Human-Animal Studies Fellowship
The Animals and Society Institute and Wesleyan Animal Studies
are pleased to announce the seven fellows who will be participating in the
2014 ASI-WAS fellowship program for scholars pursuing research in
This interdisciplinary program enables 6-8 fellows to
pursue research in residence at Wesleyan University at the College of the Environment. The
fellowship is hosted by Wesleyan faculty Lori Gruen and Kari Weil.
Gruen is Chair and Professor of philosophy, environmental studies, and feminist,
gender and sexuality studies at Wesleyan, and Weil is a University Professor of Letters at Wesleyan.
The fellowship is designed to
support recipients' individual research through mentorship, guest
lectures, and scholarly exchange among fellows and opportunities to
contribute to the intellectual life of the host institution. This year's
fellowship will run from May 28-July 11, 2014.
The 2014 fellows are:Elan Abrell,
JD, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center.
"Saving Animals: Everyday Practices of Care and Rescue in the US Animal
Sanctuary Movement."Christiane Bailey
PhD Candidate, Department of Philosophy, University of Montreal.
"Animals as Selves. From Intersubjective Recognition of Animals as
Others to Ethico-Political Recognition of Animals as Equals." Sponsor:
Feminist Animal Studies fellowship in honor of Marti KheelBénédicte Boisseron
PhD, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, The
University of Montana, Missoula. " 'Coloanimalism:' The (Post-) Colonial
Animal in the Black Diaspora of the Americas."Joshua Kercsmar,
PhD Candidate, History Department, University of Notre Dame. "Animal Husbandry and the Origins of American Slavery."Anat Pick
PhD, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Film Studies, School of Languages,
Linguistics and Film, Queen Mary, University of London. "Animal Life in
the Cinematic Umwelt."Fiona Probyn-Rapsey
PhD, Senior Lecturer, Gender and Cultural Studies, The University of
Sydney. "Dingo Stories: Animal Practices, Animal Imaginaries."Sponsor
: Feminist Animal Studies fellowship in honor of Marti KheelSaskia Stucki
MLaw, PhD Candidate, Coordinator of the Doctoral Program "Law and
Animals," University of Basel. "Basic Rights for Animals - A Critical
Analysis of Contemporary Animal Protection Law and Legal-Theoretical
Foundations of a Legal Concept of Animal Rights."Sponsor
: NYU Animal Studies
The Animals and Society Institute thanks the following organizations for their generous support of the program:
The ASI-WAS fellowship will open with a two day workshop on May 29-30, 2014, during which fellows will present their projects, and will receive feedback on their work from the other fellows, the hosts, and from the ASI Human-Animal Studies Executive Committee.
Partway through the fellowship, two special guests, Timothy Pachirat and Una Chaudhuri, will come to Wesleyan to present their own work, and to meet with the fellows on their projects. During the last week of the fellowship, Margo DeMello of the Animals and Society Institute will also meet with the fellows on their projects as well. We encourage proposals whose methods, aims, or research topics might relate to those of our featured speakers. Timothy Pachirat
(PhD Yale) teaches in the Department of Politics at The New School for Social Research. His research and teaching interests include spatial and visual politics, the sociology of domination and resistance, the political economy of dirty and dangerous work, and interpretive and ethnographic research methods. He is author of Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight
(Yale University Press, 2011), a political ethnography of immigrant labor on the kill floor of an industrialized slaughter-house that explores how violence that is seen as both essential and repugnant to modern society is organized, disciplined, regulated, and reproduced. Pachirat grew up in northeastern and northern Thailand and lives in Brooklyn, NY. You can read more about him here
. Una Chaudhuri
(PhD Columbia) is Collegiate Professor and Professor of English and Drama at New York University. 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,
. 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." Chaudhuri's current work focuses on the emerging field of Animal Studies. She guest-edited a special issue on Animality and Performance, for TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies
(2007). Recent publications include "Animal Rites: Performing Beyond the Human," in Critical Theory and Performance
(2007), and "(De)Facing the Animals: Zooesis and Performance" in The Journal of Performance Studies
(March, 2007). Fellowship Directors
The fellowship is directed by Lori Gruen and Kari Weil (who host the Program), Margo DeMello, and Kenneth ShapiroLori Gruen
is Professor of Philosophy, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University Her work lies at the intersection of ethical theory and practice, with a particular focus on issues that impact those often overlooked in traditional ethical investigations, e.g. women, people of color, non-human animals. She has published extensively on topics in ecofeminist ethics, animal ethics, and environmental philosophy. She is the author of two books on animal ethics, most recently Ethics and Animals: An Introduction
(Cambridge, 2011), the co-editor of five books, including the forthcoming Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth
(with Carol Adams, Bloomsbury, 2014), the editor of The Ethics of Captivity
(Oxford University Press, 2014), and is the author of dozens of articles and book chapters. She is currently working on a manuscript that explores the ethical and epistemological issues raised by human relations to captive chimpanzees. Kari Weil
is University Professor of Letters and Director of the College of Letters at Wesleyan. With Lori Gruen, she is co-coordinator of Wesleyan Animal Studies, co-host of the Fellowship, and co-editor of a special issue of Hypatia
entitled Animal Others (27.3, Summer 2012). She is the author, most recently, of Thinking Animals: Why Animal Studies Now
? (Columbia, 2012) and has published widely on issues of gender, feminist theory, and representations of animal otherness. Her current project is tentatively titled The Most Beautiful Conquest of Man (sic): Horses and the Conquest of Animal Nature in Nineteenth-Century France.
is Program Director of the Human-Animal Studies Program at the Animals and Society Institute, is an Adjunct Professor at Canisius College's Anthrozoology program, and lectures at Central New Mexico Community College. She also is the Executive Director of House Rabbit Society, an international rabbit advocacy organization. Her most recent books include Teaching the Animal: Human Animal Studies Across the Disciplines
(Lantern, 2010), Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies
(Columbia, 2012), and Speaking for Animals: Animal Autobiographical Writing
(Routledge, 2012).Kenneth Shapiro
is cofounder and President of the board of the Animals and Society Institute. He is founding editor of Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies
, and coeditor and cofounder of Journal for Applied Animal Welfare Science
and the editor of the Human-Animal Studies book series. His most recent book is Animal Models of Human Psychology: Critique of Science, Ethics and Policy
. He is one of the developers of AniCare and AniCare Child, the only psychological treatment models for animal abusers, and trains therapists throughout the country on the use of these models. Meet the 2014 ASI-WAS Fellows!
Meet the 2013 ASI-WAS Fellows and see their bios and photos here!
Meet the 2012 ASI-WAS Fellows and see their bios and photos here!
Meet the 2011 ASI-WAS Fellows and see their bios and photos here!
Meet the 2010 Fellows and see their bios and photos here!
Meet the 2009 Fellows and see their bios and photos here!
Meet the 2008 Fellows!
Meet the 2007 Fellows!
And read Animals, the blog created by fellowship hosts Lori Gruen and Kari Weil and authored by a selection of former fellows!