Editor: Mathilde van Dijk (University of Groningen)
Power over the animals has been a characteristic of saints from their beginnings in the Early Church. By no means restricted to Christian saints, but including similar figures in other religions, this volume will explore how the connection between those very special humans and animals is constructed: the saint as a human rising beyond humanity, touching the divine, and the animal as a creature, which is connected to and yet removed from humanity. In how far do these creatures have agency like a human? The existence of animal trials would suggest that they do, but does this go for all animals in the same way? The volume will also explore the symbolic value of animals, how they function as symbols of virtues and vices, and the educational uses of both saints and animals: how were saints, in their connections to animals, portrayed as being models, or, for that matter, how did the animals function in this respect?
This volume will operate on the cusp of two most exciting fields: hagiographical and animal studies. Although present from the seventeenth century at least, hagiographical studies became a main part of cultural historical studies since the 1960s. More recently, animal studies began to flourish, under the influence of genetic and ethological research, which minimizes the boundaries between humans and animals, and the current ecological crisis, in which the status of humankind as the lord of Creation is questioned increasingly.
The editors of the Hagiography Society Book Series i.e. Sanctity in Global Perspective expressed an interest in publishing this volume.
Please send your abstracts by September 15th, 2022 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The first meeting of NAACAS, which was to take place in May 2020 in Kelowna, B.C., was canceled due to Covid-19.
Two years later, and given the ongoing pandemic, we are organizing a small, hybrid workshop on the conference theme of mass extinction, to take place in Toronto, Ontario (Raccoon Capital of the World), August 11 – 12, 2022. We are limiting in-person participation in the workshop due to the pandemic but videos of presentations will be available on the NAACAS website after the event. In addition, proceedings from the workshop will be available open access in the first 2023 issue of Animal Studies Journal.
The topic of the first meeting of NAACAS will be Critical Animal Studies Perspectives on Extinction, and it will include a remotely-delivered keynote presentation by extinction studies scholar Ursula Heise.
The Institute of English and American Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Debrecen, Hungary invites you to participate in the conference titled
THE VIEW FROM THE ANTHROPOCENE: EXPLORING THE HUMAN EPOCH FROM POST-ANTHROPOCENTRIC PERSPECTIVES
on 15-16 October 2022
“If the sadness of life makes you tired And the failures of man make you sigh You can look to the time soon arriving When this noble experiment winds down and calls it a day”
In this age of ecological, economic and social crises,
the notion of the Anthropocene is becoming ever more significant. Proposed by
Paul J. Crutzen and Eugene F. Stoermer in 2000, the Anthropocene as a new
geological epoch highlights detrimental human impact on the planet, while as a
critical notion it synthetises anti-, non- or post-anthropocentric views
challenging the dominant discourses and practices that place humans at the
centre of the world. However, with its scope incessantly expanding and its
meanings ever in flux, the Anthropocene requires constant redefinition and
reassessment. So far it has been criticised for its ideological implications
and several terms such as Plantationocene (Haraway 2015), Capitalocene (Moore
2016, Davies 2016), and Occidentalocene (Bonneuil and Fressoz 2017) have been
offered as alternatives. Yet could we define the Anthropocene and its
implications more clearly and harmoniously? Above all, it is an urgent warning
about the future of ecosystems, cultures and societies alike, forcing us to
realise that “we are embedded in various social, economic,
and—especially—ecological contexts that are inseparably connected” (Kersten
2013). Addressing the need for coherence across versatile approaches, the
conference calls for a transdisciplinary investigation of the challenges of our
We also realise that the Anthropocene must be acted upon, although its cry for action is crippling. As Judy Wilson put it during one of the panel discussions at COP26, “the human epoch is not only external, it is also internal”, for it not only denotes a number of ecological and social crises – including climate change, loss of biodiversity, pollution, poverty and starvation in the global south, causing waves of migration which in turn fuel global conflict –, but it also involves anxiety and apathy that render us passive in the face of these crises. As Liz-Rejane Issberner and Philippe Léna put it, it seems “as though humanity is being lethargic – waiting for the end of the film, when the heroes arrive to sort everything out, and we can all live happily ever after” (2018).
The conference aims to address some of the
controversies, the lethargy and (wilful) ignorance that conceal the
significance of the Anthropocene, exploring the notion itself as well as its
theoretical and practical challenges from the perspectives of posthumanism,
animal studies, ecocriticism and any other approaches that question
anthropocentrism from their respective viewpoints. We invite proposals that may
address, yet are not restricted to, the following topics:
Critiques of and
conceptual alternatives to the Anthropocene—Donna Haraway’s ‘Cthulhucene’,
JasonMoore’s ‘Capitalocene’, Bernard Stiegler’s ‘neganthropocene’ and the like
and/or utopian responses to climate change
Speculative and fantastic
fiction related to the Anthropocene
exploring indigenous worldviews on ecology
Literary fiction or
other media that interrogate humanity’s relationship with other lifeforms
Literary fiction or
other media that question the human/animal boundary
Studies, Literary and Cultural Animal Studies, Animal Ethics, Critical Animal
The non- and
posthuman other (animals, plants, monsters, aliens, artificial intelligence) in
art, literature, cinema and other media
perspectives in literature and cinema; the nonhuman gaze
spaces and temporalities in literature and cinema
environmental humanities, deep ecology and ecosophy
aesthetics and themes
and transhumanist frameworks, posthumanist ethics
object-oriented ontologies, new materialism, post-anthropocentric
ecologytheories, theories of social assemblage
bioart, microbial art
eco-literature, eco-media, eco-cinema
Confirmed plenary speakers include Márk Horváth and
Ádám Lovász who will give a talk on the post-anthropocentric turn, and László
Nemes, who will speak about his current inquiry into the ethics of
de-extinction. Accompanying programmes will include a roundtable discussion
addressing the challenges of the Anthropocene, with participants from various
fields including philosophy, literary and film criticism, biology, and
psychology; a photography exhibition; and a multimedia art event organised by
the members of Művészek a klímatudatosságért (Artists for Climate Awareness).
With these programmes we hope to turn the collective experience of inertia
symptomatic of the Anthropocene into awareness, new forms of agency, and action.
“Time has come now to stop being human Time to find a new creature to be Be a fish or a weed or a sparrow For the earth has grown tired and all of your time has expired.” (Thinking Fellers Union Local 282: “Noble Experiment”)
The conference is planned as an on-site event, to be
held in English and Hungarian, on 15-16 October 2022 at the University of
Debrecen. Depending on the dynamics of the pandemic, we will nevertheless adapt
and consider moving parts of or the whole conference to a digital platform.
Participants will be informed about any changes via email in due time.
Please send a 250 word abstract of your
proposed paper with a brief, max. 100 word biography to email@example.com
by June 30, 2022. Those who wish to present in Hungarian are also
welcome, but are kindly asked to include an English version of their abstract
and mini bio in their application. Responses will be given by July 31, 2022.
It is intended that a selection of the papers based on
the conference presentations will be published, either in a separate collection
of articles or a thematic volume in a scholarly journal.
Zsófia Novák and Borbála László (PhD students, Department of British Studies, IEAS, UD);
Tamás Bényei, DSc (professor, Department of British Studies, IEAS, UD);
György Kalmár, PhD (reader, Department of British Studies, IEAS, UD).
We are pleased to inform you that all the presentations from the conference Appraising Critical Animal Studies (7th EACAS Conference) which took place online on 24 and 25 June 2021 are now available to view on YouTube or below:
Day 1 (Thursday 24 June 2021)
09:30 – 11:00 PANEL 1 (The Covid-19 Context)
One [is the] Problem with ‘One Health’: Anthropocentrism as a Barrier to Achieving Multi-Species Global Health in Light of COVID-19 (Donelle Gadenne)
Absent Agents: Re-Assembling Human-Animal Relations in the Context of Covid-19 (Lena Schlegel)
Covid as a Reckoning for Animal Advocacy: Addressing the Illegitimacy of Critical Animal Perspectives and Laying the Groundwork for Future ‘Pivotal Moments’ (Paula Arcari)
09:30 – 11:00 PANEL 2 (Activists and Activism)
(De)Colonizing Turtle Island: Indigenous Veganism and Gender Activism (Denisa Krásná)
Story, Strategy and Social Movement Organising (Esther Salomon)
Using Visual Modes of Communication to Contest Normalized Anthropocentrism: An Analysis of Animal Activist Campaigns in Australia (Jane Mummery and Debbie Rodan)
09:30 – 11:00 PANEL 3 (Education and Pedagogy 1)
CAS, Literature, and the Teachable Moment (Claudia Alonso-Recarte)
Framing Possums: Observations of Conservation Education in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Potential for Compassionate Conservation (Emily Major)
Building Effective Alliances: Towards an Educational Reform for Interspecies Sustainability (Maria Helena Saari)
11:30 – 13:00 PANEL 1 (Animal Human Relations)
Animals for AI – AI for Animals (Leonie Bossert)
Contesting Human Exceptionalism in Design Research (Michelle Westerlaken and Erik Sandelin)
Thinking and Feeling with the Animal Archive: A Material-Semiotic Approach for Critical Animal Studies (Seth Josephson)
11:30 – 13:00 PANEL 2 – NOT RECORDED (Exploring De-Colonization / De-Domestication for Animal Liberation)
De-Domestication Through Human Capacitation (Dorna Behdadi)
Exploring Spaces of De-Domestication in Education (Helena Pedersen)
The Concept of De-Domestication Through a Diffractive Reading of Decolonial Theory and Feminist New Materialism (Jonna Håkansson)
11:30 – 13:00 PANEL 3 (Knowledges)
I Am Vegan, But I Wear Leather: A Systematic Review on Definitions of Veganism Term (Estela Díaz, Gelareh Salehi and Raquel Redondo)
Challenging Anthropocentrism in Continental Philosophy through Animal Resistance (Lukas Leitinger)
Animal Intimacies and Animal Liberation: Differences and Challenges in Cross-Disciplinary Work (Stephanie Eccles and Darren Chang)
14:00 – 15:00 PANEL 1 (Animals and Organisations)
CAS and Media: Critique, Pragmatism and Advocacy (Claire Parkinson)
Saving Animals or Saving Face? An Analysis of Animal Rights and Tourism Industry Partnerships in Promoting Ethical Animal Tourism (Jes Hooper and Carol Kline)
A Promising Start: The Case of Critical Animal Studies in Turkey (Sezen Ergin Zengin)
14:00 – 15:00 PANEL 2 (Discourse)
Where the Animal is Loud but CAS is Silent: A Critical Analysis of Entrenched Anthropocentrism across Contemporary Food Justice Discourse (Abi Masefield)
NOT RECORDED: On Copies and Originals: Unpacking the Discourse of Naturalness of Animal Products (Kadri Aavik and Kuura Irni)
NOT RECORDED: Discursive Representation of Pigs, Chickens and Cows in the Digital Edition of the Newspaper El Nuevo Día (Michelle Guzmán Rivero)
14:00 – 15:00 PANEL 3 (Art)
Resistance Within the Museum Fauna: An Online Live Performance (EvaMarie Lindahl)
Art After the Animal Turn (Jessica Ullrich)
Urban Wolves in France: Literary and Artistic Zoopolis of Olivia Rosenthal and Stéphane Thidet (Paulina Szymonek)
16:00 – 17:30 PANEL 1 (Animals and/in Law)
Animal Personhood: The Quest for Recognition (Macarena Montes Franceschini)
NOT RECORDED Centering Animality in Law and Liberation: A Multidimensional Liberation Theory for the Zoological Revolution (Paulina Siemieniec)
Police Brutality and the Nonhuman in the United States (Thomas Aiello)
16:00 – 17:30 PANEL 2 (Representation and Aesthetics 1)
Who is Sallie Gardner?: Towards a Multispecies Media Studies (Brett Mills)
Humanimal Poetics: Femininity, Animality and Pathology at the Species Border (Jessica Holmes)
To Represent a Cow (Kristina Meiton)
16:00 – 17:30 PANEL 3 (Sociology 1)
Animals and Society: Through the Lens of the Holy Trinity (Jennifer Rebecca Schauer and Madeleine Palmer)
The Future of Feminist Sociology is Animal (Katja M. Guenther)
Where are the Nonhuman Animals in the Sociology of Climate Change? (Richard Twine)
17:30 -17:45 Round-up and Poetry by Grdon Meade
20:00 – 22:00 Roundtable on CAS and Education
Featuring Dinesh Wadiwel, Vasile Stanescu & Helena Pedersen
Day 2 (Friday 25 June 2021)
09:30 – 11:00 PANEL 1 (Representation and Aesthetics 2)
Representation, Form, Politics: What Next for Literary Animal Studies? (Dominic O’Key)
A Critical Review of Music for Animals (Martin Ullrich)
Animation, Animal Rights, and Social Change: Initiating Conversations on Why Animals Matter (Rajlakshmi Kanjilal)
09:30 – 11:00 PANEL 2 (Food)
Could Yoga be a Promising Pathway for Animal Inclusion? (Jenny Mace)
The ‘Ethically’ Consumable: Frames, Knowledge Production and Power Relations Surrounding ‘Food Animals’ in the Swedish Organic Sector (Josefin Velander)
“I Am More than Just Food!”: What Human-Eating Monsters Can Teach Us at the Intersection of CAS and Literary Studies (Xiana Vázquez Bouzó)
09:30 – 11:00 PANEL 3 (Sociology 2)
Readings of Marx in Critical Animal Studies: Appraising Traditions and New Directions (Chiara Stefanoni)
Animal Appearances in Sociology: Observations on Animals in Sociological Texts from the 19th until 21st Century (Salla Tuomivaara)
Addressing Ethical Bias of Professionals Using Animals (Tereza Vandrovcová)
11:30 – 13:00 PANEL 1 (Power)
Towards a Holistic View of Power: Human and Non-Human Power (Michal Rotem)
Beyond Intersectionality, Towards Interconstitutionality (Pablo Pérez Castelló)
Bare Life Laid Bare: Human Sovereignty and Animal Abjection in the Context of the Global Coronavirus Pandemic (Zipporah Weisberg)
11:30 – 13:00 PANEL 2 (Representation and Aesthetics 3)
Canine Tooth: Human-Canine Vulnerability and Aggression in Amores Perros (2000), Wendy & Lucy (2008) and Los Reyes (2019) (Borbála László)
A Literary Analysis from the Perspective of the Horse in Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse (Elisabeth Kynaston)
Animal Aesthetics and Animal Ethics: Exploring Connections (Marta Tafalla)
11:30 – 13:00 PANEL 3 (Heterotopia 1: Sites, Spaces, and Practices of ‘Undoing’)
Vegan Vloggers’ Narratives: Heterotopias for Ending the Commodification of Animals? (David Felipe Martín García and Estela Díaz)
Family as Sanctuary, Sanctuary as Community: Two Models of Multispecies Relations for Nonhuman Animal Liberation (Maria Martelli)
Re-Making Domestic Natures: Multispecies Life and Care at the Sanctuary (Marie Leth-Espensen)
14:00 – 15:00 PANEL 1 (Ethics)
Expressions of Animal Ethics: Animal Sanctuaries, the Case of Spain (Alberto José Franco-Barrera and Joaquín Fernández-Mateo)
Animal Rights, Justice, and the Future of Food (Josh Milburn)
Until Every Cage is Empty: Animal Liberation, Prison Abolition, and The Wages of Humanness (Vasile Stănescu)
14:00 – 15:00 PANEL 2 (Gender and Feminism)
Middle Eastern Women’s Attitudes and Perceived Barriers of Becoming Vegan and Publicly Maintaining their Lifestyle Decisions (Gelareh Salehi and Estela Díaz)
Animals in His-Story: How Animal Exploitation Shaped the Oppression of Men (Laura Schleifer)
The Complicated Sex Lives of Endangered Species: Gendered Rhetoric of Giant Panda Reproduction in Captive Breeding Programs, 1985-2020 (Meg Perret)
Animal Agency, Animal Resistance (Todd C. Simmons)
“But, What Would Happen to the Veterinary Profession?”: A Radical Imagining of the Contemporary Western Veterinary Profession Post-Animal Liberation (Donelle Gadenne)
NOT RECORDED: What if Francis Power Cobbe Had Won?: Looking to the Past to Actualize a Future Beyond Experiments (Mitch Goldsmith)
16:00 – 17:30 PANEL 1 (Education and Pedagogy 2)
Nonspeciesist Rhetorical Theory and Pedagogy: A Programmatic Agenda (Cristina Hanganu-Bresch)
Teaching as Activism: Dismantling Speciesism in the Humanities Classroom (Elizabeth Tavella)
Friends of the Jaguar: Discussing Interspecies Ethics and Post-Anthropocentric Perspectives with Children from a Brazilian Public School (Mariah Peixoto, Tânia Regina Vizachri, Luís Paulo de Carvalho and Adriana Regina Braga)
The Interwar Period United States’ Guide Dog Movement as Enhancing and Complicating Understandings of the Human-Animal Bond: Researching and Analyzing a Case Study Representing an Intersection of Critical Animal Studies and Critical Disability Studies (Eric Deutsch)
The Representation of Animal Activists in US Animal Advocacy Documentaries (Núria Almiron, Laura Fernández and Olatz Aranceta-Reboredo)
Mixed Media Messages: Representation of Nonhuman Animals on Children’s TV (Lynda M. Korimboccus)
We are all looking forward to our 7th biennial conference taking place this Thursday and Friday. If you were not able to register, most of the sessions will be recorded and available in time. Over 280 people have registered making it the biggest ever EACAS conference!
A two-day online training and conference event, showcasing international postgrad research students working in the field of animal studies.
Date: 24-25th May 2021
About this Event
PASS responds to a need for an animal studies knowledge
exchange event which is specifically tailored to postgraduate
researchers (PGRs), as existing events have tended to showcase
We aim to forge new partnerships with
animal studies communities across higher education institutions
internationally, providing researchers with the opportunity to build
interdisciplinary connections, and to benefit from knowledge exchange
and networking. It will be the first event of its kind, free to attend
and offering a programme designed specifically for the needs of PGRs.
over two days, PASS will feature speaker panels, five-minute thesis
presentations and a plenary address by early career reseacher Dr Briony
Wickes, Research Fellow in the School of English, Drama and Film at the
University College Dublin.
event, while showcasing the work of PGRs, is open to all. We warmly
invite students, PGs, PGRs, ECRs, established academics and anyone else
interested in animal studies, to attend. PASS provides a platform for
the brilliant and innovative new research being done within the field.
Call for papers for a symposium at the European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference
Conference Date: Online 15-17 September 2021 Deadline for Submissions: 9 June 2021
Alison Moore and Daniel Lees Fryer
In recent years, the humanities and social sciences have witnessed an “animal turn”, an increasing interest in and centering of the lives of nonhuman animals and human-animal relations (Ritvo 2007, Pedersen 2014, inter alia), more recently situated within the context of social justice (Celermajer et al. 2021). We might expect this animal turn to have been taken up with gusto in systemic functional linguistics (SFL) and social semiotics (SFS), given their focus on language, representation, ideology and identity, but although some important work has been produced (e.g. Benson and Greaves 2005, Benson and Thibault 2009, Knight 2006), this has not yet led to a sustained subfield of SFL/SFS such as we see, for example, in educational semiotics. Inspired by the theme of ESFLC 2021 and building on the above work, we want to explore new ways that SFL and SFS can contribute to improving human-animal relations and the actual lives of individuals regardless of species, by critically addressing the statuses, roles and interests of non-human animals in society and the part that semiotic scholarship can play in understanding and acting. Our plan is to bring selected papers from the symposium together with some invited pieces to produce a special issue or edited volume.
There is a rich history in systemic functional theory and social semiotics, as well as in related fields such as critical linguistics and critical discourse analysis, of studying language and meaning as social action (e.g. Kress and Hodge 1979, Hodge and Kress 1988, Fairclough 1992, Martin 2004). Indeed a core premise of SFL has been that the study of language, text, and context is never neutral, but rather “a mode of intervention in critical social practices” (Halliday 1993: 223-224). We note that “intervention” here includes practising linguistics or semiotics in a way that maintains the status quo, whether deliberate or not. A related theme that has energised SFL/SFS is the insistence that meaning potential is unevenly distributed across participants in a culture, usually along the lines of class, gender, ethnicity, generation, and capacity (e.g. Martin 1992: 575-576).
Nonhuman animals are participants in these cultures, too. They are our companions, our protection, our food, our entertainment, our medicine, and our (wild) imagination. Their lives, largely contingent on ours, are precarious and expendable, but their collective and individual interests are not merely subordinate to our own. While animals are probably more affected by material oppression than the symbolic oppression that helps to marginalise certain groups of humans, recent scholarship suggests we underestimate animals’ capacity – and ours – to participate together in the meaning making practices that constitute everyday multispecies life (Plumwood 1993, Celermajer 2021). But either way, our meaning making practices as humans are central to what kind of life the members of other species can live. As Thibault puts it, ”[t]he human semiotic footprint has contributed to the deeply ingrained ideological view that humans are exceptional and that other species exist to be harvested and exploited for our benefit and profit”, going on to call for humans to ‘tidy up their semiotic act’ (2020: 214). In our view, a special responsibility pertains to those who not only participate in semiotic processes but also model and teach them.
In this symposium, we invite papers that respond to the animal turn, to the animal other, or more generally to the lives of nonhuman animals from a social semiotic or systemic functional perspective. We particularly welcome proposals that seek to advance nonhuman animals’ interests (though this may be a longterm goal beyond the specific academic project). Papers can include, but need not be limited to, the following topics:
Inter- and intraspecies communication
Animal advocacy and/or animal liberation
Animals and the media
Animals and education
Animals and medicine
Animals and the climate predicament
Animal studies or critical animal studies
Animals and nationalism
Animals and social justice
Critical reflection on disciplinary theory and practice
Abstracts for papers should be sent to both symposium organisers (details below) by 9 JUNE. They should follow the ESFLC 2021 guidelines and contain a short title, name(s) of presenter(s), affiliation(s), a summary of up to 250 words (excluding references), and up to five key words.
Benson, James D. & William S. Greaves (eds). 2005. Functional Dimensions of Ape-Human Discourse. London: Equinox.
Benson, James D. & Paul Thibault. 2009. Language and other primate species. In Halliday, M.A.K. and Jonathan Webster (Eds) Continuum companion to Systemic Functional Linguistics, 104-112. London: Continuum.
Celermajer, Danielle, Schlossberg, David, Rickards, Lauren, et al. 2021. “Multispecies justice: theories, challenges, and a research agenda for environmental politics.” Environmental Politics 30: 119-140.
Fairclough, Norman. 1992. Discourse and social change. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Halliday, M. A. K. 2003 . “Language in a changing world.” In Volume 3 in the collected works of M. A. K. Halliday. On language and linguistics, edited by Jonathan J. Webster, 213-231. London: Continuum.
Hodge, Robert, and Gunther Kress. 1988. Social semiotics. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Knight, Naomi. 2006. Appraisal in bonobo-human culture: negotiating social behavioural parameters through evaluation with bonobo apes. Linguistics & the Human Sciences 2:355-376.
Kress, Gunther, and Robert Hodge. 1979. Language as ideology. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
Martin, J. R. 1992. English text: system and structure. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Martin, J. R. 2004. “Positive Discourse Analysis: Power, solidarity and change.” Revista canaria de estudios Ingleses 49: 179-202.
Moore, Alison Rotha. 2014. “That could be me: Identity and identification in discourses about food, meat, and animal welfare.” Linguistics & the Human Sciences 9: 59-93. Special Issue on Identity, edited by Alexanne Don.
Pedersen, Helena. 2014. “Knowledge production in the “animal turn”: multiplying the image of thought, empathy, and justice.” In Exploring the animal turn: human-animal relations in science, society and culture, edited by Erika Andersson Cederholm, Amelie Björck, Kristina Jennbert and Ann-Sofie Lönngren, 13-18. Lund: Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies.
Plumwood, Val. 1993. Feminism and the Mastery of Nature. New York: Routledge, 1993.
Thibault, P. (2020) ”Interspecies relationality in the Animal Rescue genre: Multimodal resources for empathy construction in video texts.” Section E in Baldry, A. & Thibault, P. with Coccetta, F., Kantz, D. & Taibi, D. ”Multimodal Ecological Literacy: Animal and human interactions in the Animal Rescue genre.” In Vasta, A. and Baldry, A. (eds). Multiliteracy advances and multimodal challenges in ELT environments. Udine: Forum.
Whilst the ultimate success of CAS will be measured in terms of material social change in the lived circumstances of nonhuman animals a pathway to this involves cultural and political contestation. An overarching aim of critical animal studies has been to contest the anthropocentrism of academic knowledge. This has taken place across traditional academic disciplines, their sub-disciplines, and broader fields of knowledge under the rubric of the ‘animal turn’ over the last few decades. Yet CAS has always been extra-academic. Consequently, the politicization of human-animal relations has also taken place in the broader culture, including in social movements, NGOs and in the media.In this virtual conference we aim to assess and appraise progress in such spheres contesting hegemonic and normalized anthropocentrism.
We seek papers falling under two broad categories – i) those which either constitute (or examine) examples of this disciplinary contestation, and ii) reflect and review the progress of critical animal studies. Such reflection inevitably entails detailed critical scrutiny of the CAS field and its overlaps with animal studies more generally, as well as the political and cultural constraints on the animalization of academia and culture. It also entails being attentive to where critical perspectives on human / nonhuman animal relations are especially lacking and yet most needed right now, and how CAS and all those working to end animal oppression can progress the movement in a more coherent, consistent, and effective manner.We welcome papers from all disciplines and sub-fields, and from those working independently or as part of advocacy/activist movements.
Areas of focus include, but are not limited to:
Established disciplines – e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Criminology, Philosophy, Literature, Art, Media, Politics, Film, TV, Geography, History, Anthropology and their sub-disciplines.
Established fields – e.g. Cultural Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies, Critical Race Studies, Disability Studies, Childhood Studies, Organisational Studies, Ecofeminism, Ecosocialism.
The media – facilitator or gatekeeper?
Life in the ‘life’ sciences – e.g. Ecology, Animal Welfare science, Ethology, Veterinary science
Animals and/in education (studies)
Substantive areas – e.g. Climate Crisis, Sixth Mass Extinction, Pandemics
Legal rights, laws and regulations
Progress in the animalisation of academia
Critical animal perspectives in social movements
Pathways for animal inclusion – Intersectionality, One Health
Mainstreaming critical perspectives – lessons from other social movements
You can also submit an abstract to a symposium internal to the conference themedaround Heterotopia, radical imagination, and shattering orders:manifesting a future of liberated animals hosted by Dr. Paula Arcari. Please see https://tinyurl.com/y356utrk for more information
Idea for another topic or medium that fits with our theme? We welcome presentations in all formats. Let us know!
Please submit a 250-word abstract and short bio to firstname.lastname@example.org by 28th February 2021. Include ‘EACAS 2021’ in the subject line.
Abstracts will be assessed by: Claire Parkinson (CfHAS, UK), Paula Arcari (CfHAS, UK), Brett Mills (CfHAS, UK), Richard Twine (CfHAS, UK), Kathryn Gillespie (USA), Nuria Almiron (Spain), Helena Pedersen (Sweden) and Dinesh Wadiwel (Australia).
The Conference on Animal Rights in Europe (CARE) is an international conference aimed at connecting and inspiring animal rights groups across Europe. Through workshops and networking opportunities, all groups can come together and empower each other to establish the best possible directions for the animal rights movement to take.
In 2020 CARE will be organized as an online event due to the health and safety of all participants and staff.
CARE will take place on August 14 to August 16, 2020. During the 3 days many inspiring animal rights groups from across Europe will present their ideas on how to make this world a better place. Let´s get inspired by their stories and solutions and let´s change this world together.