Thanks to everyone who presented or attended the joint EACAS/Animal Futures conference. Many thanks also to our Estonian hosts. As soon as the talks are available online we well let you know here. Now start thinking about Berlin in 2025!
We would love it if delegates to the joint EACAS/Animal Futures Conference this week could make a donation to any of these good causes:
- Estonian Vegan Society: https://vegan.ee/tegutse/toeta/
- Loomus: https://loomus.ee/toeta/
- The latest Vegan Land Movement Campaign: https://globalvegancrowdfunder.org/vegan-land-movement-animal-agriculture-land-buyout-2/
- Freshfields Animal Rescue: https://www.nowdonate.com/checkout/x6me81w4x35b9h4v8d5d
- Institute for Animal Happiness microsanctuary: http://www.instituteforanimalhappiness.com/donate-1
- Hugletts Wood Farm Animal Sanctuary: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/huglettswood?fbclid=IwAR2S58El5tHo4_gPZIbBX01mkHImhxiAwLMQYSqzODvV1dbeUjAYtsBK-jw
Thank you and enjoy the conference!
Title: Vegan Intersectionality
Call for Paper Deadline: June 1, 2023
Date: October 7 & 8 2023
Mainstream theories of social inequality frequently compartmentalize experiences, but inequality rarely works that way in real life. Instead, individuals are comprised of many different identities at once, and these identities will interact with one another in unique ways. Furthermore, multiple systems and institutions are simultaneously at work in a given society. This schema is known as intersectionality, and it is a concept that emerges out of Black feminist thought.
In animal studies, vegan scholars employ this framework to argue that one’s life chances will be shaped, not just by one’s race, class, or gender, but also by their species. Vegan scholars also recognize the influence of an additional system….human supremacy. Historical constructions of race, class, gender, and other identities shape how animals are thought about and how they are treated. Sociologists interested in human justice, meanwhile, would benefit from recognizing how human oppression is always shaped by processes of species inequality.
Given that species, class, race, gender, and other identity categories are all historically constructed using similar mechanisms (such as animalization, objectification, sexualization, depersonalization, denaming, and so on), it is important to apply an intersectional perspective to achieve a more accurate understanding of oppression for nonhuman animals and humans alike. In the fourth annual meeting of the International Association of Vegan Sociologists, we take on this important task, one that is fundamental to vegan sociological theory.
The 2023 IAVS annual meeting will showcase research related to veganism, animal rights, and theories of intersectionality. We welcome submissions for individual presentations (15 minutes and an additional 5 for questions) or panels (45 minutes with 15 for questions) to be delivered in an online format.
Please note that all submissions should fall within the guidelines of the International Association of Vegan Sociologists. We are only accepting sociological submissions; submissions that lack a clear sociological focus will not be included. To that end, all submissions must include a one or two sentence rationale clarifying how the submission aligns with sociological theory or practice.
This online conference, organised by the International Association of Vegan Sociologists will be held online and will accommodate North American, European, and Australian time zones. Proposals and queries should be sent to email@example.com by 1st June. It is expected that all potential presenters have familiarised themselves with the principles of IAVS and plan their presentations with these in mind.
- Affiliation (if any)
- Preferred email
- Title of talk
- Abstract (50-300 words)
- Sociological relevance (1-2 sentences)
More info: https://www.vegansociology.com/conference/
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.
September 2022 Abstracts
March 2023 Article, First Draft
September 2023 Article Second Draft
January 2024 Publication
“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.
Thanks to Kelly Struthers Montford for hosting and applying for funding for this event!”
(Taken from NAACAS website)
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 age.
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
- Cli-fi, dystopian and/or utopian responses to climate change
- Speculative and fantastic fiction related to the Anthropocene
- Fantastic texts 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
- Human-Animal Studies, Literary and Cultural Animal Studies, Animal Ethics, Critical Animal Studies
- The non- and posthuman other (animals, plants, monsters, aliens, artificial intelligence) in art, literature, cinema and other media
- Nonhuman perspectives in literature and cinema; the nonhuman gaze
- Non-anthropocentric spaces and temporalities in literature and cinema
- Ecocriticism, environmental humanities, deep ecology and ecosophy
- Eco-horror; aesthetics and themes
- Bioethical considerations
- Posthumanism, post- and transhumanist frameworks, posthumanist ethics
- Anti-humanism, meta-humanism
- Speculative realism, object-oriented ontologies, new materialism, post-anthropocentric ecologytheories, theories of social assemblage
- Object-oriented art; bioart, microbial art
- Eco-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 looking forward to welcoming you at the conference!
CfHAS has organised a seminar series for the year, all on zoom for your convenience. Please see the line-up, and how to register for the first talk, here https://sites.edgehill.ac.uk/cfhas/events/
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)
14:00 – 15:00 PANEL 3 (Heterotopia 2: Imagining Liberated Animal Futures)
- 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)
16:00 – 17:30 PANEL 2 (Representation & Aesthetics 4)
- 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)
16:00 – 17:30 PANEL 3 (Heterotopia 3: Pathways to Liberated Animal Futures)
- I Couldn’t Lie Anymore So I Started to Call my Dog God (Alexandra Isfahani–Hammond)
- NOT RECORDED: Bully Goes Fishing: Prefigurative Prototyping in Ahuman Design (Erik Sandelin)
Source: Youtube Channel of the Centre for Human-Animal Studies (CfHAS)