Programme of the CAS conference at Portugal

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

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6 October

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

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

9:50 – 10:00 – Break 
10:00 – 11:40

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

Philosophy, Ethics, Ontology (Room Multiusos 3)

11:40 – 12:00 – Break
12:00 – 13.30

Agency and history (Room Multiusos 2)

Animals, Sustainability and the Anthropocene (Room Multiusos 3)

13:30 – 14:30 – Lunch
14:30 – 16:10

Food Production, Research and Welfare (Room Multiusos 2)

Animals and Anarchism (Room Multiusos 3)

16:10 – 16-30 – Break

16:30 – 17:50

Animals, Art and Multimedia (Room Multiusos 2)

Animal Studies em português (Room Multiusos 3)

17:50 – 18:00 – Break

18:00 – 19:00 – Keynote Session

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

7 October

 9:00 – 10:20

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

10:20 – 10:30 – Break
10:30 – 12:20

Gender and Feminism (Room Multiusos 2)

Debates and questions (Room Multiusos 3)

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

Intersectionality (Room Multiusos 2)

Changing Attitudes and Promoting Animal Liberation (Room Multiusos 3)

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

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

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

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

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

Keynote Speakers:

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


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

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

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