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Journals

  • 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

  • CALL FOR PAPERS For a Book of Essays on Our Animals/Ourselves: The Blurred Line  Between Human and Animal in Popular Culture

    Anthropomorphization permeates modern popular culture in examples as familiar as Disney’s depiction of animals to moral lessons from children’s literature to our cultural preoccupations with internet cats. Increasingly, however, forms and adaptations of anthropomorphization are extending how this concept is expressed and blurring the lines between animal and human in significant ways. A multi-billion dollar pet product industry is driven by the growing view of pets as full family members. Cosmetic surgery, once reserved for humans, is now being done on dogs. Futuristic science fiction scenarios are becoming bioengineered reality. And where does the “furry” trend fit in?

    Using the lens of popular culture, this book examines the significance of these social constructs surrounding the complexities of the human-animal relationship. Contributions will address how and why the traits and characteristics we ascribe to animals have significant consequences by shaping our relationships with animals and other humans, our understandings of ourselves and what it means to be human, and the consequences of these representations for the nonhuman animals who share this world. As behaviors, roles, and expectations that used to be reserved for humans now apply to animals, are lines between human and animal being obfuscated? How are animals becoming, and being treated, more like humans, and to a lesser degree, how are humans becoming more like animals? How are animals becoming extensions of people’s identities? How are media facilitating this? Simply put, in many ways, this is not so much a book about animals but a book about us–and the ways we regard animals.

    Our Animals/Ourselves: The Blurred Line Between Human and Animal in Popular Culture will be published by McFarland & Co. It will include approximately twenty chapters. In general, papers should be ten to twenty-five, double-spaced pages and follow the current MLA Style Manual with in-text citations. Notes and works cited should appear at the end. Interdisciplinary work is welcomed. Chapters may include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

    Advertising To, About, and Using Animals
    Animals as Extensions of Human Identity (e.g., as personal or political statement, as fashion, etc.)
    Animals and the Family (e.g., we increasingly treat them like human family members)
    Animals as Persons/Personhood (includes ties to animal rights movements)
    Animals, variously as Images in Art, in Children’s Literature, in Film and TV
    Body modifications: of animal bodies that treat them like humans such as cosmetic surgery, and of human bodies to make them more like animals, and the “furry” trend
    Case Studies of Real-life Anthropomorphized Animals and Animal-Human Intersections – examples: Pedals the bear; Toast and Finn’s dog wedding; Nano, the human woman who identifies as a cat
    Disneyfication
    Hero Animals and Criminal Animals
    The Internet and Animals
    Meanings and Consequences of Popular Perceptions of Specific Animals – examples: horses, dinosaurs, spiders
    Pet Product Industry (the more we anthropomorphize animals, the more we buy them human stuff)
    Science Fiction and Anthropomorphized Animals (including uplift, human-animal boundaries and ethics, and futuring)
    Transmigration (pulls in symbols, religion, and mythology)

    Inquiries and submissions should be sent to any of the following editors:

    Kathy Merlock Jackson, Ph.D.
    Professor of Communication
    Virginia Wesleyan University
    1584 Wesleyan Drive
    Norfolk, VA 23502
    Phone: (757) 455-3308
    kmjackson@vwu.edu

    Kathy Shepherd Stolley
    Professor of Sociology
    Virginia Wesleyan University
    1584 Wesleyan Drive
    Norfolk, VA 23502
    Phone: (757) 233-8768
    kstolley@vwu.edu

    Lisa Lyon Payne, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Communication
    Virginia Wesleyan University
    1584 Wesleyan Drive
    Norfolk, VA 23502
    Phone: (757) 455-3109
    lpayne@vwu.edu

    Find and share this CFP online: ouranimalsourselves.wordpress.com

    Accepting proposals now.

    Completed articles due August 1, 2018.


Conferences and Programs

  • Feral: A nearly carbon-neutral conference

    November 2018

    Co-hosted by Massey University Political Ecology Research Centre (PERC) and Wageningen University Centre for Space, Place and Society (CSPS)

    In the twenty-first century, globalisation has become a truism, rather than a challenge or opportunity. People, money, resources, culture and power all flow around the world in ever increasingly complex systems and assemblages. Yet even as apparently almost all aspects of life become subject to global circulation, our ways of thinking about natural or non-human worlds remain stubbornly resistant to concepts of hybridity and exchange. Nature is so often imagined to have a proper place, arrangement or constitution: certain species are desirable and must be saved, whereas the flourishing of others (from algae to jellyfish to rats) can be taken as a sign of imbalance or degradation.

    In order to re-examine how we conceive and value different forms of nature or the non-human, this event calls on participants to take up the feral as a way to explore the possibilities and problems of the human relation to the non-human world.  The idea of the feral gestures towards forms of non-human life that have spurned human control or expectations: ‘bad’ forms of wilderness that are out of place and upset conventional thinking about the desirable or proper arrangement of nature. From biosecurity to so-called invasive species, ‘dead zones’ to re-wilding, urban pests to the idea of the feral calls on us to interrogate our assumptions about how, what, where and why nature ought to be, how we draw those lines and distinctions and how they speak to wider structures of power, political economy and privilege.

    We welcome contributors who hail from a broad range of disciplines: ecologists, artists, anthropologists, environmental psychologists, designers, sociologists, zoologists, geographers, environmental managers, development practitioners, biologists, economists, media and communications experts, educators, and environmental activists to name a few.  

    Papers are invited to address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

    • Some animals are more equal than others: assessing the value of non-human life
    • Nature on the move: biological flows around the globe
    • Nature out of place: where do species belong?
    • Nature out of balance: resilience, equilibrium and ecology
    • Political economies of the feral: value, (non)commodification, markets
    • Everyday and urban ecologies
    • Growing in the cracks: non-human agency
    • Experimenting with the non-human world: introduced species, rewilding and novel ecosystems
    • Trash animals: vermin, pests and weeds
    • Feral humanity: bridging human and non-human worlds
    • Feral education: the nonhuman world in the classroom

    Nearly carbon-neutral conference format

    Traditional academic conferences are responsible for a considerable amount of carbon emissions, as presenters fly from around the world to present in a single location. This also incurs significant financial costs, which often precludes researchers from developing countries and postgraduate students from attending. The Environmental Humanities Initiative at UC Santa Barbara estimated that running an online conference reduces the carbon footprint of a conference by 99%.

    This conference will take place entirely online in November 2017. Contributors will not have to travel anywhere and there is no registration fee. Conference presentations will consist of material that can be submitted online as a video file. This could take the form of a webcam recording, an edited video, a PowerPoint or Prezi with recorded audio or another form of video.  Each presentation should be no more than 20 minutes long. Instructions on creating and submitting presentations for the conference are online here.  For a sense of what this looks like in practice, please see last year’s conference on “The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic.”

     

    Abstract deadline and details

    If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please send a 250 word abstract with your name, e-mail address, and affiliation to PERC@massey.ac.nz by 30 June, 2018.   

    After the conference, some contributors will be invited to develop their presentations for publication in an edited volume.  Preference for publication in the edited volume will be given to papers presenting research collaborations between arts/social science researchers and natural scientists.  We hope some of these research collaborations will emerge out of the conference.

    Conference Organisers

    Massey University: Nicholas Holm, Trisia Farrelly, Sy Taffel, Lisa Vonk, Tony Carusi, Corrina Tucker, Karen Hytten

    Wageningen University: Bram Buscher, Rob Fletcher, Jessica de Koning

  • British Animal Studies Network CFP: Animal Machines / Machine Animals
    by Erica Fudge

    Dear Friend

    I am delighted to announce that details of and a cfp for our autumn 2018 meeting are now available. 'Animal Machines / Machine Animals' will take place on 2 and 3 November in Exeter. Details of the cfp can be found here:

     https://www.britishanimalstudiesnetwork.org.uk/FutureMeetings/AnimalMachines.aspx

    Thanks to Rich Gorman, Gail Davies and colleagues in the 'Life Geographies Group' at the University of Exeter for organising this meeting.

    A reminder too that booking for 'Sex' (BASN meeting at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow on 27 and 28 April) is open. The programme and a link to register is available on:

    https://www.britishanimalstudiesnetwork.org.uk/FutureMeetings/Sex.aspx

    Best wishes

    Erica

  • CFP 2018 - Rethinking Animality

    “The relations between humans and animals must change . . . both in the sense of an ‘ontological’ necessity and of an ‘ethical’ duty,” Jacques Derrida

    The XXI century forces us to think again, in a radical way, about the human-animals relationship. Violence toward animals has rapidly taken place in the public debate: veganism, animal products, animal testing and animals right are now significant themes in the political ground. We are currently part of a deep social transformation that involves every cultural aspect of the Western world from science to literature: humanities, creative arts, and sciences are all shaken to its foundations.

    In view of this, the CfP 2018 has the aim to give voice to a philosophical urgency of our time through an academic multidisciplinary encounter.

    Dealing with the Animality means to redefine the anthropological paradigm of what is a human being beyond the Enlightenment frame. Thus, humankind becomes a permeable category for more-than-humans identities.

    Moving beyond Arnold Gehlen, Max Scheler, and Helmuth Plessner, we must replace Philosophical Anthropology with Philosophy of Animality. In this perspective, humans are no longer an isolated ontological entity, but the results of a constant co-becoming, through hybridization, with other living beings. Therefore, to investigate "animality" means get rid of the all-embracing anthropocentric prejudice. After the prison of metaphysical humanism, other ways to relate to the other are possible. The first step toward this new web of beings must be a new Philosophy of Animality.

    Several contemporary philosophies take into the account this frame: Posthumanism, Animals Politics, Environtmal Ethics and Ecology, Ecocritics, Ecofeminism, Multispecies Studies, Biopolitics, Ecofeminism, and so on...

    We call every researcher of every discipline interested in Animal Studies to bring multidisciplinary contributions on the following topics:

    • Ontology of Animality
    • Philosophy of Corporeality
    • Phenomenology and Animality
    • Animal Ethics
    • Animal Politics
    • Posthumanism
    • Language and Animality
    • Philosophy of Mind and Animality
    • Religion and Animality
    • More than human Psychology
    • Esthetics and Animality
    • Body arts, Bioarts and Ecoarts
    • Animality and Cinematography
    • Literature on Animality
    • Ecocritics
    • Representation of Animality
    • Bio&Zopolitics

    The accepted languages are English, Spanish, Italian, French, Catalan, Portuguese and Galician.

    Talks maximum time: 25 minutes

    Proposals e-mail: rethinkinganimality@gmail.com

    Proposals must include this info:

    • Name and Institution
    • Abstract (400 words max.)
    • Short Academic Biography

    Proposals must be sent in the following formats: .doc or .pdf

    Deadline: May 31st

    Notification of accepted proposals and publication of the provisional agenda: June 25th

    Registration Fee: 60 euros *

    If the proposal is accepted, the registration fee can be paid by bank transfer to the following account of the Banca Prossima of Turin with the justification "congress on animality":

    IBAN: IT 72 A 03359 01600 100000149220

    The deadline for this operation will be from the communication of the accepted proposals until: 15th of July

    * All the money raised will go to the organization of the congress. The rest of the proceeds will go to non-profit organizations related to the defense and welfare of animals. For more informations see https://gallinaeinfabula.com/

  • Animals and Us: Research, Policy, and Practice Conference
    October 11-13, 2018
    University of Windsor
    Windsor, Ontario, Canada

    The University of Windsor sits on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibwa, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi.

    Non-human animals play a large role in the economic, social, cultural, and physical landscape of countries around the world. They are used in agricultural production, the creation and testing of medical technologies, the manufacturing of clothing and consumer goods, and sports recreation. Animals not only play a significant role in the economy and public life, they are also fundamental to domestic life. It is estimated that approximately 7.5 million households in Canada alone contain companion animals (Oliveira, 2014). These animals do not just provide companionship; they play a pivotal role in promoting the psychological health, well-being, and rehabilitation of humans. From the implementation of animal therapy at the Edmonton airport (Klinkenberg, 2017) to the increasing numbers of comfort animals on university campuses (Ross, 2016) and the introduction of canine therapy programs in prisons (Donato, 2017), the recognition that the human-animal bond promotes human wellness is permeating public spaces. In the face of growing awareness of the myriad uses and harms, people are increasingly asking what can we do for animals instead of simply what can they do for us. This shift in public consciousness has implications not only for the individual human beings whose lives are improved through connection with animals but also for the animals involved, the institutions with a vested interest in the (ab)use of animals, and those seeking evidence-based social policies to guide program implementation and professional practice to improve human and animal lives.

    Amid the increasing attention and public awareness, there remains continuing disagreement over human obligations to animals. This shift in public consciousness has implications not only for the individual human beings whose lives are improved through connection with animals but also for the animals involved, the institutions with a vested interest in the (ab)use of animals, and those seeking evidence-based social policies to guide program implementation and professional practice to improve human and animal lives.

    The Animals and Us: Research, Policy, and Practice conference seeks to facilitate transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary dialogues among researchers, scholars, activists, artists, practitioners, students, and community members of various ideological persuasions to inform, ignite, and inspire enriched public and scholarly discourses on the issues of Animals and Us. The conference will feature submissions from all theoretical, philosophical, methodological, and disciplinary positions and practice orientations within the broad fields of human-animal studies, (critical) animal studies, and anthrozoology.

    Attendance is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required. https://scholar.uwindsor.ca/animalsandus/

    Animals and Us: Research, Policy, and Practice is supported with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

  • CFP: "Horses, moving," Stavanger, Norway, 25-27 September 2018
    by Brett Mizelle

    Greetings from Norway, where I am helping organise an interdisciplinary conference called "Horses, moving" at the Museum of Archaeology, Stavanger, Norway on September 25th-27th, 2018.

    Keynote speakers are professor Lynda Birke, University of Chester, and professor Anita Maurstad, University of Tromsø.

    More information, including a detailed call for papers (deadline 30 June 2018) can be found a
    http://am.uis.no/forskning/konferanse-og-seminar/horses-moving-article123903-23252.html

    Best regards,

    Dr Rhys Evans

    Associate Professor;  HLB, Norway   
    Convenor, Equine Research Network (EqRN)
    Vice President of the European Federation of Animal Science, Horse Commission

     

  • CALL FOR PAPERS MARITIME ANIMALS: TELLING STORIES OF ANIMALS AT SEA

    Two-day international conference
    National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, UK

    April 26-27, 2019

    Keynote speakers
    Thom van Dooren
    William Gervase Clarence-Smith

    In maritime narratives of humans, ships and the sea, animals are too often absent, or marginalised in passing references, despite the fact that ships once carried, and were populated by, all kinds of animals. Horses, mules and other ‘military’ animals crossed the sea to their battlefields, while livestock were brought on-board to be killed and eaten. Sailors and passengers kept animal companions, ranging widely from cats and parrots to ferrets and monkeys. Animal stowaways, such as rats, termites and shipworms, did tremendous damage to ships’ structures and stores, especially during the age of sail. Rats also emerge from the archives as seafarers, ‘colonisers’ and explorers alongside their human counterparts. Moreover, countless animals – seabirds, dolphins, porpoises, etc. – would visit and accompany ships, filling many sea narratives with the wonder of oceanic animal encounters.

    The conference seeks to shed fresh light on maritime history by placing animals centre stage. Papers are sought which uncover all aspects of animals’ involvements (and entanglements) with ships and their activities. For instance, what roles did animals play in famous maritime episodes? What were the experiences of animals on board ships, and to what extent is it possible to recover them? In what ways were managing, sharing with, and caring for, animals important concerns of ships’ crews? What were the policies and procedures regarding keeping animals on board, and how did the presence of animals affect maritime practices? Moreover, the conference will explore the impact of sea-faring animals – whether political, economic, cultural, or environmental – as maritime activities have knitted the world ever more closely together. What roles have animals played in colonial encounters and voyages of discovery, for instance? And how have animals functioned as cultural agents as well as commodities?

    Liza Verity’s Animals at Sea (2004), a collection of animal photographs from the National Maritime Museum, has demonstrated that pets and animal mascots, affectionately regarded as shipmates, played a significant role in bringing a ship’s human community together. The conference will build on this book, while also going beyond a focus on the role of animals in mediating human shipboard communities to explore animal and human relationships at sea more widely. We call upon the power of story-telling to repopulate maritime history with animals, by telling, and listening to, surprising stories about them.

    Papers are invited on (but not limited to) the following topics:

    · Methods for recovering the shipboard experiences of animals
    · Animals on-board ship (pets, ship’s mascots, vermin, livestock, etc.)
    · Animal explorers: animals and expeditions by sea
    · Animal sightings and encounters: sea birds, dolphins, and other animal visitors
    · Politics and ethics of human-animal interactions at sea
    · Sea travellers’ tales: animal encounters in diaries, journals and ships’ newspapers
    · Visual representations of maritime animals (paintings, carvings, scrimshaw, etc.)
    · Sailors as natural historians or zoologists at sea
    · Animals and animal products for trade
    · Ports and dockyard animal stories
    · Whaling, sealing and fishing
    · Ships and animal-borne disease
    · Animal shipwreck stories
    · Animals and ships’ technologies and structures
    · Environmental impact of animals travelling by sea
    · Ship ecology and interspecies relationships
    · Animal superstitions, stories and myths
    · Differing approaches to animals across global seafaring cultures
    · Animals at sea in literature
    · Maritime animals today

    Please send a short abstract (200-300 words) for a 20 minute paper to Kaori Nagai (K.Nagai@kent.ac.uk) by May 15, 2018. 

    Call for stories
    In relation to this conference, we are soliciting maritime stories and anecdotes from members of the public, as well as from writers, artists and scholars. If you have any interesting stories of animal encounters on ships or other memorable maritime animal stories, from oral history, the archives, or elsewhere, please drop a line to K.Nagai@kent.ac.uk ; we would be excited to hear from you. Also, we’d be grateful if you could forward this call for stories to those of your friends who have experience of life at sea. We are hoping to create an online forum to share your stories. 

    Conference Organiser
    Dr. Kaori Nagai
    School of English
    University of Kent
    CT2 7NX, UK
    E-mail: K.Nagai@kent.ac.uk

  • CFP: Session on Animal Migrants at EASA, Stockholm, August 2018
    by Erica von Essen

    Dear all,

    We are pleased to share this upcoming panel session of ours at the EASA 2018 with you

    The panel is titled ‘Double Others? Non-human Migrants and Changing Moral Economies of Hunting’ . It was inspired by how we deal with invasive species, but invites all papers that consider how the landscape conditions the status of animals as legitimate, invaders, native and with what implications.

    The conference is the 15th biennial European Association of Social Anthropologists in Stockholm with the theme of “Staying, Moving, Settling” held Aug 14 - Aug 16 2018.

    Click through here for an overview of the panel + abstract as well as what is required to submit. Please contact us for any questions or discussion you might have.

    Erica

     

  • CFP: Equine History Conference at Cal Poly Pomona
    by Katrin Boniface

    The Equine History Collective (EHC) invites submissions for individual presentations for its first annual conference, to take place Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 at Cal Poly Pomona, in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library. Submissions may investigate any equine in the past, including donkeys, mules, zebras and onagers. The theme of the conference is “Why Equine History Matters,” meant to show the relevance of equine history for historical studies. We therefore encourage papers that illustrate how any facet of equine history, broadly or narrowly conceived, helps to illuminate, interpret, and contextualize the past. The conference will conclude with the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center’s Sunday show.

    The EHC’s purpose is to foster equine history research and its dissemination, and promote collaboration between equine historians in all disciplines. As such, we encourage submissions from anyone who researches equine history. This includes, but is not limited to, scholars in other disciplines other than history, like agriculture, archaeology, art history, and literature, and researchers in non-academic settings, such as public historians and independent scholars. Submissions from scholars at any career stage are welcome. Please understand that space is limited for this inaugural conference, but we expect the number of presentation spots available to grow in future years.

    The deadline for submission is 15 April 2018. Please send abstracts (250 words or less) and a one-page CV to equinehistory@gmail.com. The Program Committee will notify all those who submitted proposals of its decision by the end of May. Travel funds may be available for speakers.   


    Any questions may be directed to equinehistory@gmail.com. For further information about the Equine History Collective, please visit https://equinehistory.wordpress.com/.

     

     



Funding

  • Internal
  • External

    • 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
    • Anthrozoology Position at Carroll College

      My college here in central Montana has a very unique anthrozoology program. The program is very strong, one of the top ten majors at the school, and although it's only 10 years old, is already attracting students from across the country. 

      The program is currently hiring a faculty member in canine science and training. The search announcement, however, is quite broad: 

      "Recognizing that Anthrozoology is a new discipline, the committee will acknowledge graduate degrees in related fields such as psychology, biology,  animal behavior or behavior analysis, the humanities, social work, or sociology." 

      Here is a link for the search announcement with information on how to apply: https://www.carroll.edu/employment/professor-anthrozoology

      Many thanks! 

      Eric Meyer, Carroll College

    • Fellowship: University of Wisconsin - Madison - Postdoctoral Fellowship on the Plantationocene
      by Brett Mizelle

      The following fellowship was posted to the H-Net Job Guide from 30 October 2017 to  6 November 2017.  These job postings are included here based on the categories selected by the list editors for H-Animal.  See the H-Net Job Guide website at
      http://www.h-net.org/jobs/ for more information.  To contact the Job Guide,
      write to jobguide@mail.h-net.msu.edu, or call +1-517-432-5134 between 9 am and 5 pm US Eastern time.

      University of Wisconsin - Madison - Postdoctoral Fellowship on the Plantationocene
      http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=56015

    • There are internship opportunities through the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy.  Please contact Andrew Rowan (arowan@hsi.org) or Carol England (cengland@humanesociety.org) for more information.   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

  • Seeking Co-Panelists for HSS 2018 Session on Animals, Environment, and Science
    by Kathleen Sullivan

    Greetings,

    I am seeking three co-panelists for a session on animals, the environment, and science at HSS 2018 in Seattle. My own dissertation work investigates the interactions between wild animal and domestic bodies in mid-20th-century America through the lens of veterinary medicine and zoonotic disease, though it necessarily tangles with the problems of "wild" and "domestic" as classifications. Potential participants will ideally have a paper that touches on all three themes (animals, environment, science), but time and place need not be homogenous, and there is some flexibility within the themes. This panel would seek to pose new ideas about how animals complicate our human categories, encouraging other scholars to think about the ways science not only used animals, but constructed a human world around those bodies. Papers that explore animal agency are especially welcome, and possible topics include (but certainly are not limited to): veterinary medicine, wildlife science, experimentation, animal activism, animal work, animal welfare, evolutionary science, agriculture, and wilderness.

    Interested parties should contact me with a brief description of your work, and how you see your project contributing to the larger goal of the panel.

    Thank you for your consideration,

    Kathleen Sullivan Thomas
    kas465@msstate.edu
    Ph.D. Student, Department of History
    Mississippi State University

  • Harvard Summer course “The Animal-Human Divide”

    Harvard University will again, through its Summer School (www.summer.harvard.edu), offer an online Animal Studies course. The 2018 course is entitled “The Animal-Human Divide.” Registration opens March 1 and closes May 21.

    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
    Senior Faculty, Anthrozoology Master of Science program
    Canisius College

  • 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/
  • 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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