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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)

  • 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.
  • 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
    • 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 interdisciplinary journal Animals invites submissions to a special issue on the following topic: Animal Ethics: Questioning the Orthodoxy. Guest editors: Herwig Grimm and Susana Monsó (Messerli Research Institute Vienna). Deadline for submissions: September 30.
    It has become commonplace to refer to the success of animal ethics and the animal turn in philosophy. Since Singer and Regan published their ground-breaking works more than forty years ago, animal ethics has become an institutionalised field of research. This is mirrored in the appearance of entire journals, book series, text books, BA, MA and PhD programmes, conferences, research institutes, etc. devoted to it. To use a metaphor, animal ethics is no longer a toddler, but a teenager, full of energy, beginning to question its heritage and its future. This Special Issue aims to channel this rebellious spirit in order to help lay down the foundations for a prosperous adulthood. Therefore, we invite submissions that call into question the orthodoxy in animal ethics. With this Special Issue, we aim to deliver an overview of new solutions to canonical problems and new problems that were previously unseen. We expect to map out new directions in the field of animal ethics and contribute to clarifying the self-understanding of the discipline. Please kindly note that for submissions to this special issue there is a word limit of 8,000 words (references not included). Further information can be found in this link. Informal inquiries can be sent to: susana.monso@vetmeduni.ac.at
  • 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 www.mdpi.com 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.

  • Special Issue Proposal for Environment and Planning E

    Guest editors: Yamini Narayanan (Deakin) and Krithika Srinivasan (Edinburgh)

     In the last few years in India, cows have been mobilised prominently in efforts to ‘restore’ the geophysical Indian state as a Hindurashtra, or a racially ‘pure’ Hindu nation. The ‘protection’ of the cow, an animal paired with upper-caste Brahmins in certain interpretations of Hindu scriptures, has been deployed by Hindutva sympathisers as a way of othering ‘non-belonging’ communities in this reconstituted Hindu state, and for acts of exceptional violence against Muslims and Dalits who are framed as slaughterers of cows. Caste has also been deployed in making of a ‘hyperbolic vegetarian’ Hindutva state (Ghassen-Fachandi 2009) based on ideas of social pollution and marginalisation, rather than principled animal ethics. In Sri Lanka too, the cow is politicised as a symbol of Buddhist culture, and to marginalise non-venerating Muslims (Stewart 2013).

     

    The mobilisation of particular nonhuman animal identities as a way of reinforcing intra-human social hierarchies, and excluding religious and ethnic ‘others’ has been noted for some time. In the case of caste in India, Wendy Doniger (2009: 200) notes that certain animal species, and certain human castes are politically interlinked in the Atharva Vedas, based on the purported shared social qualities of animal-caste twinning. In his Buffalo Nationalism, Dalit scholar Kancha Iliah has called out the ‘spiritual fascism’ that simultaneously elevates the fair-skinned cows/Brahmins, and devalues darker-skinned buffaloes/Dalits. The twinning of caste and species hierarchies can also be seen in the derogatory term ‘pariah’ which was used to refer to ‘outcaste’ human communities and then transferred to street dogs and kites seen as out-of-place scavengers by British colonialists (Srinivasan and Nagaraj 2007; Waghmore and Contractor 2015).

     Identity politics manifests in spatial ideologies through exclusions and inclusions based on purity and pollution of animal/human bodies, and hierarchisation of these labouring bodies, and their labour. Noting that animals in political geographies are often expressed in terms of the ‘“material”’… rather than as vulnerable beings whose vulnerability is often tied to their places(s) in human society’, Srinivasan (2016: 76) invites reflection locating the ‘animal’ in political geographies, and the ‘political’ in animal geographies. What can a focus on nonhuman animal as a sentient moral subject, and nonhuman animal subjectivities reveal about the uneven landscape of power and powerlessness in intricate identity politics?

     Postcolonial scholars of animal, gender, and race studies have already done considerable work in unravelling how the politicisation of animals offers new provocations and ways of understanding contemporary racial and gender politics (Boisseron 2018). These analyses frame anthropocentrism, patriarchy, and racism as ‘intertwined logics of subordination and exclusion’ that in fact, can only fully be addressed together (Gillespie 2018: 1; Kim 2015).

     In this special issue, we aim to advance these important conversations by exploring what provocations - and opportunities - arise by seeing nonhuman animals not only as instruments of sectarian violence in South Asia, but indeed, also as subjects of such violence. Cows, for instance, might ostensibly be subjects of protection from slaughter. A caste logic nonetheless operates wherein Jersey cows might be more likely (than indigenous breeds) to being sold into the meat trade (Govindrajan 2018, Narayanan 2018). What’s more, the socio-economic realities of dairying intersect with the holy status of the cow with far reaching negative impacts on the lived experiences of these animals which are subject to illegal transport (for slaughter) precisely because of protections bestowed by their holy status (Srinivasan and Rao 2015). Most crucially, the entire dairy industry rests on what has been theorized as the sexualised and gendered extraction of the reproductive labour of cows and bulls (Gillespie 2014).

     As such, we aim to unravel how species, caste, religion, gender,  sexuality, and other elements of identity might intersect to reveal deeper ways of understanding identity-based violence and speciesism as real, interconnected, and indeed, even compatible logics of oppressions. We aim to broaden the politicisation of ‘animals’ in human geography and cognate fields by engaging with geographies of caste, gender, nationalism and religious fundamentalism, and in turn, making caste, extremism and ultranationalism the concern of animal social scientists in/of South Asia.

     The special issue has two mandates. One, we ask how discourses of species, gender, caste, religious, sexual, and ethnic identity intertwine and overlap to sustain narratives and practices of purity, exploitation, exclusion, and violence directed at people and nonhuman animals in South Asia.

     Two, we explore how alliances between animal advocacy as a social justice movement, can be mediated with other movements such as the feminist, Dalit rights, and other social justice  movements in South Asia. How can a politics of ‘avowal’ (Kim 2015) between these diverse groups be imagined and negotiated?

    Against this landscape, we ask questions including but not restricted to:

    1. How are animal bodies enmeshed as productive, reproductive, and symbolic labour in contemporary political economies to advance and sustain identity-based politics?

    2. How have specific twinnings of human and the animal been reinforced to produce particular configurations of nationalism, casteism communalism, sexism and tribalism, even while sustaining exploitative interspecies relations?

    3. How has legislative and civil society action been mobilised in sustaining these twinned logics and practices of exclusion?

    4. What might an intersectional multispecies politics of avowal look like?

    We seek abstracts of 150-200 words from scholars of geography, anthropology, sociology, politics, animal studies, and law, among others. Please send to K.Srinivasan@ed.ac.uk and y.narayanan@deakin.edu.au by the 15th June 2019.

     References:

     Boisseron, B. (2018). Afro-Dog: Blackness and the Animal Question. New York: Columbia University Press.

    Dave, N., Naisargi. (2017). Something, Everything, Nothing; or, Cows, Dogs, and Maggots. Social Text, 35(1), 37-57.

    Doniger, W. (2009). The Hindus: An Alternative History. New York: Penguin.

    Ghassem-Fachandi, P. 2009. The hyberbolic vegetarian: Notes on a fragile subject in Gujarat. In Being there: The fieldwork encounter and the making of truth, ed. John Borneman and Abdellah Hammoudi, 77–112. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

    Gillespie, K. (2014). Sexualized violence and the gendered commodification of the animal body in Pacific Northwest US dairy production. Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 21(10), 1321-1337.

    Gillespie, K. (2018). Placing Angola: Racialisation, Anthropocentrism, and Settler Colonialism at the Louisiana State Penitentiary's Angola Rodeo. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography.

    Govindrajan, R. (2018). Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India's Central Himalayas. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

    Iliah, K. (2004). Buffalo Nationalism: A Critique of Spiritual Fascism. New Delhi: Sage.

    Kim, C., Jean. (2015). Dangerous Crossings: Race, Species, and Nature in a Multicultural Age. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Narayanan, Y. (2018). Cow protection’ as ‘casteised speciesism’: sacralisation, commercialisation and politicisation. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 41(2), 331-351.

    Srinivasan, K. (2016). Towards a political animal geography? Political Geography, 50, 76-78.

    Srinivasan, K., & Rao, S. (2015). Meat cultures in globalizing India. Economic and Political Weekly, (39), 13-15.

    Stewart, J. (2013). Cow Protection in Sinhala Buddhist Sri LankaThe Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 45, 19.

    Waghmore, S, and Q Contractor. 2015. “On the Madness of Caste: Dalits, Muslims, and Normalized Incivlities in Neoliberal India.” In Global Frontiers of Social Development in Theory and Practice, edited by B Mohan, 223–40. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • 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 animalliterature9@gmail.com and CC to pelmoraj@gmail.comokpadahstephen@gmail.com and tafolabi@uvic.ca

    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

  • Symposium – Being-With and Being-For Animals: The Status and Role of Method in Contemporary Sociological Animal Studies Aims and Objectives:

    The Sociology and Animals Thematic Group aims to contribute to the idea of nonhuman animals as critical members, and stakeholders in societies, who co-produce ‘the social’ along with humans and other nonhumans. With the rise of human-animal scholarship, sociologists are increasingly recognising the importance of including non-human animals in our academic endeavours, and the urgency of studying animals as actors, as well as subjects of marginalisation in societies. The aim of the Sociology and Animals Thematic Group is to create a supportive network of scholars working in human-animal studies, critical animal studies and/or other animal-related areas to facilitate the exchange of ideas, critical discussion and coordination of relevant academic events.

    Our primary objectives are to:

    • Critically consider the role of animals in society and highlight the necessity of their inclusion in Sociology;
    • Encourage scholarship which decentre the inherent anthropocentrism in sociology, and expand its ambit of recognition to nonhumans; and
    • Provide an avenue for animal scholars to network and present research to their peers within the discipline of Sociology.

    We welcome all scholars conducting sociological research about, for, and/or with nonhuman animals. We seek contributions in the form of 15-20 minute presentations. Please send a short biography (50 words maximum) and abstracts of no longer than 200 words by Friday, May 31, 2019 to: rohan.todd@anu.edu.au or vince.marotta@deakin.edu.au.

    Conveners:  Vince Marotta and Katherine Calvert, both from Deakin University

     

  • NYU Animal Studies is now accepting submissions for a new award and workshop on ending factory farming. We invite graduate students and early career faculty (i.e., faculty within 5 years of graduation) in any field to submit new or recent (i.e., unpublished or published within one year of submission) work related to this topic. We will select up to three papers for a $1,000 award and funded travel to NYU for a workshop on ending factory farming. The NYU Animal Studies Workshop on Ending Factory Farming will be a one-day event in Spring 2020. Each selected author will present their work to an audience of NYU Animal Studies faculty, students, and community members. There will also be a keynote address and a dinner. This workshop will be an excellent opportunity for authors to discuss their research and meet other people working in this important and neglected space. We welcome papers in any field in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences that can contribute to our understanding about ending factory farming. Please email jeffsebo@nyu.edu by September 1 with the subject heading “Award and Workshop Submission” and the following materials in PDF format: CV, short cover letter, and 8000 word paper draft.
  • The British Animal Studies Network's upcoming meeting, 'Movements,' will be held at the University of Leeds on November 22-23, 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 j.saha@leeds.ac.uk. The deadline for abstracts is July 19. Presentations will be 20 minutes long and we hope to include work by individuals at different career stages. 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.
  • Sex and Nature: 1800-2018 Conference Program

     To REGISTER, visit https://store.exeter.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/college-of-humanities/conferences/sex-and-nature-1800-2018

     Day 1, Monday 10 JUNE 2019

     9:00-9:15am Registration and coffee

     9:15-9:30am Welcome by SARAH BEZAN and INA LINGE

     9:30-10:30am Keynote: ASTRIDA NEIMANIS (University of Sydney): Toxic Erotics and Bad Ecosex

     10:30-12:00pm Panel 1: Sex, Nature and Species

    BEN PITCHER (University of Westminster): Neanderthal Sex and Trans-species Drag

    ROSS BROOKS (Oxford Brookes University): Darwin’s Closet: Sex beyond Selection in The Descent of Man (1871)

    LOUISE LOGAN (University of Strathclyde): Apes and Angels: The Representation of Pet Primates as Figures of Sexual Danger in the Illustrated Police News

     12:00-12:45pm Lunch served in Garden Reception

     12:45-2:15pm Panel 2: Plants and Sex(uality)

    JOELA JACOBS (University of Arizona): Eradicating Desire Root and Branch: Vegetal Eroticism and Human Nature

    SAM HAMPSON (University of Cambridge): The Other in the Garden: Derek Jarman’s ‘Modern Nature’

    JOSEPHINE LINTON (University of Sussex): ‘We become with each other or not at all’: Gardening, Compost, and the Complicity of Relation in Shani Mootoo’s Cereus Blooms at Night

     2:15-2:45pm Coffee break, Garden Reception

     2:45-4:45pm Panel 3: Sex and Nature, from Model to Desire

    PANDORA SYPEREK (UCL): Siphonophore Sex: The Blaschka Glass Marine Invertebrates and Other Slippery Gender Models

    KAZUKI YAMADA (University of Exeter/ University of Queensland): ‘A kind of homesickness for the state of the ovum’: sex, ageing, and death in the cellular ecosystems of the fin de siècle (1870-1930)

    SARAH WADE (Independent): Sexy Beasts & Saving Wildlife: ‘Pornographic’ Ecology in Contemporary Art & Visual Culture

    ANNEMARIE MÖNCH (University of Erfurt): Polyamorous Forests: Orgasmic Nature Writing in Algernon Blackwood’s The Man Whom The Trees Loved and The Touch of Pan

     5:30-6:30pm Artist Showcase and Q&A with artist in residence AMY CUTLER (Goldsmiths, University of London)

     Day 2, Tuesday 11 JUNE 2019

     9:00-10:00am Keynote: GRETA LAFLEUR (Yale University): Sex, Outside

     10-11:30am Panel 4: Sex, Nature and Modernism/Modernity

    LAURA DOAN (University of Manchester): Queering the Natural: Lord Berners and His Circle

    KATIE SUTTON (Australian National University): Approaching the Normal and the Natural in Fin-de-siècle German Sexology and Psychoanalysis

    ELSA RICHARDSON (University of Strathclyde): Animal Passions and Natural Foods: Vegetarian Sexuality in the Humanitarian League

     11:30-12:00pm Coffee break, Garden Reception

     12:00-1:30pm Panel 5: Speculative Environments

    TRYCIA BAZINET (Carleton University): The Chaos and Promiscuity in Speculate Geology: Post-Glacial Rebound of the Abitibi Lake

    EVA HOFFMAN (Whitman College): Queer Futures: Reading Feminist Anthropocene Fiction in a Transnational and More-Than-Human World

    KATHRIN BARTHA (Monash University/Goethe University): Reconsidering Evolution Beyond ‘Mother Nature’: Multi-species Sexual Appetite in Ellen van Neerven’s ‘Water’ (2015)

     1:30-2:15pm Lunch served in Garden Reception

     2:15-4:15pm Panel 6: Sex, Nature and Politics

    IAN FLEISHMAN (University of Pennsylvania): Homoerotic Eco-Utopianism in Hitler Youth Films and ‘Boy Scout’ Porn

    HANNAH BOAST (University of Birmingham): Theorising the Gay Frog

    KIRSTEN LENG (University of Massachusetts Amherst) [via Skype]: Health, Nature, and Sexual Liberation: ‘Compulsory Able-bodiedness’ and the History of Sexology

    TANYA BAKHMETYEVA (University of Rochester): Ecofeminism and the Carnivalesque: the Spatial Politics of Women’s Environmental Activism in Poland

     4:15-5:00pm Final discussion and plans for publication

     VENUE: The conference will take place in the Garden Room at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), Exeter city centre, with one exception: Amy Cutler’s talk will take place in the Workshop Space, Exeter Phoenix (Gandy St).

     

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Funding and Fellowship Opportunities

  • Internal
  • External

     

    • Courses on Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law are a series of four specialised courses designed to provide participants with an in-depth appreciation of animal welfare science, ethics and law and are aimed at anyone with a professional or personal interest in animal welfare. With a legacy of over two decades, CAWSEL takes place from the 8 to the 20 September in Cambridge UK, in an informal, classroom-style environment where 15 world renowned animal welfare experts deliver the material through a range of presentations, videos and open discussions. Every year we welcome participants from all corners of the world and grants are available to fund attendance. .

      CAWSEL is comprised of four individual courses:
      ·       Welfare Concepts and Assessment, and Zoo Animal Welfare, 8-10 September 2019
      ·       Law and Companion Animal, And Horse Welfare, 11-14 September 2019
      ·       Principles of Ethics in Relation to Animal Use, 16-18 September 2019

      ·       Farm Animal Welfare, 19-20 September 2019
    • Since 2007, the National Sporting Library & Museum has hosted a fellowship program to study history, art, literature, anthropology, and sport, with research projects ranging from the architecture of horse stables, history of horsemanship, equestrian fashion, and poetry, to falconry, veterinary science, environmental conservation and fly fishing. Past Fellowship recipients include post-graduate students, authors, curators, professors and scholars researching a variety of subjects related to field sports. The diversity of Fellows’ projects reflects the wide variety of material within the F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room and the NSLM collections. Topics have included history, art, literature, anthropology, and sport, with research projects ranging from the architecture of horse stables, history of horsemanship, equestrian fashion, and poetry, to falconry, veterinary science, environmental conservation and fly fishing. University faculty, graduate students, museum professionals, librarians, independent researchers, writers, and interested others are encouraged to apply. Fellowships are awarded for two months or less. If applying from abroad, please consult applicable Visa guidelines before making your application. Maximum stipend award is $2,000 per month. Residence on campus is available for award recipients. Please justify all expenditures. Required documents include:
      • Completed application form
      • CV or Resume Research proposal of 1000 words or less
      • Budget (not to exceed $2,000 monthly) and choice of dates (January – December 2020)
      • Letter of recommendation from advisor or colleague, emailed separately

      Applications Due by August 15, 2020. Please submit application to fellowship@NationalSporting.org.

    • A two-year position as an Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) Research Fellow is available to a recent graduate or anticipated 2019 graduate of a Master of Social Work (MSW) program. The overall goal of this position is to provide the Research Fellow with robust training in social science research with a focus on the Human-Animal-Environment Interaction field, in preparation for a career in research. The Institute for Human-Animal Connection is a specialized program within the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver which intentionally elevates the value of the living world and the interrelationship and health of people, other animals, and the environment. This is accomplished through social science-informed education, applied knowledge, research and advocacy, with an ethical regard for all species. Focusing on three core areas of Therapeutic Human-Animal Interventions, Animals in Communities and One Health, IHAC operationalizes its mission through innovation in education, research and advocacy. The IHAC Research Fellow will be an integral member of the IHAC research program at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, supervised by the Institute’s Director of Research with direct reporting to the IHAC Research Associates. An emphasis will be placed on creating academic products including funding proposals, peer-reviewed journal articles, conference abstracts, and other publications to formally communicate research findings and build the Fellow’s professional portfolio. After two years, the IHAC Research Fellow will be prepared for doctoral programs and/or research within academic, non-profit, or for-profit environments. Find out more here.
    • 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.

      https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/news/main-news/libraries-announces-tom-regan-visiting-research-fellowship

      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: Danielle.Sands@rhul.ac.uk

    • 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 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 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

  • Internal
  • External
    • 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

  • Harvard Summer course “The Animal-Human Divide”
    by Paul Waldau

    Harvard University will again, through its Summer School (www.summer.harvard.edu), offer an online Animal Studies course. The 2019 course, which carries the title “The Animal-Human Divide,” is offered through the Anthropology department (ANTH S-1625 (33537)). This seminar-style course, which is conducted entirely online, meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30PM beginning June 25. 

    Registration closes May 20.

    A copy of the syllabus for the course can be downloaded at www.paulwaldau.com, or you can write Paul Waldau at pwaldau@gmail.com to get a copy of the course syllabus and discuss the course’s details.

    Paul Waldau

  • 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
    r.cassidy@gold.ac.uk
    g.marvin@roehampton.ac.uk

  • 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/
  • 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: www.britishanimalstudiesnetwork.org.uk

    '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.

    http://www.nzchas.canterbury.ac.nz/courses/phdhuan.shtml

    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 (annie.potts@canterbury.ac.nz),
    NZCHAS Co-Director Associate Professor Philip Armstrong (philip.armstrong@canterbury.ac.nz), or
    one of our other members: http://www.nzchas.canterbury.ac.nz/people/members.shtml.

  • 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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