Human-Animal Studies Fellowship
The Animals and Society Institute and Wesleyan Animal Studies invites applications for the eighth annual summer fellowship program for scholars pursuing research in Human-Animal Studies.
This interdisciplinary program was started by the Animals and Society Institute (ASI) in 2007 and enables 6-8 fellows to pursue research in residence at Wesleyan University at the College of the Environment. In 2010, ASI began a partnership with Wesleyan University
in Middletown, Connecticut, which now hosts the fellowship. Wesleyan is a selective private, coeducational, non-sectarian school of liberal arts and sciences known for the excellence of its academic and co-curricular programs. Wesleyan's College of the Environment was created in 2009 with a belief in the resilience of the human spirit and a desire to engage students and scholars in discussions about environmental issues and their social and political impact.
The fellowship is designed to support recipients' individual research through mentorship, guest lectures, and scholarly exchange among fellows and opportunities to contribute to the intellectual life of the host institution. Fellows should expect a diversity of approaches, projects, and commitments to animal protection issues. All fellows must be in continuous residence for the duration of the program, May 28 - July 11 2014,
The fellowships are open to scholars from any discipline investigating a topic related to human-animal relationships. Selected topics from previous years' programs include:
- Animal Ethics in Cold War Literary Culture
- Animal Experimentation and Animal Welfare in Twentieth Century Anglo-American Science
- Animal Stories as Literature of Dissent
- Animals and Colonialism
- Animals, Technology and Future
- Children's Experiences of Animal Death
- Cloning Extinct Species of Mammals
- Ethics and Politics in Environmental Discourse in India
- Food, Economy, Conservation, and Welfare in Veterinary Ethics
- Gender Relations in Cattle Ranching
- Human Animal Relationships at the Duke Lemur Center
- Humane Movements and Pet-Keeping in Late Nineteenth-Century England and America
- Legal Personhood, Animal Advocacy, and Human-Animal Relationships
- Literary Representations of Dogs
- Mourning Extinct Species
- Species, Race, and Humanity in Nineteenth-Century American Literatures
- The Animal Rights Movements in France and the United States
- The Human-Animal Relationship for Veterinary Students
- The Moral Significance of Animal Cognition and the Irrelevance of Species
- Victorian Quaker Women's Contributions to Feminist-Animal Ethics
- Village Dogs in the Rural Coast of Mexico
- Xenotransplantation and Black Market Organs
This year, we especially encourage applications that deal with dogs, public policy, feminism, and animal sentience. Featured Speakers
The ASI-WAS fellowship will open with a two day workshop on May 29-30, 2014, during which fellows will present their projects, and will receive feedback on their work from the other fellows, the hosts, and from the ASI Human-Animal Studies Executive Committee.
Partway through the fellowship, two special guests, Timothy Pachirat and Una Chaudhuri, will come to Wesleyan to present their own work, and to meet with the fellows on their projects. During the last week of the fellowship, Margo DeMello of the Animals and Society Institute will also meet with the fellows on their projects as well. We encourage proposals whose methods, aims, or research topics might relate to those of our featured speakers. Timothy Pachirat
(PhD Yale) teaches in the Department of Politics at The New School for Social Research. His research and teaching interests include spatial and visual politics, the sociology of domination and resistance, the political economy of dirty and dangerous work, and interpretive and ethnographic research methods. He is author of Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight
(Yale University Press, 2011), a political ethnography of immigrant labor on the kill floor of an industrialized slaughter-house that explores how violence that is seen as both essential and repugnant to modern society is organized, disciplined, regulated, and reproduced. Pachirat grew up in northeastern and northern Thailand and lives in Brooklyn, NY. You can read more about him here
. Una Chaudhuri
(PhD Columbia) is Collegiate Professor and Professor of English and Drama at New York University. She is the author of No Man's Stage: A Semiotic Study of Jean Genet's Plays
, and Staging Place: The Geography of Modern Drama
, as well as numerous articles on drama theory and theatre history in such journals as Modern Drama, Theatre Journal,
. She is the editor of Rachel's Brain and Other Storms
, a book of scripts by performance artist Rachel Rosenthal, and co-editor, with Elinor Fuchs, of the award-winning critical anthology Land/Scape/Theater. She was guest editor of a special issue of Yale Theater
on "Theater and Ecology." Chaudhuri's current work focuses on the emerging field of Animal Studies. She guest-edited a special issue on Animality and Performance, for TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies
(2007). Recent publications include "Animal Rites: Performing Beyond the Human," in Critical Theory and Performance
(2007), and "(De)Facing the Animals: Zooesis and Performance" in The Journal of Performance Studies
(March, 2007). Fellowship Directors
The fellowship is directed by Lori Gruen and Kari Weil (who host the Program), Margo DeMello, and Kenneth ShapiroLori Gruen
is Professor of Philosophy, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University Her work lies at the intersection of ethical theory and practice, with a particular focus on issues that impact those often overlooked in traditional ethical investigations, e.g. women, people of color, non-human animals. She has published extensively on topics in ecofeminist ethics, animal ethics, and environmental philosophy. She is the author of two books on animal ethics, most recently Ethics and Animals: An Introduction
(Cambridge, 2011), the co-editor of five books, including the forthcoming Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth
(with Carol Adams, Bloomsbury, 2014), the editor of The Ethics of Captivity
(Oxford University Press, 2014), and is the author of dozens of articles and book chapters. She is currently working on a manuscript that explores the ethical and epistemological issues raised by human relations to captive chimpanzees. Kari Weil
is University Professor of Letters and Director of the College of Letters at Wesleyan. With Lori Gruen, she is co-coordinator of Wesleyan Animal Studies, co-host of the Fellowship, and co-editor of a special issue of Hypatia
entitled Animal Others (27.3, Summer 2012). She is the author, most recently, of Thinking Animals: Why Animal Studies Now
? (Columbia, 2012) and has published widely on issues of gender, feminist theory, and representations of animal otherness. Her current project is tentatively titled The Most Beautiful Conquest of Man (sic): Horses and the Conquest of Animal Nature in Nineteenth-Century France.
is Program Director of the Human-Animal Studies Program at the Animals and Society Institute, is an Adjunct Professor at Canisius College's Anthrozoology program, and lectures at Central New Mexico Community College. She also is the Executive Director of House Rabbit Society, an international rabbit advocacy organization. Her most recent books include Teaching the Animal: Human Animal Studies Across the Disciplines
(Lantern, 2010), Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies
(Columbia, 2012), and Speaking for Animals: Animal Autobiographical Writing
(Routledge, 2012).Kenneth Shapiro
is cofounder and President of the board of the Animals and Society Institute. He is founding editor of Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies
, and coeditor and cofounder of Journal for Applied Animal Welfare Science
and the editor of the Human-Animal Studies book series. His most recent book is Animal Models of Human Psychology: Critique of Science, Ethics and Policy
. He is one of the developers of AniCare and AniCare Child, the only psychological treatment models for animal abusers, and trains therapists throughout the country on the use of these models. Application Deadline:
November 30, 2013 Amount of Award
Scholars selected to participate in the fellowship program will be awarded a stipend of $3,000 to help cover travel costs, housing, living expenses, books and other research expenses. The fellowship does not pay for housing; fellows will be responsible for finding, and paying for, their own housing. Eligibility
Applicants must (1) possess a Ph.D., J.D., M.S.W. or equivalent, or be a doctoral student at the dissertation stage; (2) have a commitment to advancing research in Human-Animal Studies; (3) be actively engaged, during the fellowship program, in a research project that culminates in a journal article, book, or other scholarly presentation; (4), be far enough along in the project that it will truly benefit from a concentrated period of work conducted on the Wesleyan campus; and (5) submit a follow-up report six months after the fellowship's completion. Applications are encouraged from the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences, as long as a part of the project is explicitly dealing with the human-animal relationship.Application
Applicants should email electronic copies of the following items to email@example.com:
- Cover sheet with the applicant's name, mailing address to be used for future correspondence, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, present rank and institution name, date Ph.D. or J.D. or M.S.W. received or expected, citizenship status, title of project, history of fellowships and grants received during the past five years. Cover sheet must also list one of the following categories to which the proposal can be positioned:
- Law, Ethics or Policy
- Quantitative Methods in Natural or Social Sciences
- Qualitative or Interpretive Approaches in the Social Sciences
- Animals and Theory or Animal Representations
In addition, please specify if you are adopting or working with a particular theoretical framework and if so which. If your work falls between the above categories, please describe.
- One paragraph abstract
- Project proposal of up to three pages (single-spaced) that describes the project and indicates work completed on the project to date. Since the description will be considered by a panel of scholars from a variety of disciplines, it should be written for non-specialists.
- Project proposal should include clear details about what draws the candidate to animal studies, how far the applicant is along in the project, and what part of the project the applicant expects to accomplish during the course of the fellowship
- Proposals should also include answers to these questions: What are the policy and/or ethical implications in your work? In particular, we are looking for scholarship that is directly engaged with policy.
- Does your work inform your teaching or how might it be integrated into coursework? How does your work contribute to the field of human-animal studies generally and to the animal question in your own field?
- Curriculum vitae of up to three pages
- Please name all of your documents in the following manner: Smith_Proposal; Smith_Abstract; Smith_CV, etc.
- Two letters of recommendation (pdfs of original letters recommended). These can come from the referees themselves or can come from you.
- Applicants are responsible for contacting referees and supplying them with a description of the project. Selection Process
The selection committee includes members from a range of disciplines connected to Human-Animal Studies.
Applications are evaluated on the basis of the contribution of the completed project to Human-Animal Studies, the qualifications of the applicant to complete the research, and how well the applicant's project complements the other accepted projects.
Applicants will be notified by e-mail January 2014.
Please address all correspondence to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Special thanks to our endowed sponsors: The Humane Society of the United States and the National Canine Research Council.
Meet the 2013 ASI-WAS Fellows and see their bios and photos here!
Meet the 2012 ASI-WAS Fellows and see their bios and photos here!
Meet the 2011 ASI-WAS Fellows and see their bios and photos here!
Meet the 2010 Fellows and see their bios and photos here!
Meet the 2009 Fellows and see their bios and photos here!
Meet the 2008 Fellows!
Meet the 2007 Fellows!
And read Animals, the blog created by fellowship hosts Lori Gruen and Kari Weil and authored by a selection of former fellows!