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  • Animals
    • Animals is an international and interdisciplinary scholarly open access journal. It publishes original research articles, reviews, communications, and short notes that are relevant to any field of study that involves animals, including zoology, ethnozoology, animal science, animal ethics and animal welfare. However, preference will be given to those articles that provide an understanding of animals within a larger context (i.e., the animals' interactions with the outside world, including humans). There is no restriction on the length of the papers. Our aim is to encourage scientists to publish their experimental and theoretical research in as much detail as possible. Full experimental details and/or method of study, must be provided for research articles. Articles submitted that involve subjecting animals to unnecessary pain or suffering will not be accepted, and all articles must be submitted with the necessary ethical approval.
  • Animal Sentience
    • Animal Sentience is a brand new, peer-reviewed, pluridisciplinary online journal on animal feelings. No subscription or publication fees. Accepted articles will be accorded Open Peer Commentary across disciplines. As an interdisciplinary journal, ASent will be of interest to all who are concerned with the current empirical findings on what, when and how nonhuman animals feel, along with the practical, methodological, legal, ethical, sociological, theological and philosophical implications of the findings.
  • Animal Studies Journal
    • Animal Studies Journal, the new online scholarly journal of the Australian Animal Studies Group, provides a forum for current research in human-animal Studies. ASJ publishes international cross-disciplinary content with a particular, but not exclusive, interest in Australian, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific scholarship. The journal, which is published twice yearly, is fully refereed (double-blind peer reviewed) and open access. ASJ publishes inquiring and critical academic work by both new and established scholars whose work focuses on animals and human relationships with other animals. The journal aims to be a leading international forum for the dissemination and discussion of animal studies research and creative work.
  • Animalia: An Anthrozoology Journal is an online, digital journal for Anthrozoology/Animal Studies scholars and talented undergraduate students. Animalia has two aims: to explore and advance the vast range of disciplines in human-animal studies and animal studies, and to encourage exchange among scholars and students by providing a forum for critical thought, shared ideas, and enlightening discussions. Submissions are invited on the following types of work: Scholarly papers, Short editorials, Media (book, movie) reviews, and Creative pieces (photography, drawings, short stories, poetry).
  • Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture
    • Over its first two years of activity, Antennae has become an influential resource of academic relevance within the fast growing field of animal and environmental studies, acting as receiver and amplifier of relevant topics, as expressed by the connections between the subject of nature and the multidisciplinary field of visual culture.
  • Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the Interactions of People and Animals
    • Anthrozoös is a quarterly, peer-reviewed publication whose focus is to report the results of studies, from a wide array of disciplines, on the interactions of people and animals. Academic disciplines represented include anthropology, archaeozoology, art and literature, education, ethology, history, human medicine, psychology, sociology and veterinary medicine.
  • Environmental Humanities
    • Environmental Humanities is an international, open-access journal that aims to invigorate current interdisciplinary research on the environment. In response to a growing interest around the world in the many questions that arise in this era of rapid environmental and social change, the journal publishes outstanding scholarship that draws humanities disciplines into conversation with each other, and with the natural and social sciences.
  • Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin
    • Announcing the new open access, online, peer-reviewed Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, devoted to the dissemination of research in the field of the interaction between non-human animals and their human counterparts. The mission of HAIB is to bring together researchers, academicians, clinicians/practitioners, and scholarly students working in different areas for the advancement of the human-animal interaction field.
  • Human Ecology Review
    • Human Ecology Review is a refereed journal published twice a year by the Society for Human Ecology. The journal publishes peer-reviewed research and theory on the interaction between humans and the environment and other links between culture and nature (Research in Human Ecology), essays and applications relevant to human ecology (Human Ecology Forum), book reviews (Contemporary Human Ecology), and relevant commentary, announcements, and awards (Human Ecology Bulletin).
  • Humanimalia: A Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies
    • The study of human/animal relationships is connected to questions ranging from postcolonial politics (land struggles among Western “animal tourists,” indigenous people in underdeveloped areas, and the endangered species), through philosophy (acknowledging how “the animal” has functioned as the other to “the human,” both historically malleable and politically charged categories), to the study of art and literature (examining how the animal image expresses cultural assumptions). As editors of Humanimalia, we believe there is a need for a journal that brings together scholarship on these questions from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives, and creates opportunities for further exchanges of ideas. We believe also that our knowledge about the intricate relationships among human and non-human animals should not be rigidly restricted to established conventions of scholarly study and polemical argument, conventions that in their exclusive claims to validity have contributed to the objectification of relationships in which human observers are profoundly implicated.
  • International Journal of Humane Education (IJHE). The first peer-reviewed journal of its kind, IJHE strives to build a scholarly community, expand a collective knowledge base, and validate the quality of research within all sectors of humane education. This issue of IJHE includes scholar-practitioner articles and an invitational essay on various aspects of humane education in practice and theory.
  • 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.
  • People and Animals: The International Journal of Research and Practice. Articles can be submitted at any time for review via the online submission system. Each article is reviewed by two independent reviewers, appointed by the Editorial Board. Independent reviews will be “blind”, meaning that the reviewers will not know the names of the submitting authors, nor the authors the name of the reviewers. Based on the recommendations and comments of the two independent reviewers a decision about rejection, acceptance or likely acceptance after revision will be made. The final decision lies with the editorial team. We aim to provide feedback to authors within 8 weeks of initial submission. Articles will be published online as soon as they have been accepted by the editorial team and revised/edited. Issues of each Journal will be officially announced when completed.
  • Politics and Animals
    • Politics and Animals is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that explores the human-animal relationship from the vantage point of political science and political theory. It hosts international, multidisciplinary research and debate—conceptual and empirical—on the consequences and possibilities that human-animal relations have for politics and vice versa.
  • Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism
    • Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism is a peer-refereed open access journal of trans-anthropocentric ethics and related inquires. The main aim of the journal is to create a professional interdisciplinary forum in Europe to discuss moral and scientific issues that concern the increasing need of going beyond narrow anthropocentric paradigms in all fields of knowledge. The journal accepts submissions on all topics which promote European research adopting a non-anthropocentric ethical perspective on both interspecific and intraspecific relationships between all life species—humans included—and between these and the abiotic environment.
  • Sloth: A Journal of Emerging Voices in Human-Animal Studies [this journal is currently in moratorium]
    • Sloth is an online bi-annual journal that publishes international, multi-disciplinary writing by undergraduate students and recent (within three years) graduates that deals with human/non-human animal relationships from the perspectives of the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences. Sloth showcases the important and innovative contributions of undergraduates, giving those who are interested in human/non-human animal relationships a way to contribute to and engage with the field, as well as an opportunity to build their skills, knowledge, and resumes in anticipation of their graduate school careers.
  • Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies
    • Since 1993 and in conjunction with the internationally recognized Brill, ASI produces Society & Animals, published six times per year and containing peer reviewed studies concerning nonhuman animals from psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science and other social sciences and history, literary criticism, and other disciplines of the humanities. Recent articles suggest the scope of the journal: Dolphins in Popular Literature and Media; More than a Furry Companion: The Ripple Effect of Companion Animals on Neighborhood Interactions and Sense of Community; and An Investigation into the Association between the Witnessing of Animal Abuse and Adolescents' Behavior toward Animals.
  • Student Journal of Vegan Sociology is a new student-centered journal.  Housed in the International Association for Vegan Sociologists, we are calling for new ways of human and nonhuman animal interactions, encounters and ways of being. We would like to consider sociological papers that explore the question of nonhuman animal suffering and injustice through a variety of perspectives, which include: Coexistence, rewilding, ethics, entertainment, sport, food and more. We would particularly like to see a global presence of papers and voices that are underrepresented in the community. We especially welcome novel student research and compelling new perspectives in vegan sociology. We recognize that student work can often be compelling, innovative, and of interest to the field, but often goes unrecognized. The aim of this journal is to spotlight student contributions to the scholarly pursuit of veganism and animal liberation. Submissions should respect the ethos of the International Association of Vegan Sociologists. As such, papers should be in accordance with anti-speciesist or vegan principles, respect nonhuman personhood, and ally with nonhuman liberation. A special first issue requests submission of papers by February 19, 2021. See http://www.vegansociology.com/journal/
  • Zeitschrift für Kritische Tierstudien is an inter- and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal. Authors include both junior researchers and established specialists in Human Animal Studies, as well as activists of the Animal Liberation and Total Liberation Movement, who are pursuing an emancipatory, abolitionist, critical, non-reformist approach. Zeitschrift für Kritische Tierstudien aims to proceed, together with other liberation movements, intersectionally against existing systems of power and any form of suppression. Zeitschrift für Kritische Tierstudien is a german medium that also accepts contributions in english. In order to maintain scientific standards, submitted articles are assessed in an anonymous peer review process. Accepted contributions submitted by May 31 will be published in December of the same year. Manuscripts with a volume of up to 50,000 characters can now be submitted as .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .odt files under the email address kritischeTierstudien@gmx.de.

Books and Journal Special Editions

  • A call is out for chapters in an edited volume, The Nonhuman in American Literary Naturalism, to be edited by Kenneth K Brandt and Karin M Danielsson. Essay proposals of a maximum of 500 words on any topic relating to the nonhuman in American literary naturalism are due by the deadline of 8 January 2021. Please include a title, a maximum of five key words, and a brief biography. We aim to reply to respondents by 25 February 2021, and full drafts of essays (5000–8000 words) will be due 1 September 2021. Please send a 500-word maximum proposal and a brief biography to karin.molander.danielsson@mdh.se and kbrandt@scad.edu.
  • Student Journal for Vegan Sociology is inviting papers to be featured in our first edition of the new student-centered journal.  Housed in the International Association for Vegan Sociologists, we are calling for new ways of human and nonhuman animal interactions, encounters and ways of being. We would like to compile a collection of sociological papers that explore the question of nonhuman animal suffering and injustice through a variety of perspectives, which include: Coexistence, rewilding, ethics, entertainment, sport, food and more. We would particularly like to see a global presence of papers and voices that are underrepresented in the community. We especially welcome novel student research and compelling new perspectives in vegan sociology. We recognize that student work can often be compelling, innovative, and of interest to the field, but often goes unrecognized. The aim of this journal is to spotlight student contributions to the scholarly pursuit of veganism and animal liberation. Submissions should respect the ethos of the International Association of Vegan Sociologists. As such, papers should be in accordance with anti-speciesist or vegan principles, respect nonhuman personhood, and ally with nonhuman liberation. Papers can be research-based or essay in style.  We anticipate a range of papers for submission, between 2,000 and 5,000 words, using ASA citation style.  Papers should have an abstract and running headers and be separate from the title page, which should also include the running header as well as the author(s) name(s), affiliation(s), department(s), institutional address(s), and email address(s).  Please do not include the author(s) name(s) on the submitted manuscript. Please submit papers (and title page) to: editor@vegansociology.com no later than February 19th, 2021.  Papers will go through the editorial team and are subject to a blinded peer review.
  • The open-access journal, Animals, will publish a special issue on "Social Isolation and the Roles That Animals Play in Supporting the Lives of Humans: Lessons for COVID19." Deadline for manuscript submissions: April, 30 2021
  • People and Animals: The International Journal of Research and Practice has issued a call for articles on “The Impact of COVID-19 on Human-Animal Interactions in Families, Communities and Organizations.” The call is open until June 30, 2021, but articles can be submitted at any time and will be published incrementally. Submit here.
  • The Journal of the History of Biology invites contributions to a topical collection exploring “Human-Animal Boundaries: Biological and Social Connections.” This collection provides a space for historians to interrogate how the biological sciences, broadly construed, have contributed to answering the question of what is human and what animal? No deadline given.
  • The open-access journal, Animals, will publish a special issue on "Social Isolation and the Roles That Animals Play in Supporting the Lives of Humans: Lessons for COVID19." Deadline for manuscript submissions is April, 30 2021.

     

     



Conferences and Programs

  • An international and interdisciplinary conference held by the Research Centre “European Dream Cultures” of the German Research Foundation (DFG) has issued a call for papers on “Dreams and the Animal Kingdom in Culture and Aesthetic Media” to be held September 23-25, 2021 at Saarland University, Saarbrücken (Germany). Submit proposals to traumkulturen@uni-saarland.de no later than January, 15 2021.

  • The Animals & Society Research Initiative, as a part of its distinguished lecture series, is hosting a Zoom lecture, “Alien Athena: Reclaiming Our Posthuman Past,” with Stefan Dolgert, Associate Professor of Political Science at Brock University. It will take place Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. 12:30 – 1:50 p.m. PST. Register here.
  • The Anthrozoology Podcast: ”Discussing Humanimality Episode 5: Animals as Immigrants” is now available. The episode, considers animal movement across the globe and boundaries happens within contested spaces leaving animals wanted, unwanted, forced, coerced or in liminal landscapes of uncertainty.
  • The Knowing Animals podcast, Episode 155, features a discussion with Kim Stallwood, an independent academic and long-time professional animal advocate, of his chapter "A Felicitous Day for Fish,” and the Kim Stallwood Archive, which is a collection of research materials now housed at the British Library.
  • Sessions from the International Animal Rights Conference are now available on the group’s YouTube channel. 
  • Call for Papers: Heterotopia, Radical Imagination, and Shattering Orders: Manifesting a Future of Liberated Animals
    by Paula Arcari

    A symposium hosted by EACAS 2021, June 24-25

    EACAS Conference information: https://sites.edgehill.ac.uk/cfhas/eacas-2021/

    “But, what would happen to all the animals?”

    This question is a common response to the notion of ending all exploitation of animals. It constitutes an enduring roadblock to animal liberation that is primarily conceptual but also shaped by everyday practices and, most critically, shapes futures practices. Without the capacity to ‘think the unthinkable’ (Sorenson 2014) and imagine another life for commodified animals beyond their human-designated purpose, efforts to dismantle the industries that comprise the animal industrial complex will continue to be met with this argument. It is used to invalidate and even ridicule efforts to challenge the status quo.

    Yet, thinking otherwise about animals and disturbing the existing order of things so that the impossible becomes possible has never been more urgent. Not only are animals being bred, caught, used, and killed in increasing numbers, their natural habitats are also being destroyed and their exploitation is directly contributing to climate change, environmental degradation, species extinctions, and global health crises.

    To advance the process of de-ordering, subverting, and dismantling our destructive orientations towards other animals, this symposium draws on Foucault’s concept of heterotopias described as spaces “whose functions are different or even the opposite of others” (Foucault 2002: 361). In these spaces, language is undermined and common names shattered (Foucault 1989) creating a “simultaneously mythic and real contestation of the space in which we live” (1967: 4).

    The aim is threefold: 1) to foreground existing or yet to exist sites, spaces, and practices where normalised meanings of commodified animals are negated or undone, 2) to imagine radically alternate futures for commodified animals, and 3) to explore practical pathways towards these futures.

    Speculative work of this nature (fiction and non-fiction) is commonly used to explore alternative social, political, economic, and environmental futures. However, in the vast majority of these visions, the subjugation of animals remains a constant (Westerlaken 2017). The animal movement needs to create similar worlds of possibility that respond directly to the question “What would happen to all the animals?” and define the features of a map that would help bring these worlds into being thereby making them “more real and more credible as objects of policy and activism” (Gibson-Graham 2008: 613).

    Previous CAS scholars have intimated at the necessary ontological and speculative dimension of ending animal oppression (Bekoff 2013; Collard et al. 2014; Dunayer 2013). There are also critical explorations of the practical and ethical implications of undoing specific sites and practices, or doing them differently (Doyle 2017; Belicia and Islam 2018; Collard 2014).

    To add to and extend this work, submissions are invited from all disciplines – social sciences, sciences, arts and humanities, and those working in animal advocacy/activism, addressing topics relevant to the notion of heterotopias as outlined above. The heterotopia in question may encompass the whole world and all animals, or relate to just one practice involving one species or even one individual animal. It may already exist or be part of a radically imagined future.

    Questions to consider (not exhaustive):

    • what would a world without commodified animals look like?
    • could it happen? Would practices move further underground? How could it be policed?
    • what could associated infrastructure (racecourses, stadiums, zoos, slaughterhouses, fields etc.) be used for instead?
    • could breeding of animals for money be prevented?
    • how would associated industries be dismantled? Assisted to transition?
    • what would happen to the animals?
    • would there still be ‘pets’, cows, sheep, pigs, horses etc.
    • how could the economic impacts of the demise of animal industries be mitigated, especially for marginalised and low income workers.
    • are zoos necessary for conservation?
    • what would the end of oppression mean for native species, land management, population control, and human-animal interactions?
    • could/should the effects of breeding for specific attributes (especially in relation to ‘food’ animals and ‘pets’) be reversed?
    • are there existing examples where an animal’s original use/purpose has been subverted? How could this be extended? What are the implications?

    Please submit a 250 word abstract and short bio to arcarip@edgehill.ac.uk by 28th February 2021. Please include SYMPOSIUM in the subject line.

  • Co-sponsored by American Sociological Association, The Australian Sociological Association, and the Canadian Sociological Association, the International Association of Vegan Sociologists (IAVS) has posted recordings of conference presentations from their first annual meeting, “Worldly Togetherness.” IAVS also provides podcasts from its series, “Sociology & Animals Series 1—Strategies for Success in the Sociological Study of Animals and Society.”
  • The virtual Animal Advocacy Conference, “Insights from the Social Sciences,” will take place June 30 – July 2, 2021. This conference uniquely bridges the gap between academic researchers and activists/professionals in the field of vegan and animal rights advocacy. To contact the conference organizers, please email animaladvocacy@kent.ac.ukThe submission portal will open on December 1, 2020 and will close on February 28, 2021.
  • Society for the Study of Ethics and Animals 2020 Virtual Talk Series. See the list of virtual conferences for January-February 2021 at: https://sseacolloquium.wordpress.com/2020-virtual-animal-events/?fbclid=IwAR2MU089xGzYtfQ-joXQL4qwI4irtvqBG5fn2ABe6SkGIWG39x16gnzjAyE&sfns=mo
  • Call for Papers: EACAS 2021 June 24-25th: Appraising Critical Animal Studies

    Whilst the ultimate success of CAS will be measured in terms of material social change in the lived circumstances of nonhuman animals a pathway to this involves cultural and political contestation. An overarching aim of critical animal studies has been to contest the anthropocentrism of academic knowledge. This has taken place across traditional academic disciplines, their sub-disciplines, and broader fields of knowledge under the rubric of the ‘animal turn’ over the last few decades. Yet CAS has always been extra-academic. Consequently, the politicization of human-animal relations has also taken place in the broader culture, including in social movements, NGOs and in the media.In this virtual conference we aim to assess and appraise progress in such spheres contesting hegemonic and normalized anthropocentrism.

    We seek papers falling under two broad categories – i) those which either constitute (or examine) examples of this disciplinary contestation, and ii) reflect and review the progress of critical animal studies. Such reflection inevitably entails detailed critical scrutiny of the CAS field and its overlaps with animal studies more generally, as well as the political and cultural constraints on the animalization of academia and culture. It also entails being attentive to where critical perspectives on human / nonhuman animal relations are especially lacking and yet most needed right now, and how CAS and all those working to end animal oppression can progress the movement in a more coherent, consistent, and effective manner.We welcome papers from all disciplines and sub-fields, and from those working independently or as part of advocacy/activist movements.

    Areas of focus include, but are not limited to:

    Established disciplines – e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Criminology, Philosophy, Literature, Art, Media, Politics, Film, TV, Geography, History, Anthropology and their sub-disciplines.

    Established fields – e.g. Cultural Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies, Critical Race Studies, Disability Studies, Childhood Studies, Organisational Studies, Ecofeminism, Ecosocialism.

    The media – facilitator or gatekeeper?

    Life in the ‘life’ sciences – e.g. Ecology, Animal Welfare science, Ethology, Veterinary science

    Animals and/in education (studies)

    Substantive areas – e.g. Climate Crisis, Sixth Mass Extinction, Pandemics

    Legal rights, laws and regulations

    Progress in the animalisation of academia

    Critical animal perspectives in social movements

    Pathways for animal inclusion – Intersectionality, One Health

    Mainstreaming critical perspectives – lessons from other social movements

    You can also submit an abstract to a symposium internal to the conference themedaround Heterotopia, radical imagination, and shattering orders:manifesting a future of liberated animals hosted by Dr. Paula Arcari. Please see https://tinyurl.com/y356utrk for more information

    Idea for another topic or medium that fits with our theme? We welcome presentations in all formats. Let us know!

    Please submit a 250-word abstract and short bio to cfhas@edgehill.ac.uk by 28th February 2021. Include ‘EACAS 2021’ in the subject line.

    Abstracts will be assessed by: Claire Parkinson (CfHAS, UK), Paula Arcari (CfHAS, UK), Brett Mills (CfHAS, UK), Richard Twine (CfHAS, UK), Kathryn Gillespie (USA), Nuria Almiron (Spain), Helena Pedersen (Sweden) and Dinesh Wadiwel (Australia).

    EACAS website: https://www.eacas.eu/


  • The Faculty of Kinesiology of the University of New Brunswick is hosting a two-day conference on Sport, Animals, Ethics, May 26-28, 2021. Paper proposals will be welcomed from all disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. For more information, contact Gabriela Tymowski-Gionet tymowski@unb.ca and Sam Morris morrissp@miamioh.edu.
  • The Minding Animals—Animals and Climate Emergency Conference (ACEC) conference that was to be held over 22 to 29 July, 2021, in Sydney, Australia, has been cancelled. 
  • Presentations from the ISAZ 2020 conference, including recordings of the live events and all pre-recorded presentations, are now available online
  • 6th Annual Students for Critical Animal Studies 2021 Conference
    Call for Presentations, due January 15, 2021.
    Date of conference: April 3, 2021
    Location: fully online Zoom conference, free and open to the public
    Submit the following in a Word Doc as an attachment in an e-mail.
    1. Abstract/Description: 200 to 250 words third person one paragraph
    2. Biography: 80 to 100 words third person one paragraph
    E-mail subject title: SCAS 2021 Conference
    The Students for Critical Animal Studies (SCAS), rooted in animal liberation and anarchism, is an international association of students, from high schools to online colleges to graduate schools, dedicated to the abolition of animal and ecological exploitation, and to dismantle all systems of domination and oppression, in hopes for a just, equitable, inclusive, and peaceful world. SCAS challenges students to view social justice from a more inclusive and intersectional perspective, while providing a forum for the meeting of academia and activism. 

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

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

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


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


Funding and Fellowship Opportunities

    • Multispecies Justice:
      Theories and practices of justice beyond the human
      An exciting opportunity for a commencing PhD student to join an interdisciplinary group of leading scholars to undertake research on what happens to our concepts and practices of justice when beings other than humans – animals, plants, ecosystems - are included.

      The Sydney Environment Institute is fostering the world’s leading project on Multispecies justice. Historically, justice has most commonly been thought of as the preserve of humans, and critical scholarship and advocacy have principally sought to ensure that all humans were recognised as subjects of justice.

    • The Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin, Germany is advertising a three-year post-doc beginning September 1, 2021, for the working group "Reclaiming Turtles All the Way Down: Animal Cosmologies and Paths to Indigenous Sciences." The application deadline is January 15, 2021.
    • The Human-Animal Bond Research Insititute (HABRI) has released its 2021 request for proposals to investigate the health outcomes of pet ownership and/or animal-assisted activity or therapy, both for the people and the animals involved. Proposals are due February 11, 2021. 
    • Harvard Law School's Animal Law & Policy Program is now accepting Visiting Fellow applications for the 2021-22 Academic Year.

      The deadline to submit applications is January 15, 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

    • Conservation Northwest, a regional non-profit organization working in Washington state and British Columbia, is seeking an outgoing, energetic, and technically proficient person to join our ~20 person staff as the Conservation Program Manager. The job entails leading forest, wildlife and habitat conservation efforts on the Okanogan-Wenatchee and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie national forests and associated public lands. Those with strong forestry, fire ecology, and watershed restoration abilities are most welcome. No deadline noted.
    • The Fauna Foundation is offering two rigorous internship programs that combine training in compassionate care for nonhuman primates with experience in non-invasive behavioral studies. The programs are suitable for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students in various academic backgrounds (e.g. Anthropology, Biology, Psychology, Linguistics, Philosophy, etc.). For more information about academic internships, please contact Dr. Mary Lee Jensvold at jensvold@faunafoundation.org.
    • CAF is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for our 2021 grants!
      We fund academic and artistic projects that raise public awareness about animals, awarding grants in three categories: Research (scholarly projects about animal advocacy and its cultural roots and impact); Creativity (original work by artists and thinkers that expresses positive concern for animals); and Performance (public performances and exhibitions to raise awareness of animal advocacy).
      Grant applications are due on or before January 31, 2021.
      CAF is an all-volunteer-run, non-profit organization whose mission is to support artists and scholars in advancing our understanding of and commitment to animals. For more information see
    • Call for Research Proposals - The animal protection organizations Farm Sanctuary (farmsanctuary.org) and The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy (www.kimmela.org) announce a Call for Grant Proposals for cutting-edge noninvasive research on the complex nature of farm animal (chickens, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, and cows) emotions, behavior, and cognitive abilities in an approved setting (such as a farm animal sanctuary). We are particularly interested in funding rigorous innovative research which will expand our understanding of who farm animals are and how they experience their lives. Examples include studies of self-awareness, emotional and social complexity, personality, and mood and anxiety disorders such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. All proposals should be designed for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and the plan for peer review submission should be included in the proposal.

       How to Apply

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

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

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

      Additional Information

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

      Please send questions and proposals to lorimarino@kimmela.org.

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

Job Listings

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

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

Miscellaneous

  • Editorial Position Opening at Society and Animals
    by Kenneth Shapiro

    Editorial Position Opening

    Society and Animals announces an opening in the journal for the position of Managing Editor of the Political Animals Section. The focus of Political Animals is policy, practice, ethics, and politics as they relate to human-animal relationships.

    As the section is interdisciplinary, applications from any number of primary disciplines are welcome. The section is part of Animals and Public Policy, a program of the Animals and Society Institute (ASI), one goal of which is to increase the quantity and scholarly quality of research in support of policy development.

    The position involves screening manuscripts for appropriate content and formatting. Each manuscript is then assigned to an associate editor who is responsible for administering their review and revision and providing a recommendation. The managing editor oversees this process and makes the final decision regarding publication. 

    Applicants with an established publication record in Human-Animal Studies (aka, Animal Studies, Anthrozoology, Critical Animal Studies) and with experience administering and/or reviewing academic studies will be given precedence.

    The workload is 10-15 manuscripts per volume. While the time needed to deal with each varies, best estimate is 3-4 hours per manuscript.

    Managing editors receive an annual honorarium of around $1000.

    Suggested deadline for applications is December 31, 2020.

    ASI is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.

    To apply, submit a letter of interest and a current CV to ken.shapiro@animalsandsociety.org

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

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

    Main theme: Animals and climate emergency

    Other aspects/subthemes that contributors should consider include:

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

  • Equine History Collective Blog Seeks Reviewers
    by Katrin Boniface

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

    Submission information is available at: https://equinehistory.wordpress.com/submissions/

    Katrin Boniface

    UC Riverside, History
    katboniface.equinehistory.org
  • Animal Studies Repository of the Humane Society International is an excellent resource for animal studies scholars, see http://animalstudiesrepository.org/
  • Summer Retreat Program at Shin Pond, Maine for Animal/Humane/Environmental Studies
    by Bernie Unti

    Summer Retreat Program at Shin Pond, Maine

    for Animal/Humane/Environmental Studies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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