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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 kritischeTierstudien@gmx.de.

    Dr. Daniel Lau (Editor)

  • International Journal of Humane Education (IJHE). The first peer-reviewed journal of its kind, IJHE strives to build a scholarly community, expand a collective knowledge base, and validate the quality of research within all sectors of humane education. This issue of IJHE includes scholar-practitioner articles and an invitational essay on various aspects of humane education in practice and theory.
  • 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.
  • Animalia: An Anthrozoology Journal is an online, digital journal for Anthrozoology/Animal Studies scholars and talented undergraduate students. Animalia has two aims: to explore and advance the vast range of disciplines in human-animal studies and animal studies, and to encourage exchange among scholars and students by providing a forum for critical thought, shared ideas, and enlightening discussions. Submissions are invited on the following types of work: Scholarly papers, Short editorials, Media (book, movie) reviews, and Creative pieces (photography, drawings, short stories, poetry).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 [this journal is currently in moratorium]
    • 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.
  • Zeitschrift für Kritische Tierstudien is an inter- and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal. 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 kritischeTierstudien@gmx.de.

Books and Special Editions

  • A special issue of the journal Diversity on "Humans and Wild Animals: Interactions in Deep Time, Recent History, and Now" has issued a call for papers. Deadline for manuscript submissions is December 1, 2020

  • The open-access journal, Animals, will publish a special issue on "Social Isolation and the Roles That Animals Play in Supporting the Lives of Humans: Lessons for COVID19." Deadline for manuscript submissions: April, 30 2021
  • Human Animal Interaction (HAI) Section of the American Psychological Association has issued a Call for Papers for a special issue covering “Therapies Incorporating Horses to Benefit People: What are They and How are They Distinct?” Please direct any inquiries (e.g., suitability, format, scope, etc.) about this special issue to the guest editor: Wendy Wood wendy.wood@colostate.eduThe deadline for manuscript submittal is November 30, 2020.
  • Viator essay cluster, edited by Przemysław Marciniak.

    The relationship between humans and their nonhuman traveling companions changed over time, and over the distances they traveled. Who would Don Quixote be without Rocinante, or Alexander without Bucephalus? This cluster of short essays proposes to look at moving/traveling animals and animals as the companions of traveling/moving humans in the Middle Ages and early modernity. To move or travel might encompass physical travel in its various forms, such as pilgrimage, military campaigns, or travel for commercial or diplomatic reasons, or more conceptual travel across cultures and periods. Contributions might also consider texts that describe animals on the move, including ekphrastic works (such as Byzantine hunting ekphrases), an outsider’s (or traveler’s) perspective on autochthonic animals as recorded in travel accounts, or more abstract texts describing travels and adventures of animals.

    This cluster aims to offer cross-cultural perspective; papers exploring Byzantine, Arabic, Turkish, Jewish, Persian and other non-Western cultures are particularly welcome.

      Possible essay topics include:
    • Animals as “companion species” in travel, war, pilgrimage, commerce, or politics
    • Traveling menageries, circuses, and animals shows
    • Journeys in search of real or imaginary animals
    • Ekphrastic texts depicting traveling animals
    • The dissemination and reception of texts about animals across languages, cultures, and time periods

    Essays should be short, focused interventions (2000–3500 words). Contributions from early-stage scholars are especially welcome, including graduate students, postdocs, independent scholars, and members of the precariat.

    Short abstracts of around 200 words should be emailed to przemyslaw.marciniak@us.edu.pl by November 16, 2020, with essays to be submitted by January 15, 2021.

     

  • Call for Chapters/Short Stories: Radical Intimacies: A Multispecies Politics of Care and Kinship

    Due: 1 December 2020

    Editors: Yamini Narayanan (Deakin University) and Kathryn Gillespie (University of Kentucky)

    Intimate forms of connection and care are ubiquitous in multispecies relationships, and they become legitimate forms of knowledge in fleeting moments of encounter as well as in the course of lifetimes lived together care-fully. This edited collection centers these latter forms of intimacy within a particular context: shared lives of care and rehabilitation that unfold after individuals of other species have been liberated from conditions of normalized and widely accepted forms of harm and violence – for instance, fugitives from farms, slaughterhouses, laboratories, global trade networks, and sites of extermination and expulsion. Intimacy offers multiple possibilities for knowledge-making; being in, and through intimate relationships of care, we come to know the lasting impacts of the harm other animals are subjected to within dominant structures of capitalism, colonialism, and anthropocentrism. These are ways of knowing that are not necessarily possible in contexts where a researcher drops into a field site to try to understand the multispecies dynamics unfolding there, or when animals are studied in contexts where their use and exploitation is taken for granted and normalized. Rather, these intimate relationships of care manifest new ways of knowing other species – outside of and beyond logics of commodification, instrumentalization, exploitation, and eradication – to bring into being-worlds. As such, in this collection, we aim to disrupt and reconfigure the kinds of knowledges that are possible through theorizing intimate stories of knowing animals differently.

    Feminist geographers articulate the importance of an intentional focus on intimacy as a way of knowing and being in the world—what it means in our lives and work, how it arises or is mobilized in practice, and why intimacy should be taken seriously in feminist and in other fields of scholarship and knowledge-making (Moss and Donovan 2017). Feminists have worried about the appropriation of intimacy in stigmatizing women’s labor (such as sex work or surrogacy) (Lewis 2017), but also focused on its potential for radical reform and transformation of oppression (Wiegman 2010). Attention to multispecies intimacy likewise offers an opportunity to illuminate the intellectual and political potential for advocacy and change in multispecies relationships. Inspired by Wiegman’s (2010, 83) conceptualization of “knowledge practices as forms of intimacy,” we are interested in the new ways of knowing and knowledge-making in and past the point of rupture, wherein individual animals, liberated from sites and relations of exploitation and abstraction, find themselves in relations and sites of recognition and care.

    Our project articulates with multispecies studies that aims to understand the fraught particularities of living and dying in the ruins of capitalism and colonialism (e.g., Kirksey 2014; Tsing 2015; van Dooren 2019); what it means to be entangled in relationships of love care and responsibility in a time of mass extinction and death (e.g., ParrenÞas 2018; Rose 2012); and how companion species are sites of uneasiness, kinship, violence, and vulnerability within these webs of relation (Dayan 2016; Haraway 2008). As Wadiwel (2018, 540) reminds us, it is “difficult to disentangle the ethics of these encounters,” particularly those embedded in capitalism, without “glossing over” the central relations of human domination in animal production. Much analysis on multispecies entanglements convey “something important about the world [but] they do not capture everything” (Giraud 2019, 2-3). In order to generate meaningful change for these animals, politicizing the “frictions, foreclosures, and exclusions” that determine the lived realities of these animals is critical (ibid). Activist and feminist labor of care become crucial in unveiling a fuller account of animal lives, and human-animal relatedness itself.    

    Thus in this edited volume, we specifically attend to the deeply politicized forms of multispecies intimacy that explicitly and actively reject the use and exploitation of animals through mutual practices of care in lives lived intimately in relation. Caring for and with individual animals, and taking a position that wholly rejects the persistent forms of violence to which other species are subjected, not only disrupts the violating categorizations of species, but also engenders the possibility of other worlds and forms of knowledge-making. Tsing calls for an attention to “multispecies love,” a kind of “passionate immersion in the lives of [nonhuman others]” (Tsing 2011, 12). These relationships wrought in the wake of liberation from sites of exploitation, in fact, render possibilities for this kind of multispecies love that situates “care as a form of making and living in worlds of and for kin” (Desai and Smith 2018, 44).

    One site where we see these transformative relationships of care and kinship unfolding is in the context of microsanctuaries.Microsanctuaries are sometimes focused on commonly farmed species, like chickens, turkeys, ducks, pigs, goats, sheep, and even cows, but also animals used in other sites of animal exploitation, such as rats, mice, fishes, ferrets, insects, and amphibians, to name only a few (MRC 2020a). A microsanctuary can comprise as few as just one rescued animal and onehuman carer. A core principle of the Microsanctuary Resource Center (a founding organization for the microsanctuary movement) is that, “our space and our resources, no matter how limited, often are still sufficient for us to provide sanctuary to individual animals RIGHT NOW in order to prevent them from ever again being used as commodities” (MRC 2020b, n.p.). An explicit vegan and anti-anthropocentric politics of care underpins the intimate care and political work that is performed in a microsanctuary.

    What is the political function of such care in radically transforming human relations with these species? How can the radical potential of the home as a kind of microsanctuary – variously, normatively, even insidiously located in mainstream social geographies such as urban residences, suburban backyards, small shops and offices, and apartments, actively provide a counter to the commodified, superfluous, and expendable perception of these animals? How are personal encounters and relationships with individual or communities of animals shaped or influenced by the diversity of communities/microsanctuaries, and the broader political economic, and geographic contexts where they unfold? What lives and experiences make up the content and practice of intimate care and relationalities in these spaces that politicize these lives and experiences (e.g., human and nonhuman kin, veterinarians, extended multispecies communities)?

    We recognize that intimate multispecies relationships can be characterized by ambivalent forms of care and control. Especially in contexts not explicitly attentive to undoing normative ideas about the subordinate positioning of nonhuman animals in society, human-animal relations in the home are sometimes (often?) rife with hierarchical relationships of care embedded with power, control, and dominance (Tuan 1984). Human caregivers are in the position of making decisions about animals in their care – from those surrounding restrictions on reproductive freedom, to what kinds of food or companionship are made available, to where and in what capacity they are allowed to move (Donaldson and Kymlicka 2015; jones 2014). The fraught nature of this decision-making is made to feel less problematic when adult animals are infantilized, thought of as ‘children’ or ‘fur babies’, and thus more easily made subjects of paternalistic power relations and decision-making (jones 2018; Rising 2016).

    With these concerns in mind, we ask authors to “reflect critically on their desires for intimacy and to be aware of how those desires are utilized within power relations” (Morgensen 2013, 71). How best might the vulnerabilities of those kin, who might also be understood as interlocutors or research subjects, be protected, by being maximally attentive to their knowing practices, andchange possibilities for what and how we know? How might we imagine transformative ways of knowing with those with whom we might live in close relation but for whom intimacy is an impossibility? There is also much we cannot know across species and across bodies about the inner worlds and depths of someone with whom we live intimately; therefore, we are mindful of the “persistence and importance of difference even in the most intimate interspecies relationships” (Govindrajan 2018, 136). We acknowledge the ongoing possibilities for oppressive social relations embedded in intimate relationships of care, and are committed to exploring multispecies forms of relationality where radically different forms of sociality are unfolding – ones that insist on transforming and refusing oppression, violence, and anthropocentrism.

    How may the blurring of categories between ‘human researcher’ and ‘animal subject’ (persistent in hegemonic research methodologies) re-theorize and re-politicize knowledge, or systems of social and political oppression of these (and other) species? How can close relationships with an individual hen liberated from an egg farm, a monkey diverted from the ‘exotic pet’ circuit, or a pig escaped from a truck destined to slaughter help us envisage alternative ways of being in a multispecies world altogether? How might they offer opportunities for thinking across different forms of embodiment, emotional engagement, and lived experiences? These relations of care are also hardly one-way (i.e., a human caring for an animal). The complex webs of emotional interdependence, embodiment, and attachment between humans and other animals, and the care, joy, and heartbreak that may be involved in caring for and with these animals, can likewise characterize humans’ experience of being recognized, loved, and indeed, also ‘rescued’ by them. What can we learn from intimate accounts of reciprocity, interpersonal conflict, grief, and human betrayal, as well as love, trust, and care in relations with other animals? What forms of knowledge emerge if we recognize those animals who are further along in their lifecourse than we ourselves are as elders who possess the cumulative wisdom that comes with age and life experience (jones 2018)? Above all, how might intimate ways of knowing help to envision more radically caring futures for humans, animals, and the environment?

    Our aim in this edited book is to understand how both human and animal personal experiences – emerging from shared lives – can be instructive for intimate multispecies ways of knowing. We understand these intimate ways of knowing as a storytelling practice, and so we are interested in short reflective essays of approximately 4,000 words that illuminate ways of knowing with and about other species in intimate contexts, rather than exclusively theoretical/heavily theorized works.

    To be considered for inclusion in this edited volume, please submit in the first instance a 250-word abstract, a tentative title, and 100-word bio to both Katie Gillespie (kathryn.a.gillespie@gmail.com) and Yamini Narayanan (y.narayanan@deakin.edu.au) for consideration by 1 December 2020. 

  • EnCOUnTErs Publication

    OPEN CALL -- Writings and print-based work on nonhuman encounter, ecology and the sonic imagination.

    Deadline: 31 October 2020

    Brief: I'm seeking eclectic content for a publication that will be published as a companion to a multidisciplinary series that will be happening in London in 2021 in partnership with Cafe OTO: the publication is set to explore nonhuman encounters, ecology and the sonic imagination, through text, image, and their derivatives, and will sit as a stand-alone work in addition to the series of associated events mentioned above.

    So long as content reflects the above conceptual framework I'm open to print suitable works in diverse specialisms, genres, and formats. For example, dream works, field notes, thought experiments, poems, performance scores, logbook entries, plays, photo essays, diaries, speculative fictions, notebook sketches, zoological papers, excerpts from immersive anthropological surveys, reimaginings of historical works, etc.

    Each contributor will have about 4 pages to play with (unless agreed otherwise). The document is likely to be printed in A5 portrait (UK size) format. Works must be print ready, thus contributors who wish to suggest multimedia works should consider how this would translate onto the page (e.g. weblinks/QR codes, etc.)

    I'm especially interested in open access works, out of copyright works, works with relevant copyright agreements that allow for reprinting, and works with copyright where authors are happy to give permission to have their work reprinted, as this is a for-the-love project.

    All contributors will receive copies of the publication and free tickets to associated events. If any items are sold, contributors will receive an equal share of profits. Any copyright is retained by the original artist/author.

    Deadline: Ideas and example texts, or (ideally) already finished works, should be provided by 31 October 2020. Works over 2MB should be sent as Google Drive or Dropbox links.

    Contact: helenfrosi[at]mac[dot]com

    Context: The publication project is part of a wider research and curatorial project called EnCOUnTErs, that I've been running since 2018. Here's information on one of our first events:https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/encounters-kate-carr-sharon-gal-lee-patterson/

    EnCOUnTErs is a series of inter-disciplinary events that reside at the intersection between inter- and intra-species encounter and the sonic imagination. Events direct attention to curiosity, the speculative as well as the scientific, and to notions of multiplicity of being, experience and philosophy surveying creative and research-based practices that reference aspects of ecology, ethology and other creature-ologies, bioart and bioacoustics, sound/scape studies, zoömusicology, ethnobotany, critical plant studies, and related fields.

    EnCOUnTErs is curated by Helen Frosi (SoundFjord). www.soundfjord.org 

  • The Journal of the History of Biology invites contributions to a topical collection exploring “Human-Animal Boundaries: Biological and Social Connections.” This collection provides a space for historians to interrogate how the biological sciences, broadly construed, have contributed to answering the question of what is human and what animal? No deadline given.
  • Editors Susan McHugh (University of New England) and Robert McKay (University of Sheffield) have put out a call for proposals for chapters for a forthcoming volume titled Animal Satire. The interest is on essays that focus on animals, cultural history of what might be called animalist satire, and/or of animal imagery in the history of satire. The editors’ firm preference is for contributions that find nonhuman animals themselves somewhere in the satirical field of vision. For more information and to submit your abstract, email r.mckay@shef.ac.uk and smchugh@une.edu. Abstracts of 300 words are sought by November 30, 2020.
  • Call for papers: Special Issue of the journal Diversity on "Humans and Wild Animals: Interactions in Deep Time, Recent History, and Now." Deadline for manuscript submissions is December 1, 2020. 
  • The open-access journal, Animals, will publish a special issue on "Social Isolation and the Roles That Animals Play in Supporting the Lives of Humans: Lessons for COVID19." Deadline for manuscript submissions is April, 30 2021.

     

     



Conferences and Programs

  • Life With and Without Animals, an international animal studies conference via the virtual platform - Saturday 7th November 2020, 08:30-16:30, The deadline for submissions has passed. https://www.derby.ac.uk/events/latest-events/life-with-and-without-animals/?fbclid=IwAR3dCu8PF2oMmlVxq4SVaEXId3Dd0CjvJ13jSVyCef33Oq8okaQOGjiU2fE

    When the term ‘animal studies’ was coined in the early 1990s it was initially envisaged rather narrowly as a subfield of the social sciences, but by the time of two large and ground-breaking international conferences in 2000 – Representing Animals in Milwaukee and Millennial Animals in Sheffield – it was clear that the arts and humanities were at least as important to this nascent field as the social sciences.

    Some of the concerns of those early conferences remain as important as ever: the avoidance of anthropocentrism, attention to the lives and experience of non-human animals that does not reduce them to symbolic representations of human values, and a recognition of the contested but necessary role of animal advocacy within the field of animal studies. Other priorities have shifted, perhaps most importantly in recognition of the impact of climate change, environmental degradation and species extinctions, and the changes these have brought about to our understanding of, and engagement with, the more-than-human world.

    Our aim with this conference is to convey a sense of what the interdisciplinary field of animal studies looks like in 2020, and we welcome your contributions in support of this proposal. In recognition of the 20-year anniversaries of the first animal studies conferences, and in response to developments within the field, we now invite proposals from all disciplines and fields in response to our title, Life With and Without Animals. We are particularly interested in responses to the following themes, but will consider others that relate to the conference title:
    • Encounters and interventions
    • Spaces of empathy and loss
    • In and out of sight
    • Shared environments

    These themes are deliberately open-ended and are intended primarily as prompts for thought. Proposals that do not necessarily relate to these loose themes will be considered just as seriously as those that do so. As discussed above, some proposals may choose to address priorities that have shifted over the past 20 years. Others may be reports, contributions or presentations on research-in-progress within scientific and artistic domains.

  • Animal History Group Online Seinar Series -- November 11, 2020, 19.00 CMT. Katrina Von Grouw "Unnatural Selection: Evolution at the Hand of Man. Register at: animalhistorygroup.wordpress.com.
  • Rewilding academia? Multispecies negotiations across disciplines

    Wednesday 18th November, 8:30-5:00 pm AWST

    “Field practitioners are rather exposed to suspicious questions about what they bring back from their field: Where are your credentials? What entitles you to affirm that you are not luring us into sharing your dreams, escaping the limitations of what we can know?”

    Isabelle Stengers, “Aude Sapere: Dare Betray the Testator’s Demands”

    A powerful multispecies tide had been sweeping across disciplines, ranging from anthropology to archaeology, philosophy to literature, cultural studies to geography; leaving in its wake newly reconfigured archipelagos named environmental humanities or critical animal studies, as well as many more isolated islands dotting the academic landscape. Is it possible to craft bridges and corridors across this new conceptual topology, and to speak across disciplines in a dialogue that is connecting rather than exclusionary? How can we, together, consolidate these extended multispecies field practices in order to make ourselves into accredited, acknowledged field practitioners? This includes both the humanities and the wider variety of disciplines multispecies scholars must necessarily compromise themselves with if they want to do their nonhuman subjects justice.

    Whether they are studying entire species or exceptional individuals, looking at plants, animals or fungi, working with long-extinct multispecies worlds or tracing discourses and attitudes in current scientific literature and practices, every multispecies scholar must grapple with new and emerging methodological questions. How translatable are these methodologies across disciplines, and what can we learn from the ways in which a wide variety of academics negotiates the complexities of engaging with nonhuman agency and literature from outside their field? This symposium aims to bring together researchers across a wide variety of disciplines in order to discuss these questions and connect multidisciplinary approaches to multispecies worlds, practices, and becomings.

  • The Faculty of Kinesiology of the University of New Brunswick is hosting a two-day conference on Sport, Animals, Ethics, May 26-28, 2021. Paper proposals will be welcomed from all disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Watch for the Call for Abstracts in October 2020. For more information, contact Gabriela Tymowski-Gionet tymowski@unb.ca and Sam Morris morrissp@miamioh.edu.
  • The Minding Animals—Animals and Climate Emergency Conference (ACEC) conference that was to be held over 22 to 29 July, 2021, in Sydney, Australia, has been cancelled. 
  • Same planet, different worlds: environmental histories imagining anew.

    Bristol, United Kingdom | 5th-9th July 2021

    The European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) is pleased to invite proposals for our upcoming conference at the University of Bristol, UK. We want to host a conference for a post-plague world. Right now, our old ways of living have been interrupted, disrupted and ruptured by the COVID-19 outbreak. This devastating global pandemic carries an undeniable message of our entanglement across continents, species, societies, and bodies. Yet the virus hits us differently. We are all on the same planet but we are experiencing radically and divergently altered worlds. We thus draw inspiration for our conference theme from Arundhati Roy’s observation: ‘But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to normality. Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next’. The conference will provoke questions and conversations that can help us through the gateway. After all, our conferences have always been meaningful reactions to global conditions. Twenty years ago, at St Andrews we held the first ESEH Conference on ‘Environmental History: Problems and Potential’. Two decades later, we are now long past ‘potential’ – we need urgent intervention from historians in the crises of our times.

    We embrace history that matters and our discipline’s ability to create ‘useable pasts’ for unusual times. This conference moves from the premise of an entangled world: first and foremost enmeshed in a global pandemic, a shared ecological crisis and climate catastrophe, as well as cultural connections from past colonial and postcolonial histories. Understanding entanglements and challenging boundaries has been important in bringing us together over the years. In Prague, we considered the boundaries of ‘diversity’. In Zagreb, we tackled boundaries as ‘contact zones’. In Tallin, we explored the boundaries ‘in/of environmental history’. In Bristol, we cross the boundaries into a new world.

    Thus this conference resists a ‘return to normality’. These are extraordinary times and this will be an extraordinary conference. At this critical moment, as historians we need to look without and within. Certainly, we need to engage with the wider world: environmental historians are vital in today’s biggest planetary emergencies. Yet at the same time, we need to engage within our own discipline to rethink our academic practices in terms of environmental realities. This means thinking about writing ethical history, sustainable history and history that matters.

    We want to use this opportunity to imagine anew: both how we have conversations (the conference format) and what the conversations are about (the possibilities of our discipline). This conference thus will be engaging in experimental new ways of sharing and generating knowledge, including a blended and collaborative co-learning environment.

    Submission

    Each person can be a primary presenter in only one session proposal, but can also serve as a chair/commentator in a second session proposal. The conference language is English; no submissions in other languages will be accepted. All proposals will be reviewed by the ESEH Program Committee. All proposals should be submitted through our online submission system:

    https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/stages/2027/submitter

    The submission deadline is 31st October 2020.

    Those who have secured a place on the programme will be advised of this by the end of the calendar year. They will be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit of 50 Euros (which will be subtracted from the overall conference registration fee) by mid-February 2021 to secure their place on the programme. In light of the financial damage that can be wrought on scholarly societies in these unprecedented global circumstances, we hope that you understand why we need to ask for this.

    Questions about proposals should be directed to the Programme Committee, Professor Sandra Swart, through the email conference@eseh.org.

    For more information about the conference and the venue, visit https://eseh2021.blogs.bristol.ac.uk/

  • CFP: Leaky Ontologies - ACLA 2021 Virtual Seminar
    by Pedro de Almeida

    “Stuff leaks through such that the real manifests not just as gaps and inconsistencies in reality.” 
    Tim Morton, Humankind  

    In an increasingly compartmentalized, consolidated time, leaking incidents keep surfacing from the backdrop of our human reality designed for smooth functioning and come to shape our age. From the leakings of early steam boilers (and the “plug Riots”) to mechanic malfunctions out of decay and deindustrialization; from the offshore fuel leaks and their environmental impacts in the oceans to the sewage spills, the toxic and the radioactive leaks; from structural “chronic leakages” to the viral breaches from laboratories and the zoonotic spillovers (e.g. bats-to-humans transmission); from the release of primordial microbiomes from melting permafrost induced by global warming to the leaking of seeds and the distribution of vegetal life; or even from the cinematic imaginary of the leaking threat to the information leaks and its inscription into the horizon of catastrophe (email leaks, police dashcam leaks, image and personal data leaks) — all these leaking incidents have come to shape our age, inviting our critical engagements.

    Thinking with and through leaking objects, this seminar seeks to approach the theoretical implications of leakage as it seeps into ecological, sociological, technological, and philosophical discourses. In which ways do literature, cinema, performance, music, media, the visual arts, and other creative languages feature leakage, and what can we learn from them? 

    We invite submissions that explore possible engagements with leaky ontologies, which may include (but not limited to):

    - controls and runaways, porosity, fluidity, vibrant matter (from Deleuze to New Materialism)
    - leaks and the agency of nonhumans, leaking as ecological resistance/reclamation/reparation
    - surreptitious rust, erosion, decay, and seepage (Steve Mentz’s seep ecology), often in non-anthropocentrically-scaled time
    - perforations and contacts across borders
    - intersections between race, indigeneity, and infrastructure studies (pipelines, urban decay, and land management)
    - emanation and disruption in holistic thinking, or, holey holism (Tim Morton’s subscendence)
    - critique of substance ontology with accident ontology
    - critique of logical and technological compartmentalization
    - chaos theory, panarchy in systemic transformation (Lance Gunderson and C. S. Holling)
    - psychoanalytical revealing
    - bodily influx and efflux, dividuality (Jane Bennett), and how feminist, queer, and disability studies invite us to go beyond conventional models of the self

    The ACLA annual meeting will take place virtually between April 8-11, 2021.
    Please direct questions and/or comments to Pedro Lopes de Almeida (pedro_lopesdealmeida@brown.edu) and Xingyue Zhou (zhxy921@gmail.com).
    To submit a proposal, please go to
    https://acla.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/2/sessiongallery/233.
    Submission is open until October 31.

  • 6th Annual Students for Critical Animal Studies 2021 Conference
    Call for Presentations, due January 15, 2021.
    Date of conference: April 3, 2021
    Location: fully online Zoom conference, free and open to the public
    Submit the following in a Word Doc as an attachment in an e-mail.
    1. Abstract/Description: 200 to 250 words third person one paragraph
    2. Biography: 80 to 100 words third person one paragraph
    E-mail subject title: SCAS 2021 Conference
    The Students for Critical Animal Studies (SCAS), rooted in animal liberation and anarchism, is an international association of students, from high schools to online colleges to graduate schools, dedicated to the abolition of animal and ecological exploitation, and to dismantle all systems of domination and oppression, in hopes for a just, equitable, inclusive, and peaceful world. SCAS challenges students to view social justice from a more inclusive and intersectional perspective, while providing a forum for the meeting of academia and activism. 

    This 6th annual conference will provide a platform for students, activists, and professors to critically assess the animal liberation, oppression, and domination theoretically and empirically. Our hope is that the conference will encourage both a productive reflection that challenges normalcy of systemic oppression that implements discrimination and networking among those who do academic and pragmatic social justice work. 

    Presentations can take the form of a talk, spoken word/poetry reading, interactive projects, workshops, or readings of short original works of fiction. 

    This event is free and open to the public. Questions should be addressed to Nathan Poirier at scas.conferences@gmail.com.


    Possible topics include, but not limited to:
     
    Anarchism 
    Art and Activism
    Critical Pedagogy/Humane Education
    Critical Criminology
    Critical Geography
    Critical Theory
    Decolonizing
    Disability Studies
    Economic Justice 
    Environmental Justice
    Feminism, Gender and Sexuality
    Food Justice
    Globalization 
    Green Criminology
    Human Rights
    Intersectionality 
    Latinx Studies
    LGBTTQQIA Studies
    Open Rescue 
    Pan-African Studies
    Posthumanism 
    Restorative/Transformative Justice
    Social Movements
    Veganism
    Youth Justice
  • An international and interdisciplinary conference held by the Research Centre “European Dream Cultures” of the German Research Foundation (DFG) has issued a call for papers on “Dreams and the Animal Kingdom in Culture and Aesthetic Media” to be held September 23-25, 2021 at Saarland University, Saarbrücken (Germany). Submit proposals to traumkulturen@uni-saarland.de no later than January 15, 2021.


Funding and Fellowship Opportunities

    • The Fauna Foundation is offering two rigorous internship programs that combine training in compassionate care for nonhuman primates with experience in non-invasive behavioral studies. The programs are suitable for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students in various academic backgrounds (e.g. Anthropology, Biology, Psychology, Linguistics, Philosophy, etc.). For more information about academic internships, please contact Dr. Mary Lee Jensvold at jensvold@faunafoundation.org.
    • 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 (farmsanctuary.org) and The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy (www.kimmela.org) 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).

      Deadline
      Proposals will be considered on an ongoing 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 lorimarino@kimmela.org.

    • 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

    • A new niche jobs board, Passion Placement, has launched. The site features mission-focused jobs in animal advocacy, veganism and environmental sustainability. The site is designed as a single resource platform where like-minded employers, organizations, alumni and students can connect to explore job opportunities and internships focused on reducing and ultimately eliminating the needless exploitation of animals, help build sustainable solutions for our food system and contribute in other environmentally sensitive ways. 
    • There are job opportunities at @animalbehavioropps, with listings from a variety of organizations, educational institutions, and listserves, primarily related to animal behavior science.
    • There are internship opportunities through the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy. The website for HSISP is  http://www.humanesociety.org/about/departments/hsisp/#.UuvR9T1dWSo

    • 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.

Miscellaneous

  • Here is a resource to help understand Animal Assisted Therapy: "Understanding Animal-Assisted Interventions and Veterinary Social Work" published by Online MSW Programs. This guide explains what animal-assisted therapy is and how it's used by veterinary social workers to help clients build communication strategies, self-esteem, and coping skills for grief and loss. Key differences between the roles of service animals and emotional support animals are discussed, along with some considerations about what clients should know before seeking out these animal-assisted interventions.
    https://www.onlinemswprograms.com/resources/animal-assisted-interventions-veterinary-social-work/
  • Thanks to Pierce of the after-school STEAM club for locating this splendid resource on Animal Law, http://www.statutes-of-limitations.com/news/read/animal-law-101.
  • New journal: The inaugural issue of the International Journal of Humane Education (IJHE) is now available! As the first peer-reviewed journal of its kind, IJHE strives to build a scholarly community, expand a collective knowledge base, and validate the quality of research within all sectors of humane education. This issue of IJHE includes scholar-practitioner articles and an invitational essay on various aspects of humane education in practice and theory.
  • A new initiative, the Law, Ethics & Animals Program (LEAP) at Yale Law School will launch during the 2019–2020 academic year as an interdisciplinary “think and do tank.” The program is dedicated to developing new strategies to address industrialized animal cruelty and its impacts, and to drawing attention to the questions of conscience raised by humanity’s treatment of animals. The program will be led by two faculty directors, Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law Doug Kysar and Senior Research Scholar & Lecturer on Law Jonathan Lovvorn, along with an executive director, Viveca Morris, who recently graduated with dual masters degrees from the School of Management and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Find out more here.
  • Call for Blog Contributions:
    In support of the next Minding Animals Conference, entitled Animals and Climate Emergency Conference (MAC5, Sydney, July 2021), and to encourage discussion on critical aspects affecting our planetary communities, AASA is calling for blog contributions centred around the MAC5’s themes and subthemes listed below and at: https://www.mindinganimals.com/conferences/mac5/

    We invite submission of blog proposals and/or completed blogs of up to 1,000 words to be sent to Teya Brooks Pribac at teyabp000@gmail.com. The blogs will be published monthly (or more regularly, depending on the number of submissions) between August 2020 and July 2021.

    Main theme: Animals and climate emergency

    Other aspects/subthemes that contributors should consider include:

    The Sixth Great Extinction
    Wildlife and compassionate conservation
    The animal industrial complex
    Animals, the circular economy and sustainable food systems
    Animals in development and food sovereignty
    First Nations and decolonisation
    Educating with and for Animals
    Animals, the law and public policy
    Multi-species justice
    Personhood, animal philosophy and bioethics, etc.

  • Equine History Collective Blog Seeks Reviewers
    by Katrin Boniface

    The Equine History Collective, EquineHistory.org, 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: https://equinehistory.wordpress.com/submissions/

    Katrin Boniface

    UC Riverside, History
    katboniface.equinehistory.org
  • Animal Studies Repository of the Humane Society International is an excellent resource for animal studies scholars, see http://animalstudiesrepository.org/
  • 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:

    http://www.humanesociety.org/about/departments/shin_pond_retreat.html

    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 bunti@humanesociety.org 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: http://viralpandas.wordpress.com, 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 viralpandas@gmail.com.
  • 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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