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Call for papers: 5th European Conference for Critical Animal Studies (Lund, Sweden)

NONHUMAN ANIMALS IN SOCIETY: EXPLORING NEW PATHWAYS FOR RESISTANCE, CHANGE AND ACCOMODATION, 5th European Conference for Critical Animal Studies

International conference at Lund University, the Pufendorf Institute

Hosted by the European Association for Critical Animal Studies

The 26th to 28th of October 2017

Keynote Speakers:

  • Zipporah Weisberg, independent scholar
  • Volker Sommer, professor of Evolutionary Anthropology.

Conference Website: https://animalsconferencelund.wordpress.com

CALL FOR PAPERS

Historically, nonhuman animals have been placed outside the realm of society and the social. Often relegated to being part of ‘nature,’ nonhuman animals are often represented as the passive and subordinate counterpart of ‘culture’. These social constructions and representation of other animals have contributed to the sustainment of human supremacy and dominance, which until this day permeate the conditions of nonhuman animals in society. Over the past decades, a growing body of literature, cultural texts and scholarly work has dealt critically with the devaluation and misrepresentation of other animals. Influenced by “the animal turn” in the humanities and social sciences, this scholarship has examined both the presence and absence, the visibility and invisibility of nonhuman animals in society. By means of highlighting the social nature of these representations, work has been done to render nonhuman animal resistance, and change more visible. Additionally, with recent developments within scientific disciplines such as ethology, a new focus of research, one that highlights the individuality and agency of nonhuman animals has emerged. This contributes to an altered view on nonhuman animals, whether they are living within or in the periphery of human societies.

The aim of this conference is to bring to focus how scholarly work can contribute to the disruption and replacement of violent and exploitative practices, while also providing a platform for exploring the variety of ways that more just inter-species relations might be established. Special attention will be given to how scholarships and transdisciplinary work can engage with these problems as they exist in media, politics, popular culture and other aspects of everyday life.

On October 26th to 28th 2017, the 5th European Conference for Critical Animal Studies will be hosted by the European Association for Critical Animal Studies (EACAS).

The conference invites scholars and activists from all disciplines dealing with the three broad and intersecting themes, society, media and culture, and how they are assessed in Critical Animal Studies.

The conference welcomes proposals from a variety of scholars and disciplines, including radical academics, independent researchers, students and community activists. Papers may focus on any aspect of the three stands, including but not limited to the following themes:

  • Nonhuman animals and media
  • Nonhuman animals and culture
  • Culture – nature-dualism and its criticism
  • Nonhuman animals and social theory
  • Nonhuman animals and critical theory
  • Social Justice and nonhuman animals
  • Ethology and societal perception of animals
  • Normative aspects of animals in media and culture
  • The political principles of animal liberation
  • The construction of just interspecies institutions.
  • The politics and political theory of interspecies co-existence at farm sanctuaries
  • Histories and genealogies of multispecies politics and communities
  • Nonhuman animals and agency
  • Nonhuman animals and social classes
  • Nonhuman animals and colonialism
  • Animal liberation and anarchism
  • Animal liberation as a social movement
  • Nonhuman animals and feminism
  • Nonhuman animals and ableism
  • Nonhuman animals and critical race studies

The conference encourages the emancipatory approach of scholar activists in the field of critical animal studies.

Please note that there will be a 40€ registration fee for the conference. Registration for students, unemployed people or individuals with a low income will be 20€.

Prospective speakers are invited to submit abstracts of 500 words, and a brief biography including name, affiliation and contact details.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 28th April 2017

Decisions on abstracts: 22nd May 2017

For more information about the conference, or to submit an abstract, please email the organising committee: animalsconferencelund@gmail.com

https://animalsconferencelund.wordpress.com

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CFP: Workshop: Empathy, Animals, Film

Call for participation and papers for phd candidates and postdocs

Workshop: Empathy, Animals, Film

With Prof. Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University)

International workshop at the University of Basel, June 20, 2017

Guest: Lori Gruen (Convenors: Markus Wild, Friederike Zenker, Livia Boscardin)

Registration Deadline: April 30, 2017

20/21–24 June 2017, the annual conference of the SLSAeu will be held in Basel on the topic of “Empathies” (http://www.empathies2017.com).

In this context, the workshop provides a forum to explore concepts of empathy with regard to animals and especially animals on film.

Empathy is a key concept in contemporary studies focussing on animals e.g. in Animal Ethics or research on Animal Minds. Humans and other animals engage with each other by means of empathy. The understanding thereby ranges from a cognitive ability to put oneself into the shoes of the other to more basic forms of immediate affective resonance. In our workshop, we are particularly keen to discuss Lori Gruen’s idea of ‘Entangled Empathy’. The aim is to bring together the thinking about entangled empathy and cinematic images of animals. In which ways do films contribute to empathetic engagement, respectively might refuse to do so? In a critique of traditional ethic theory, Gruen emphasizes how important the idea of particular animals, cases and contexts is for an alternative model of ethics. Accordingly, we would like to explore the transformative power of particular animals that become visible on film, as well as possible limits of the filmic medium.

We would like to address questions such as: 1) What is specific about empathy towards animals? How do animals engage empathically with humans? 2) What, if any, are the moral values of empathy? What is the moral value of specific concepts of empathy, e.g. entangled empathy? 3) How can we relate concepts of empathy to experiences with animals on film? How does the medium of film – particular films, scenes, cinematic narratives etc. – contribute to the empathic engagement of viewers?

PhD candidates and early postdocs from fields including, but not limited to, philosophy, anthropology, human-animal-studies, cultural studies, film studies and media studies are encouraged to participate. To apply for participation, please submit both a short CV and a short letter of motivation.

Participants who wish to discuss their own work are encouraged to submit a short abstract of their presentation (1 page). Be prepared to give a 15-min presentation. We invite submissions concerning the work of Lori Gruen (e.g. discussions of the concept of entangled empathy and related topics) and/or the topic of animals in visual media. The conference language is English.

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Please hand in all documents electronically to Friederike Zenker: The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2017.  Notice of acceptance or rejection will be announced on May 12, 2017. For questions or further information please contact Friederike Zenker

Contact

Friederike Zenker friederike.zenker@unibas.ch

University of Basel / eikones NFS Bildkritik / Rheinsprung 11 / CH – 4051 Basel

CARE: Conference on Animal Rights in Europe

We are happy to invite you to the first international animal rights conference held in Warsaw, Poland.

29th – 31th July 2016

Our goal is to provide a platform for networking and skill-sharing and to make space for a debate about strategies, visions and paths for the animal rights movement.

We also want to foster solidarity with new organizations that are entering the animal rights movement. We want to empower activists from Eastern Europe and all other countries which do not have a long history of animal advocacy.

3 day program of the conference will feature over 50 lectures and workshops (⅔ of them in English, ⅓ in Polish), structured in blocks:
– Successful Campaigns
– The Psychology of Eating Meat
– Vegan Campaigning
– The Politics of Animal Rights
– Fundraising
– Psychological hygiene for activists
– Investigations
– Starting an organization
– Corporate Outreach
– Lobbying*
– Effective altruism and animals

We will publish list of speakers and detailed program soon. Please sign up to our newsletter to be the first one to receive updates.
=> http://www.careconf.eu/

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Announcing the new European Association for Critical Animal Studies (EACAS)

Dear friends,

We are pleased to announce today on World Vegan Day the formation of a new organisation – The European Association for Critical Animal Studies (EACAS). Following a successful 4 th European conference earlier this month in Lisbon we feel that the time is right to focus energy on what is now a vibrant situation for critical animal studies in Europe. As CAS in Europe grows we see the need for a specific European organisation. Therefore we have decided to create EACAS with a view to being an autonomous non-hierarchical association for critical animal studies in Europe. We have a good degree of knowledge of developments in Europe and we have widespread support for this new association.  We believe that it can be an effective forum for networking us all together.

We envisage no Directors or Board but an equal membership of academics, students and activists who will work together to promote both CAS and the necessary radical shift in human/animal relations. We envisage no paid membership at this point in time although a voluntary process of donation will be introduced shortly in order to assist us with our activities.

If you wish to join EACAS simply e-mail us with a 100 word bio (including current work, main interests and main academic discipline if you feel this is applicable) and a photograph (this is optional). We intend to have a register of members on the EACAS web-site.

Chief amongst our tasks will be to seek potential locations for the 5 th conference to take place, probably in 2017. We also hope to publish a newsletter of developments in Europe on the EACAS web-site (therefore please do send us your news). We also hope to host or link to a European mailing list / listserv. Please also let us know when you contact us whether you would like to be active in EACAS and whether you wish to help with the administration of the Association. Your ideas for EACAS are most welcome!

 

Very best wishes,

Tereza Vandrovcová, Czech Republic.
Richard Twine, England.
Livia Boscardin, Switzerland.
Elisa Aaltola, Finland.
Matthew Cole, England.
Arianna Ferrari, Karlsruhe, Germany.
Kathrin Herrmann, Berlin, Germany.
Claire Molloy, England.
Helena Pedersen, Sweden.
Erika Cudworth, England.
Wahida Khandker, England.
Núria Almiron, Barcelona, Spain.
Richard White, England.
Kate Stewart, England.
Kay Peggs, England.

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E-mail – eacas.eu@gmail.com

Web-site – eacas.eu

Facebook page: European Association for Critical Animal Studies – EACAS

 

This entry was posted on November 1, 2015, in Europe.

Call for Book Chapter Contributions

The Ethics of Animal experimentation: Working towards a paradigm change

Editors: Kathrin Herrmann and Kimberley Jayne

Even though nonhuman animals are used for a variety of different purposes, their use in research particularly has remained an ethical challenge. It is evident that nonhuman animals in laboratories are exposed to a great deal of physical and psychological suffering, and that the use of animals in research is growing internationally.

Arguably, legal reforms around the world have insufficiently improved the protection of nonhuman animals. However, Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes in the European Union is radical compared to other legislation.  The Directive promotes a change of paradigm in nonhuman animal experimentation in establishing a goal of the full replacement of the use of live animals in research and education as soon as it is scientifically feasible (Recital 10).

Building on the radical vision of Directive 2010/63/EU, this book aims to illustrate the current situation for nonhuman animals used in science and aims to give a future outlook to the end of their use in research. Besides exploring the current ethical challenges and scientific controversies related to animal experimentation, this Volume aims to discuss ways to work towards a fundamental change of paradigm. We invite contributions from interdisciplinary scholars who share a vision for how this abolition of animal research can be achieved. The goal is to find solutions for this urging problem that are led by a culture of compassion for all animals.

List of recommended topics (but not limited to):

  • The legal framework: history, present and future prospects for an end of nonhuman animal use in science
  • The culture of language around the use of animals in research
  • The efficacy of the ‘Culture of Care’ incl. Refinement
  • Methods for assessing the quality of animal research (e.g. ARRIVE guidelines)
  • The politics of nonhuman animal experimentation
  • Transparency that benefits animals versus transparency that appeases the public and inhibits potential scrutiny and outrage (e.g. UK Concordat)
  • The capabilities and boundaries of public engagement
  • The psychological and social implications for animal research staff
  • The consequences of education and training using animals
  • The 3Rs – what is in it for the nonhuman animals
  • The connection/intersection between testing on humans and nonhuman animals
  • The challenges for the change of paradigm

Please submit your abstract (max. 500 words) and short bio (max. 150 words) to

Kathrin Herrmann (kathrinherrmann@gmail.com) or Kimberley Jayne (kimberley.jayne@outlook.com) by January 31 st 2016. Acceptance of submitted papers will be based upon relevance, quality and originality. By March 15 th 2016, we will inform you if your abstract was successful.

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Proposals open for next CAS European conference

After the success of the previous three European Conferences (Liverpool, Prague and Karlsruhe) and many of the same people meeting again at Minding Animals 2 (which took place in Utrecht, July 2012) as well as the postgrdaute conference in Exeter, UK (March 2012) we are now welcoming ideas and proposals for the next European Conference. We are looking for a new hosting country (this presently rules out the UK, the Czech Republic and the Germany). We anticipate a conference happening in late 2014 and we are also interested in receiving appropriate themes for the meeting.

The organisers of the previous conferences look forward to passing on their experience and expertise in order to help the new team.

Please send your ideas to icas.europe@gmail.com by March 31st 2014.

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New European Journal: Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism

Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism is a peer-refereed 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.

More info here: http://www.ledonline.it/index.php/Relations/index

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This entry was posted on July 10, 2013, in Europe and tagged .

Proposals open for next CAS European conference

After the success of the European Conference in Prague in October 2011, and many of the same people meeting again at Minding Animals 2 (which took place in Utrecht, July 2012) as well as the postgrdaute conference in Exeter, UK (March 2012) we are now welcoming ideas and proposals for the next European Conference. We are looking for a new hosting country (this presently rules out the UK and the Czech Republic). We anticipate a conference happening in late 2013 and we are also interested in receiving appropriate themes for the meeting.

The organisers of the Prague conference look forward to passing on their experience and expertise in order to help the new team.

Please send your ideas to casconference@gmail.com by February 1st 2013.