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CARE: Conference on Animal Rights in Europe

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

29th – 31th July 2016

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

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

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

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

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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).

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

Major North American CAS Conference – June 2016

Alberta

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.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: January 10, 2016

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 (kelly.sm[at]ualberta[dot]ca)

Proposals open for next CAS European conference

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

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

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

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Call for papers until 15th June!

Call for papers for the 3rd Annual European Conference for Critical Animal  Studies: Technoscientific developments and Critical Animal Studies – see details here: https://critical-animal-conf.org/call-for-papers/

The Conference will be in English and vegan.

Areas of inquiry include

  • Nonhuman animals and new technologies (such as biotechnology and neurosciences)
  • Intersection in exploitation of nonhuman animals and the environment (such as climate change, “vertical farming”)
  • Critical perspectives on domestication and breeding
  • Critique of animal experiments
  • Alternative technologies and alternative sciences
  • Interventions in and redefinitions of nature
  • Critical perspectives on ethology and the discourse on cognitive-abilities of nonhuman animals
  • Posthumanism and critical animal studies
  • “Bioart” and artistic use of technoscience to reflect on animal rights
  • Future of critical animal studies
  • Feminism (e.g. biotechnology and sexual violation)
  • Cultural and literary representations of nonhuman animals from a CAS perspective
  • Critical Animal Studies vs Human-Animal Studies and the problem of translation
  • other areas relevant to Critical Animal Studies

Formalities

  • Presentations should be fifteen to twenty minutes in length.
  • We are receptive to different and innovative formats including, but not limited to panels and workshops. You may propose individual or group “panel” presentations, but please clearly specify the structure of your proposal.
  • Please specify in your abstract whether it pertains to the academic or the activist field.
  • We encourage “young scholars” (graduate level – phd. level) to submit a talk. Please indicate, if you are a young scholar.
  • Please stress in your paper/roundtable/panel/etc. how you will be focusing on the program theme and linking it to critical animal studies. Also, please state if it does not address the conference theme.
  • Proposals or abstracts for panels, roundtables, workshops, or paper presentations should be no more than 500 words.
  • Please send with each facilitator or presenter a 100 maximum word biography (speaking to your activism and scholarship) in third person paragraph form.
  • Proposals will be evaluated anonymously. In order to facilitate the anonymization process, please include your name and affiliation on a separate page and make no reference to your identity in your proposal.
  • The deadline for submissions is June 15th 2013. Accepted presenters will be notified via e-mail by July 7th 2013.
  • Please submit your proposal to submissions@dimde.monoceres.uberspace.de (Please use this address for submissions only and ask your questions here, in case you have any.)

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This entry was posted on June 3, 2013, in Conference.

Proposals open for next CAS European conference

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

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

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