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

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

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

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

    Dr. Daniel Lau (Editor)

  • Animals
    • Animals is an international and interdisciplinary scholarly open access journal. It publishes original research articles, reviews, communications, and short notes that are relevant to any field of study that involves animals, including zoology, ethnozoology, animal science, animal ethics and animal welfare. However, preference will be given to those articles that provide an understanding of animals within a larger context (i.e., the animals' interactions with the outside world, including humans). There is no restriction on the length of the papers. Our aim is to encourage scientists to publish their experimental and theoretical research in as much detail as possible. Full experimental details and/or method of study, must be provided for research articles. Articles submitted that involve subjecting animals to unnecessary pain or suffering will not be accepted, and all articles must be submitted with the necessary ethical approval.
  • Animal Sentience
    • Animal Sentience is a brand new, peer-reviewed, pluridisciplinary online journal on animal feelings. No subscription or publication fees. Accepted articles will be accorded Open Peer Commentary across disciplines. As an interdisciplinary journal, ASent will be of interest to all who are concerned with the current empirical findings on what, when and how nonhuman animals feel, along with the practical, methodological, legal, ethical, sociological, theological and philosophical implications of the findings.
  • Animal Studies Journal
    • Animal Studies Journal, the new online scholarly journal of the Australian Animal Studies Group, provides a forum for current research in human-animal Studies. ASJ publishes international cross-disciplinary content with a particular, but not exclusive, interest in Australian, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific scholarship. The journal, which is published twice yearly, is fully refereed (double-blind peer reviewed) and open access. ASJ publishes inquiring and critical academic work by both new and established scholars whose work focuses on animals and human relationships with other animals. The journal aims to be a leading international forum for the dissemination and discussion of animal studies research and creative work.
  • Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture
    • Over its first two years of activity, Antennae has become an influential resource of academic relevance within the fast growing field of animal and environmental studies, acting as receiver and amplifier of relevant topics, as expressed by the connections between the subject of nature and the multidisciplinary field of visual culture.
  • Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the Interactions of People and Animals
    • Anthrozoös is a quarterly, peer-reviewed publication whose focus is to report the results of studies, from a wide array of disciplines, on the interactions of people and animals. Academic disciplines represented include anthropology, archaeozoology, art and literature, education, ethology, history, human medicine, psychology, sociology and veterinary medicine.
  • Environmental Humanities
    • Environmental Humanities is an international, open-access journal that aims to invigorate current interdisciplinary research on the environment. In response to a growing interest around the world in the many questions that arise in this era of rapid environmental and social change, the journal publishes outstanding scholarship that draws humanities disciplines into conversation with each other, and with the natural and social sciences.
  • Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin
    • Announcing the new open access, online, peer-reviewed Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, devoted to the dissemination of research in the field of the interaction between non-human animals and their human counterparts. The mission of HAIB is to bring together researchers, academicians, clinicians/practitioners, and scholarly students working in different areas for the advancement of the human-animal interaction field.
  • Human Ecology Review
    • Human Ecology Review is a refereed journal published twice a year by the Society for Human Ecology. The journal publishes peer-reviewed research and theory on the interaction between humans and the environment and other links between culture and nature (Research in Human Ecology), essays and applications relevant to human ecology (Human Ecology Forum), book reviews (Contemporary Human Ecology), and relevant commentary, announcements, and awards (Human Ecology Bulletin).
  • Humanimalia: A Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies
    • The study of human/animal relationships is connected to questions ranging from postcolonial politics (land struggles among Western “animal tourists,” indigenous people in underdeveloped areas, and the endangered species), through philosophy (acknowledging how “the animal” has functioned as the other to “the human,” both historically malleable and politically charged categories), to the study of art and literature (examining how the animal image expresses cultural assumptions). As editors of Humanimalia, we believe there is a need for a journal that brings together scholarship on these questions from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives, and creates opportunities for further exchanges of ideas. We believe also that our knowledge about the intricate relationships among human and non-human animals should not be rigidly restricted to established conventions of scholarly study and polemical argument, conventions that in their exclusive claims to validity have contributed to the objectification of relationships in which human observers are profoundly implicated.
  • Journal of Animal Ethics
    • Journal of Animal Ethics is the first named journal of animal ethics in the world. It is devoted to the exploration of progressive thought about animals. It is multidisciplinary in nature and international in scope. It covers theoretical and applied aspects of animal ethics -- of interest to academics from the humanities and the sciences, as well as professionals working in the field of animal protection. JAE is published by the University of Illinois Press in partnership with the Ferrater Mora Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. The aim of the Centre is to pioneer ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching, and publication.
  • Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law
    • Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law seeks to explore the legal and public policy issues surrounding animals and natural resources at all levels of government: local, state, national, comparative national and international. All perspectives are welcome. JANRL will be web-published in its entirety, but hard print copy shall also be available.
  • Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
    • Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science publishes articles, commentaries, and brief research reports on methods of experimentation, husbandry, and care that demonstrably enhance the welfare of all nonhuman animals. For administrative purposes, manuscripts are categorized into the following four content areas: welfare issues arising in laboratory, farm, companion animal, and wildlife/zoo settings. Manuscripts of up to 8,000 words are accepted that present new empirical data or a re-evaluation of available data, conceptual or theoretical analysis, or demonstrations relating to some issue of animal welfare science. The editors also encourage submission of brief research reports and commentaries. In addition, JAAWS publishes letters, announcements of meetings, news, and book reviews. Unsolicited submissions of such articles are welcome.
  • Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences
    • Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences offers a venue where relevant interdisciplinary research, practice and public policies can be recognized and evaluated. Increasingly, environmental studies integrate many different scientific and professional disciplines. Thus the journal seeks to set a rigorous, credible standard for specifically interdisciplinary environmental research. JESS is the official publication of the newly formed Association of Environmental Sciences and Studies.
  • Otherness: Essays and Studies
    • Via ‘Otherness: Essays & Studies’, we seek to publish research articles from and across different academic disciplines that examine, in as many ways as possible, the concepts of otherness and alterity. As such, we now offer an outlet for the dissemination of such research into otherness and aim to provide an open and active forum for academic discussion. We particularly appreciate dynamic cross-disciplinary study. We envisage that forthcoming issues of the journal will relate to topics within the context of Otherness studies and members and colleagues of the Centre are welcome to propose research ideas and themes for more focused studies.
  • Politics and Animals
    • Politics and Animals is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that explores the human-animal relationship from the vantage point of political science and political theory. It hosts international, multidisciplinary research and debate—conceptual and empirical—on the consequences and possibilities that human-animal relations have for politics and vice versa.
  • Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism
    • Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism is a peer-refereed open access journal of trans-anthropocentric ethics and related inquires. The main aim of the journal is to create a professional interdisciplinary forum in Europe to discuss moral and scientific issues that concern the increasing need of going beyond narrow anthropocentric paradigms in all fields of knowledge. The journal accepts submissions on all topics which promote European research adopting a non-anthropocentric ethical perspective on both interspecific and intraspecific relationships between all life species—humans included—and between these and the abiotic environment.
  • Sloth: A Journal of Emerging Voices in Human-Animal Studies
    • Sloth is an online bi-annual journal that publishes international, multi-disciplinary writing by undergraduate students and recent (within three years) graduates that deals with human/non-human animal relationships from the perspectives of the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences. Sloth showcases the important and innovative contributions of undergraduates, giving those who are interested in human/non-human animal relationships a way to contribute to and engage with the field, as well as an opportunity to build their skills, knowledge, and resumes in anticipation of their graduate school careers.
  • Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies
    • Since 1993 and in conjunction with the internationally recognized Brill, ASI produces Society & Animals, published six times per year and containing peer reviewed studies concerning nonhuman animals from psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science and other social sciences and history, literary criticism, and other disciplines of the humanities. Recent articles suggest the scope of the journal: Dolphins in Popular Literature and Media; More than a Furry Companion: The Ripple Effect of Companion Animals on Neighborhood Interactions and Sense of Community; and An Investigation into the Association between the Witnessing of Animal Abuse and Adolescents' Behavior toward Animals.

Books and Special Editions

  • CFP: The Silent Majority--Invertebrates in Animal Studies

    Our proposal for a special issue of Society and Animals on the theme The Silent Majority – Invertebrates in Animal Studies has been accepted with a projected publication date of the end of 2019 or beginning of 2020.  See http://www.animalsandsociety.org/human-animal-studies/society-and-animals-journal/

    Through our own scholarship and teaching in the field of animal studies, we have been struck by the deeply humanist bias toward vertebrates, in particular mammals, and especially social or domesticated mammals, prevalent in our interdisciplinary field. We would like to push animal studies deliberately and intentionally toward invertebrate species. In so doing we would frame the issue as an intellectual and methodological reckoning that explores what is missing from the field, reasons why this might be so, possible methodological difficulties for scholars in the field of invertebrate animal studies.  We would also like to suggest what is reproduced when we replicate a bias toward vertebrate studies – researchers just fall into the "whole vertebrate-invertebrate divide," as stated by a well-known horseshoe crab conservationist.

    According to the Center for Biological Diversity, invertebrates make up at least 97% of all animal species on earth. Yet most of the scholarship in animal studies have been investigations of vertebrates. This apparent 'bias against animals without backbones' might indicate what one entomologist has called 'institutional vertebratism' (Leather 2009: 413-14). When this bias is combined with the 'doubly other' status of insects this highlights their otherly status to humans andother animals (Loo and Sellbach 2013:13). In a recent study, a respondent who eats insects captured the nebulous/ambiguous status of invertebrate animals when they suggested insects 'are animals, but not animals like the real animals' (House 2016: 55). A special issue that attends to the 'silent majority' of invertebrate animals (cited in Moore 2017: 166) not only affords colleagues a timely opportunity to critically reflect on what is meant by 'animal' in human-animal studies/scholarship, it also provides a counterbalance to the vertebrate/mammalian focus of animal studies to date.

    We are proposing an issue that foregrounds invertebrate studies and we would attempt to get representation from as many of the six groups of invertebrates as possible— poriferans (sponges), cnidarians (such as sea jellies and corals), echinoderms (such as sea urchins and sea stars), mollusks (such as octopuses, snails, and clams), annelids (worms), and arthropods (such as insects, spiders, and lobsters).

    Papers are welcomed from across animal studies, including disciplines such as (but not limited to) geography, entomology, anthropology, sociology, literary studies, religious studies, art history, history, science and technology studies, ethology, psychology, behavioral sciences and ecology, bioscience/biomedical research.

    Indicative areas include (but are not limited to):

    • Theories and practice around invertebrate studies
    • Working with invertebrates
    • Invertebrates as 'pets'
    • Invertebrates as pests
    • Animal status and invertebrates
    • Tourism and invertebrates
    • Environment and invertebrates
    • Climate change and invertebrate
    • Agriculture and invertebrates
    • Invertebrates in Art, Music, Film and Theater
    • Consumption and invertebrates
    • Rescue movements and invertebrates
    • Biomedicine and invertebrates
    • Animal politics/advocacy and invertebrates
    • Invertebrates and Sanctuary
    •  Invertebrate welfare
    • Attitudes toward invertebrates

    We will craft an introduction to this special issue.  Our introductory essay would frame the issue of invertebrates in the interdisciplinary field of Animal Studies and why this issue is important for shifting the field.  We want to be clear that our gesturing away from vertebrate species does not mean we wish to create a firm boundary – but rather we are gesturing toward an inclusive consideration of all animals in our field.

    We are seeking 5 articles of 7000 words inclusive of citations and notes (images are also possible but subtract from word count).  We are also able to include topical book or film reviews for 1000-word limit. All papers and reviews will be processed through the Society and Animals editorial management system. We will act as administrators of the reviews. Typically, we will obtain two reviews for each paper.  Contributors are strongly encouraged to address policy and practice issues suggested by their research. Also, papers must be submitted in the formatting and style of the journal. (See here: http://www.brill.nl/files/brill.nl/specific/authors_instructions/SOAN.pdf)

    We would like to receive 150 - 200 word abstracts from interested authors by October 1, 2018.  If accepted, full papers will be due by February 1, 2019.  After rigorous peer review, publication is expected in late 2019 or early 2020.

    Thank you very much,

    Lisa Jean Moore
    lisajean.moore@gmail.com

    Rhoda Wilkie
    r.m.wilkie@abdn.ac.uk

     

  • Call for chapters: Rhetorics of veg(etari)anism
    by Cristina Hanganu-Bresch

    Greetings! I am soliciting chapters for an anthology to be published with an academic press and which will cover a wide range of rhetorical perspectives on veganism as identity, practice, ideology, and discursive ecology. Broad topic areas may include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Veg(etari)an techne: crafting veg(etari)an arguments about ethics, health, the environment;
    • Rhetorics of anti-veg(etari)an discourses: points of view from science, medicine, nutrition; popular culture – including social media, TV)
    • Representations of veg(etari)ans and veg(etari)anism in the media
    • Veg(etari)an affect: rhetorical sentiments around meat eating/animal exploitation
    • The sensuous veg(etari)an (e.g., veg(etari)an cookbooks and websites)
    • Veg(etari)an rhetorical intersections: feminism, racism, environmentalism, ableism

    Please send inquiries and chapter abstracts not to exceed 300 words to Cristina Hanganu-Bresch, c.hanganu-bresch@usciences.edu by September 30, 2018. Full CFP here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pW-XQPJOvwm4FCqLddDurBCAYKGKbbBW05cjej1mm84/edit?usp=sharing

  • Special issue: "We are Best Friends": Animals in Society, edited by Leslie Irvine
    http://www.mdpi.com/journal/socsci/special_issues/Animals_Society

    Dear Colleagues,
    Friendships between humans and non-human animals were once dismissed as sentimental anthropomorphism. After all, who could claim to be friends with a being who did not speak the same language? Animals’ emotions were also questioned. However, decades of research on the emotional and cognitive capacities of animals have made it possible to recognize human-animal friendships as true relationships involving mindedness on both sides. Friendships with animals manifest many of the same characteristics as friendships between humans. Both parties understand the other as having interests, preferences, and other aspects of subjective experience. Both enjoy the shared presence that friendship entails, with its moments of intersubjectivity that comes with knowing another being. Both friends develop ways of communicating, apart from or in addition to spoken language.
    Having an animal as a best friend often takes the form of companionship understood as the “pet”, but the relationship comes in other forms, too. People who work with animals often characterize their non-human partners as friends. People who work with search-and-rescue dogs, herding dogs, or police dogs develop, and even depend on, the closeness of best friendship. The same holds for equestrians of all sorts, as horses and riders must understand each other’s bodies and movements intimately. In some situations, animals provide the sole source of affection and interaction in people’s lives. Homeless people who live on the streets with animal companions often develop best friendships largely through 24/7 togetherness.
    In this light, this Special Issue on humans and animals as best friends seeks to explore the various forms these friendships take. Moreover, it aims to shed light on what these friendships mean for society, broadly construed. In short, how do human-animal friendships, and best friendships, in particular, expand the existing interdisciplinary knowledge of the roles of animals in society? 
    I encourage researchers from all disciplines and all methodological and theoretical approaches to submit contributions.
    Prof. Dr. Leslie Irvine
    Guest Editor

    Manuscript Submission Information Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2019

    Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

    Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Social Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

    Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charges(APCs) of 350 CHF (Swiss Francs) per published paper are fully funded by institutions through the Knowledge Unlatched initiative, resulting in no direct charge to authors. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

    Keywords
    • best friends
    • companion animals
    • friendship
    • human-animal friendship
    • human-animal bond
    • pets
  • CFP: Special Journal Issue on Animals and World Religions
    by Anna Peterson

    I would like to encourage H-Animal members to consider contributing to a special issue of the journal Religions on the subject of animals in world religions.  I was invited to edit this issue, and I very much hope to have excellent articles covering a wide range of issues, traditions, regions, historical time periods, and theoretical perspectives.  The website for the special issue can be found here: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/special_issues/awr.  That site offers more details about the theme of the issue and also logistics for submitting articles.

  • CFP: Approaches to the Literary Animal
    by Krishanu Maiti

    CFP for an edited volume of collected critical essays.

    Submissions are sought from academics, scholars, research aspirants and animal advocates.

    The rise and expansion of Animal Studies over the past decades can be seen in the explosion of various articles, journals, books, conferences, organisations, courses all over the academic world. With the publication of Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation in 1975 and Tom Regan’s The Case for Animal Rights in 1983, there has been a burgeoning interest in nonhuman animals among academics, animal advocates, and the general public. Interested scholars recognise the lack of scholarly attention given to nonhuman animals and to the relationships between human and nonhuman, especially in the light of the pervasiveness of animal representations, symbols, and stories, as well as the actual presence of animals in human societies and cultures. 

    Animals abound in literary and cultural texts, either they are animals-as-constructed or animals-as-such. However, we can approach any literary text from a theoretical lens where the representation of nonhuman animals is the main operative analytic frame. In literature nonhuman animals are given the titular role, they carry symbolic function, they speak human language and so on. But these create problematics and bear the politics of representation.

    Proposals for articles on topics relevant to this collective volume may include, but are not limited to:

    Theoretical Background

    • HAS or CAS or Anthrozoology
    • Animals and Animality Studies
    • Animal Studies and Ecocriticism
    • Animal ethics and rights
    • Darwinism
    • Posthumanism
    • Womanimalia (woman = animal)
    • Animal alterity
    • Animal Ontology
    • Postcolonial Animal
    • Domesticated animal
    • Meat eating, fishing and farming

    Textual Readings

    Contributors have the liberty to choose literary texts for their case study, but the papers must theorise the significant presence of nonhuman animals in the selected texts. Photo-essays are also welcome.

    Papers should be around 3000 words following the latest MLA style sheet and must have abstract of 250 words with keywords, relevant endnotes, references and authors’ bio-note. Papers will be scrutinised thoroughly and checked for potential unethical practices. Selected papers will be collected in a book (with ISBN) to be published by a reputed publisher. 

    Submission Deadline: 31st October 2018 

    Submit to: studiesanimal@gmail.com

     

  • The field of human-animal interactions and the exploration of new ways in which animals can facilitate physical, social, and psychological well-being are growing rapidly. Much of the research, however, has been applied in nature - focusing on assessing a specific issue or testing the effectiveness of interventions. In contrast, far less research has evaluated the basic psychological processes that underlie human-animal interactions. This work is critical in helping inform existing interventions and creating the foundation for the development of novel treatments. Thus, the aim of this special issue on Basic Social and Personality Psychology Research on Human-Animal Interactions, in the Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, is to promote and advance research regarding the psychological roots of human-animal interactions from social and personality perspectives. Papers for this special issue may include (but are not limited to) one or more of the following topics: fundamental relationship processes underlying the human-animal relationship; social cognition and perception related to animals; animal stereotyping and discrimination; understanding the role animals play within the self-concept; attitude formation and attitude change in animal preferences; and contagion of emotions between humans and animals. All submissions focusing on basic research and processes underlying human-animal relations from a social and personality psychology perspective (experimental, correlational) will be considered for this the special issue. Although all types of HAIB submissions will be consider for the special issue (see Author Information), preference will be given for empirical and descriptive investigations. Manuscripts should not exceed 8000 words and should conform to the sixth edition of the APA style manual. Manuscripts should be submitted using the regular HAIB online system, specifying that the submission is for the special issue on basic research on social and personality psychology in human-animal interactions. Papers should be submitted by November 30 with reviews to be completed by June 2019.  Please direct any inquiries (e.g., suitability, format, scope, etc.) about this Special Issue to the guest editors: Anthony Coy (coya@usf.edu) and Christopher Holden (holdencj@appstate.edu). 
  • Call for Papers for a Conservation Biology Special Section

    Challenges and solutions to human-wildlife conflicts in agricultural landscapes

    Conservation Biology invites novel research papers, reviews, and essays that focus on interactions among components of human-wildlife interactions operating over broad (i.e., landscape) spatial scales. We seek contributions that employ multidimensional frameworks (e.g., sustainability development, coupled human and natural systems, ecosystem services and disservice concepts) that can be used in policy development and management assessments. Contributions that combine participatory socioeconomic methods with ecological research or studies that address transboundary management challenges are strongly encouraged. The primary message of papers must be broadly relevant and transcend local ecosystems, species, and situations. It is crucial that contributions highlight the wider theoretical or practical implications of the work and that transferability be central to the discussion.

    As human populations and activities expand and interactions with wildlife increase, more animals are being considered nuisances, particularly in agricultural landscapes. Conservationists often argue that the dramatic losses of habitat and biodiversity threaten the survival of many species; in contrast, land users who directly experience economic losses due to wildlife damages argue that losses should be compensated, prevention measures subsidized, and wildlife managed appropriately. However, there is a lack of understanding of the effects of highly dynamic changes in human-wildlife systems, which have , for example, resulted from growing demands for natural resources and agricultural products and trade-offs between conservation and production objectives. Evidence-based decisions are being called for to help the design and implementation of sustainable strategies that promote human-wildlife coexistence.

    If you with to submit a paper, contact Hannes J. König for additional advice and author instructions and guidelines. The deadline for submission is 31 December 2018.

    Guest Editors

    • Hannes J. König, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany
    • Christine Fürst, Inst. of Sustainable Landscape Development, Martin-Luther University Halle (MLU), Germany
    • Stephanie Kramer-Schadt, Leibniz Institute for Zoo- and Wildlife Research (IZW), Germany
    • Christian Kiffner, The School for Field Studies (SFS), Tanzania
    • Oliver Keuling, Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research (ITAW), Germany
    • Adam T. Ford, –Department of Biology, The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada

    Link: https://conbio.org/publications/scb-news-blog/call-for-special-section-papers-in-conservation-biology

    Nicole
    (Social Media Editor, Conservation Biology )



Conferences and Programs

  • CALL FOR PAPERS for the 4th Biennial Conference: Living with Animals! Theme: Some we love, some we hate, some we eat, some we need 

    Co-organizers: Robert W. Mitchell, Radhika Makecha, and Michał Pręgowski. 

    “Living with Animals 4” is an Animal Studies conference about all things animal and human-animal interaction, occurring at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). EKU, located in Richmond, Kentucky, just south of Lexington, “The Horse Capital of the World,” began offering the first undergraduate degree in Animal Studies in 2010. We offer a Living with Animals conference every 2 years, and are pleased again to have an international set of speakers.

    The conference is now over three days, March 21-23, 2019.
    On Sunday, March 24, the day after the conference, we are hoping to have an optional day-long excursion to Salato Wildlife Center, and then to Buffalo Trace Distillery, both in Frankfort, Kentucky, but this is still in the planning stages. 
    The conference will be held in the Perkins Building at EKU.

    PROSPECTUS:
    The conference centers on our ever-present relationships with animals examined through the arts and humanities, sciences, and applied fields. Consistent with the conference theme, our focus this time around is our diverse relationships with animals. The theme derives from Hal Herzog’s well-known and influential book, Some we love, some we hate, some we eat: Why it’s so hard to think straight about animals. We hope presenters will find the relevance of their topic to the theme, but of course any topic related to animals or human-animal interaction is welcome.

    The special day-long session, “Living with Horses,” a continuing conference in the Living with Animals conference, is co-organized by Gala Argent and Angela Hofstetter.

    We are also hoping to attract presenters on the theme of “Living with Insects,” to draw attention to the precarious nature of so many insects in the world today.

    We have 4 keynotes:

    Hal Herzog is professor of Psychology at Western Carolina University. To find out more about him, see: http://halherzog.com/about/.

    Marcy Norton is associate professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Her talk will focus on horse-human interactions in Western Europe and indigenous America between 1500-1800. To find out more about her, see: https://www.gf.org/fellows/all-fellows/marcy-norton/.

    Seth Magle is the Director of the Urban Wildlife Institute at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. The provisional title of his talk is "Building a global network for urban wildlife research." To find out more about him, see: https://www.lpzoo.org/staff/seth-magle-phd.

    Clare Rittschof is assistant professor of Entomology at the University Kentucky in Lexington. The provisional title of her talk is “The interwoven social lives of humans and honey bees.” To find out more about her, see: https://clarerittschof.com.

    Email contact: livingwithanimals@eku.edu

    ABSTRACTS: 
    Abstracts of 200 to (approximately) 400 words should be sent to livingwithanimals@eku.edu. The first line of the abstract should be the title of the talk, and the next line(s) should be the authors’ names, positions, affiliations, and email addresses. Following this should be a blank line, followed by the text of the abstract. All should be single spaced. Reference to existing bodies of work might be made. 
    Please also indicate if you would like your presentation to be a talk or a poster, or if you are offering a panel. (We are open to other forms of presentations.) Posters are an excellent way to present some scientific and artistic works, and allow the presenter to engage closely with conference attendees who are most interested by their work. Posters will be available during the buffet lunch on Saturday, 23 March
    In addition, provide a one-page CV of your most relevant work and experience.

    Individual paper presentation time will be 20 minutes, including time for questions. Panels (usually 3 people; maximum time, 1 hour) are welcome. All presentations and panels will be reviewed by the organizers.

    TIMETABLE:
    Abstract submission deadline: December 10, 2018
    (Abstracts received after this date will be reviewed and, if accepted, put in the program if space allows.)
    Author notification: around December 22, 2018
    Conference begins: March 21, 2019
    Conference ends: March 23, 2019
    Optional excursion: March 24, 2019

    We recommend that participants arrive on March 20, and depart no earlier than the evening of March 23, to enjoy the conference fully.

    CONFERENCE WEBPAGE: The conference website is http://livingwithanimals.eku.edu. The website contains information about registration, hotels, excursions, dinners, food issues, and more information about the keynote speakers. 

    CONFERENCE LOCATION: Eastern Kentucky University is located in historic Richmond, Kentucky, including many areas of historic and scenic interest. Fort Boonesborough State Park, birthplace of Kentucky, is located 12 miles to the north, and Civil War and many other historical sites are nearby. The university is located just south of Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass Region, internationally recognized for its horse culture. See http://www.eku.edu/about for more information.

     


  • The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) presents the 2018 International Captive Wildlife Conference, Nov 9-11, 2018, a global summit that focuses on the confinement and use of captive wild animals, especially those exploited for entertainment. Its aim is to educate, stimulate critical discussion, and promote action to protect and improve the welfare of captive wildlife.

    The theme of the conference is “Confronting Captivity”, reflecting a growing resistance to the exploitation of captive wild animals around the world – from tourist elephant rides to orcas in marine parks to big cats in circuses. Our speakers are on the front lines, working for change through scientific research, ethics, law, conservation, and animal care, policy and welfare. 

    The PAWS International Captive Wildlife Conference is a highly anticipated event that attracts people from around the world and features exciting speakers who are leaders in their fields. PAWS has been presenting inspiring and thought-provoking conferences since 1992.

    Why you should attend this conference: 

    • Learn about a range of important issues affecting captive wildlife, including elephants, big cats, marine mammals, and bears. 
    • Hear from professionals (more than 35 speakers) on the cutting edge in their respective areas.
    • Discover different perspectives on the issues, from science to ethics to animal law. 
    • Know the issues and learn how you can take action in your community to help captive and performing wild animals. 
    • Meet others who share your interest in captive wildlife. More than 500 people attended the 2014 conference in Los Angeles, representing 24 U.S. states and six countries.
    • Only U.S.-based conference of its kind. 
    • Beautiful location in sunny Southern California.
    • Get inspired!

    Schedule

    Friday, November 9 | Focus on Elephants

    Saturday, November 10 | Captive Wildlife Issues and Solutions (Law, Welfare, Science), Marine Mammals in Entertainment

    Sunday, November 11 | Captive Bears and Big Cats Around the World

    http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ef4g40naac3357bc&llr=68strdcab

  • Call for abstracts: 6th Conference of the European Association for Critical Animal Studies (Barcelona, Spain)

    Rethinking revolution: Nonhuman animals, antispeciesism and power 6th Conference of the European Association for Critical Animal Studies (EACAS)

    Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Campus Poblenou, 22-24 May 2019

    International conference at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, hosted by:

    • The European Association for Critical Animal Studies
    • The UPF-Centre for Animal Ethics
    • The CRITICC Research Group
    • The Department of Communication

    Location:

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra
    Department of Communication – Poblenou Campus

    Roc Boronat, 138 – Barcelona 08108 – Catalonia – Spain

    Website: eventum.upf.edu/go/EACAS2019

    Deadline for abstracts: December 15, 2018
  • Animal/Language: An Interdisciplinary Conference
    Held in conjunction with the art exhibition “Assembling Animal Communication”

    Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
    21-23 March 2019


    Confirmed Invited Speakers:
    Catherine Chalmers, Stanford University
    Adrienne Martín, University of California, Davis

    Animals and language have a complicated relationship with one another in human understanding. Every period of history evinces a fascination with the diverse modes of communicative exchange and possibilities of linguistic community that exist both within and between species. Recent critics of anthropocentrism are far from the first to question the supposed muteness of the “dumb animal” and its ontological and ethical ramifications. Various cultures have historically attributed language to animals, and we have developed an increasingly sophisticated scientific understanding of the complex non-verbal communicative systems that animals use among themselves. New research complements millennia of human-animal communication in the contexts of work, play, and domestic life. 

    Some people have extensive experience with real, live animals. Some primarily encounter animals as products of the food industry. Some focus on animal representations in text or image, or deploy the abstract figure of “the animal” as limit or counterpart of the human. These interactions condition different ways of “thinking with animals,” including: using them in and as language or in experimentation, recruiting them as symbols and metaphors, incorporating them into idiomatic expressions, projecting moral values onto them, and ventriloquizing them for purposes of cultural critique. A vast archive of literary, artistic, philosophical, historical, religious, and scientific explorations testifies that the boundaries and complementarities relating animals and language have always captured the human imagination.

    Animal/Language aims to create an interdisciplinary dialogue on the relationship between “animals” and “language” that considers both what connects and what separates these two key terms. The conference hopes to generate new scientific inquires and creative synergies by initiating conversation and exchange among scholars in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. We therefore invite researchers from all fields, periods, and geographical areas to propose contributions engaging questions such as:

    • What are the real, imagined, or potential relationships between animals and language(s)?
    • What are animal languages?
    • What spaces or functions does the animal occupy within human language and cultural representation?
    • What is the role of animals in aesthetic or artistic meaning-making processes?
    • How do our interactions with animals shape our conceptions of animals and language?
    • How and why do we communicate with animals?
    • How and why do animals communicate with us?
    • How and why do animals communicate with one another?
    • What philosophical, ethical, and political questions are raised by different ways of affirming and denying connections between animals and language?
    • How should any of the above questions be historicized?

    Proposal Submission Deadline: September 30, 2018
    Proposals for 20-minute papers should be no more than 300 words long and include 3-5 keywords identifying your discipline and topic(s). All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously; please provide author name(s) and affiliations in your submission email, but omit them from your abstract itself.
    Please submit all proposals (in .docx or .pdf form) and questions to animallanguage2019@gmail.com.
    We plan to inform participants in early November.

  • Decolonizing Animals: AASA 2019 - INITIAL CALL FOR PAPERS

    *** Note changed dates: July 1st — July 4th 2019

    Venue: The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Ōtautahi/Christchurch, Aotearoa/New Zealand

    Colonial politics and histories have shaped, and continue to shape, the contemporary worlds of humans and other animals. Languages, societies, cultures, species, landforms, ecosystems, waterways and climates all bear the marks of human imperialism, settlement, invasion, migration, translocation, globalization, colonialism and neocolonialism. What would it mean for humans to decolonize their relationships with each other and with other species? Could we ever become decolonizing animals?

    Keynote speakers (confirmed to date – more TBA): 
    • Professor Alexis Wright
    • Professor Alphonso Lingis
    • Dr pattrice jones
    • Angela Singer

    The next biennial conference of the Australasian Animal Studies Association will be held in Ōtautahi / Christchurch, Aotearoa / New Zealand – a city and a country that embody the impacts of colonialism on human and nonhuman animals alike. The conference committee calls for papers that address the themes below in ways that are scholarly, creative, or activist – or all three:

    • Animals and indigeneity
    • Indigenous approaches to human-animal studies
    • Animals in relation to migration and immigration; dislocation and exile; borders, refugees, and camps; asylum and sanctuary
    • Colonial histories of animals or human-animal relations
    • Decolonial politics and animals or human-animal relations
    • Ecological imperialism
    • Epistemological, representational, conceptual colonization and decolonization of animals in film, literature, the arts, digital media
    • Violence, war, genocide, invasiveness, domination in human-animal relations
    • Human-horse relationships across cultures
    • Colonization, decolonization, animals, and the environmental crisis
    • Indigeneity and veg*nism
    • Critiques of animal consumption and food practices
    • Animals and cultural conflict and exchange
    • Decolonizing the Anthropocene
    • Decolonizing carnism
    • Decolonizing agriculture, environmental management, ‘pest’ control, animal breeding, ‘pet’-keeping, bloodsports, animal entertainment, or other human-animal practices
    • Critiques of ethnocentric, imperialist, anthropocentric, or universalist paradigms for understanding animals
    • Human-animal studies and decolonial studies
    • Intersections between decolonial perspectives on animals and human-animal relations with those emerging from critical race studies; feminist, gender, queer, and trans studies; Marxist and neo-Marxist approaches; disability studies; etc.

    Please send abstracts in the form of an email attachment (MS Word or compatible – not PDF please) containing
    • Your name
    • Your institutional affiliation (if appropriate)
    • Proposed paper title and abstract (approximately 350 words)
    • Brief autobiography (no more than 150 words)
    • Four keywords identifying the main themes of your paper

    to Associate Professor Annie Potts, AASA 2019 Conference Convenor, at annie.potts@canterbury.ac.nz.

    Closing date for abstracts: September 30th 2018

  • CFP: Agricultural History Centennial Meeting, June 2019
    by Kathleen Sullivan-Thomas

    2019 Annual Meeting
    Washington, D.C.
    June 6-8, 2019
    Power in Agricultural History

    The 100th anniversary meeting of the Agricultural History Society will be held in Washington, DC, an appropriate location to address the theme of “ Power in Agricultural History .” Power, in its multiple guises—whether political, social, economic, or physical—is embedded in every aspect of agricultural production, food and fiber marketing and consumption, and rural society and culture. The organizing theme is meant to encourage historians who refuse to accept that the current and future conditions of farms, food systems, and rural society and culture are the result of autonomous logics. It is worth remembering that among the founders of the Agricultural History Society were rural sociologists and agricultural economists who sought to influence public policy by developing their insights through historical research. The 100 th anniversary meeting offers an opportunity to celebrate and extend the interdisciplinary sensibility and public mission of the society, no small matter given the challenges that confront rural citizens and agricultural policymakers in our own time. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

    • The political power of farm organizations, electoral processes, policymaking institutions, for-profit firms, and third-sector and nongovernmental organizations
    • Social power in rural societies as enabled and/or constrained by gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, or religion
    • Dynamics of power in rural landscapes, rural and urban ecologies, and between humans and non-human organisms in agricultural systems
    • The application of animal, mechanical, or fossil-fuel based power sources to the production and distribution of agricultural goods
    • Historical analysis of economic power imbalances in rural society and agricultural markets
    • Theories and processes of modernization and rural development as exercises in power across national boundaries
    • Modes of cooperation and conflict, trust and mistrust in rural culture, society, and political and economic institutions
    • Social movements that have sought to transform the balance of power in rural environments

    As befits the society's inclusive approach we especially encourage contributions from emerging scholars and researchers covering understudied geographical regions or time periods, and as custom dictates we will also support significant contributions that do not directly address the conference theme.

    Information on submission:

    • The Society takes a broad view on what constitutes rural and agricultural history. Topics from any location and time period are welcome
    • The AHS encourages proposals of all types, including traditional sessions with successive papers and commentary, thematic panel discussions or debates, roundtables on recent books or films, workshops, and poster presentations
    • If you will need video projection technology for presentations, please indicate this in your proposal
    • The program committee prefers complete session proposals, but individual papers will be considered
    • The AHS extends a special welcome to graduate students and has a competitivve travel grant for students presenting papers

    Instructions:

    1. Session proposals should include a two-hundred-word abstract for each paper and a one-page CV for each panel member (in MS Word)
    2. Individual paper proposals should consist of a two-hundred-word abstract and a one-page CV (in MS Word)
    3. All proposals should be submitted electronically in Word format. Submit all proposals to the Program Committee by email at: aghist2019@gmail.com

    Deadline for submissions is September 28, 2018.

    Questions may be addressed to Shane Hamilton at shane.hamilton@york.ac.uk

    Program Committee Members: Shane Hamilton, University of York (Chair); Prakesh Kumar, Pennsylvania State University; Sarah Phillips, Boston University; Maggie Weber, Iowa State University; Nicole Welk-Joerger, University of Pennsylvania


  • Graduate Workshop: Knowing Through Animals: The Animal Turn in History of Science

    New York City, February 2nd, 2019

    Center for Science and Society, Columbia University.

    Organized by Alma Igra (PhD candidate, History Department, Columbia University) in collaboration with Dagmar Schäfer and Tamar Novick, The Body of Animals project, Max Plank Institute for the History of Science, Berlin.

    Building on recent literature on animal bodies in history of science and STS, the workshop is set as a collaborative effort to unpack methodological issues in the study of human-animal relations in the production of knowledge. The workshop is designed to support the process of dissertation writing by exploring some thematic and methodological aspects of the discussion of animal bodies and materiality in science. The workshop will include an opening presentation by the Max Plank Institute for the History of Science’s researchers about animal bodies and human knowledge, and the sites/context where questions of animals and knowledge arise. This presentation will be followed by three sessions of case study discussions (two graduate students will present their case studies in each session).

    Graduate students will be teamed up before the workshop, based on similar methodological approaches. Each team of presenters will select three bibliographical items that relates to their work, and co-write an abstract for the discussion they lead. Discussions will engage with the selected literature while drawing on concrete examples from the students’ research.  

    Possible topics might include:

    • Knowledge across species
    • Animals as technology
    • Gender and race in conceptualization of animals in science
    • Use and Standardization of animal bodies in scientific work
    • Global health and cross-species health and medicine
    • Anthropomorphism and biopolitics.

    The Center for Science will provide partial reimbursement of participants’ travel expenses (depending on cost and distance of travel).

     Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.  

    Graduate students interested in participating should send a short dissertation abstract and CV to Alma Igra ai2298@columbia.edu . Please also mention 3 tentative readings you would like to discuss as methodological references.

    PhD candidates in history of science, STS, history of medicine, sociology of science and critical animal studies are particularly encouraged to apply.

  • 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.

  • ANIMAL WELFARE: ETHICAL, EPISTEMOLOGICAL AND BIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES, Summer School from 25-29 March 2019 in Münster (Westf.), Germany
    • What does it mean for an animal to „fare well“?
    • How can we access animal welfare experimentally?
    • How can we foster animal welfare?
    • Which societal, legal and political expectations and demands should be taken into consideration?

    These and other questions will be discussed during the Summer School at the University of Münster (Westphalian Wilhelm University, WWU) in Spring 2019. The Summer School is organised by the Centre for Bioethics, the Institute for Neuro- and Behavioural Biology and the Centre for the Philosophy of Science and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

    We invite junior scientists from the behavioural sciences, biology, philosophy, veterinary science, law and social sciences as well as other relevant disciplines to present their theoretical and experimental approaches in 30-45 minute talks and discuss them with experts during the Summer School.

    Travel costs and costs incurred for board and lodging will be covered by the organisation.

    Working languages at the Summer School will be English and German.

    Interested junior scientists are invited to send their applications including a short CV and an abstract of max. 300 words until 21st October 2018 to the following e-mail address:

    Centrum für Bioethik
    Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität
    Philipp de Vries
    www.uni-muenster.de/bioethik
    CfB@uni-muenster.de

  • cfp for 'Emotion' (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 26 and 27 April 2019) is now open. Details are on 
  • The Equine History Collective (EHC) invites you to attend its first annual conference, to take place Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 at Cal Poly Pomona, in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library. The theme of the conference is “Why Equine History Matters,” meant to show the relevance of equine history for historical studies. The conference will conclude with a visit to the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center’s Sunday Show. Information on public registration will be available later this summer. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

    We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker for Equine History 2018Dr. Richard Nash. His work likely needs no introduction, including “‘Honest English Breed:’ The Thoroughbred as Cultural Metaphor,” in The Culture of the Horse: Status, Discipline, and Identity in the Early Modern World, one of the works that reinvigorated the field of equine history.

    The full speakers list is here.

      

     



Funding

  • Internal
  • External

    • From: UCLA Animal Law and Policy Program <alp@law.ucla.edu>
      Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 1:02 PM
      Subject: Announcement of UCLA Animal Law and Policy Small Grants Program Request for Proposals

      I am writing to announce that the UCLA School of Law Animal Law and Policy Small Grants Program (“Program”) is seeking small grant proposals. The application period is open now and closes on December 1, 2018. We are happy to receive applications as soon as they are ready, but we will not make any offers of funding until we have reviewed all applications after the funding period closes.

      This Program is designed to support legal and non-legal empirical scholarship to advance animal law and policy reform.  To learn more about the Program, including previously funded projects, please use this link: http://law.ucla.edu/centers/social-policy/animal-law-grants-program/about/

      Applications are welcome from any field as long as the potential application of the research to animal law and policy reform is clear. We have a particular interest in fields such as psychology, including moral psychology, sociology, philosophy, economics, and other social sciences. In addition, this year we are especially interested in empirical research applicable to legal reform focused on animals used in experimentation, animals harmed through pest control or “nuisance wildlife management” activities, and dogs at risk of being classified as “dangerous.”

      Please be aware that we do not fund any type of research on live animals, and we cannot provide funding to scholars based at institutions outside the United States. We are open to collaborative projects with non-U.S.-based scholars, so long as the principal investigator is based at a U.S. institution of higher education throughout the funding period.
      Our Program can be reached at 773-259-7760 or at alp@law.ucla.edu if you have any questions.
      Best regards,

      Cheryl Leahy
      Program Coordinator
      UCLA Animal Law and Policy Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

       How to Apply

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

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

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

      Additional Information

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

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

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

Job Listings

  • Internal
  • External
    • Assistant Professor of Animal Studies, tenure-track position, to start in September, 2019. Ph.D. in Animal Studies, Psychology, Biology, or related-field required. Teach seven courses per academic year, including Introduction to Animal Studies, Animal Behavior, Internship in Animal Studies, Senior Capstone, and an elective in area of specialty. To contribute courses to a newly developed program in Animal Studies. 
      Participation in an interdisciplinary, values-oriented general education program is required, including a regular rotation in the two-semester first-year program. Eckerd College, the only independent national liberal arts college in Florida, has a tradition of innovative education and teaching/mentoring excellence. Submit a letter of application, vita, teaching evaluations, statement of teaching philosophy, graduate transcripts, and contact information for three references so that letters of recommendation can be requested, via https://eckerd.hirecentric.com/jobs/. Applications must be complete by November 1, 2018. Inquiries may be sent to Dr. Lauren Highfill, highfile@eckerd.edu. EOE. Applications from women/minorities encouraged.  

       

       Lauren Highfill, Ph.D.

      Professor of Psychology

      727.864.8428

    • 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

  • Applications are now open for the 'Jews for Animals' college fellowship program for the 2018-2019 school year! This program is an initiative of The Shamayim V'Aretz Institute, a Jewish animal welfare organization that educates leaders, trains advocates, and leads campaigns for the ethical treatment of animals. Fellows will learn from Jewish animal advocates on monthly conference calls and complete campus projects, learning how to raise awareness and best articulate animal welfare causes and Jewish veganism. Fellows will also be invited to our national retreat in March, 2019. Fellows receive seed money for campus projects and financial assistance for travel to the retreat in addition to a $500 stipend upon completion of all fellowship requirements. Please email ilana@shamayimvaretz.org for more information.
  • The Animal Legal Defense Fund is pleased to announce their free Animal Law Summer School in 2018! All are welcome to join for three 90-minute webinars provided by leading authorities on cutting-edge topics in animal law. The Animal Law Summer School is an opportunity to hone your skills and gain both practical and substantive knowledge about important issues currently facing animals in the legal system. Participants will learn from the experts and enjoy an interactive Q&A session. Don't miss the chance to get an in-depth look into what it means to advocate for animals through the legal system. The Animal Law Summer School is suitable for anyone interested in animal law, current and future law students, attorneys, legal professionals and animal advocates.
  • Equine History Collective Blog Seeks Reviewers
    by Katrin Boniface

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

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

    Katrin Boniface

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

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

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

    Thanks to Susan for the wonderful poems. Enjoy!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Summer Retreat Program at Shin Pond, Maine

    for Animal/Humane/Environmental Studies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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