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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

The International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) invites submission of both oral (15 minutes total) and poster abstracts. The 2017 ISAZ conference will be held at the University of California, Davis. Plenaries will address the roles of service dogs and other animals for children, as well as human-animal interactions with wildlife and cattle. We also encourage submission of papers on all other topics in the field of human-animal interactions. Abstracts are due January 31. Research abstracts submissions require1. A title. 2. A list of authors, institutional affiliations, city, state, country, and email address for correspondence.3. An introduction to the study and its objectives. 4. Methodology – including a description of the participants (both human and animal), such as number (n), type, age, gender, and species, and a description of the study design, data collection, and data analysis. 5. Main results, including, when appropriate, statistical test, significance level and actual test value (e.g., F(df) = ?, p < 0.05). 5. Principal conclusions and implications for the field. Abstracts must be in English, must be no more than 350 words (not including the title and authors’ information), and should be concise, informative and explicit. In the submission process, please indicate whether an oral or poster presentation is preferred. Abstracts for oral presentations that are not selected may be eligible for presentation as posters.  If you have any issues or questions with the abstract submission process, please contact Abigail Thigpen at

More-than-human geographies of empathy. August 29-September 1. Royal Geographical Society, London. In this session, the organizers wish to explore the possibilities of a more-than-human geography of empathy as a route through which to contest and ‘decolonise’ these Western medical-scientific approaches to bioethics and care. Empathy is loosely conceptualised here as the ability to put oneself in another’s position, building upon Greenhough and Roe’s (2011) notion of ‘somatic sensibility’: the shared experience of living in a vulnerable body. Empathy in this respect is more-than-rational, affective and resists quantification. It creates what van Dooren (2014, p. 139) describes as ‘a particular sociality rooted in our being emotionally at stake in one another’s lives’ in a way of being in an unavoidably shared world with others; empathy has never been the privileged possession of humanity (van Dooren, 2014: 40). Here, then, we are interested not only in how certain humans develop or feel empathy towards nonhuman others, but also how relations of empathy might be distributed or multidirectional. Paper titles and abstracts (of around 200 words) should be sent to Megan Donald ( by February 14.

Decolonization and the Politics of Wildlife in Africa, an International Conference, to be held at the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study, South Africa, September 26-30, 2017. The establishment of European colonial rule on the African continent not only involved the colonization of nature, but essentially meant colonization through nature. Imperial politics of resource extraction, hunting, and conservation forged the upsetting and renegotiation of existing human ecologies and were often accompanied by the strict separation of the spheres of »nature«/»wilderness« on the one hand, and »culture« on the other. But in how far did decolonization across Africa south of the Sahara equally affect the sphere of ecology and relationships between humans and wildlife? What continuities and what changes can we observe in the transcontinental governance of wildlife and its concepts, practices, and actors? What role did animals play in all this and in how far did decolonization affect wildlife and individual species? Have Africa’s wild animals ever been decolonized? This conference seeks to address these questions in a trans- and multidisciplinary perspective. It aims to bring together senior and junior specialists in African and global environmental history, human-animal studies, human geography, political ecology, and the various conservation and wildlife sciences. Scholars based at African academic institutions are particularly encouraged to apply. The organizers are interested in receiving proposals focusing on the transitional decades of late colonial rule and early independence. Please send a proposal of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to both conveners (, The deadline for submission is February 28. The conference will be held in English and focus on the discussion of pre-circulated papers of about 5,000 to 6,000 words. Cost of travel and accommodation will be covered.

Vegan educators are invited to contribute to this volume of essays on animal liberation and pedagogy. For the purposes of this book, the term ‘educator’ is very loosely defined and does not only refer to professionals in teaching positions. This project invites anybody who sees themselves as a facilitator of knowledge, be they teachers, authors, artists, activists or anybody else who is in a position to offer a platform for knowledge exchange in a private or public setting (including parents and guardians, key workers, public speakers, etc.). The book hopes to serve as a platform for the exchange of practical tools, including revolutionary communication skills and radical approaches to pedagogy, all of which should incorporate a thematisation of animal liberation, speciesism or animalisation/dehumanisation amongst humans. Through this, it shall serve as a critique of and counterbalance to neoliberal education and its adherence to a mostly binaristic, white, heteronormative, masculinist, Euro- and anthropocentric curriculum. Preference will be given to essays that critique the predominantly Eurocentric neoliberal, white, masculinist approach to (teaching) animal liberation, and/or to essays that present or imagine alternatives to dominant approaches in animal liberation in an educational context. Please outline your proposed work in 500 words and add a few lines about yourself to the proposal email. Contributions will be chosen in January and the final pieces could have a word count between 2500 and 7000 (please include a roughly estimated word count in your outline). The English used in the essays should be as accessible as possible. Personal accounts, letters, diary entries, are welcome as are critical and academic analyses, however when theory and/or jargon is used it should be explained in the text itself or a glossary. If footnotes are used, please include them on the page they refer to. Email Dr Agnes Trzak | by February 28.

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: