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 and the Asia Pacific region 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). Our most recent conference was hosted by the HRAE Human Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network, and the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne, 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.