing harm to the animals and their co-inhabitants.
      • Students are welcome, but all students must have an academic advisor and approval from their home institution.
      • Farm Sanctuary and Kimmela Center officers, directors, and employees, and the immediate family members of such officers, directors, and employees are ineligible to apply for a grant.
      • The selection committee is comprised of:
        • Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H., Georgetown University; George Washington University.
        • Joyce D’Silva, Ambassador, Compassion in World Farming.
        • Lori Marino, Ph.D., Neuroscientist and Executive Director of The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy.
        • Key experts in the area under review, who will be approved by Farm Sanctuary.
      • Once the selections have been made, grantees will be required to execute a grant agreement prepared by Farm Sanctuary and The Kimmela Center and agree to abide by all terms and conditions thereof.

      Please send questions and proposals to

    • Animal Welfare Trust
      • Animal Welfare Trust’s grant program seeks to assist organizations whose work can help alleviate animal suffering and/or raise public consciousness toward giving animals the respect they so need and deserve. Although general organizational funding will be considered, preference will be given to well-defined projects with clear goals and objectives. Capital projects will not be considered. Areas of priority include farm animal welfare, vegetarianism and humane education.
      • The deadline for applications is ongoing.
    • Farm Sanctuary
      • The animal protection organization Farm Sanctuary announces a call for grant proposals for observational research of the complex nature of farm animal (chickens, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, and cows) emotions, behavior, and cognitive abilities in an approved setting (such as a farm animal sanctuary). We are interested, for example, in the psychological profiles of these animals, including mood and anxiety disorders such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.
      • The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Job Listings

  • Internal
  • External
    • Harvard Law School's Animal Law & Policy Program is now accepting Visiting Fellow applications for the 2019-20 Academic Year.

      The deadline to submit applications is February 15, 2019.

      The Animal Law & Policy Visiting Fellowships provide opportunities for outstanding scholars from a range of disciplines and legal practitioners to spend from three months to one academic year undertaking research, writing, and scholarly engagement on academic projects in the field of animal law and policy. 

      Fellows devote their time to scholarly activities in furtherance of their research agendas and to contributing to the community of the Animal Law & Policy Program. Fellows will be expected to participate in Program activities, contribute to the intellectual life of the Program, and are encouraged to organize one or more academic events related to their fellowship project. Fellows also have the opportunity to mentor students and contribute to the Animal Law & Policy Program’s broader presence.

      Fellows have access to a wide range of resources offered by Harvard University, are provided office space at HLS, and receive a monthly stipend in an amount consistent with other Fellowship programs at HLS.

      We welcome applicants with a J.D., LL.M., S.J.D., Ph.D. or other comparable degree. We also welcome applicants from all disciplinary backgrounds, including the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, provided that the applicant’s research agenda relates to animal law and policy. Applicants will be evaluated by the quality and significance of their research proposals, and by their record of academic and professional achievement.  

      For more information on Animal Law & Policy Visiting Fellowships and the application process, click here.

      For a list of previous Fellows, click here.

    • There are internship opportunities through the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy. The website for HSISP is

    • Detroit Zoological Society, Animal Welfare Internships
      • The Detroit Zoological Society's Center for Zoo Animal Welfare (CZAW) is accepting applications for animal welfare interns and residents. CZAW is a resource center for captive animal welfare knowledge, research and best practices; a convener and forum for exotic animal welfare science, practice and policy discussions; and a center conducting research and training, and recognizing advances in exotic animal welfare. The research conducted through the Center represents two key areas of interest: developing additional measures of animal welfare and the effects of captive environments and management practices on welfare. Although broadly applied across species, focus is on several taxa/animal groups. The CZAW animal welfare internships and residencies are unpaid opportunities. Interns and residents will learn the processes used by researchers in the field of animal welfare while assisting in data collection and database management. If you are currently enrolled in a college or university and can receive credit, you will be considered for an internship. If you are a recent college graduate (no more than three years between graduation and start date), you will be considered for a residency.
      • The deadline for applications is ongoing.
    • Queen's University, Animal Governance Graduate Research Opportunities
      • The Lives of Animals Research Group at Queen’s University in Canada is seeking highly motivated, interdisciplinary, and adventurous graduate students interested in working on issues related to Animal Governance beginning September 2017 or 2018. Masters and/or doctoral level projects will explore the actors, knowledges, structures, practices, and outcomes that shape human engagements with and management of animals in Canada or Botswana. Projects will engage scholarship at the intersection of environmental governance, political ecology and animal geography to consider how and why particular animal governance strategies are operationalized in a particular context, and the ways in which humans and animals negotiate them as differentially empowered socio-political actors. Projects may focus on companion, domesticated or wild animals and may highlight strategies such as translocation, rehabilitation, training, monitoring, breeding, culling etc. A competitive funding package will be offered to successful candidates, including field research costs within Canada or Botswana. The successful candidate is expected to apply for external funding with support from the research group, and will have the opportunity to publish in peer-reviewed journals and present findings at academic conferences and to key stakeholders.
      • The deadline for applications is ongoing.


  • Dates for Moosewatch 2019 are confirmed! Join us in the field to participate in wolf-moose research on Isle Royale. You will find information about Moosewatch research expeditions, dates, photos, and how to apply on our website. Students, be sure to check out our College Intern program!

    We hope to see many of you on the island this summer!
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    Rolf & Candy Peterson
    John & Leah Vucetich
  • New Book Series: Multi-Species Anthropology: New Ethnographies

    We, Rebecca Cassidy (anthropology Goldsmiths, University of London) and Garry Marvin (anthropology, University of Roehampton), have a contract with Routledge to edit a book series titled Multi-Species Anthropology: New Ethnographies. There are now many book series out there, exploring the relationships that humans have with other forms of life, each with its particular focus or guiding ethos. This series will also have a guiding academic and intellectual ethos. A key term in the proposed title is ‘ethnographies’. We believe that ethnographic research, long-term, deep, engagement with the lives of those we seek to understand, can produce richly-textured, nuanced, and illuminating interpretive anthropological accounts of those lives. Our interest is to bring those accounts to light in a coherent series.  Yes, ‘inter-species’ is a contested term, but we are interested in accounts of how humans experience, engage with, live with, other animals, but also with plants and other living matter. So – our focus will be on ethnographic studies. Such studies will be informed by, and make use of, theoretical perspectives but what will make the series special are accounts of the relationships between humans and other lives that are generated from within particular social and cultural worlds.

    We are now looking for manuscripts that are being worked on, theses that are being transformed, or plans for monographs that are being developed. If you or your colleagues have ideas for a monograph that might fit this series, please do get in contact with both of us to discuss ideas and possibilities. Please do circulate this among your contacts.

    Best wishes

    Rebecca and Garry

  • British Animal Studies Network Announcements
    by Erica Fudge

    Dear Colleagues

    I'm delighted to say that audio recordings of many of the papers given at the recent British Animal Studies Network meeting, 'Animal Machines/Machine Animals', are now available to download and listen to on
    Thanks to all the speakers who have made their talks available, and to the meeting organisers from the 'Life Geographies' group at Exeter University for all their work in putting together another great gathering.

    In addition, please note that the CFP for the next BASN meeting is now open (closing on 18 Jan 2019). This meeting is titled 'Emotion' and will take place at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow on 26 and 27 April 2019. Details can be found on

    Best wishes


  • Call for Applications for the 2019 ASI-UIUC Summer Institute in Human-Animal Studies

    ASI-University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    Third Annual Human-Animal Studies Institute
    Call for Applications

    The Animals & Society Institute and the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invite applications for the third annual Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute program for advanced graduate students and early career scholars pursuing research in Human-Animal Studies. 

    This interdisciplinary program, inaugurated in 2017, is focused on graduate students and those in the first few years post-Ph.D. or other terminal degrees like M.F.A., M.S.W., D.V.M., or J.D., and will enable 20-30 participants to work on their dissertations or publications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign hosted by the Center for Advanced Study, for one intensive week. The 2019 Institute will take place from July 14-21, 2019, inclusive.

    The Institute is designed to support participants’ individual research in Human-Animal Studies as well as to promote interdisciplinary exchange. The program will offer a shared space of critical inquiry that brings the participants' work-in-progress to the attention of a network of influential HAS scholars, and provides the participants with the guidance and feedback to develop their work. At the heart of the program are daily morning seminars devoted to discussion of participants’ work, followed by afternoon plenary lectures by distinguished speakers.  These will be complemented by special workshops and field trips to on- and off-campus locations which highlight different aspects of the human-animal relationship. Participants should expect a stimulating intellectual environment reflecting a diversity of approaches, projects, disciplinary backgrounds, and ethical positions on animal issues. All fellows must be in continuous residence for the duration of the program.

    Summer Institute Directors

    The Institute is directed by Jane Desmond (Resident Director), Kim Marra, Margo DeMello, and Kenneth Shapiro.

    Jane Desmond is Professor of Anthropology and of Gender/Women’s Studies at Illinois, where she also holds affiliate faculty appointments in the Unit for Critical Theory and Interpretation and the College of Veterinary Medicine.  She has published widely in the fields of performance studies, transnational American Studies, and on human-animal relations, and recently inaugurated the Animal Lives Book Series at the University of Chicago Press. Desmond is the author of two solo-authored books (Staging Tourism:  Bodies on Display from Waikiki to Sea World, U of Chicago Press, 1999) and Displaying Death and Animating Life:  Human-Animal Relations in Art, Science and Everyday Life, U of Chicago Press, 2016), two edited books on performance, a third co-edited book on globalization, and several special issues of journals in multiple countries, in addition to numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.  Her work has appeared in Hungary, South Korea (in translation and in English), in China (in translation), and in the UK, the Netherlands, Australia, and Brazil, as well as the United States.  In addition, she is the co-founder and Executive Director of the International Forum for US Studies:  A Center for the Transnational Study of the United States,” and is past President of the International American Studies Association (2008-2012).  

    Kim Marra is Professor of Theatre Arts and American Studies, Director of Graduate Studies in Theatre Arts, and affiliate faculty in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa. Her books include Strange Duets: Impresarios and Actresses in the American Theatre, 1865-1914 (University of Iowa Press, 2006, winner of the Joe A. Callaway Prize) and the co-edited volumes Passing Performances: Queer Readings of Leading Players in American Theater History (1998) and Staging Desire: Queer Readings of American Theater History (2002), The Gay and Lesbian Theatrical Legacy (2005), and Showing Off, Showing Up: Studies of Hype, Heightened Performance, and Cultural Power (2017), all for the University of Michigan Press. She performed an original autobiographical solo piece Horseback Views (published in Animal Acts), which inspired her prize-winning essay "Riding, Scarring, Knowing: A Queerly Embodied Performance Historiography" (Theatre Journal, 2012). She has also published essays on War Horse, Theatre Equestre Zingaro, Equus, and equestrian sculptures on the Parthenon Frieze. She is currently an associate editor of the Animal Lives Series of the University of Chicago Press.

    Margo DeMello is Program Director of the Human-Animal Studies Program at the Animals and Society Institute, and is an Adjunct Professor at Canisius College’s Anthrozoology program. She also is the President of House Rabbit Society, an international rabbit advocacy organization. She has published a dozen books, and two dozen articles, in the fields of Human-Animal Studies and body studies, including two textbooks. Her most recent books include Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies (Columbia, 2012), Speaking for Animals: Animal Autobiographical Writing (Routledge, 2012), and Mourning Animals: Rituals and Practices Surrounding Animal Death (Michigan State, 2016).

    Kenneth Shapiro is cofounder and President of the board of the Animals and Society Institute. He is founding editor of Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies, and coeditor and cofounder of Journal for Applied Animal Welfare Science and the editor of the Human-Animal Studies book series. His most recent book is The Assessment and Treatment of Children who Abuse Animals: The AniCare Approach.  

    Guest Faculty: 

    In addition to invited speakers from around the world and ASI faculty, the Institute will be supported by Illinois faculty affiliated with the Institute from many different disciplines.  We will also be posting a full list of speakers on our website and social media as soon as invitations are confirmed over the winter.

    Application Deadline: February 28, 2019

    Tuition and Other Fees

    The tuition fee for the Institute (which covers registration, housing, library access, special events, receptions, and seminars) is $800.  In addition, participants may choose to buy meals through the dining, with vegan and vegetarian options available. Students may also choose to eat at on- or off-campus restaurants.  We encourage applicants to seek funding from their Universities to cover expenses, and once accepted can supply documentation of acceptance to assist them in doing so.


    We are offering a handful of scholarships to students at the advanced stages of their degree training who lack any summer support from their home institution or any external fellowship.  If you are interested in being considered for one of these scholarships, which covers the $800 tuition (and includes housing), please include a separate note along with our application stating your interest in the scholarship, and whether you also need help with travel.  In this request, please include the following information:

    1. Are you applying for financial aid from the Summer Institute?
    2. Are you currently employed? Full time? Part time?
    3. Do you have any summer support from your department or home institution, etc.?
    4. What are your estimated travel expenses?
    5. Without a scholarship, will you not be able to attend the Institute?


    Applicants must (1) be a doctoral student at the dissertation stage or early career scholars no more than four years past the Ph.D. or other terminal degree, or be a MSW, DVM, or JD student in the advanced stages of their degree; (2) have a commitment to advancing research in Human-Animal Studies; and (3), submit a follow-up report six months after the program’s completion. Applications are encouraged from the social sciences, humanities, arts, and natural sciences, as long as a part of the project is explicitly dealing with the human-animal relationship.


    Applicants should email electronic copies of the following items to  Please name all of your documents in the following manner: Smith_Proposal; Smith_Abstract; Smith_CV, etc.

    1. Cover sheet with the applicant’s name, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, institution name, date Ph.D. expected or received, citizenship/nationality, and title of project.
    2. One paragraph abstract
    3. One-page (single spaced) project proposal that describes the project and indicates work completed on the project to date. 
      1. Since the description will be considered by a panel of scholars from a variety of disciplines, it should be written for non-specialists.
      2. Project proposal should include clear details about what draws the candidate to Human-Animal Studies, how far the applicant is along in the dissertation or planned publication, and what part of the project the applicant expects to accomplish during the course of the program.
      3. Proposals should also indicate how your work deepens an understanding of human-animal relations and, if appropriate to the project, how it might have long-term impacts or practical implications that may help improve human-animal relations. 
    4. Curriculum vitae of no more than 4 pages.
    5. Short writing sample of no more than 20 pages.
    6. Two letters of recommendation (pdfs of original letters recommended). These should be emailed by the referees themselves.

    Applicants are responsible for contacting referees and supplying them with a description of the project, and making sure letters arrive on time. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. 

    Selection Process

    The selection committee includes members from a range of disciplines connected to Human-Animal Studies. 

    Applications are evaluated on the basis of the contribution of the completed project to Human-Animal Studies, the qualifications of the applicant to complete the research, and how well the applicant’s project complements the other accepted projects. The Institute is dedicated to an inclusive vision of human-animal studies, and encourages applications from around the world and from scholars who are affiliated with communities traditionally under-represented in the academy and professions.  Limited financial assistance may be available to those with financial need. Applicants from UIUC may be eligible for UIUC scholarships. 

    Applicants will be notified by e-mail March 2019.

    About the Animals & Society Institute

    The Animals & Society Institute is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) independent research and educational organization that helps improve and expand knowledge about human-animal relationships in order to create safer and more compassionate communities for all.

    In particular, ASI exposes students and faculty to the study of human-animal relationships, providing them access to quality information about Human-Animal  Studies, including two peer-reviewed journals, Society & Animals and the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, the Human-Animal Studies Book Series, and other publications, as well as a wide variety of online materials to help faculty to develop and teach courses, and students to find the programs that suit their needs; provides information and resources to help those who are working in areas of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention and treatment of animal abuse to accomplish their goals, and  create and promote diversion and treatment programs to help human service providers identify, evaluate, treat and/or appropriately refer individuals who abuse animals, including the AniCare and AniCare Child programs; and provides evidence-based, theoretically sound and useful knowledge about human-animal relationships to those who work to affect policy and practices involving animals

    About the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the flagship campus of the Illinois university system, is one of the top public research institutions in the world.  Illinois is a 150-year-old public institution that has been home to numerous Nobel Prize winners, National Book award winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, and members of the National Academy of Sciences, as well as recent “MacArthur Genius Fellowship” awards.  In addition, Illinois offers a nearly unparalleled opportunity for cross disciplinary interactions on campus, with campus experts in animal welfare, animals in literature, animals in anthropology, conservation politics, animal law, agribusiness, wildlife medicine, primatology, veterinary medicine, and more.  Illinois’s Center for Advanced Study draws together, through competitions and organized events the most innovative and creative thinkers across the disciplines.  One of the founders was John Bardeen, the only scholar to ever win the Nobel Prize in Physics twice. For 58 years, the Center has continued this legacy of innovation and excellence.  Spanning the whole of the university, CAS is the only unit on campus that has the reach to unite the sciences, social sciences, liberal arts, fine arts, and professional schools like law and medicine, and will serve as the hosting unit for the Institute. 

    Please address all correspondence to us at:

  • Equine History Collective Blog Seeks Reviewers
    by Katrin Boniface

    The Equine History Collective,, promotes the horse as a lens for trans-regional history, and serves as an interface for related historical research in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. We are seeking reviewers for books (run on Sundays) and sources (run on Saturdays). The themes for upcoming months are: Racing (December), Ancient (January), and Breeding (February). Proposals for other topics are also welcome, and will run in later months.

    Submission information is available at:

    Katrin Boniface

    UC Riverside, History
  • Animal Studies Repository of the Humane Society International is an excellent resource for animal studies scholars, see
  • British Animal Studies Network Poetry
    by Erica Fudge

    I'm delighted to announce that you can now listen to two more specially commissioned poems by our poet-in-residence Susan Richardson on the website:

    'Stench' was written for 'Smelling' in 2016; and 'Speaking Seal' for the recent 'Sex' meeting. Susan's poem for 'Hearing' (2017) is also available to, well, hear.

    Thanks to Susan for the wonderful poems. Enjoy!

  • Announcement: New PhD Program in Human-Animal Studies at the University of Canterbury

    From January 2018, the University of Canterbury in New Zealand will be offering a PhD in Human-Animal Studies. This is the first such degree offered in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of only three or four throughout the world.

    Students undertaking the PhD in Human-Animal Studies (PhD HUAN) at UC will work with supervisors drawn from our pool of over a dozen academic staff working in many different areas, and will be part of the lively and inclusive research culture of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies.

    Areas for supervision include, but are not limited, to the following:
    • Associate Professor Philip Armstrong: animals in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific; animals in literature; animals in history, especially the Renaissance and the Nineteenth Century; sheep in culture and history; whales and dolphins in culture and history; animals and environmental discourse.
    • Associate Professor Jane Buckingham: animals in South Asian History; elephants and elephantology.
    • Dr Douglas Campbell: animals, philosophy and environmentalism; extinction and de-extinction.
    • Nikki Evans: animals in the context of human services and social work; human-animal relationships in the aftermath of earthquakes; animal-assisted therapy; the link between animal abuse and human violence; animals and children.
    • Associate Professor Amy Fletcher: extinction and de-extinction; animals and public understandings of science and technology; animals and futurology; animals and environmental discourse.
    • Dr Rosie Ibbotson: animals in the visual arts; museology and display of human-animal relations; extinction and de-extinction.
    • Dr Piers Locke: multispecies ethnography; elephants and elephantology; interspecies care; animals and environmental discourse; humanism and post-humanism.
    • Dr Alison Loveridge: animal welfare and advocacy; animals in agriculture and food production; animals in New Zealand; animals and rural life; animals and children.
    • Dr Carolyn Mason: animals and ethics; bioethics.
    • Professor Henrietta Mondry: dogs in culture and history; animals in Russian culture and history; animals in Slavic cultures; companion species; animals in literature; de-extinction.
    • Dr Patrick O’Sullivan: animals in Ancient Greek culture and society; animals in classical literature and drama.
    • Associate Professor Annie Potts: animals in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific; animals in art; human-animal relations and gender; representations of animals in horror and science fiction; chickens in culture and history; possums in culture and history; animals and emergencies; intersectionality.
    • Dr Michael-John Turp: animals and ethics; animals in Early Modern philosophy.

    To enquire about the PHD (HUAN), contact any of the following:

    NZCHAS Co-Director Associate Professor Annie Potts (,
    NZCHAS Co-Director Associate Professor Philip Armstrong (, or
    one of our other members:

  • Summer Retreat Program at Shin Pond, Maine for Animal/Humane/Environmental Studies
    by Bernie Unti

    Summer Retreat Program at Shin Pond, Maine

    for Animal/Humane/Environmental Studies

    The 300-acre Camp Muse at Shin Pond, Maine, is the site of a Summer Retreat Program for writers, scholars, artists, educators, and other cultural producers and knowledge workers focusing on animals and/or their humane treatment, and/or on environmental trends or threats relevant to animals and their well-being (habitat loss, climate change, land conservation, environmental degradation, inter alia).  The program, operated by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), invites all interested parties to apply for a residency at the property, which is open between July 1 and October 3, 2017.

    Camp Muse, a wooded retreat at the edge of a pristine and peaceful pond just ten miles from the northern entrance to Baxter State Park, offers an idyllic atmosphere for research, contemplation, writing, and other creative work.  The purpose of the program, operated through the generosity of longtime HSUS board member K. William Wiseman (1921-2014) and his wife Madge, is to encourage scholarly, cultural, and practical projects relating to animals, and to provide a site for enhanced productivity on such projects.

    For views of the property, and other details, see:

    Applications for use of the Shin Pond property are evaluated by an ad hoc committee at The HSUS.

    There is no application form to submit, but the applicant must present: a statement of interest that includes information on the project he/she will pursue; a statement concerning the likely value or benefit of such a project to the work and mission of The HSUS and/or its affiliates; the specific work product that will be produced during the retreat period; details of the likely outcome or application of the work undertaken at the retreat; any applicable scheduling concerns or scheduling preferences; and two professional references.  Applicants may be asked to submit copies of prior publications. To maximize the use of the property and to facilitate transitioning between participants, check in/arrival time is Monday at 2 p.m. and check out time/departure is Friday at 10 a.m. 

    If approved, the applicant is expected to cover the costs of transportation to and from Shin Pond, local transportation while staying there, food, beverages, entertainment, recreational activities (including admission to nearby Baxter State Park), long distance telephone services, and all other costs connected with the applicant's use of the property. The HSUS will, however, pay for local telephone service, electrical utilities, and routine maintenance.

    Participants may take up to three household members (including spouses, significant others, and children) with them. Please note that because Camp Muse is a Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust-protected wildlife sanctuary, companion animals require specific prior approval and applicants may not be permitted to bring them.  In all events, approved cats will need to remain indoors and dogs must be leashed at all times.

     The house at Shin Pond has the amenities common to any comfortable home, including all utilities and a full complement of furniture, kitchen ware, and other household equipment.

    There is a telephone line and high-speed Internet access.  There is convenient food shopping at Shin Pond Village and the town of Patten.  The broad guidelines for the kind of work appropriate to the retreat include:

    • major intellectual projects such as a book, a chapter on an animal-related topic;
    • a case study, or an on-line course in animal studies;
    • analytical or conceptual work for a pro-animal or environmental campaign;
    • artistic, literary, or cultural projects that celebrate animals and the natural world; and
    • projects of smaller scope and/or shorter duration.  We prefer a commitment of at least two weeks.  

    Requests for use of the property for shorter periods will be given lower priority.  The property is not generally available for brief stays, e.g., an overnight or weekend visit.  Applications should be sent to Dr. Bernard Unti at The Humane Society of the United States, by mail to 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037; by fax to 301-258-3077; or by email to Applications will be received on an ongoing basis. 

  • First 100 Chimps and Last 1,000 Chimps
    • First 100 Chimps and Last 1,000 Chimps track individual chimpanzees from use in biomedical and behavioral research in the US to retirement.  The working group tasked with exploring how to implement the conclusions of the IoM committee report suggest ending most chimpanzee research. First 100 Chimps serves as a memorial to chimpanzees who have been used in research, and Last 1,000 Chimps is forward looking. The websites' creator will be tweeting updates on the status of individual chimpanzees at Lori Gruen (@last1000chimps).
  • Viral Pandas
    • The Sneezing Pandas Project is looking for contributors. An anthrozoologist and an artist have launched an ongoing and interactive online project looking at animals in the ether. What goes viral and what doesn't? What responsibilities, if any, do we have for these animals we choose to share online? These are the opening questions, but they are in no way prescriptive for the course of the research. Viral Pandas is based on a central blog:, but runs for a week from an art gallery producing physical artistic responses to the ideas, as well as running online across different social networks including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, Digg, and G+ for the foreseeable future. Your input is welcomed. If you'd like any further information, email us at
  • Voices for Biodiversity
    • Voices for Biodiversity is a nonprofit ezine with a goal of providing a multimedia platform where citizen eco-reporters around the globe can share their stories about biodiversity and their relationships to other species and the ecosystems that support us all. The project hopes to awaken humanity to the reality that we must move away from an anthropocentric toward an eco-centric worldview to prevent the massive die-off of other species.
  • ZooScope: The Animals in Film Archive
    • Animals have played a crucial role in the development of film as an artistic medium, from the literal use of animal products in film stock to the capturing of animal movement as a driver of stop-motion, wide-screen and CGI film technology. The wish to picture animals’ lives, whether naturalistically or playfully, has led to the establishment of key genres such as wildlife film and animation. ZooScope looks at and beyond these major aspects of animals in film, covering animals’ role in film genres and styles; the range of literal and symbolic ways animals appear in film; animals in the film star-system; animal lives and the ethics of film-making; adaptation and the different challenges of filmic and literary representation of animals and human-animal relations. ZooScope is a research resource for the animal studies and film communities produced by students and academics. In addition to the open call for submissions, we are seeking partnerships with academic colleagues whose students could contribute to ZooScope. Academic partners would act as sub-editors of the site, with their students producing ZooScope entries, for example, as formal assessments (with marking and feedback taking the professional form of editorial review and assessment completion coinciding with publication). This is how the archive has developed so far, as a research collaboration between undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff at the University of Sheffield and York University in Canada. Work on ZooScope challenges students and inspires creativity, enthusiasm, scholarly rigour and professionalism.


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