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Zeitschrift für Kritische Tierstudien is an inter- and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal. The first volume will be published in December 2018. Authors include both junior researchers and established specialists in Human Animal Studies, as well as activists of the Animal Liberation and Total Liberation Movement, who are pursuing an emancipatory, abolitionist, critical, non-reformist approach. Zeitschrift für Kritische Tierstudien aims to proceed, together with other liberation movements, intersectionally against existing systems of power and any form of suppression. Zeitschrift für Kritische Tierstudien is a German-language journal that also accepts contributions in English. In order to maintain scientific standards, submitted articles are assessed in an anonymous peer review process. Accepted contributions submitted by May 31 will be published in December of the same year. Manuscripts with a volume of up to 50,000 characters can now be submitted as .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .odt files under the email address kritischeTierstudien@gmx.de.

The Equine History Collective (EHC) invites submissions for individual presentations for its first annual conference, to take place Nov. 30 – Dec. 1 at Cal Poly Pomona, in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library. Submissions may investigate any equine in the past, including donkeys, mules, zebras and onagers. The theme of the conference is “Why Equine History Matters,” meant to show the relevance of equine history for historical studies. We therefore encourage papers that illustrate how any facet of equine history, broadly or narrowly conceived, helps to illuminate, interpret, and contextualize the past. The conference will conclude with a visit to the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center’s Sunday Show. The EHC’s purpose is to foster equine history research and its dissemination, and promote collaboration between equine historians in all disciplines. As such, we encourage submissions from anyone who researches equine history. This includes, but is not limited to, scholars in other disciplines other than history, like agriculture, archaeology, art history, and literature, and researchers in non-academic settings, such as public historians and independent scholars. Submissions from scholars at any career stage are welcome. Please understand that space may be limited for this inaugural conference, but we expect the number of presentation spots available to grow in future years. The deadline for submission is 15 April 2018. Please send abstracts (250 words or less) and a one-page CV to equinehistory@gmail.com. The Program Committee will notify all those who submitted proposals of its decision by the end of May. Travel funds may be available for speakers.  Questions? Contact us.

The editors are seeking papers on the theme of “Animals with (or without) Borders” for the summer 2018 issue of the semi-annual scholarly journal, Pakistan Journal of Historical Studies (PJHS), published by the Indiana University Press (Bloomington, USA). This guest-edited issue explores the interaction between human boundaries and animal lives. As a historical phenomenon, such interaction would include the imposition of borders on existing trade routes and seasonal migration of pastoral societies, and attempts to politically corral animals to fit human boundaries. Socially, it might address problems such as the difference in animal production or welfare on two sides of a border. Politically, it would extend to veterinary, epidemic and tax controls on the movement of animals or animal products, and the role of infrastructure and development capital in the regional development of breeding and production chains. For more information or to propose an idea, please email to pjhs@khaldunia.org (cc to thomas_dubois@yahoo.com; hak@khaldunia.org) Deadline for submitting articles is now April 20 2018. Manuscripts should be submitted through the Indiana University Press website, via this link.

Animal History Group Summer Conference: Animal Histories. June 28-29, King’s College London. The organizers are delighted to announce that, following the success of our inaugural summer workshop in 2017, the Animal History Group will be holding a two-day conference in London this June. This event will conclude the 2017–18 programme of events organised by the Animal History Group, the London-based network for postgraduates, academics, museum workers and other professionals whose work engages with animals in history. We are honored to welcome Dolly Jørgensen, Professor of History at the University of Stavanger, Norway, as our keynote speaker. Dolly is a historian of the environment and technology, whose research topics have ranged from medieval butchery to ecological restoration in modern Scandinavia. The organizers welcome papers from across the field, with no limitations on their theme or period, exploring any aspect of human-animal relationships, whether concerning companion animals, livestock, wild animals, animal health and disease, or animal afterlives as museum specimens or artefacts. Papers from graduate students are encouraged. Speakers will be convened into panels of related papers by the conference organisers. Please aim for a 15-minute presentation and a shared session for questions at the end of each panel. There will be a drinks reception and dinner on the evening of 28th June. Paper proposals should be submitted to animalhistorygroup@gmail.com. Please include a title, an abstract (250 words) and a speaker biography (up to 100 words). There is no registration fee for speakers at this workshop. We will reimburse costs up to £100 (to be claimed after the workshop, with original receipts) towards travel and one night’s accommodation. The deadline for submissions is March 31.

The Society for the Study of Ethics and Animals (SSEA) invites abstracts for a day-long workshop on August 8, 2018 at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Abstracts on any topic relating to animal ethics are welcome. This preconference event is being held in conjunction with the Eleventh Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, which takes place at CU Boulder from August 9-12. The SSEA is pleased to announce that Julia Driver will offer the keynote address at the workshop, thanks to generous support from CU Philosophy Department’s Center for Values and Social Policy. Abstracts that engage with Driver’s work are especially welcome. Abstracts are due on March 15. Abstracts should be 750-1000 words and prepared for blind review. Please submit abstracts to Bob Fischer (fischer@txstate.edu). The workshop will have a pre-read format, with the aim of providing focused, constructive feedback on works in progress. If your abstract is accepted, the full paper will be due on July 1 for distribution to other attendees.

Social difference and nature: Contesting narratives of elitism. June 1, University of Edinburgh. These times that have come to be christened the Anthropocene are characterised by two contradictory but connected features: 1) the extensive and significant negative impacts of human activity on the planet; and 2) social action for the environment/nature. Such social action can be seen most obviously in environmental and animal advocacy movements in different parts of the world, but also in less visible everyday practices of coexistence and care. Despite the widespread prevalence of a diversity of environmental and related activisms, the dominant portrayal of social action for nature or animals is that of an elite, middle-class activity, often with adverse implications for social justice. This workshop problematizes the dominant narrative of environmentalism/animal advocacy as always already bourgeois. It investigates forms of non-elite action as essential for meaningful change in society-nature relations. Specifically the workshop explores the complex relationship between social difference – race, class, caste, ethnicity, ability etc. – to identify and examine discourses and practices of environmental and animal protection action that trouble narratives of elitism. For this, we welcome presentations from academics and practitioners working in the fields of environmentalism, conservation and animal protection that critically discuss different forms of non-elite action. These could include everyday practices by people from non-elite social groups or organized mobilizations at varying scales that explicitly engage with intersections between environmental/animal and other social justice movements. These could also take the form of conceptual discussions of intersectional approaches to social, ecological and animal justice, or analyses of ecological or animal protection interventions that address ecological and/or animal issues in manners that are cognizant of the vulnerabilities of marginal human groups. Presentation themes could encompass a wide range of domains – from working-class environmentalisms to the relationship between homeless people and their companion animals, and from the conservation activities of indigenous communities to alliances between animal and other social justice movements. We do not wish to impose limits or restrictions on what non-elitist environmental or animal protection action might look like or entail. This workshop has a specific interest in bringing together perspectives, approaches, case studies, examples, and knowledges that tend to remain unnoticed and under-examined. We encourage submissions from practitioners (e.g., environmental/animal/social justice groups and movements) as well as from within the social sciences, humanities and allied fields. The workshop stems from and seeks to broaden the ambit of a research project on working-class environmentalisms, establishing networks for collaboration and knowledge-exchange. Please submit an abstract of 200 words and a short speaker biography to Krithika Srinivasan (k.srinivasan@ed.ac.uk) by March 15. Limited support for travel from within the UK is available for presenters.

Maritime Animals: Telling Stories of Animals at sea. April 26-27, 2019, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, UK. The conference seeks to shed fresh light on maritime history by placing animals centre stage. Papers are sought which uncover all aspects of animals’ involvements (and entanglements) with ships and their activities. For instance, what roles did animals play in famous maritime episodes? What were the experiences of animals on board ships, and to what extent is it possible to recover them? In what ways were managing, sharing with, and caring for, animals important concerns of ships’ crews? What were the policies and procedures regarding keeping animals on board, and how did the presence of animals affect maritime practices? Moreover, the conference will explore the impact of sea-faring animals – whether political, economic, cultural, or environmental – as maritime activities have knitted the world ever more closely together. What roles have animals played in colonial encounters and voyages of discovery, for instance? And how have animals functioned as cultural agents as well as commodities? Please send a short abstract (200-300 words) for a 20 minute paper to Kaori Nagai (K.Nagai@kent.ac.uk ) by May 15.

 

 

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