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Upcoming Conferences and Seminars: Australia

Animaladies - July 11 & 12, 2016, University of Sydney, Australia.

Registrations are now open -  for more information and to register click here.

Keynote: Lori Gruen, Professor of Philosophy, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University


Public forum: Veg*n Sustainability Workshop

15 February, 2016, The University of Sydney

In recent times, a number of institutions such as universities, media organisations and superannuation funds have publically announced initiatives to divest from industries that are implicated in contributing to global warming.  Animal agriculture is one such industry, contributing around 18% of the ‘global warming effect’, an ‘even larger contribution than the transportation sector worldwide’, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report Livestock’s Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options.  And yet, institutional responses to sustainability rarely attend to this connection between climate change, animal agriculture and food choices.  The Veg*n Sustainability Workshop addresses the politics of human food consumption as an integral component of a carbon-conscious institutional change agenda within institutions.  To kick off our workshop, we are opening with a public forum, which will include short presentations from participants and a longer Q&A session with the audience.

Beyond the human: Feminism and the animal turn

9 - 10 February 2016, The University of Wollongong

Presented by the Feminist Research Network (FRN) and the Material Ecologies Research Network (MECO)

Report on proceedings available here.

Animate/ Inanimate Symposium and Exhibition

Sunday September 1, Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne.

A day of lively discussions about the meanings, histories and vulnerabilities of the natural and animal worlds through the eyes of artists, cultural theorists and environmental scientists, this symposium coincides with the exhibition Animate/Inanimate at the TarraWarra Museum of Art.

Barbara Creed, Professor Screen Studies, University of Melbourne
Prue Gibson, writer and lecturer
Glen Holland, Director, Healesville Sanctuary
Janet Laurence, artist
Victoria Lynn, Director, TarraWarra Museum of Art
Deborah Bird Rose, Professor, Environmental Sciences
Louise Weaver, artist

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2050 Food Lecture Series, UWA

The Year 2050 might seem far away, but the current generation of children will only be in their forties and will be raising families. This series of lectures targets three of the key issues that will likely shape the nature of human food in 2050. All lectures are free and open to the public.

4 September 2013 - Is ‘more efficient’ food production in conflict with animal welfare?

Greater efficiency may for some people be an obvious goal for providing food security for an increasing human population but what are the implications for animal welfare? Will greater agricultural efficiency inevitably lead to lower standards of welfare? This lecture will ask whether there is really a conflict between human well-being and animal welfare and argue that good animal welfare can provide the basis of healthy safe food for humans, benefits for the environment and productive commercial farming.

Speaker: Marian Stamp Dawkins, Professor of Animal Behaviour, University of Oxford

Register here.

Ecological Australia: Ecocriticism in the Arts

3-4 October, Australian Centre and the Centre for the History of Emotions, University of Melbourne.

This symposium brings together cross-disciplinary approaches to ecological studies to explore symbioses between creation and criticism. With a view to clarifying Australia as both a case study in terms of postcolonial and indigenous conceptions of land and country, and a resource for intellectual scrutiny with respect to environmental ecologies, the symposium takes the project of ecocriticism from songlines and seed banks, to ecological arts praxis and poetic activism.

Emerging interpretative approaches to what might constitute the ecological – the material, physical world, and the intellectual idea – will be explored, tracing and evaluating critical shifts through attention to the written, visual and performed arts.

The symposium will be preceded by a Public Lecture by Dr Bob Brown on Thursday 3 October 6-7pm, Theatre A, Elisabeth Murdoch Building. Admission to Bob Brown's lecture is free. Bookings are required. Registration will be available soon.

Confirmed symposium participants include:

Kate Auty, Tom Bristow, Tom Ford, Ken Gelder, Alexis Harley, Freya Matthews, Grace Moore, Peter Otto, Lauren Rickards, Kate Rigby, Deborah Bird Rose, Linda Williams

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International Large Animal Rescue Conference 2013

2-3 November 2013. University of Adelaide, Roseworthy Campus, South Australia

In a first for Australia, a conference with a focus on large animals in rescue situations, disasters, transport safety and event related incidents will be held in South Australia this November. Featuring speakers who are experts in their field from the UK, USA, Asia, Australia & NZ this event will promote leading edge research, rescue techniques for a target audience which includes emergency services, veterinarians, educators, animal rescue volunteers and researchers.


- Large Animal Rescue

- Animals in Disasters

- Transport Safety and Welfare

- Competition/Event Incident Response

Keynote speakers:

Jim Green. Animal Rescue, New Forest Group, Hampshire Fire & RescueUK

Dr Rebecca Gimenez, Technical Large Animal Emergency RescueUSA

Dr Ian Dacre, World Society for the Protection of Animals, Disaster Operations Director, Asia-Pacific Region.

Also Professor Christopher Riley, Dr Peter Thornber, Hayley Squance, MaryAnne Leighton, Dr Kirrilly Thompson, Dr Belinda Nobel, David King, Anthony Hatch and Cara Shelley

For all information, including programme, submission and registration details, and sponsorship opportunities see:

Upcoming conferences: International

'With their skins on them, and … their souls in them': Towards a Vegan Theory

An Interdisciplinary Humanities Conference
31st May 2016 - University of Oxford

Building on the increasing prominence of the 'animal turn' in the humanities in the last decade, and the recent publication of Laura Wright's The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in an Age of Terror (University of Georgia Press, 2015), this conference will seek to ask what kind of place veganism and/or ‘the vegan’ should occupy in our theorizations of human-animal relations, animal studies, and the humanities in general. An increasing number of individuals, particularly in the West, are now identifying as vegan, but the heterogeneity of reasons for doing so – animal suffering, the environment, health, anti-capitalism – suggests a broad, complex, and fertile place from which to rethink ways of being in the world.

Confirmed speakers include Dr Bob McKay (Sheffield), Prof Sara Salih (Toronto), Prof Jason Edwards (York) and a keynote from Prof Laura Wright (Western Carolina).

More information available here.

Exploring Human – Animal Interactions

a multidisciplinary approach from behavioral and social sciences
Barcelona, 7th – 10th of July, 2016

Animals were domesticated thousands of years ago and are now present in almost every human society around the world. Nevertheless, only recently scientists have begun to analyse both positive and negative aspects of human-animal relationships.

For centuries people have recognised the value of animals for obvious economical reasons, but also as an important source of physical and emotional wellbeing. Indeed, people’s attitudes towards animals depend on a variety of factors, including socio-economical relationships with each particular species, cultural background, religious believes, as well as individual differences regarding behaviour and personality. A proper understanding of these differences requires a multidisciplinary approach, from psychology, social psychology and anthropology to psychiatry and neuroscience.

The main goal of the conference would be to provide delegates with an updated and multi-disciplinary overview of human-animal interactions. Selected topics would include but are not limited to:

- The concept of empathy in the study of human-animals interactions.
- The concept of protected values (or sacred values) in human-animal interactions.
- Understanding cultural views on animals.

We will also organise a Satellite Meeting (10th of July) on the state of the art of the abandonment of companion animals and global strategies to prevent the abandonment.

More information available here.

SEEN AND UNSEEN The Role of Visibility in Humans’ Use of Nonhuman Animals

Animals and Society section session, American Sociological Association annual meeting, August 23, 2016, Seattle, WA

Exploring how visibility and invisibility (removal from sight) make us more or less comfortable about different types of animal use by considering how exposure weakens support for animal use and/or leads to increased tolerance of that use.

More information available here.

Animal Encounters: Human-Animal-Contacts in the Arts, Literature, Culture and the Sciences

25th to 27th November 2016

International Conference at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Department for German and Comparative Studies

Confirmed keynote speakers: Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University, Middletown CT),

Roland Borgards (Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg)

For more information click here.

Making Sense of the Animal – Human Bond and Relationship(s)

The Making Sense of the Animal – Human Bond Project: 3rd Global Meeting

Monday 19th September – Wednesday 21st September 2016

Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for papers - 1 April 2016

While humans are clearly classified as part of the animal world, we have a long and sometimes questionable history of both differentiating ourselves from animals and at the same time identifying ourselves with specific animals or unique animal qualities. This conference invites scholars from many disciplines and across cultures to reflect upon the conundrum of meaning: we are same but different.  What do animals mean in our personal lives as well as our societal and cultural lives? And how have those relationships been collaborative or at cross-purposes?


Animal Biographies – Recovering Animal Selfhood through Interdisciplinary Narration?

9-11 March 2016, University of Kassel, Germany

Animal Biographies 2016 attempts to evaluate both the challenges and potentials of biographical narration for the representation of material animals in their own rights, while posing the question if and in what way animal biographies might be suited to recover the life peculiar to animals. For this task, we bring together researchers from various disciplinary backgrounds to discuss methodological as well as theoretical challenges of animal biographical writing. By asking for the consequences of scholarship on animal biographies for the genre of biography, we hope that a change of perspective and a consideration of animals might also give fruitful new insights into biographical writing and the corresponding theoretical discussion on life-writing more generally.

More information and conference program available here.

Aotearoa/New Zealand Human-Animal Studies Conference

Hosted by NZCHAS at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, on 5 & 6 November 2015

This conference is an opportunity to showcase the research in HAS and CAS that is being conducted in Aotearoa New Zealand, in particular, and more widely in Australasia.  The conference was held at the University of Canterbury and involved keynote speakers Professor Susan McHugh (University of New England, USA), Dr Yvette Watt (University of Tasmania) and Dr Cecilia Novero (Otago University) and Professor Henrietta Mondry (University of Canterbury).


The conference is being planned as a smallish gathering of HAS and CAS researchers and supporters, so that attendees can hear all papers and meet with each other over coffee between sessions. We really hope to see some of you at UC in November!

British Animal Studies Network: Winged creatures

11 - 12 October 2013.University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

This meeting will look at a range of ways in which animal studies might address birds, insects, bats or other winged creatures. Invited speakers are Dan Lyons (Centre for Animals and Social Justice), Andrea Roe (Edinburgh College of Art), Laurie Shannon (Northwestern University), Paul Walton (RSPB Scotland).

BASN holds seminars on a regular basis. For the latest information on upcoming sessions and calls for proposals, see

112th American Anthropological Association Meeting

Panel: Representing Animals: Nonhuman 'Others' in Human Publics.

20-24 November 2013.Chicago, IL

From Save the Whales campaigns of the 1960s to the recent rise of the progressive Dutch political party PvdD (Party for the Animals), people have searched for ways to incorporate nonhuman animals into the human social order. These efforts expose, but are also limited by, the anthropocentric and humanist assumptions built into legal and political frameworks. As Cary Wolfe (2009) suggests in his work on posthumanism, the social sciences must move beyond merely ‘de-centering’ the human to truly incorporate the animal within these investigations. This Panel analyzes innovative attempts (recent and historical) to represent animals in human social, legal, and political arenas. For more information about the conference see

Technoscientific Developments and Critical Animal Studies.

ICAS 3rd European Conference.

28-30 November 2013. Karlsruhe, Germany

Almost every technoscientific innovation is tested on nonhuman animals in order to get to the market: so called ‘animal experiments’ represent not only a huge market, but an established reality in every corner of the world. Technological developments, powerfully entrenched with industrialization, amplify almost every current use of nonhuman animals, such as in particular the so called field of “animal food production”. At the same time technology and scientific developments have also provided powerful means to materially overcome animal use, notably in the field of alternative methods.

Whereas the critique of so-called ‘animal experiments’ has a longstanding tradition in the animal rights movement, activists have yet to directly engage current projects in experimental research, or to discuss long-term movement goals in the context of the politics and philosophy of science. It is therefore important that animal advocates reflect on alternative methods for testing substances and for performing biomedical research, ones that do not involve animal exploitation. Furthermore, some technological projects like the idea of “in-vitro meat” are directed explicitly to overcome some uses of nonhuman animals.

The field of Critical Animal Studies encourages the collaboration between academic scholars and nonprofit organizations and activists.

For submission details and more information see

Conference on Animal Thinking and Emotion

Washington, DC, March 17-18, 2014.

Talks from invited experts, and selected student speed presentations.


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