The Australian Animal Studies Group’s new periodical, the Animal Studies Journal, is a fully peer-reviewed journal publishing animal-studies scholarship, available online and free to access for all.
Current issue: Vol 2, Number 1
Gavan Watson and Traci Warkentin introduce six essays addressing the theme ‘Animals, Place and Humans’:http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/vol2/
Alette Willis from Edinburgh University writes compellingly on ‘Bearing Witness’: http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/
Canadian writer Christine Lowther’s essay tells of her encounter with a cougar near Catface Mountain: http://ro.uow.edu.
Erin Luther considers the controversial case of the backyard killing of a litter of baby racoons to discuss ethical urban human-wildlife relations: http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/vol2/
Ryan Hediger discusses the ‘biopolitics of loving and leaving’ in his account of the USA policy to leave behind working army dogs when the human troops were withdrawn from Vietnam: http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/vol2/
Environmental artist Perdita Phillips’ image essay documents migratory waders and bowerbirds at the remote Broome Bird Observatory in Western Australia: http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/vol2/
Ike Kamphof writes from a post-phenomenological perspective to consider the 24/7 use of webcams by nature conservation societies:http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/vol2/
As well there is a small selection of poetry –
‘Animal Dreaming’ by Australian writer and scholar Catherine Cole: http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/vol2/
‘Talking to Jasper, in the Garden’ by South African writer and scholar Wendy Woodward: http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/vol2/
A prize winning undergraduate essay by Zuzana Kocourkova on ‘Why Animals Matter…’: http://ro.uow.edu.
In a review article Deirdre Coleman considers the lives and afterlives of animals caught in the exotic animal trade; including a review of John Simon’s new book The Tiger that Swallowed the Boy: http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/vol2/
As well there is a review of Peta Tait’s latest book Wild and Dangerous Performances: Animals, Emotions and Circus:http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/vol2/
Animal Studies Journal is a twice-yearly publication that provides a forum for current research in human-animal studies. It publishes cross-disciplinary content with a particular, but not exclusive, interest in Australia, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific scholarship. Abstracts and proposals for forthcoming editions can be sent to editor Melissa Boyde: boyde[at]uow.edu.au. For more information including submission guidelines, see http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/