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Welcome to the Australasian Animal Studies Association website

The Australasian Animal Studies Association (AASA) was formed in 2005 by a group working in the emergent field of Animal Studies (alternatively Human Animal Studies).  As an International body, AASA brings together writers, thinkers and researchers from across Australia, New Zealand the Asia Pacific region and to foster collaborations, organise events for the dissemination of current research and projects, and to provide information regarding research fellowships, awards, grants and scholarships for Animal studies scholars and students.

The AASA is active in organising and sponsoring seminars, symposiums and research workshops and has hosted five large conferences: 2005 Animals and Society (Perth, WA); 2007 Animals and Society II: Considering Animals (Hobart, TAS); 2009: Minding Animals (Newcastle, NSW); 2011: Animals, People: A Shared Environment (Brisbane, QLD); 2013: Life in the Anthropocene (Sydney, NSW). We are delighted to announce that the next AASA conference will be hosted by HRAE Human Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network, and the Australian Centre at  the University of Melbourne, in July 2015.  For further information about Animal Publics: Emotions, Empathy, Activism conference please go to: 

 http://animal-publics.com

In the last few years, the AASA has grown considerably and our members, our bulletin and our new journal (http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/, are testament to the dynamism of the field and the research and new thinking it is producing.

This website is a meeting point for all, providing information about animal studies scholarship and networks, and a forum for identifying themes of discussion, coursework and research practice.

Banner Image Acknowledgements:
Domestic Animals (Scholarly Explanation), 2008 giclee print and ink on hanemuller photo rag paper 80 x 130cm courtesy Yvette Watt

Elephant Seal and King Penguins courtesy Elizabeth Leane
A family and their pets pose on the front verandah ca 1905 courtesy State Library of Western Australia, image no.
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