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Decolonizing Animals

June 30, 2019 - July 3, 2019

Colonial politics and histories have shaped, and continue to shape, the contemporary worlds of humans and other animals. Languages, societies, cultures, species, landforms, ecosystems, waterways and climates all bear the marks of human imperialism, settlement, invasion, migration, translocation, globalization, colonialism and neocolonialism. What would it mean for humans to decolonize their relationships with each other and with other species? Could we ever become decolonizing animals?

Keynote speakers (confirmed to date – more TBA):
• Professor Alexis Wright
• Professor Alphonso Lingis
• Dr pattrice jones
• Angela Singer
Kirsty Dunn
Professor Helen Tiffin

The next biennial conference of the Australasian Animal Studies Association will be held in Ōtautahi / Christchurch, Aotearoa / New Zealand – a city and a country that embody the impacts of colonialism on human and nonhuman animals alike. The conference committee calls for papers that address the themes below in ways that are scholarly, creative, or activist – or all three:

• Animals and indigeneity
• Indigenous approaches to human-animal studies
• Animals in relation to migration and immigration; dislocation and exile; borders, refugees, and camps; asylum and sanctuary
• Colonial histories of animals or human-animal relations
• Decolonial politics and animals or human-animal relations
• Ecological imperialism
• Epistemological, representational, conceptual colonization and decolonization of animals in film, literature, the arts, digital media
• Violence, war, genocide, invasiveness, domination in human-animal relations
• Human-horse relationships across cultures
• Colonization, decolonization, animals, and the environmental crisis
• Indigeneity and veg*nism
• Critiques of animal consumption and food practices
• Animals and cultural conflict and exchange
• Decolonizing the Anthropocene
• Decolonizing carnism
• Decolonizing agriculture, environmental management, ‘pest’ control, animal breeding, ‘pet’-keeping, bloodsports, animal entertainment, or other human-animal practices
• Critiques of ethnocentric, imperialist, anthropocentric, or universalist paradigms for understanding animals
• Human-animal studies and decolonial studies
• Intersections between decolonial perspectives on animals and human-animal relations with those emerging from critical race studies; feminist, gender, queer, and trans studies; Marxist and neo-Marxist approaches; disability studies; etc.

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June 30, 2019
July 3, 2019
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