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The Animals & Society Institute and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invite applications for the first annual Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute program for advanced graduate students and early career scholars pursuing research in Human-Animal Studies. The theme of the inaugural institute will be: “Animals Across the Disciplines.” This interdisciplinary program follows up on the successful six-week summer fellowship program, started by the Animals & Society Institute in 2007. This new program is focused on graduate students and those in the first few years post-Ph.D., and will enable 20-25 participants to work on their dissertations or publications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign within the Center for Advanced Study, for one intensive week. Participants should expect a stimulating intellectual environment reflecting a diversity of approaches, projects, disciplinary backgrounds, and ethical positions on animal issues. All fellows must be in continuous residence for the duration of the program, July 9-July 16, inclusive. The Institute is directed by Jane Desmond, Resident Director, Kim Marra, Margo DeMello, and Kenneth Shapiro.

We are very excited to announce the guest faculty for the 2017 Institute:

Una Chaudhuri is Collegiate Professor and Professor of English and Drama at NYU. She is the author of No Man’s Stage: A Semiotic Study of Jean Genet’s Plays, and Staging Place: The Geography of Modern Drama, as well as numerous articles on drama theory and theatre history in such journals as Modern Drama, Theatre Journal, and Theatre. She is the editor of Rachel’s Brain and Other Storms, a book of scripts by performance artist Rachel Rosenthal, and co-editor, with Elinor Fuchs, of the award-winning critical anthology Land/Scape/Theater. She was guest editor of a special issue of Yale Theater on “Theater and Ecology” and a special issue on Animals and Performance, for TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies (2007). Recent publications include Animal Acts: Performing Species Today, co-edited with Holly Hughes, and Ecocide: Research Theatre and Climate Change, co-authored with Shonni Enelow. With director Fritz Ertl, she has developed a number of theatre pieces using a process they call “Research Theatre,” and she has worked collaboratively with the artist Marina Zurkow, most recently in a multi-platform project entitled “Dear Climate.” She chairs the panel of judges for the Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama or Theatre, and she has been a judge of the Obie and the Alpert Awards. She is a voting member of the American Theatre Wing, which awards Broadway’s Tony Awards.

Leesa Fawcett is Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning; Coordinator of the Graduate Diploma in Environmental and Sustainability Education, and Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. She has taught Environmental Education, Critical Education for Social Change, Bioregionalism and Culture and Environment in the graduate program . She has also taught the undergraduate courses Foundations of Nature, Technology and Society, and Environmental Education. Leesa has advised students working on topics such as wolf management, science and environmental thought, environmental education through narrative, cross-cultural learning, women in Thailand, traditional ecological knowledge, and deep ecology and ecofeminism. Leesa is a member of the Conservation Biology Society, the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication, the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, and the Toronto editorial group of the international journal Capitalism, Nature, Socialism.

Agustín Fuentes is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. He completed a B.A. in Zoology and Anthropology, and an M.A.& Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. His current foci include cooperation and bonding in human evolution, ethnoprimatology and multispecies anthropology, evolutionary theory, and public perceptions of, and interdisciplinary approaches to, human nature(s). Fuentes’ recent books include Evolution of Human Behavior (Oxford University Press, “Centralizing Fieldwork: Critical Perspectives from Primatology, Biological and Social Anthropology” (Co-edited, Berghahn press), Biological Anthropology: concepts and connections (McGraw-Hill), Monkeys on the Edge: ecology and management of long-tailed macaques and their interface with humans (co-edited, Oxford University Press), and the forthcoming Race, Monogamy, and other lies they told you: busting myths about human nature (UC Press). Key recent articles include “Naturecultural Encounters in Bali: Monkeys, Temples, Tourists, and Ethnoprimatology” in Cultural Anthropology and “The New Biological Anthropology: Bringing Washburn’s New Physical Anthropology into 2010 and beyond” in the Yearbook of Physical Anthropology. Current research projects include the ethnoprimatology of Singapore, interdisciplinary approaches to understanding human nature(s), and an evaluation of the roles of cooperation, community, and niche construction in human evolution.

Chris Green is the first Executive Director of the Animal Law & Policy Program. Chris is an alumnus of Harvard Law School and as a student won First Prize at the inaugural National Animal Law Competition, an event he now regularly judges. Chris took the first Animal Rights Law class ever offered by HLS, and in conjunction with that course, spent two years developing his own scholarship, writing The Future of Veterinary Malpractice Liability in the Care of Companion Animals, published in the 10th Anniversary Issue of the Animal Law Review. Chris then worked closely with his HLS instructor Steven Wise on the pioneering law review article applying habeas corpus to chimpanzees that helped establish the theoretical underpinnings for the current work of the Nonhuman Rights Project. Most recently, Chris spent two years as the first Director of Legislative Affairs for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and he’s the immediate past-Chair of the American Bar Association’s TIPS Animal Law Committee. In those capacities he persuaded the top three U.S. airlines to stop transporting endangered animal hunting trophies, helped defeat Ag-Gag legislation in several states, and successfully passed an ABA resolution recommending that all U.S. legislative bodies outlaw the possession of dangerous wild animals. Chris has served on the Board of the National Center for Animal Law, was an adviser to the National Canine Research Council, and is a member of the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Coalition on Violence Against Animals, the American Veterinary Medical Law Association, and the Illinois Farm Bureau. Chris has consulted on animal legal issues for CNN, CBS, NBC, NPR, Headline News, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Huffington Post, Bloomberg, Fortune, Smart Money Magazine, Science Magazine, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune & San Francisco Chronicle. Chris created the Environmental Science degree program at the University of Illinois, currently owns and manages a farm that has remained in his family for 179 straight years, and also spent several decades working in the fine arts, film and music industries.

Leslie Irvine is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from The State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her research focuses on the roles of animals in society. Her latest book, My Dog Always Eats First, examines homeless people’s relationships with their companion animals (Lynne Rienner Publishers; 2013). Her other books include Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters (2009; Temple University Press), If You Tame Me: Understanding our Connection with Animals (2004; Temple University Press) and Codependent Forevermore: The Invention of Self in a Twelve Step Group (1999; University of Chicago Press). Her articles have appeared in many journals, including Society & Animals, Anthrozoös, Gender & Society, Social Problems, The Sociological Quarterly, Qualitative Sociology, and Symbolic Interaction.

Nigel Rothfels is a historian and director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. His research focuses on the history of western ideas about animals. He is the author of Savages and Beasts: The Birth of the Modern Zoo (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002), a study of the origins of naturalistic displays in zoological gardens, and the editor of the collection Representing Animals (Indiana University Press, 2002). He is also the General Editor and co-founder of the book series Animalibus: Of Animals and Cultures for Penn State University Press.

Deke Weaver is a writer-performer and media artist, and is an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with appointments in the Department of Theater and the School of Art & Design’s New Media Program. His performances and videos have been presented throughout the U.S. and abroad in experimental theater, film/video, dance, solo performance, and broadcast venues such as PBS, Channel 4/U.K., the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center, the Sundance Film Festival, the Chicago Humanities Festival, the Berlin Video Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art/LA, the Moth, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and many others including livestock pavilions, national parks, night clubs, backyard sheds and living rooms. Recent work on his life-long project, The Unreliable Bestiary – a performance for each letter of the alphabet, each letter represented by an endangered species – includes creating and touring a live-cinema solo version of the original sprawling site-specific WOLF performance, editing the multi-camera video documentaries for WOLF and ELEPHANT, designing the artist books for MONKEY and ELEPHANT, research for BEAR and TIGER, an early workshop for TIGER (part of Perform Midwest: Incubating Collaborative Research, a project funded by the Humanities Without Walls consortium), conference presentations, and the performance-lecture Choose Your Grizzly (MacDowell Downtown in Peterborough, NH, and Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, Chicago). The texts for MONKEY and ELEPHANT are included in Animal Acts: Performing Species Today (edited by Holly Hughes and Una Chaudhuri, 2014, University of Michigan Press). A Guggenheim Fellow and Creative Capital grantee, a resident artist at Yaddo, Isle Royale National Park, a three-time resident at Ucross, and a five-time fellow at the MacDowell Colony, he has been awarded commissions and grants from the city of San Francisco, the states of New York and Illinois, and other public and private foundations.

Additional faculty from UIUC will be part of the program.

Updated Application Deadline: February 20, 2017

Tuition for the week-long program, which includes housing, will be $750.

Find out about the Institute, and how to apply, here!