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The Institute of English and American Studies,
Faculty of Humanities, University of Debrecen, Hungary
invites you to participate in the conference titled


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
  • Eco-anxiety
  • 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”)

Technical details:

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 theviewfromtheanthropocene@gmail.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.

Organising committee:

  • 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).

For more information please visit the event’s Facebook group or contact the organizers at the following e-mail address: theviewfromtheanthropocene@gmail.com.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the conference!

Videos from 7th EACAS Conference (2021)

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:

conference poster
(conference poster)

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 IsfahaniHammond)
  • NOT RECORDED: Bully Goes Fishing: Prefigurative Prototyping in Ahuman Design (Erik Sandelin)

Source: Youtube Channel of the Centre for Human-Animal Studies (CfHAS)

Postgraduate Animal Studies Symposium

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 established researchers.

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.

Running 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.

The 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.

Read the full programme for the symposium here, or download a PDF copy here.

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.