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.

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Zoopolis event at University of Winchester, England.

Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka are coming to the University of Winchester to discuss their book Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights on Monday, 6 June, 10.00-15.00.  Joining them on the panel will be

Sabina M. Lovibond, Emeritus Fellow of Worcester College, University of Oxford

Alasdair Cochrane, Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Sheffield

Kay Peggs, Professor of Sociology and Animal Studies, University of Winchester

Thomas Nørgaard, Director, Institute for Value Studies, University of Winchester

The event is free will be small in scale (to facilitate discussion) so places are limited.  To register please get in touch with Madelaine Leitsberger:


Towards a Vegan Theory Conference, Oxford, England

‘With their skins on them, and … their souls in them’: Towards a Vegan Theory
An Interdisciplinary Humanities Conference
31st May 2016
University of Oxford

Building on the increasing prominence of the ‘animal turn’ in the humanities in the last decade, and the recent publication of Laura Wright’s The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in an Age of Terror (University of Georgia Press, 2015), this conference will seek to ask what kind of place veganism and/or ‘the vegan’ should occupy in our theorizations of human-animal relations, animal studies, and the humanities in general. An increasing number of individuals, particularly in the West, are now identifying as vegan, but the heterogeneity of reasons for doing so – animal suffering, the environment, health, anti-capitalism – suggests a broad, complex, and fertile place from which to rethink ways of being in the world.

As an identity-category based on choice and response, veganism asks difficult questions both of its own coherence, and of identitarian cultural politics and theory. It also, therefore, invites a rethinking of philosophical definitions of humans as the only animal which can respond, opening new ways of conceptualizing or challenging the human/animal binary. How might we articulate our responsibilities to other animals? Further, by challenging the foundations upon which notions of human identity have long been based it provides a framework for rethinking how we relate animal studies to broader postcolonial, feminist, queer and ecocritical theory. Thus, the conference looks to consider how engaging with veganism not just as a diet or lifestyle, but as a set of cognitive co-ordinates, might change current critical-theoretical practices. We therefore invite papers which explore – broadly or narrowly, practically or conceptually – what vegan ways of being in the world might do to our practices of reading. In other words, what might a vegan theory look, read, or sound like? And what is its place in the humanities?

Confirmed speakers include Dr Bob McKay (Sheffield), Prof Sara Salih (Toronto), Prof Jason Edwards (York) and a keynote from Prof Laura Wright (Western Carolina).

This entry was posted on March 28, 2016, in Conference.

New Journal – Animal Sentience: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Animal Feeling

“ANIMAL SENTIENCE is the world’s first journal on animal feeling (and at least two of our editors are vegan). Animal Sentience is free and open to everyone. New articles are being added weekly. Please check it out, and see what leading scholars are saying about animal experiences, fish pain, veterinary responsibility, animal grief, and more.” (Jonathan Balcombe)


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.

Publication Schedule

Papers will be published online as soon as they have been peer-reviewed, accepted and edited. For citation purposes, the volume number will be the year of publication and the issue number will correspond to the sequential order in which papers appear in the journal. (Quotations can be located by section heading and paragraph number.) The submission process is automated through the Journal’s website.


Editor-in-Chief: Stevan Harnad, PhD, University of Quebec at Montreal
Associate Editors: Andrew Rowan, DPhil, Humane Society International
Jonathan Balcombe, PhD, Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy
Managing/Copy Editor: Ann Casper, Animals and Society Institute

Link to the Journal.

This entry was posted on January 29, 2016, in Journal.

Major North American CAS Conference – June 2016


Conference plenary panels will include: Decolonizing Critical Animal Studies, moderated by Billy-Ray Belcourt (University of Alberta) and featuring

• Kim TallBear (Associate Professor of Native Studies, University of Alberta),

• Maneesha Decka (Associate Professor of Law, University of Victoria), and

• Dinesh Wadiwel (Lecturer in Human Rights and Socio-legal Studies, University of Sydney).

Cripping Critical Animal Studies, moderated by Vittoria Lion (University of Toronto) and featuring

• Sunaura Taylor (artist and author),

• Stephanie Jenkins (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Oregon State University), and

• A. Marie Houser (independent writer, editor, and activist).

Taxonomies of Power, Plenary by Claire Jean Kim (UC Irvine)

The first thread of conversation that we hope to develop is that of decolonizing Critical Animal Studies. While some theorists have turned to non-Western and indigenous cultures for examples of less or nonspeciesist worldviews, the relationship between anti-colonial politics and animal activism has been fraught. Single-issue animal activist campaigns have often functioned to justify racism, xenophobia and exclusion, with, to adapt Gayatri Spivak’s phrase, white humans saving animals from brown humans. The eating of shark fins and dog meat has been marked as cruel and backward, for instance, in contrast with dominant constructions of Western diets as sophisticated and humane. Indigenous rights activists and animal activists have clashed over the issue of hunting charismatic animals, such as whales and seals, often eclipsing attention to far more widespread forms of animal, colonial, and racial oppression in Western, settler societies. Ecofeminist approaches to animal ethics have been riven over the issue of indigenous hunting; some ecofeminists, such as Marti Kheel, have expressed dismissive views of the spiritual significance of subsistence hunting for indigenous people, while others, such as Val Plumwood, Deanne Curtin, and Karen Warren, have argued for contextual rather than universalizing forms of ethical vegetarianism. More recently, decolonial scholars have shown the interconnections between animal oppression, imperialism, and settler colonialism, and the need to center race in Critical Animal Studies. Maneesha Decka, for instance, has highlighted the ways that imperialism is justified through animalizations of racial others and condemnations of the ways colonized others treat animals, even while imperial identities are constituted through the consumption of animal bodies. Billy-Ray Belcourt has argued that speciesism and animal oppression are made possible in settler colonial contexts through the prior and ongoing dispossession and erasure of indigenous people from the lands on which animals are now domesticated and exploited. Belcourt critiques the ways that Critical Animal Studies assumes and operates within the ‘givenness’ of a settler colonial state, and suggests that Critical Animal Studies should center an analysis of indigeneity and call for the repatriation of indigenous lands. Possible presentation topics for the Decolonizing Critical Animal Studies thread include:

• The intersections of decolonial and Critical Animal Studies

• The uses of nonhuman animals in projects of land settlement

• Cultural food colonialism or decolonial food studies

• Reservization, food and fat studies

• Animal ethics and decolonization

• Animals, ontology, and settler colonialism

The second thread of conversation that we wish to pursue at this meeting is the cripping of Critical Animal Studies. Scholars working at the intersections of Critical Animal Studies and Critical Disability Studies have argued that the oppression of nonhuman animals and disabled humans are interconnected. Humans who defend animals and refrain from eating them have often found themselves labeled as cognitively disabled, mentally ill, ‘stupid’ or ‘crazy,’ and psychiatrists have proposed diagnoses for animal activists and vegans such as ‘anti-vivisection syndrome’ and ‘orthorexia nervosa.’ Disabled humans, like people of colour, have been put on display along with nonhuman animals in the history of ‘freak’ shows, and disabled humans and nonhuman animals continue to have their bodies objectified and their interests sacrificed for the purposes of medical training and scientific knowledge. Disabled humans are continually compared to nonhuman animals, not only in insults but also in medical terminology, with effects that are oppressive because of the pre-existing denigration of nonhuman animals. The same claims about what makes human life ontologically distinct and morally valuable—that humans have reason, that humans have language, that humans are autonomous—justify the exclusion of both nonhuman animals and cognitively disabled humans from moral consideration, as well as the oppression of physically disabled humans who are considered ‘dependent.’ Despite these interconnecting oppressions, speciesism has characterized Critical Disability Studies as much as ableism has characterized animal rights discourse (Peter Singer, Jeff McMahan). In recent years and more productively, however, Critical Animal Studies scholars such as Sue Donaldson, Will Kymlicka, Stephanie Jenkins and Sunaura Taylor have borrowed from Critical Disability Studies scholarship to argue that the dependency and vulnerability of domesticated animals should not be a reason to devalue their lives; far from removing a human or another animal from the realm of moral concern, (inter)dependency and vulnerability are the animal (and thus human) condition. Two types of animals come immediately to mind at the intersections of Critical Disability Studies and Critical Animal Studies: the service animal and the disabled animal, and scholars such as Kelly Oliver and A. Marie Houser have provided ethical analyses of these animals drawing on both animal and disability ethics. In particular, while disability scholars have critiqued the ways we view disabled humans as pitiful, tragic, exotic, or inspirational, Houser observes that heartwarming images of disabled pigs and dogs in mobility devices function to reassure viewers that we live in a society that is extraordinarily compassionate to animals, even while actual animals have by and large disappeared from view, sequestered in institutions of exploitation, containment and death. Possible presentation topics in the Cripping Critical Animal Studies thread include:

• Intersections of Critical Disability and Critical Animal Studies

• Critiques of the work of Temple Grandin

• The ethics of using service animals

• Representations of disabled animals

• The cultural associations between mental illness and love for animals (e.g. ‘crazy cat ladies’)

FORMAT: Presentations should be 20 minutes in length, leaving 10 minutes for discussion. We are receptive to different and innovative formats including but not limited to panels, performances, workshops, and public debates. You may propose individual or group presentations, but please specify the structure of your proposal. Please be sure to include your name(s), title(s), organizational affiliation(s), field of study or activism, and A/V needs in your submission.


TO SUBMIT: email an abstract of no more than 500 words and a bio of no more than 150 words to the conference organizers: Chloë Taylor (chloe3[at]ualberta[dot]ca) and Kelly Struthers Montford ([at]ualberta[dot]ca)

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.


E-mail –

Web-site –

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 ( or Kimberley Jayne ( 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.


Programme of the CAS conference at Portugal

The conference programme of the 4th European Critical Animal Studies conference (6 and 7 October 2015) – including abstracts and bios – is now online!

Conference website


6 October

8:30 – 8:45 – Registration (room Multiusos 3)
8:45 – 9:00 – Welcoming and presentation (room Multiusos 2)
9:00 – 9:50 Keynote Session

The Histories and Politics of a Critical Animal Studies, by Richard Twine (Edge Hill University) – Room Multiusos 2

9:50 – 10:00 – Break 
10:00 – 11:40

Animals, identities, colonialism (or Animals and the Other) (Room Multiusos 2)

Philosophy, Ethics, Ontology (Room Multiusos 3)

11:40 – 12:00 – Break
12:00 – 13.30

Agency and history (Room Multiusos 2)

Animals, Sustainability and the Anthropocene (Room Multiusos 3)

13:30 – 14:30 – Lunch
14:30 – 16:10

Food Production, Research and Welfare (Room Multiusos 2)

Animals and Anarchism (Room Multiusos 3)

16:10 – 16-30 – Break

16:30 – 17:50

Animals, Art and Multimedia (Room Multiusos 2)

Animal Studies em português (Room Multiusos 3)

17:50 – 18:00 – Break

18:00 – 19:00 – Keynote Session

Taking Stock of the Scholarly ‘Animal Turn’: An exploration of the innovative, politicised and tainted nature of human-animal scholarship, by Rhoda Wilkie (University of Aberdeen) – Room Multiusos 2

7 October

 9:00 – 10:20

Animals in “Sport” and Entertainment (Room Multiusos 2)

10:20 – 10:30 – Break
10:30 – 12:20

Gender and Feminism (Room Multiusos 2)

Debates and questions (Room Multiusos 3)

12:20 – 12:30 – Break
12:30 – 13:30 – Workshop: “Letter writing to political prisoners“, by Livia Boscardin (Room Multiusos 2)
13:30 – 14:30 – Lunch
14:30 – 15:20Our Children and Other Animals: The Cultural Construction of Human-Animal Relations in Childhood book launch, by Matthew Cole (Room Multiusos 2)
15:20 – 15:30 – Break
15:30 – 17:20

Intersectionality (Room Multiusos 2)

Changing Attitudes and Promoting Animal Liberation (Room Multiusos 3)

Critical Animal Pedagogy: Explorations toward Reflective Practice, by Karin Gunnarson Dinker (Swansea University) & Helena Pedersen (Stockholm University)

17:20 – 17:30 – Break
17:30 – 18:30 – Keynote Session

Emancipation in Posthuman Times, by Erika Cudworth (University of East London) – Room Multiusos 2

Call for papers: 4th EU Conference for Critical Animal Studies

HUMAN AND NONHUMAN ANIMALS: LIBERATION, HISTORY AND CRITICAL ANIMAL STUDIES International conference 6 and 7 October 2015, Instituto de História Contemporânea, New University of Lisbon, Portugal Organization: Will Boisseau (Loughborough University), Diogo Duarte (New University of Lisbon) Website: Keynote Speakers:

Keynote Speakers:

  • Erika Cudworth (University of East London)
  • Rhoda Wilkie (University of Aberdeen)
  • Richard Twine (Edge Hill University)


CALL FOR PAPERS (deadline: 18th April 2015)
Until recently animals have been practically invisible in the social and human sciences. However, animals have evoked a growing interest to the point that today it is almost impossible to ignore their presence in many disciplinary fields. The rise in such scholarship over the last two decades has made it possible to talk about an “animal turn” which has brought about the consolidation of interdisciplinary fields such as “animal studies”, with a production that has been growing in quantity, quality and visibility. Many of these works not only show the difficulty in continuing to look at nonhuman animals in isolation, as objects deprived of autonomy or as strange beings alien to our condition, but also demonstrate that the understanding of human animals themselves – in their cultural and social relations, in their ideas, in their forms of organization and thought – is severely impoverished if we persist in ignoring the relationship to other species and their presence throughout history. Studying the relationship between human and nonhuman animals has enabled scholars to view, in a new light, many of the underlying logics to the forms of discrimination between humans that prevailed throughout history and persist in the present. Such scholarship has led to an understanding of the establishment and development of certain mechanisms of power and authority; as well as allowing for a reassessment of the great cultural and social transformations seen in the last centuries. The “animal turn” has facilitated a reassessment of our understanding of the role that animals played in processes of social and cultural transformations, either by the way in which they conditioned those processes, or by their direct intervention. Ultimately, these works brought about recognition of animals as social and historic agents, leading us to re-evaluate the way in which they have been – and still are – treated, exploited and used by humans. The Institute for Contemporary History (Instituto de História Contemporânea), New University of Lisbon, will be holding a conference between 6 and 7 of October 2015 to explore the recent developments in studies that reflect the intersection between human and nonhuman animals. The conference has three broad and intersecting themes – liberation, history and critical animal studies – and welcomes proposals dealing with any aspect of these thematic strands. We intend for one of the conductive axis of the works to be history and we aim to adopt the emancipatory approach of scholar activists working in the field of critical animal studies. The conference aims to critically explore developments in the history of the animal condition, including the agency of nonhuman animals and the relationship between the exploitation of nonhuman animals and the oppression and marginalization of certain humans on the basis of categories such as class, race or gender. We are interested in scrutinizing activist assertions that ‘animal liberation is human liberation’ and examining slogans such as ‘one struggle, one fight: human freedom, animal rights’. We encourage not only papers that continue the analysis and discussion about nonhuman animals in history and about their relationship with humans, but also papers that reflect upon the contributions and impact of “animal studies” for historiography and social theory. Papers that intend to explore or take stock of animal studies, in particular those that emerged in social and human sciences in the last decades, are also welcome. We welcome 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:

  • Anarchism and animal liberation
  • Marxism and animals
  • Social Justice and animals
  • Animals and social theory
  • Animals and agency
  • Animals and social classes
  • Animals and colonialism
  • Feminism and animals
  • History of animal liberation movements
  • History of vegetarianism/ veganism
  • Prison industrial complex and animals
  • Veganism as a social movement
  • The meaning of ‘liberation’

Please note that there will be a 30€ registration fee for the conference. Prospective speakers are invited to submit abstracts of 500 words, and a brief biography including name, affiliation and contact details to: and Deadline for submission of abstracts: 18th April 2015 Decisions on abstracts: 4th May 2015 For more information about the conference, or to submit an abstract, please email the organising committee: or


Call for papers: Critical Animal Studies Europe

Dear colleagues and friends,

The third European Conference of Critical Animal Studies, which took place in Karlsruhe, Germany, in November 2013, co-organized by the Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, was dedicated to the relation between critical animal studies and technoscientific developments. The conference engendered a number of fruitful debates among the participants which we are now hoping to evidence and extend with an anthology of texts on the subject. We therefore invite all participants of the conference, as well as other CAS scholars working with the theme to which the conference was dedicated, to submit a paper for the book “The Challenge of Technoscience and Critical Animal Studies” (working title), eds. Arianna Ferrari and Kris Forkasiewicz.

If you would like to submit a paper, please indicate your interest with an (updated) abstract of approx. 250-500 words via email to before 15 April 2014. Those who will be invited to contribute a chapter to the volume are asked to send in their full paper before 30 September 2014.

The length of your paper should be approximately 5000-7000 words (including references and footnotes).In case you would like to include pictures, graphs and tables, please shorten the text accordingly or ask the editors for further information. Please find attached a pdf version of this call for papers with the abstract of the book.

We are much looking forward to hearing from you.

we are letting the cfp as pdf circulate, please write me if you want also the complete pdf withh the abstract of the book

Please help us to let this cfp circulate among scholars!