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Recasting Animals And Interspecies Relations: Contesting Anthropocentrism Across Discplines
The Animals & Society Research Initiative at the University of Victoria is hosting a one-day Writing Workshop for graduate students aimed at preparing their animal-related works-in-progress for eventual publication. We warmly invite applications from graduate students (or those in professional or undergraduate programs who are in their second degree and pursuing research) in any discipline and Faculty to present works-in progress that apply an anti-speciesist, anti-anthropocentric or animal-centered lens to any topic in human-animal relations. Works-in-progress that explore the anthropocentric discourses, practices, and norms of academic disciplines and the academy itself are also invited. Both traditional academic papers and creative research outputs are very welcome. Format: The Writing Workshop is intended to be an interdisciplinary forum where students can receive close attention to their animal-centered work and benefit from productive feedback. Students whose work-in-progress is selected will have the opportunity to present their draft paper or creative output at the Writing Workshop and receive constructive feedback from a faculty member familiar with their topic, theoretical framework, methodology and/or discipline. The faculty member, as well as all other student and faculty workshop attendees, will have read/reviewed the student’s paper/creative research output in advance. After the student has presented their work and the faculty member has provided feedback, other participants will also be invited to give comments. Approximately 45-60 minutes will be dedicated to the discussion of each student participant’s workin-progress. At the end of the day, publication/knowledge sharing strategies and publication options will also be discussed. The Workshop will include a catered light breakfast, snacks, and lunch. About Us: The Animals & Society Research Initiative was started in September 2017 and aspires to be a research hub at the University of Victoria for all research that promotes critical thinking on interspecies relations. ASRI brings together students, faculty, independent scholars, and community members to consider and debate how anthropocentrism and speciesism, along with their entanglements in other power-laden social forces, shape our societies and communities in terms of how humans and humanity imagine, represent, interact with, and are constituted by animals and animality. The Initiative seeks to foster understanding of the intricacies, complexity, and depth of human-animal relations and identities as well as how we can move at local and global levels to a less violent, more harmonious interspecies society.
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Please send a detailed abstract of your work-in-progress (should be around 500-600 words) or draft of work to be presented by January 7, 2019. Please also include a biography (should be around 300-400 words). Please send both to Maneesha Deckha at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will be notified as to whether their proposal has been accepted by February 7, 2019. Drafts of papers or creative outputs will be due by April 17, 2019. Questions may be directed to Professor and Lansdowne Chair Maneesha Deckha, Faculty of Law, at email@example.com or (250) 721-8175. We
regret that we are not able to provide funding to cover travel or other costs. We are grateful to the Faculty of Law for its sponsorship through the Murray and Anne Fraser Endowment. We acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen-speaking peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.