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HAS Newsletter August 2016

ASI News

We are pleased to announce a new resource on the ASI website: film reviews by Dr. Pete Porter, Professor and Chair of Theatre and Film at Eastern Washington University.

The first three reviews can be found here:

We hope to see some of you at “Fellow Travelers: An Animal Studies Conference” which will be held at Wesleyan University from September 29-October 1, which celebrates the 10th year of the Human-Animal Studies fellowship. Visit this link for the draft schedule.

Are you looking for syllabi to help you to create your next course? If so, we have got you covered. Check out all of the syllabi we’ve collected here: If you’d like to contribute, please email

HAS News and Opportunities

Did you know you can earn a degree that puts your passion for animals to work for social justice for all animals, people and the earth? The Institute for Humane Education’s online graduate programs give you the tools and skills to effect meaningful change. Visit:

An independent section which you can attend on its own or as part of the full course, Law & Companion Animal and Horse Welfare (September 14-17, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge) will look in depth at the Legislation protecting all domesticated species; Companion animal welfare issues such as cruelty, neglect, behavioural problems, stray animals, shelter animals, exotic animals etc.; Human–animal relationships; the Role of the media in influencing public attitudes to animal issue and the effects of Housing and management systems in horses, to name but of few of the focus areas. Section 2 will be delivered through a combination of lectures, videos and discussions by seven expert professionals and academics including Mr Mike Radford, Reader in Law at the University of Aberdeen; Dr Anthony Podberscek, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney; Dr Robert Hubrecht, Chief Executive and Scientific Director of UFAW and the HAS; Dr Sebastian McBride, University of Cambridge. For a full list of lecturers, download the CAWSEL timetable.  Section 2 registration fees are available on the official website

The School of Environmental Studies and the Department of Global Development Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University invite applications from outstanding individuals for a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Tier II Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Economy and Environment.  This faculty appointment will be a Tenure-track or Tenured position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, held jointly in The School of Environmental Studies and the Department of Global Development Studies, with a preferred starting date of January 1, 2018.  The successful candidate will be expected to develop a dynamic research program in the field of economy and environment with strengths in sustainability, governance and justice issues. Topical foci may include the economic drivers of environmental change, sustainable production/trade, degrowth or steady state economies, corporate environmental responsibility, neoliberal constructions of nature and/or ecosystem services. The successful candidate will have a keen focus on the connections and disparities between different peoples and/or regions within such topics. Applicants that examine indigenous issues, racialized minorities, and marginalized communities are especially welcome. For more information, please visit

As part of a project being undertaken by researchers at Flinders University, Drs Heather Fraser and Nik Taylor invite you to participate in an online project. The central aim of this research is to learn more about how academics in Australia and other Western countries manage teaching controversial and/or difficult material in the field of human-animal studies (broadly defined to also include anthrozoology and critical animal studies).  In the field of human-animal studies, so many issues are inherently controversial, opening up controversial discussions about what separates humans from (other) animals, how animals get constituted as livestock or meat, and what treatment they deserve is part of the process. It requires students to question their understandings of normative relationships between humans, animals and the environment in fundamental ways. It can be difficult to communicate this controversial material because it can evoke strong negative emotions in students.  Learning more about how academics undertake this political, emotional and intellectual work, and how this can best enhance student learning, is central to this project. Full details about the survey can be found here:

A researcher with a project on animal studies can live rent-free in a house located in Zamora, Michoacan (city where the Colegio de Michoacan has its main campus, two hours from Guadalajara, two hours from Morelia) which consists of one bedroom, kitchen, living room/dining room, bathroom, parking space and a small service patio. Availability is from October 1, 2016 for as long as you require to finish your project, up to a year, and can be renewed. More information with Ana Cristina Ramírez Barreto,

Siobhan O’Sullivan has a fortnightly podcast called Knowing Animals in which she interviews an Animal Studies scholar about a piece of their work. You can listen to past episodes here:

A research study is being conducted by a Northcentral University (NCU) doctoral student to learn more about the types of horse programs that work best for young people.  The study is looking to interview adults who are at least 18 years of age and are involved in a human-horse program. It is your choice to be in the study or not.  The study will run from August 1 through October 31 2016 or a later date if necessary. Find out more here:

Please consider participating in the 7th Biennial RSA Summer Institute, titled “Animal Rhetorics,” at Indiana University from May 21 – 27, 2017. The workshop leaders are Alex C. Parrish, James Madison University, and Emily Plec, Western Oregon University. The animal turn is changing the way humanists envision their traditional domains of study. Recent efforts to expand the context of rhetorical theory to include nonhuman animals have raised several issues that call traditional disciplinary assumptions into question. How do we define what is and what is not language? If some animal communication demonstrates syntax and symbol use, what makes human persuasion unique or special? What is the originary essence of rhetoric? Is it a logic? An energy? An ideology? An affect? In this workshop we will explore the justifications for, as well as the benefits and dangers of, studying rhetorical theory and practice in a cross-species context. Participants may already be exploring the ways in which animal rhetorics benefit from the work done by scholars in critical animal studies, disability studies, biosemiotics, and material rhetorics (to name a few). It is important to acknowledge these debts, while addressing important questions the animal body raises for the study of persuasion. Derrida suggests that if we are to engage in the “question of the animal,” we must not think of animals as a monolithic other, but as a collection of living beings that includes Homo sapiens as one of many species in its ranks. Thus it will be important to think beyond the western religio-philosophical traditions that encourage anthropocentrism, hierarchy, and a denial of animal cognition and intentionality, in order to treat the multiplicity of views on human and nonhuman animal communication. Find out more here:

The Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) is pleased to announce the launch of their new professional development, on-line certificate program, Raising Compassionate Kids: Humane Education and Interventions for Early Learners. Humane education demonstrates how human-human, human-animal, and human-Earth bonds can bring about deep and lasting changes to heal Earth and allow her to maintain humanity, and for humans to live with each other and other species in peace and with compassion. Humane education also fosters social-emotional growth, healthy choices, critical thinking skills, compassion, and a sense of purpose in young children. The first cohort will begin coursework on September 18, 2016. Applications must be received before September 5. Apply now at:

We are happy to announce the first class in human-animal studies to be taught in Hong Kong! Sociologists Carmen Tong and Tommy Tse are running a brand new course called “Some We Love, Some We Eat: Human-Animal Relationships in the Global Marketplace” at the University of Hong Kong in Spring 2017.


Following are some of the books coming out this month that we are excited about!

DeMello, M. 2016. (Ed.). Mourning Animals: Rituals and Practices Surrounding Animal Death. Michigan State. We live more intimately with nonhuman animals than ever before in history. The change in the way we cohabitate with animals can be seen in the way we treat them when they die. There is an almost infinite variety of ways to help us cope with the loss of our nonhuman friends—from burial, cremation, and taxidermy; to wearing or displaying the remains (ashes, fur, or other parts) of our deceased animals in jewelry, tattoos, or other artwork; to counselors who specialize in helping people mourn pets; to classes for veterinarians; to tips to help the surviving animals who are grieving their animal friends; to pet psychics and memorial websites. But the reality is that these practices, and related beliefs about animal souls or animal afterlife, generally only extend, with very few exceptions, to certain kinds of animals—pets. Most animals, in most cultures, are not mourned, and the question of an animal afterlife is not contemplated at all. Mourning Animals investigates how we mourn animal deaths, which animals are grievable, and what the implications are for all animals.

Desmond, J. 2016. Displaying Death and Animating Life. University of Chicago Press. The number of ways in which humans interact with animals is almost incalculable. From beloved household pets to the steak on our dinner tables, the fur in our closets to the Babar books on our shelves, taxidermy exhibits to local zoos, humans have complex, deep, and dependent relationships with the animals in our ecosystems. In Displaying Death and Animating Life, Jane C. Desmond puts those human-animal relationships under a multidisciplinary lens, focusing on the less obvious, and revealing the individualities and subjectivities of the real animals in our everyday lives.


Piotr Pregowski, M. (Eds.). 2016. Companion Animals in Everyday Life: Situating Human-Animal Engagement within Cultures. Palgrave Macmillan. This book is an interdisciplinary collection shedding light on human-animal relationships and interactions around the world. The book offers a predominantly empirical look at social and cultural practices related to companion animals in Mexico, Poland, the Netherlands, Japan, China and Taiwan, Vietnam, USA, and Turkey among others. It focuses on how dogs, cats, rabbits and members of other species are perceived and treated in various cultures, highlighting commonalities and differences between them.

Deckers, Jan. (2016). Animal (De) liberation. London: Ubiquity Press. The key question dealt with in the book is whether the consumption of products derived from the bodies of animals should be banned. The position that Deckers adopts is unusual in that he argues that this question must be resolved by addressing the question of what is optimal for human health, where Deckers argues for an unconditional duty to maximise positive global health impacts, which is tantamount to a duty to minimise negative global health impacts. Applied to the consumption of animal products, this duty transpires into the duty to commit to qualified moral veganism:  vegan diets ought to be the default diets for the majority of the human population.

Capper, D. (2016). Learning Love from a Tiger: Religious Experiences with Nature. University of California Press. Learning Love from a Tiger explores the vibrancy and variety of humans’ sacred encounters with the natural world, gathering a range of stories culled from Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Mayan, Himalayan, Buddhist, and Chinese shamanic traditions. Readers will delight in tales of house cats who teach monks how to meditate, shamans who shape-shift into jaguars, crickets who perform Catholic mass, rivers that grant salvation, and many others. In addition to being a collection of wonderful stories, this book introduces important concepts and approaches that underlie much recent work in environmental ethics, religion, and ecology. Daniel Capper’s light touch prompts readers to engage their own views of humanity’s place in the natural world and question longstanding assumptions of human superiority.

Frasch, Pamela and Katherine Hessler. 2016. Animal Law in a Nutshell 2nd Edition. West Academic Publishing. Topics include animal anti-cruelty laws, industrial and agricultural uses of animals, torts and other claims for harm done to animals, as well as federal, state and local regulation of animal ownership and use, animal rights activism, hunting, fishing and other recreational uses of animals, animals in entertainment, issues arising when animals are the subject of a contract or the intended beneficiary of a will or trust, remedies for harm done to animals, and anticipated future legal developments in the field.

(All summaries taken from publishers’ websites.)

New Research

Following are some of the latest research articles in the field of human-animal studies:

Anderson, R., Waayers, R., & Knight, A. (2016). Orca Behavior and Subsequent Aggression Associated with Oceanarium Confinement. Animals, 6(8), 49.

Burton, L. (2016). Okanagan dog visitation’s impact on seniors’ social support: comparing group and individual conditions (Doctoral dissertation, University of British Columbia).

Carter, S. B. (2016). Establishing a framework to understand the regulation and control of dogs in urban environments: a case study of Melbourne, Australia. SpringerPlus, 5(1), 1190.

Christian, H., Bauman, A., Epping, J., Levine, G. N., McCormack, G., Rhodes, R. E., … & Westgarth, C. (2016). State of the art review: Promoting dog walking for healthy lifestyles. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.

Doherty, T. J. (2016). TheoreTical and empirical FoundaTions For ecoTherapy. Ecotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 12.

Freire, R., Phillips, C. J., Verrinder, J. M., Collins, T., Degeling, C., Fawcett, A., … & Lloyd, J. K. (2016). The Importance of Animal Welfare Science and Ethics to Veterinary Students in Australia and New Zealand. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 1-9.

Gilmer, M. J., Baudino, M. N., Goddard, A. T., Vickers, D. C., & Akard, T. F. (2016). Animal-Assisted Therapy in Pediatric Palliative Care. Nursing Clinics of North America, 51(3), 381-395.

Kercsmar, J. A. (2016). Wolves at Heart: How Dog Evolution Shaped Whites’ Perceptions of Indians in North America. Environmental History, emw007.

Linder, D. E., Mueller, M. K., Gibbs, D. M., Siebens, H. C., & Freeman, L. M. (2016). The Role of Veterinary Education in Safety Policies for Animal-Assisted Therapy and Activities in Hospitals and Nursing Homes. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 1-5.

Lipari, D. (2016). Attitudes and Perceptions of Pet Owners’ Understanding of and Satisfaction with the Pet Memorialization Industry.

Ritchie, E. C., Chumley, P. R., Olmert, M. D., Yount, R. A., Laurent, M. S., & Rumayor, C. (2016). Canines as Assistive Therapy for Treatment of PTSD. Complementary and Alternative Medicine for PTSD, 165.

Shaw, J. R., Barley, G. E., Broadfoot, K., Hill, A. E., & Roter, D. L. (2016). Outcomes assessment of on-site communication skills education in a companion animal practice. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 249(4), 419-432.

Struik, K. R. (2016). Child-canine bonding in children with ASD: findings within and across case studies (Doctoral dissertation, University of British Columbia).

Tiplady, C. M. (2016). Investigating cruelty to animals in private and commercial settings.


The latest issue of Animals (volume 6, issue 8) is now available. Feature articles cover dingoes, orcas, rats, horses, and euthanasia. Find it here:

The latest issue of Animal Studies Journal is now available.  There are articles on insect related topics – Deirdre Coleman on insects as food, Helen Tiffin considers if insects feel pain, Adrian Dyer et al. on breakthrough findings on bee vision, Raynald Lemelin et al. map insect-human interactions, artist Perdita Phillips presents an image essay on termites and Madeleine Kelly writes on her poetic insect paintings. You can find the articles here:

The latest issue of Anthrozoös (Volume 29, No. 3) is now available. You can access the table of contents and the abstracts directly from:

Animals is hosting a special issue titled Applied Ethology and Welfare of Animals, guest edited by Dr. Rachel A. Grant from Hartpury. This Special Issue aims to bring together a body of work on ethology and the welfare of animals. The Special Issue invites submissions covering animal behavior and welfare generally, but particularly relating to the management of captive or domestic species. Submissions in all areas of pure and applied ethology and the welfare of animals will be considered. Submissions in the form of original articles, critical reviews, or short communications are welcome. The submission deadline is September 30.

This special issue, titled “Animals in American Television,” of the European Journal of American Studies, edited by Michael Fuchs and Stefan L. Brandt, seeks to explore nonhuman animals in fictional and non-fictional television. What do the man-made representations of these creatures tell us about humans and the human condition? And, maybe more importantly, what do these representations of nonhuman animals, in fact, tell us about nonhuman animals? Please email your 500-word abstract and a short bio (100 words max.) to by October 15.

Meetings and Sessions

Animalia: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Explorations. September 5-9. Oldenburg University.

Christians and Other Animals. September, 9-11, Westcott House, Cambridge.

Food: Shared Life – Beyond the Dish. September 12-17, Milan.

2016 Animal Cruelty Conference. September 14-16, University of Texas Law at Austin.

First International Conference on Human Behaviour Change for Animal Welfare. September 19-21, Dorking, Surrey, UK.

Making Sense of the Animal – Human Bond and Relationship(s). 3rd Global Meeting. September 19-21. Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program: The Animal Welfare Act at Fifty. September 22-25, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA. Please direct any questions to

Animals Behaving Badly– Veterinary / Welfare Perspectives. September 26, 2016, Sheraton Philadelphia.

Animals and Death. September 27, University of Leeds.

Bestiarium: Human and Animal Representations. September 28-30. University of Verona.

Fellow Travelers: An Animal Studies Conference. September 29-October 1. Wesleyan University.

Rational animals? October 4 – 6, Ruhr-University Bochum.

Animal Law Conference, October 7-9, Pace University, NYC.

SOAS Mule and Donkey Conference. October 8-9, School of Oriental and African Studies [SOAS], London.

Texts, Animals, Environments. Zoopoetics and Environmental Poetics. October 12-14, Hannover, Germany.

Asia Association Veterinary Schools’ Congress, October 20-22, Taipei, Taiwan.

Animal Politics: Justice, Power and the State. November 11-13, Leusden, The Netherlands. For more information, please email Eva Meijer at

2016 Symposium On Multidisciplinary Research In Effective Animal Advocacy. November 12–13, Princeton University.

ACI2016: Third International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction. November 16-17, Milton Keynes, UK.

Conserving: British Animal Studies Network meeting. November 18-19.

Animal encounters: human-animal-contacts in the arts, literature, culture, and the sciences. November 25-27, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. For information, email

Building Connections: Children, Animals and Healthy Families, April 28-29, 2017, Brewster, NY.

Dogs in Southern African Literatures. April 11-12, 2017, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study. For more information, email

Animal Rhetorics. May 21 – 27, 2017, Indiana University.

Call for Abstracts: Conferences

First CIRQUE (Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca Queer) Conference:  What’s New in Queer Studies? L’Aquila, March 31–April 2, 2017. The first conference organised by CIRQUE– Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca Queer (Inter-University Centre for Queer Research) wishes to engage with critical debates on queer issues in a variety of fields and encourages both analytical readings and practice-based workshops spanning all disciplines.  As well as an opportunity for global, multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary reflections on queer issues, defined in the broadest and most inclusive terms, the conference aims to queer the very modalities through which knowledge and cultural practices are articulated, shared, discussed and validated within and beyond the academic environment. One important aspect of this is that sessions will not be organized as presentations but as discussions. To find out more, visit

Call for Abstracts: Books

The editors invite chapter submissions for a volume titled Cripping Critical Animal Studies, to be edited by Kelly Struthers Montford and Chloë Taylor and published in Brill’s Critical Animal Studies series (series editors: Helena Pedersen and Vasile Stănescu). Possible chapter topics include:

  • Conflicts and intersections between Critical Disability Studies and Critical Animal Studies
  • Critiques of the work of Temple Grandin
  • Engagements with the art and scholarship of Sunaura Taylor
  • The ethics of using service animals
  • Representations of disabled animals and ableism against disabled animals
  • The cultural associations between mental illness and love for animals (e.g. ‘crazy cat ladies’)

Submissions should be approximately 7000 words, should use Chicago style endnote, and should be submitted to and by January 9, 2017.

The editors invite chapter submissions for a volume titled Decolonizing Critical Animal Studies, to be edited by Kelly Struthers Montford and Chloë Taylor and published in Brill’s Critical Animal Studies series (series editors: Helena Pedersen and Vasile Stănescu). Possible chapter topics include:

  • Conflicts and intersections between decolonial and Critical Animal Studies
  • The uses of nonhuman animals in projects of land settlement
  • Reservization, cultural food colonialism and decolonial food studies
  • Animal ethics and decolonization
  • Animals, ontology, and settler colonialism

Submissions should be approximately 7000 words, should use Chicago style endnote, and should be submitted to and by January 9, 2017.

Dogs –once you start looking for them – appear pervasively in the literatures of Southern Africa.  Sometimes they are central characters (as in Jock of the Bushveld).  Most often they appear peripherally or incidentally – pet dogs, feral dogs, guard dogs, wild dogs, companion dogs – tangential but apparently necessary.  What are they doing there? The editors of this volume, and organizers of the 2017 Dogs Conference, invite the submission of papers for a book collection, in conjunction with a conference.  While the book is envisaged as an exploration primarily of literary representations of dogs, the colloquium hopes to open up more interdisciplinary spaces as well, including the visual arts.  We hope in this way to attract in-depth essays on dogs in a wide range of genres (by ‘literary’ we include, amongst others, travel accounts, memoirs, diaries, historical material, magazine journalism, even training manuals), and from a wide range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches (historical, anthropological, psychological etc.).  While J M Coetzee’s treatment of dogs (and animal issues generally) and Marlene van Niekerk’s remarkable dogs in Triomf are of obvious importance, we hope to elicit explorations of neglected periods, spheres, cultures and regions of dog-presence, from earliest days to the present, throughout South Africa and neighbouring states. It is envisaged that a selection of papers from the conference would be considered for the book project, but contributors may wish to propose book chapters without necessarily attending the conference.  The conference will take place on April 11-12 2017 on the campus of the Stellenbosch University at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS, Abstracts should reach Sam Naidu, Dan Wylie, Joan-Mari Barendse and Andries Visagie by November 30 at the conference e-mail address

Writing meat: Flesh Eating and Literature Since 1900. The conversion of animal bodies into flesh for human consumption is a practice where relations of power between humans and nonhuman animals are reproduced in exemplary form. From the decline of (so-called) traditional animal husbandry to the emergence of intensive agriculture and, more recently, the biotechnological innovation of in vitro meat, the last hundred years have seen dramatic changes in processes of meat production, as well as equally significant shifts in associated patterns of human-animal relations. Over the same period, meat consumption has risen substantially and incited the emergence of new forms of political subjectivity, from nationalist agitation against ritual slaughter to the more radical rejection of meat production in abolitionist veganism. Distinct disciplinary responses to meat production and consumption have occurred across the humanities and social sciences in areas including (but not limited to) food studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, ecocriticism, and (critical) animal studies. Theoretical engagements with these upheavals have ranged from viewing meat production as a site of affective encounter and irresolvably complex ethical entanglements, to framing industrialised slaughter as a privileged practice in what Dinesh Wadiwel has recently diagnosed as a biopolitical ‘war against animals’. This edited collection solicits essays which engage with these transformations in the meanings and material practices of meat production and consumption in literature and theory since 1900. We seek contributions from scholars working on representations of meat in any area of literary studies (broadly conceived) but are particularly interested in essays that challenge dominant narratives of meat-eating and conceptions of animals as resources. The volume will be submitted to Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature. Please send abstracts of 300 words along with a brief biographical statement to Seán McCorry ( and John Miller ( by January 23, 2017.

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