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Calls for Abstracts and Submissions

Animal Studies Journal is seeking submissions from scholars and creative practitioners for a special edition focusing on the themes of the forthcoming Australasian Animal Studies Association conference ‘Animal Intersections’, to be held at the University of Adelaide 3-5 July, 2017. The journal is interested in papers which address the fractures, tensions and layers of intersection across human-animal relations, and in particular for the lives of non-human animals. Papers might engage with the practices and methods associated with theories of intersectionality in order to enrich the study of non- human animal lives and their interface with human society. If you are interested in submitting an essay for consideration, please visit the journal website and consult submission rules and policies. Length of contributions is generally 4000–6000 words for articles, 1000–6000 for creative works plus images. Submission of articles: http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/submit.cgi?context=asj. Submissions are due no later than  July 31.

Between the Species will publish a special journal issue in honor of Tom Regan. Please consider submitting a paper that is related to Tom Regan’s work.  The deadline is July 1. Here are the submission guidelines. When submitting a manuscript, indicate that you’d like your paper to be considered for this special issue.

NONHUMAN ANIMALS IN SOCIETY: EXPLORING NEW PATHWAYS FOR RESISTANCE, CHANGE AND ACCOMODATION: 5th European Conference for Critical Animal Studies. October 26-28,  Lund University, the Pufendorf Institute. Historically, nonhuman animals have been placed outside the realm of society and the social. Often relegated to being part of ‘nature,’ nonhuman animals are often represented as the passive and subordinate counterpart of ‘culture’. These social constructions and representation of other animals have contributed to the sustainment of human supremacy and dominance, which until this day permeate the conditions of nonhuman animals in society. Over the past decades, a growing body of literature, cultural texts and scholarly work has dealt critically with the devaluation and misrepresentation of other animals. Influenced by “the animal turn” in the humanities and social sciences, this scholarship has examined both the presence and absence, the visibility and invisibility of nonhuman animals in society. By means of highlighting the social nature of these representations, work has been done to render nonhuman animal resistance, and change more visible. Additionally, with recent developments within scientific disciplines such as ethology, a new focus of research, one that highlights the individuality and agency of nonhuman animals has emerged. This contributes to an altered view on nonhuman animals, whether they are living within or in the periphery of human societies. The aim of this conference is to bring to focus how scholarly work can contribute to the disruption and replacement of violent and exploitative practices, while also providing a platform for exploring the variety of ways that more just inter-species relations might be established. Special attention will be given to how scholarships and transdisciplinary work can engage with these problems as they exist in media, politics, popular culture and other aspects of everyday life. The conference welcomes proposals from a variety of scholars and disciplines, including radical academics, independent researchers, students and community activists. The conference encourages the emancipatory approach of scholar activists in the field of critical animal studies. Please note that there will be a 40€ registration fee for the conference. Registration for students, unemployed people or individuals with a low income will be 20€. Prospective speakers are invited to submit abstracts of 500 words, and a brief biography including name, affiliation and contact details. Deadline for submission of abstracts:  April 28. For more information about the conference, or to submit an abstract, please email the organising committee: animalsconferencelund@gmail.com

Development for Species: Animals in society, animals as society. Deakin University, Melbourne City campus, September 18-19, 2017. This symposium aims to introduce nonhuman species, particularly farmed animals, into the development discourse as stakeholders, and critical members of societies, rather than their current status as environmental/economic commodities in development. With the rise of human-animal scholarship, development scholars are increasingly recognising the importance of including non-human animals in our academic endeavours, and the urgency of studying animals as actors, as well as subjects of marginalisation in societies. Together with the mounting evidence that directly link animal agriculture to planetary catastrophes like climatic change, the impetus to examine the role of animals in our shared species ecological and social worlds is of growing urgency. We seek abstracts in the areas including but not limited to:

  • Urban/rural sociologies and animals
  • Religion, culture and animals
  • ‘Food’ and sociology of farmed/production animals
  • Sociology of relationships and animals
  • Sexual Politics of Meat – gendered violence in animal farming
  • Companion Animals and society
  • Poverty and animal rights
  • Democracy and nonhuman animals
  • Activism and animals
  • Developing species inclusive spaces
  • Challenging anthropocentrism in research

Presentations are to be 20mins in duration. Please send your 200-300 word abstracts to both zoei.sutton@flinders.edu.au & y.narayanan@deakin.edu.au by June 30..

Abuse and Safeguarding under conditions of Austerity and Globalisation, July 7, Manchester Metropolitan University. This free one day symposium will include presentations by speakers and there will be streams for separate papers. Areas of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • –          Globalisation, power and abuse
  • –          Modern day slavery and human trafficking
  • –          Child sexual abuse and exploitation
  • –          Abuse of vulnerable adults
  • –          The links between human and animal abuse
  • –          Abuse of older people
  • –          Abuse based on race or ethnicity
  • –          Safeguarding practice in context
  • –          Comparative/international approaches to abuse or safeguarding
  • –          Abuse in sport, training and leisure contexts

 Lunch will be provided on the day and there is a wine reception in the early evening after the main symposium to launch the newly constituted charitable professional association ASPIRE (Association for Abuse Studies, Safeguarding Practitioners and Researchers). Keynote speaker to be announced. We value and welcome all in/disciplinary focuses on abuse including sociological, psychological, social anthropological, social work, criminological, social policy and practice perspectives, gender studies, social care, philosophical and historical. If you would like to present on the day, or would like further information, please send a 150 word abstract to k.kardas@mmu.ac.uk by June 10.

Working with Animals: October 6-7 at the University of Southampton. The British Animal Studies Network seeks papers for its next meeting, to be held at the University of Southampton on the theme of ‘Working with Animals’. Please submit your title with an abstract of no more than 200 words and a brief biography (also of no more than 200 words) to Emma Roe on E.J.Roe@soton.ac.uk. These should be included within your email – i.e. not as attachments. The deadline for abstracts is July 14. Presentations will be 20 minutes long, and we hope to include work by individuals at different career stages. Sadly we have no money to support travel, accommodation or attendance costs. We would welcome papers that deal with such issues in contemporary and historical settings, and would especially like to see papers that address these issues from contexts outside the UK, including the Global South. Papers are welcomed from across animal studies, including disciplines such as (but not limited to) geography, anthropology, sociology, literary studies, art history, history, science and technology studies, ethology, psychology, behavioural sciences and ecology

The editors comprising the Vegan Geographies Collective are seeking contributions to a proposed edited book entitled “Vegan Geographies: Ethics Beyond Violence”. Veganism as an ethics and a practice has a recorded history dating back to Antiquity. Yet, it is only recently that researchers have begun the process of formalising the study of veganism. Scholars who examine this theory and action are usually situated in sociology, history, philosophy, cultural studies or critical animal studies. The centrality and contested nature of place in the actions and discourse of animal rights activists however suggest an inherently spatial praxis. Slaughterhouses are deliberately closed and placed out of the sight; our familiar urban environment is filled with references to eating meat and exploiting animals, although normalised and rendered invisible. On the other hand, activists take to the street to defend animal rights and invite individuals to change their perception on everyday places and practices of animal violence. Animal liberation and veganism therefore embody an inherently spatial praxis – the desire to live without places of violence (White, 2015). As underlined by Harper (2010:5-6), ‘veganism is not just about the abstinence of animal consumption; it is about the ongoing struggle to produce socio-spatial epistemologies of consumption that lead to cultural and spatial change’. While an interest in domination over non-human animals has gained momentum within critical geography circles in the last two decades (Wolch and Emel, 1995; Philo and Wilbert, 2000; Emel et al., 2002, Gillespie and Collards, 2015; White, 2015), the scarcity of available literature highlights the need for geographers to further reflect on vegan activism and practice. As scholars-activists identifying with veganism, we seek to underscore what geographers can contribute to our understanding of critical veganism and vegan praxis.  Our intention is to publish the book with an established University Press. Abstracts are due by June 1. 250 to 300 word abstracts. Chapter length is expected to be between 8,000 and 10,000 words. For further information, please contact  Simon Springer: simonspringer@gmail.com

 

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