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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
Although human exploitation of nonhuman animals is by no means a modern development, it has grown exponentially in the last century. It is under capitalism that human abuse of their power over nonhuman animals has reached a massive scale, with a corresponding massive worsening of its consequences. This includes the suffering of trillions of sentient beings exploited in miserable conditions and killed for trivial purposes in the majority of cases, but also the massive contribution to global warming of industries like agribusiness, as well as the negative impact these practices have on social justice, intra-human violence and human health. The animal liberation movement therefore not only calls for justice and compassion for nonhuman animals, but also confront the results of industrial capitalism and modernity with a radical consciousness-raising claim. This claim is radical because it provides the most accurate condemnation of privilege and the status quo by revealing how inequality does not exist only at the intra-species level, but also at the inter-species level, and that both levels are closely interlinked and thus ought to be addressed jointly.
In the spirit of the field of Critical Animal Studies, the aim of this conference is to encourage scholars, students and activists to rethink the revolution that animal liberation theory represents since its inception in the 1970s, a social movement bringing the fight against oppression to its logical conclusion.
The conference welcomes proposals from a variety of scholars and disciplines – including critical academics, independent researchers, students and activists – reflecting on the intersecting themes of the conference: power, total liberation and antispeciesism.
The conference also welcomes papers focused on any topic critically addressing nonhuman animals’ exploitation from a social science or humanities perspective, including but not limited to the following themes:
Animal advocacy and activism
Animal liberation as a social movement
Animal oppression and intersectionality
Animal sanctuaries studies
Critical animal and media studies
Culture-Nature dualism and its criticism
Ethology and social perceptions of animals
Nonhuman animals and ableism
Nonhuman animals and agency
Nonhuman animals and capitalism
Nonhuman animals and colonialism
Nonhuman animals and communication
Nonhuman animals and critical race studies
Nonhuman animals and critical theory
Nonhuman animals and feminisms
Nonhuman animals and queer studies
Nonhuman animals and oppression theories
Nonhuman animals and political theory
Nonhuman animals and social class
Nonhuman animals and social justice
Nonhuman animals and social theory
Nonhuman animals, language and representation
Normative aspects of animal liberation
The conference encourages the approach of critical animal studies and non-speciesist perspectives on all sorts of discrimination, oppression and abuse towards farmed animals, animals in labs and animals in entertainment, among others, including animals living in the wild.
All abstracts must be written in English.
Abstracts should include:
Abstract Title of 30 words maximum
Abstract Text of 500 words maximum
A brief biography of the author (150 words maximum) including name, affiliation and contact details
The number of submitted abstracts per author is limited to two.
Humans and other animals share spaces and create communities together. They touch each other in various symbolic and material ways, constantly crossing and redrawing communal, ethical and very practical boundaries. As of late, this multifarious renegotiation of human-animal relations has sparked intense debates both in the public arena and in academia.
For instance, Bruno Latour argues that the anthropocene (marking the massive human impact on ecosystems) creates a new territory in which traditional subject/object separations are no longer useful. What is called for is the transgressing or dissolving of these limits in order to “distribute agency as far and in as differentiated a way as possible” (Latour 2014, 16). Various inclusive, more-than-human notions, such as ‘cosmopolitics’ (Stengers 2010) or ’common worlds’ (Latour 2004) are brought forward to this end. These discussions highlight what is becoming a core challenge for various disciplines and fields of study: how to live together in complex places, spaces and societies, with intersecting and overlapping borders and traces of cultures, histories and politics. Furthermore, the discussions bring forth the question of how to work against the premises of exclusive human agency and interest in order to explore and imagine multispecies futures.
However, the various conceptualisations of inclusive, common worlds entail a risk of disregarding or devaluing that which is not shared: the aspects of multispecies lives that cannot be or become common but that nevertheless matter for shared existences. There is also the issue of becoming “common” – of territorialisations and inclusions of some beings to the exclusion of others. What will remain the “uncommon” (i.e. unconventional) in common worlds? Moreover, are common worlds envisaged as free of political struggles and borders? What are the politics of becoming common and remaining uncommon?
With this Call we invite you to discuss and develop ideas about human-animal worlds both common and uncommon. We invite presentations to this interdisciplinary conference from various fields, including but not limited to social sciences, law, arts and humanities, and natural and environmental sciences. We also invite artists to present their work. If you are interested in this option, please contact the organizers to discuss your ideas.
Please send your abstract (max. 250 words) by e-mail to email@example.com no later than February 28, 2018. Please include in your submission the title of your presentation, your name, affiliation, and contact information. We will notify you of acceptance on March 2017.
Conference costs and registration
Registration for the conference opens in March 2018.
Early bird registration fees (until 31 May 2018) are 110 Euros for members of the society, 130 Euros for non-members, and 90 Euros for students.
Late bird registration fees (until 31 July 2018) are 130 Euros for members of the society, 150 Euros for non-members, and 110 Euros for students.
The conference fee includes refreshments during the conference. Conference dinner is subject to an additional fee.
About the Finnish Society for Human–Animal Studies
The Finnish Society for Human–Animal Studies is a scientific association that brings together researchers in the multidisciplinary field of human–animal studies in Finland. Founded in 2009, the society has since organized six annual national human–animal studies conferences. The society is a member of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies. For more information, please visit: https://elaintutkimus.wordpress.com/finnish-society-for-human-animal-studies/.
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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
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.
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
Friederike Zenker firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Basel / eikones NFS Bildkritik / Rheinsprung 11 / CH – 4051 Basel
CfHAS conference Cfp: Animals and Social Change | 29 – 30th June 2017 | Liverpool, UK.
CfHAS will host a conference on the theme of animals and social change in June 2017. We invite submissions that address these questions:
What constitutes effective social change for other animals?
How do particular framings of animal ethics and veganism shape strategies for intervention and change?
How do the worlds of animal advocacy and academic research on human-animal relations speak to each other? Could more come from those interactions?
What role do visual media, the online vegan community and documentary film-making play in effecting social change?
How do different communities imagine progressive social change for animals taking place?
We are interested in receiving submissions of academic papers (20 minutes), short films (any genre) and poster presentations. This conference will include paper and poster presentations, film screenings and a workshop session focused on strategies for social change involving dialogue between academics, activists and advocates. The conference is designed to facilitate time and space for discussion.
This conference will be of interest to those working in critical animal studies, advocacy, grassroots activism, animal media and the vegan business community.
The Centre for Human-Animal Studies (CfHAS) was formed in October 2014 during its inaugural conference held in Liverpool and the Edge Hill campus. CfHAS is an interdisciplinary forum for research and activities that engage with the complex material, ethical and symbolic relationships between humans and other animals. The Centre acts as a hub for research. It has established links and collaborations with colleagues in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, and with the broader academic and advocacy community in the UK.
The conversion of animal bodies into flesh for human consumption is a practice where relations of power between humans and nonhuman animals are reproduced in exemplary form. From the decline of (so-called) traditional animal husbandry to the emergence of intensive agriculture and, more recently, the biotechnological innovation of in vitro meat, the last hundred years have seen dramatic changes in processes of meat production, as well as equally significant shifts in associated patterns of human-animal relations. Over the same period, meat consumption has risen substantially and incited the emergence of new forms of political subjectivity, from nationalist agitation against ritual slaughter to the more radical rejection of meat production in abolitionist veganism.
Distinct disciplinary responses to meat production and consumption have occurred across the humanities and social sciences in areas including (but not limited to) food studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, ecocriticism, and (critical) animal studies. Theoretical engagements with these upheavals have ranged from viewing meat production as a site of affective encounter and irresolvably complex ethical entanglements, to framing industrialised slaughter as a privileged practice in what Dinesh Wadiwel has recently diagnosed as a biopolitical ‘war against animals’. This edited collection solicits essays which engage with these transformations in the meanings and material practices of meat production and consumption in literature and theory since 1900. We seek contributions from scholars working on representations of meat in any area of literary studies (broadly conceived) but are particularly interested in essays that challenge dominant narratives of meat-eating and conceptions of animals as resources.
Suggested topics include, but are by no means limited to the following:
Meat and nationalism/racism
Meat and colonialism/postcolonialism
The globalisation of meat
Future meat (in vitro etc.)
Meat and ‘the natural’
Meat eating and hospitality/sociality/ritual
Meat and nostalgia
Unconventional meats: bushmeat, insects etc.
Cannibalism (human and non-human)
Food and abjection
The edible and the inedible
Meat eating and extinction
Revisiting the sexual politics of meat
Meat and ‘disordered’ eating
Meat production and climate change
Dietary orientations towards meat: veganism, pescatarianism, paleo diets
Meat substitutes/simulated meats
Spaces of meat production (slaughterhouses, farms etc.)
Meat and zoonosis
The volume will be submitted to Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature:
Please send abstracts of 300 words along with a brief biographical statement to Seán McCorry (email@example.com) and John Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday, January 23 rd 2017. Essays of approximately 7000 words in length will be commissioned for delivery in September 2017.
The conference aims to create a space for discussion of experts from the V4 countries on current issues concerning environmental ethics. The V4 countries share a similar socialist past which influenced the perceived value of environment still underestimated by many and seen as a mere source of raw materials. Proposed themes:
Animal Rights and Ethics
Despite some legislative changes currently we still face the problem of insufficient reflection on the moral status and rights of animals. In this context it is important to deal with such kind of problems: What should our responsibilities be towards animals? Are animals and humans equal? Do we have to grant to (all) animals moral status?
Nature and Culture, Environmental Ethics in Relation to Science
Many refer to scientific and technological progress as the cause of the present ecological crisis. What should our attitude be towards science and technology in the context of the ecological crisis? Do we have to return to the state of living in harmony with nature? What it really means to live in harmony with nature? Does science really contribute to environmental problems? Is culture contrary to nature?
Values of Environmental Ethics
Values are one of the central categories of environmental ethics. How should we understand the environmental and ecological values? Who/what is the bearer of these values? What are these values in nature? Which values are the most important in environmental ethics?
Deadlines and information:
Deadline for abstract submission – 15. September 2016.
Required abstract length is around 150 words or less.
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 (email@example.com) or Kimberley Jayne (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.