Student Resources

Social Media | Organizations | Journals | Books and Special Editions |

Conferences and Programs | Funding | Jobs | Miscellaneous | Links

Social Media



  • 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

    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

  • Boletín de Arte n 40/2019: Special Thematic Issue: Animals and Art History
    Submission of articles: November 30, 2018 - February 28, 2019.
    Accepted languages: Spanish, English, French and Italian

    Co-editors of the monographic issue: Reyes Escalera Pérez and Concepción Cortés Zulueta

    In order to be accepted for consideration and double blind peer reviewed evaluation, the articles have to address the topic of Animals and Art History with a maximum of 31,500 characters (including spaces) and with no more than 10 images. The submission has to be made on-line, by registering in the on-line platform of the Boletín:

    Please, find detailed submission guidelines in the Boletín’s webpage, scroll down for the guidelines’ English version:

    Boletín de Arte, an open access journal edited since 1980 by the Department of Art History, University of Málaga, proposes a special thematic issue commemorating its 40th anniversary. This special issue will focus on the representation, presence and agency of non-human animals in art history and visual culture.

    As humans, we live surrounded by animals that we often ignore, or that we tend to substitute with or filter through our meanings, perceptions and symbolism. However, in recent decades animals have been increasingly present among the concerns and interests of our societies not just through their representations, but also as subjects and agents whose perspectives are worth considering. In parallel, animal studies (or human-animal studies) have reclaimed animals as a field of inquiry of the humanities and social sciences, including art history. This transversal approach is usually acquainted with biology and other related disciplines, interacts with other area studies (gender, postcolonial, queer, etc.), and is reinforced and may be accompanied by frameworks like posthumanism, or by environmental concerns.

    This Animals and Art History issue of Boletín de Arte is open to address the subject of non-human animals from all periods, methodologies and approaches of art history.

    Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to, the following:
    - Representations of animals (portraits, photographs, scientific illustrations, etc.).
    - Biographies of historical or artistic animals.
    - Emblems and treaties on animals.
    - Museums and animals, animals inside the white cube.
    - Nature and symbology of animals.
    - Artistic genres or topics about animals.
    - Artists and their animals.
    - Artists who collaborate with other animals.
    - Animals as creators or artistic agents.
    - Cinema and animals.
    - Videos of animals on the Internet.
    - Animals, art and gender.
    - Animal activism and art
    - Eco-art and animals.
    - Art or designs for other animals.
    - Animals and aesthetics.

    Note: This CFP and special thematic issue only affects “Articles” and “Varia” sections, not the sections of “Book reviews” and “Exhibition criticism”). For any queries contact Reyes Escalera ( ); Concepción Cortés ( )


  • We would like to invite you to contribute with a chapter to a new co-edited volume titled ‘Like an Animal’: Refugees, Animals, and Multiculturalism.

     The volume explores the unexamined links between human migrants/refugees and nonhumans (refugees in their own right) during global migration crises. The volume’s goal is to open an interdisciplinary and multicultural discussion on the structural, symbolic, and discursive logics behind the human-animal divide as reflected and perpetuated in the case of human migration crises. Contributions will examine any of the intersections between human refugees and nonhuman animals’ interests, treatment, legal status, or media narratives and policies that target them in multicultural states: the EU, MENA, Latin America, and the US. Some of the questions we aim to address include:

     How does the shift toward securitization, much exacerbated by the migration crisis, reify the two vulnerable groups?

    What do multicultural states risk in denying the suffering of these “huddled masses”?

    How does the human-animal construct frame and perpetuate the treatment of the two vulnerable groups?

    What are the common ideological roots of the oppression of the two groups?

    Why is it useful to think about the intersections between human migrants/refugees and speciesism?

    What role does the human-animal divide play in racism, ethnocentrism, classism, etc. as applied to global migration crises?

    The volume will be of interest to scholars, researchers, journalists, and students as well as a range of governmental and nongovernmental organizations devoted to social justice including animal rights, human rights, and environment activism. We expect to select 10-12 contributions to seek publication in 2020 with a top international academic publisher (Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Sage, Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, etc.). The volume will commit to principles of nonviolence and ethical veganism, and use non-speciesist language. The contributions are (provisionally) due by August 31, 2019; the length of each chapter is 7,000-8,000 words (references and notes included).

     Deadline for submitting 300-400 word abstracts: Nov 20, 2018

     Please send abstract submissions to:

  • CFP (Collection of Essays and Poems): American Genocide: Indians and Other Animals
    by Bart Welling

    American Genocide: Indians & Other Animals
    (Call for Essays and Poetry)

    Deadline: Dec. 15th, 2018

    Contact: Tom Gannon, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, or Matthew Guzman, PhD Candidate, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Critical scholarship on the indigenous humans of North America and scholarship in Critical Animal Studies often remain separate and rarely appear in dialogue with one another. And yet, both fields of study can benefit greatly from being placed in conversation. There has not been a volume to date that adequately grapples with the similar exploitation and extinction of these two marginalized “Others.” The crucial intersection of the human indigenous and other non-human species entails both trope and reality, as both a longtime ideological comedy of errors and misprisions—and a longtime material tragedy of genocide and extinction. To be sure, this "bestial" conjunction may be said to be a foundational matrix of Western civilization. American Genocideputs these voices of genocide and extinction in conversation with one another, including new critical scholarship as well as newly published poetry. The bringing together of ingenious and non-human, however, is not meant to conflate these two unique populations, which is the all-too-often move in ideologies of oppression. Instead, by combining these topics and genres—human and non-human, scholarly study and poetry—this book attempts to speak back against such colonialist models of hierarchy and separation. The collection also introduces a new transdisciplinary approach, Eco-Colonial Discourse theory, an approach towards discourses across species. Furthermore, it is through uncovering the ways in which non-human exploitation serves as the originary template for the de-humanization of disempowered human groups that American Genocidebegins of a hybrid field of study that extends and complicates Native American Studies, postcolonial theory, and Critical Animal Studies.

    As we are theorizing it, Eco-Colonial Discourse theoryis intended to be a descendant of postcolonial theory; however, this new approach recontextualizes, or repositions, questions of imperialism and power with special attention to the intersections between the Native American and nonhuman animal. As colonial discourse theory itself issues from Edward Said's seminal perception that the Foucaultian matrix of language and power is central to the success of the colonial enterprise, "race" itself has ultimately always been the invention of colonial discourse-as-power—as a rationalization at last for the cruel exercise of that power. And so "the plight of the Redman" has been largely aboutlanguage, about discourse, in a thoroughly poststructuralist sense. Similarly, the categorical distinction of “animal” in western discourse (as Jacques Derrida has also claimed) remains an issue of power informed by language. In this way, American Genocideseeks ways to identify and move beyond eurocentrism as well as anthropocentrism.

    We invite original essays from a wide range of disciplinary fields such as (but not limited to) literary criticism, ethnic studies, gender studies, history, art history, and philosophy that illuminate intersections between the Native American and nonhuman animal.

    Suggested intersections include but are not limited to the following:

    • Nonhuman and Native extinction/genocide
    • Critical Animals Studies and Native American Studies
    • Native American Studies and other animals
    • Human Natives and other species in the wake of 19th-century Manifest Destiny
    • Linguistic/categorical distinctions and hierarchies regarding the indigenous and nonhuman
    • Interspecies and intercultural/intertribal communication
    • Rhetoric of the Native and nonhuman animal “Others”
    • Ontology, race, and species meet U.S. settler colonialism
    • Native and nonhuman animal resistance and rebellion
    • Representing the Native and nonhuman animal in popular culture 
    • Preserves/reserves/reservations and colonial/imperial projects
    • Documenting and cataloging the “Wild” and/or the “Savage”
    • Zoology and Anthropology: Natural and social sciences on the U.S. frontier
    • Native ethnobotany and the natural world
    • Taxonomic systems and catalogues of imperialism
    • Cartography, Native Americans, and nonhuman animals
    • Native and nonhuman migration(s)
    • Native American “myth,” spiritualism and nonhuman animals

    Submit your 300-500 word abstract to and by Dec. 15th, 2018 with the subject line “American Genocide Abstract.” Please also include C.V. Notification of acceptance will be sent by Jan. 15th, 2019. Completed essays (5,000—9,000 words) will be expected by May 15th in MLA or Chicago Manual of Style format.

    We also invite submissions of previously unpublished poetry that bridge, intersect, or complicate the indigenous human andnonhuman animal.

    Submit one to three poems to and by Dec. 15th, 2018 with the subject line “American Genocide Poetry.”

  • Special issue: "We are Best Friends": Animals in Society, edited by Leslie Irvine

    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 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.

    • 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:  That site offers more details about the theme of the issue and also logistics for submitting articles. Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019


  • 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 ( and Christopher Holden ( 
  • 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


    (Social Media Editor, Conservation Biology )

Conferences and Programs

  • Call for Participants: Workshop Series on “Reading Zoos in the Age of the Anthropocene”

    Interdisciplinary Workshop Series

    Utrecht University, Netherlands

    The zoo has always been the paradigmatic site for human-animal encounters in modernity. Authors, artists, and filmmakers have long been drawn to this space as a source of inspiration and as a means for reflecting on social, political, and global issues relating to class, gender, race, nationality, not to mention the myriad complex and often contradictory aspects of the human–animal relationship. The zoo is thus not merely a physical space but also a space of the imagination which both mirrors and shapes the broader cultural understanding of the natural world and our relationship to it.

    Over the last two decades, in the context of growing public awareness of climate change and mass extinction, that relationship has been changing. During the same period, the zoo has become a focal point for a new wave of literary and cinematic representations which reflect the fears and uncertainties about the future, but also seek to imagine alternative, multispecies futures. These representations serve as a lens through which to explore how the relationship between humans and the natural world is changing in the age of the Anthropocene.

    The rise of the modern zoo coincides with the Industrial Revolution and Western imperialist expansion, which in turn is tied to the human transformation of the planet now culminating in the catastrophic loss of biodiversity known as the sixth global extinction event. Thus, the history of the Anthropocene is in many respects coextensive with the history of the zoo.

    In the context of my ongoing research project, Reading Zoos in the Age of the Anthropocene, funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), I am organizing a series of three workshops to explore the past, present, and future of humanity’s relationship to nature—or, more specifically, how that relationship has been represented and imagined in cultural media such as literature and film, and how it is being reimagined today.

    Each of the three workshops will focus on a different issue or theme relating to the past, present, and future of the zoo as a more-than-human space of the imagination. The three themes are:

    1. “War/Memory” (April 2019): In his lectures on air war and literature, published in English under the revealing title On the Natural History of Destruction, W.G. Sebald cites various accounts of the destruction of the Berlin Zoo under the Allied bombing, and the fate of the animals there. Sebald suggests that “these images of horror” are so powerful because they remind us that zoos, which “owe their existence to a desire to demonstrate princely or imperial power, are at the same time supposed to be a kind of imitation of the Garden of Eden.” This peculiar combination of political and religious symbolism—the ruins of empire and the loss of innocence—allows the zoo to serve as a powerful “material-semiotic node” (Haraway) for reflecting on history and violence in a more-than-human sense, including the “slow violence” of climate change and extinction. It is striking that the “zoo-in-wartime” has become a recurring motif in literature, film and other media over the past two decades, i.e. seemingly in tandem with the discourse on the Anthropocene. This workshop seeks to explore the critical potential of this motif as well as its limitations and pitfalls when it comes to thinking about the destruction of the natural world. How can the zoo in wartime serve as a focal point that brings together discourses on (neo-)colonialism, imperialism, racism, and speciesism? And to what extent can this motif serve to obscure or distract from complexities and inequalities by potentially reinstating a monolithic human-animal binary, which these discourses are working to undermine?
    2. “Captivity/Escape” (November 2019): In his famous essay “Why Look at Animals?”, John Berger writes: “All sites of enforced marginalization—ghettos, shanty towns, prisons, madhouses, concentration camps—have something in common with zoos.” Zoos are not only sites of entertainment and spectacle but also sites of incarceration and violence, which moreover are fundamentally bound up with other forms of oppression. A dominant theme in representations of the zoo has always been the cage separating the spectators from the animals. In this workshop we focus on how authors, filmmakers, and visitors imagine the lived experience of animals in the zoo, and how it intersects with issues of race, colonial exploitation, the objectifying human gaze. Running parallel to the image of the cage since the nineteenth century is the popular anxiety about wild animals escaping from their enclosures. Such “zoo-break narratives”, however, frequently serve only to reinforce a nature / culture binary, by imagining the restoration of a natural order. Moreover, an implicit assumption underlying critiques of the zoo in the style of John Berger is that the animals in their cages are but pale imitations of their full-blooded cousins in the wild. In an age of pervasive habitat loss through development and poaching, however, it is increasingly the case that there simply is no “natural” habitat to which these animals might return. How does this circumstance affect the way zoos are represented, and how they represent themselves, today?
    3. “Extinction/Conservation” (April 2020): “Everywhere animals disappear”, writes John Berger, adding that the zoo serves as a monument to their disappearance. On the whole, the discourse of the zoo, like that of the Anthropocene, is infused with a sense of mourning and melancholia, which is expressed in the form of narratives of loss, as well as quasi-apocalyptic visions of the future. In response to the sixth mass extinction, zoos increasingly present themselves as conservation centres, or as “arks” for vanishing animals. At the same time, there is a growing movement for “de-extinction”, i.e. bringing vanished animals “back” in the style of Jurassic Park. Nevertheless, as spaces of the imagination, both zoos and literature can and do try to imagine alternative, speculative and multi-species futures, which perhaps move beyond hubristic and promethian fantasies of biotechnological mastery. The final workshop in the series focuses specifically on the role of fiction in imagining such alternative, more-than-human futures.

    The first workshop will take place on 3–5 April, 2019 at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. I invite scholars, including advanced PhD students and early-career academics, as well as artists, writers, and zoo professionals, to participate. The workshop will not take the form of panels and presentations, but rather of brief position papers by select participants followed by plenary discussion.

    If you would like to participate please send a short bio and a description (no more than one page A4) of your current or recent research and/or practice relating to the figure of the zoo to Kári Driscoll ( by the 1st of January, 2019.


  • CFP: Animals and the Home Conference
    by Elle Larsson

    The ‘Animals and the Home’ conference will explore the relationship between animals, humans and the home in diverse forms. The study of the home is an important area in geography, history and anthropology but, as some animal studies scholars have remarked, animals figure in it infrequently. Animal presence is rarely mentioned in studies of idealised homes, domestic practices or family relationships. In recent decades studies of human-animal relationships have also developed and diversified, and a large body of scholarship now explores animal-human histories. While the cultural, economic and social significance of pet animals has been an important theme in this literature, discussions of these animals are sometimes abstract and removed from the everyday spaces and places they inhabited. Less attention has also been paid to the role of utility animals and household pests. This conference aims to bring home and animals together – thinking about the relationship between animals and ideas and emotional understandings of home, but also home as a lived experience. Proposals are invited from scholars working on all periods and geographical areas, bearing in mind that understandings of home often varied at different times and in different places. While the conference focuses on the past, we welcome interest from scholars in all disciplines.

    Papers might address (but are not limited to) the following themes:

    • Changing discourses or cultural ideas of home and how animals figured in these representations
    • Visual representations of animals in the home
    • Emotional understandings of home and animals
    • Domestic organisation, rituals and routines and the role of animals
    • Animals and boundaries, thresholds and movement in the home
    • Understandings of roles of animals in the home: utility, pet, pest etc.
    • Human-human relationships (family and other) and animal-human relationships
    • The impact of animals on space and material culture in the home
    • How far we can consider animal agency in the home

    The AHRC Pets and Family Life Project invites research proposals for the conference which will be held at the Institute of Historical Research on Wednesday May 1st 2019.

    Please submit 200-300 word abstracts with a short biography and contact details by January 7th 2019 to Elle Larsson at the following email address:



  • 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.

    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:

    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:

    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:

    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:

    Email contact:

    Abstracts of 200 to (approximately) 400 words should be sent to 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.

    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 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 for more information.

  • 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


    Universitat Pompeu Fabra
    Department of Communication – Poblenou Campus

    Roc Boronat, 138 – Barcelona 08108 – Catalonia – Spain


    Deadline for abstracts: December 15, 2018
  • 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.




  • Internal
  • External

    • From: UCLA Animal Law and Policy Program <>
      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:

      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 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:

    • 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 ( and The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy ( 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).

      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

    • 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

      Application deadline: December 10, 2018

      The Kaplan Institute for the Humanities invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Environmental Humanities, to run from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020. Applications are welcome from scholars who study the environment from any humanities perspective (focusing on, for instance, ecological approaches to literature, gender, religion, politics, philosophy, the arts, and/or race; animal studies; environmental justice, ethics and sustainability; and/or environmental history). Co-appointed to the Kaplan Institute and a humanistic department or program in Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, the fellow will teach two undergraduate courses per year. Candidates must complete all Ph.D. requirements before August 31, 2019, and be no more than four (4) years past their Ph.D. at the time of the fellowship start date. Fellows should also not have started a tenure track position at the time of application.

      The fellow will give one public lecture per year and be expected to participate in events at the Kaplan Institute. This position is a two-year, full-time fellowship with benefits.

      Deadline for applications is Dec. 10, 2018. Please submit a brief research statement of the project to be undertaken during the fellowship period, C.V., writing sample of approximately 25 pages (or comparable evidence of scholarly accomplishment), two sample syllabi, graduate transcripts, and three references (with email addresses)—including the dissertation advisor—whom we will contact for letters of recommendation. Inquiries about the search may be sent to

      AA/EOE. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. See the application here: 

    • 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 Applications must be complete by November 1, 2018. Inquiries may be sent to Dr. Lauren Highfill, EOE. Applications from women/minorities encouraged.  


       Lauren Highfill, Ph.D.

      Professor of Psychology


    • Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track), Environmental Studies

      Department of Environmental Studies

      New York University Arts and Science

      The Department of Environmental Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science at New York University invites applications for two tenure-track positions (at the rank of Assistant Professor). The appointments will begin September 1, 2019, pending administrative and budgetary approval. The successful applicant will be an interdisciplinary scholar with a strong record of research and publishing who is ready to contribute to the education of undergraduates majoring in Environmental Studies and to at least one of two new graduate programs being launched by the department (Environmental Systems Studies and Animal Studies). We are particularly interested in candidates specializing in global environmental governance or urban ecology. We welcome candidates from a broad range of social science, physical science, and policy backgrounds (e.g., environmental studies, earth science, urban studies, ecology, political science, sociology, economics, public policy, geography).

      Candidates should possess a Ph.D. by August 31, 2019, have a research program that demonstrates the potential to be a leader in the field of Environmental Studies, and have proven the ability to be an excellent teacher. Candidates should apply with a cover letter, CV, three (3) confidential letters of recommendation, a research and teaching statement, and two exemplary writing samples. Because diversity is an important part of the NYU mission, we request that you include a paragraph in your cover letter telling us how diversity figures into your past, present, and future teaching, research, and community engagement.

      Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2018 and will continue until the search is complete. More information is available at

      To apply, please go to the following:

      The Faculty of Arts and Science at NYU is at the heart of a leading research university that spans the globe. We seek scholars of the highest caliber that embody the diversity of the United States as well as the global society in which we live. We strongly encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and other individuals who are under-represented in the profession, across color, creed, race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, gender and sexual identity, or any other legally protected basis. NYU affirms the value of differing perspectives on the world as we strive to build the strongest possible university with the widest reach. To learn more about the FAS commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion, please read here (

    • There are internship opportunities through the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy. The website for HSISP is

    • 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.


  • New Book Series: Multi-Species Anthropology: New Ethnographies

    We, Rebecca Cassidy (anthropology Goldsmiths, University of London) and Garry Marvin (anthropology, University of Roehampton), have a contract with Routledge to edit a book series titled Multi-Species Anthropology: New Ethnographies. There are now many book series out there, exploring the relationships that humans have with other forms of life, each with its particular focus or guiding ethos. This series will also have a guiding academic and intellectual ethos. A key term in the proposed title is ‘ethnographies’. We believe that ethnographic research, long-term, deep, engagement with the lives of those we seek to understand, can produce richly-textured, nuanced, and illuminating interpretive anthropological accounts of those lives. Our interest is to bring those accounts to light in a coherent series.  Yes, ‘inter-species’ is a contested term, but we are interested in accounts of how humans experience, engage with, live with, other animals, but also with plants and other living matter. So – our focus will be on ethnographic studies. Such studies will be informed by, and make use of, theoretical perspectives but what will make the series special are accounts of the relationships between humans and other lives that are generated from within particular social and cultural worlds.

    We are now looking for manuscripts that are being worked on, theses that are being transformed, or plans for monographs that are being developed. If you or your colleagues have ideas for a monograph that might fit this series, please do get in contact with both of us to discuss ideas and possibilities. Please do circulate this among your contacts.

    Best wishes

    Rebecca and Garry

  • Equine History Collective Blog Seeks Reviewers
    by Katrin Boniface

    The Equine History Collective,, 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:

    Katrin Boniface

    UC Riverside, History
  • Animal Studies Repository of the Humane Society International is an excellent resource for animal studies scholars, see
  • 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:

    '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.

    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 (,
    NZCHAS Co-Director Associate Professor Philip Armstrong (, or
    one of our other members:

  • 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:

    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 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:, 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
  • 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.


Visit the Michigan State University Homepage Return to the Animal Studies Homepage