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The editorial team of ‘People and Animals: The International Journal of Research and Practice (PAIJ), would like to announce the publication of their new journal, with an aim to publish the first issue by June 2017. PAIJ is the official peer-reviewed open-access publication of the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO). PAIJ publishes articles related to research and practice in the fields of animal-assisted interventions (AAI) and human-animal interactions (HAI) where the well-being of humans and animals are concerned. The journal seeks to strengthen the links between science and practice of these fields, through an interdisciplinary lens drawing from the fields of psychology, medicine, education and special education, sociology, social work, nursing, veterinary medicine, ethology, biology, ethics, and law. The first issue will include the works of leading scholars in the fields in AAI and HAI. The weblink for PAIJ is Should you need further information on the journal and its first issue, please contact Andrea Beetz and Brinda Jegatheesan

Sydney University Press is looking for submissions to the Animal Publics series. The series is co-edited by Prof. Fiona Probyn Rapsey and Dr Melissa Boyd. The series publishes original and important research in animal studies by both established and emerging scholars. Animal Publics takes inspiration from varied and changing modalities of the encounter between animal and human. The series explores intersections between humanities and the sciences, the creative arts and the social sciences, with an emphasis on ideas and practices about how animal life becomes public: attended to, listened to, made visible, foregrounded, included and transformed. Animal Publics investigates publics past and present, and publics to come, made up of more-than-humans and humans entangled with other species. Authors are invited to discuss potential titles for the series and submit a proposal to

Routledge’s series Perspectives on the Non-Human in Literature and Culture is actively seeking monographs and essay collections that focus on topics concerning human interactions with the non- and inhuman.  Forthcoming books in the series engage with animals, plants, robots, the ecology of war, race, bodies, objects, and weather in a variety of periods and national literatures. For titles and a full description of the series’ goals, see

Human and Nonhuman Animals: Minds and Morals. May 11-13, University of Connecticut, Storrs. The conference will bring together researchers from a number of disciplines working on continuities and discontinuities in human/nonhuman cognition, emotions, social organization and morally relevant behavior, and implications for the human treatment of nonhuman animals.   The organizers invite full paper submissions on the topic of the conference, from researchers working in philosophy, psychology, anthropology, cognitive science and any other related disciplines. Please submit full papers in PDF format to Nathan Kellen by March 13.

Since its origins in the mid nineteenth century, detective fiction has been populated by a huge array of beasts. If the genre begins, as is widely supposed (though not without some debate), with Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue’ (1841), then detective fiction’s very first culprit is an animal. Such beastly instances of criminal violence are among the genre’s most recurrent figurings of the non-human. Accordingly, like Poe’s frenzied ourang-outang on the spree in Paris, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles (1902) identifies a murderous aggression as part-and-parcel of animal nature. Detective fiction accommodates gentler and more law-abiding creatures too, however. Wilkie Collins, often thought of as the founder of the British detective novel, depicts the villain Count Fosco in The Woman in White (1859) surrounded by his ‘pretties’, ‘a cockatoo, two canary-birds and a whole family of white mice’, while Koko and Yum Yum, the feline sidekicks of Lillian Jackson Braun’s popular The Cat Who… series from the 1960s show animals living on the right side of the law. Detective fiction is also consistently concerned with the human as animal. From the ‘bloodhound’ Sherlock Holmes to Dashiell Hammett’s ‘wolfish’ Sam Spade, detection involves the development of beastly characteristics. Comparably, the criminal is often imagined as the animal in human form, a sign of the descent back down the evolutionary ladder towards a savage state the founder of criminology Cesare Lombroso identified as ‘criminal atavism’. Though often described as an essentially conservative form, the best examples of detective fiction unsettle rigid binarisms to intersect with developing concerns in animal studies: animal agency, the complexities of human/animal interaction, the politics and literary aesthetics of animal violence and victimhood, animal metaphor and the intricate ideological work of ‘animality’. This volume will be the first to engage thoroughly with the manifold animal lives in this enduringly popular and continually morphing literary form. We are interested in essays that investigate the portrayal of animals in the detective fiction of any period and any region. It is anticipated that the volume will include essays that explore the genre’s most celebrated figures (Poe, Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Raymond Chandler, Georges Simenon, Hammett, Walter Mosley etc), alongside less well-known authors. We particularly welcome essays which combine questions of genre with attention to broader ethical and political concerns regarding the representation of animals, encompassing relevant theoretical developments in, for example, animal studies, posthumanism and ecocriticism. The volume is intended to form part of Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature, edited by Susan McHugh, Robert McKay and John Miller ( Please email abstracts of no more than 300 words along with a short biographical statement to Ruth Hawthorn ( and John Miller ( by March 31.

The editors of a special edition of the Animal Studies Journal on animal sanctuaries, edited by Elan Abrell, seek articles that consider animal sanctuaries as unique sites of human-animal interaction that both influence and are influenced by the way animals are treated and understood in larger contexts. How do animal sanctuaries contribute to the broader animal protection movement, what limits and challenges do they face, and what sorts of new models for living with and caring for captive animals might they provide? Submissions due by March 31. Please see guidelines and submit online at:

Workshop: Empathy, Animals, Film With Prof. Lori Gruen. June 20, University of Basel. The workshop provides a forum to explore concepts of empathy with regard to animals and especially animals on film. Empathy is a key concept in contemporary studies focussing on animals e.g. in Animal Ethics or research on Animal Minds. Humans and other animals engage with each other by means of empathy. The understanding thereby ranges from a cognitive ability to put oneself into the shoes of the other to more basic forms of immediate affective resonance. In our workshop, we are particularly keen to discuss Lori Gruen’s idea of ‘Entangled Empathy’. The aim is to bring together the thinking about entangled empathy and cinematic images of animals. In which ways do films contribute to empathetic engagement, respectively might refuse to do so? In a critique of traditional ethic theory, Gruen emphasizes how important the idea of particular animals, cases and contexts is for an alternative model of ethics. Accordingly, we would like to explore the
transformative power of particular animals that become visible on film, as well as possible limits of the filmic medium. PhD candidates and early postdocs from fields including, but not limited to, philosophy, anthropology, human-animal-studies, cultural studies, film studies and media studies are encouraged to participate. To apply for participation, please submit both a short CV and a short letter of motivation.
Participants who wish to discuss their own work are encouraged to submit a short abstract of their presentation (1 page). Be prepared to give a 15-min presentation. We invite submissions concerning the work of Lori Gruen (e.g. discussions of the concept of entangled empathy and related topics) and/or the topic of animals in visual media. The conference language is English. Please hand in all documents electronically to Friederike Zenker: The deadline for submissions is April 30. For questions or further information please contact Friederike Zenker