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The editors are organizing a Special Issue on the psycho-social impact of human-animal interactions (HAIs) on health in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The venue is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. The study of HAI has received an enormous amount of multidisciplinary interest over the past few decades, including research on therapy and service animals. Our relationships with nonhuman animals is now being examined in more depth to understand the physiological and psycho-social benefits of these interactions throughout the lifespan. Additional attention has been given to investigating the role of animals in supporting the lives of vulnerable populations, including the elderly and persons with disabilities. This Special Issue, guest edited by Aubrey Fine, is open to any subject area related to the psycho-social benefits of human-animal interactions. The listed keywords suggest just a few of the many possibilities. Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI. Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions. Deadline for manuscript submissions: September 30, 2019.

This year’s annual meeting of The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) will emphasize the “social in social problems.” The divisions on Conflict, Social Action, and Change and Labor Studies are co-sponsoring a panel titled “Organizing Labor.” Panel participants will include activists and scholars interested in a critical dialogue related to labor organizing and paid/unpaid care work. Instead of the traditional focus on human care, the panel will incorporate animal care and its dimensions. Care workers like veterinarians, farmers, and sanctuary workers, both witness and experience intersecting forms of structurally-based violence. Social problems like food insecurity, domestic violence, unaffordable healthcare, and hyper-exploitation of racial, ethnic, and gender minorities are amplified in care work. As such care workers are a powerful voice in labor organizing, which has almost entirely excluded animal care labor. If your work is rooted in research, teaching, and/or activism related to this important and powerful demographic group, please consider submitting an abstract. The conference will be held in New York City on August 9th-11th and the deadline for submitting abstracts is January 31st. Email Erin Evans directly with questions at evansem1@beloit.edu.

The International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) 2019 conference, Animals in the Public Eye: Interactions and Perceptions of Animals, will be held on July 1-4, 2019 in Orlando, Florida, USA. The conference will be an examination of the observed societal shift in our perceptions of multiple species with an emphasis in the areas of entertainment, exhibitry, cultural norms, and human education. Abstract submissions are currently being accepted. All submissions are due by Friday, February 8, 2019. Click here to preview a PDF of the submission form to see the information needed for submission. Submit abstracts online here: abstract submission form. For more information, visit https://www.isaz2019.net/

RECASTING ANIMALS AND INTERSPECIES RELATIONS: CONTESTING ANTHROPOCENTRISM ACROSS DISCPLINES. May 15, 2019, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia
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. You can read more about us and our recent events at:
https://onlineacademiccommunity.uvic.ca/asri/. 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 mdeckha@uvic.ca. 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 mdeckha@uvic.ca 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.

The Journal Social Sciences will be publishing a special issue, with the theme of: “We are Best Friends”: Animals in Society, edited by Leslie Irvine. Friendships between humans and non-human animals were once dismissed as sentimental anthropomorphism. After all, who could claim to be friends with a being who did not speak the same language? Animals’ emotions were also questioned. However, decades of research on the emotional and cognitive capacities of animals have made it possible to recognize human-animal friendships as true relationships involving mindedness on both sides. Friendships with animals manifest many of the same characteristics as friendships between humans. Both parties understand the other as having interests, preferences, and other aspects of subjective experience. Both enjoy the shared presence that friendship entails, with its moments of intersubjectivity that comes with knowing another being. Both friends develop ways of communicating, apart from or in addition to spoken language. Having an animal as a best friend often takes the form of companionship understood as the “pet”, but the relationship comes in other forms, too. People who work with animals often characterize their non-human partners as friends. People who work with search-and-rescue dogs, herding dogs, or police dogs develop, and even depend on, the closeness of best friendship. The same holds for equestrians of all sorts, as horses and riders must understand each other’s bodies and movements intimately. In some situations, animals provide the sole source of affection and interaction in people’s lives. Homeless people who live on the streets with animal companions often develop best friendships largely through 24/7 togetherness. In this light, this Special Issue on humans and animals as best friends seeks to explore the various forms these friendships take. Moreover, it aims to shed light on what these friendships mean for society, broadly construed. In short, how do human-animal friendships, and best friendships, in particular, expand the existing interdisciplinary knowledge of the roles of animals in society? The editor encourages researchers from all disciplines and all methodological and theoretical approaches to submit contributions. Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2019. Find out more here.

The journal Religions will be publishing a special issue on the subject of animals in world religions, to be edited by Dr. Anna Peterson.  In recent decades, nonhuman animals have become an important focus of scholarly work in the humanities and social sciences. Anthropologists, literary scholars, historians, philosophers, and others have examined diverse issues including the significance of animals in art and literature, the role of real animals in economics, politics, and war, human moral attitudes toward animals, and a host of other issues. Animals play an important role in almost all religions, including world religions as well as smaller native traditions. Religious studies scholars have addressed topics such as animal sacrifice, animals in sacred stories and myths, symbolic animals such as totems, animal deities, and animals as moral exemplars or villains. The literature has grown in recent years, but it remains small and scattered. This special issue on animals in world religions aims to explore important and interesting contemporary scholarship on the topic. Our scope is deliberately broad – we hope to receive articles that examine many different religious traditions, in different historical periods and geographic regions. We prefer articles that focus on concrete questions and arguments, rather than on broad surveys or overviews. We also prefer studies that look at the place, treatment, and experiences of real animals in religious communities and practices. Studies of symbolic or mythical animals are also welcome, but we are especially interested in those that add a new dimension to the literature, either by employing innovative theoretical and methodological approaches or showcasing unfamiliar topics. In all cases, the goals are to expand scholarly understanding and knowledge of the important place of nonhuman animals in religious thought and practice.The journal issue will provide a valuable complement to the existing literature, by extending the range of religious traditions addressed, by encouraging innovative approaches, and by focusing on studies of real rather than purely symbolic or mythical animals. Deadline for submissions: March 31, 2019. Find out more here.
British Animal Studies Network Meeting: Emotion. April 26-27, 2019, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. If you are interested in giving a paper addressing the topic ‘Emotion’ from whatever disciplinary perspective please submit your title, with an abstract of no more than 200 words and a brief biography (also of no more than 200 words). These should be included within your email – i.e. not as attachments. Please send them to erica.fudge@strath.ac.uk. The deadline for abstracts is January 18, 2019. Presentations will be 20 minutes long and we hope to include work by individuals at different career stages. Sadly we have no money to support travel, accommodation or attendance costs.
Topics covered at this meeting might include (but are not limited to):
·        the history of animal emotions
·        human and / or animal attachments
·        the representation of animal emotion in human art, thought and culture
·        the ethical role of animal emotions (real or represented)
The organizers would welcome papers that deal with such issues in contemporary and historical settings, and would especially like to see papers that address these issues from contexts outside the UK, including the Global South. Papers are welcomed from across animal studies, including disciplines such as (but not limited to) geography, anthropology, sociology, literary studies, art history, classical studies, history, science and technology studies, ethology, philosophy, psychology, behavioural sciences and ecology.

The ‘Animals and the Home’ conference will explore the relationship between animals, humans and the home in diverse forms. The study of the home is an important area in geography, history and anthropology but, as some animal studies scholars have remarked, animals figure in it infrequently. Animal presence is rarely mentioned in studies of idealised homes, domestic practices or family relationships. In recent decades studies of human-animal relationships have also developed and diversified, and a large body of scholarship now explores animal-human histories. While the cultural, economic and social significance of pet animals has been an important theme in this literature, discussions of these animals are sometimes abstract and removed from the everyday spaces and places they inhabited. Less attention has also been paid to the role of utility animals and household pests. This conference aims to bring home and animals together – thinking about the relationship between animals and ideas and emotional understandings of home, but also home as a lived experience. Proposals are invited from scholars working on all periods and geographical areas, bearing in mind that understandings of home often varied at different times and in different places. While the conference focuses on the past, we welcome interest from scholars in all disciplines.
Papers might address (but are not limited to) the following themes:
• Changing discourses or cultural ideas of home and how animals figured in these representations
• Visual representations of animals in the home
• Emotional understandings of home and animals
• Domestic organisation, rituals and routines and the role of animals
• Animals and boundaries, thresholds and movement in the home
• Understandings of roles of animals in the home: utility, pet, pest etc.
• Human-human relationships (family and other) and animal-human relationships
• The impact of animals on space and material culture in the home
• How far we can consider animal agency in the home
The AHRC Pets and Family Life Project invites research proposals for the conference which will be held at the Institute of Historical Research on Wednesday May 1 2019.
Please submit 200-300 word abstracts with a short biography and contact details by January 7 2019 to Elle Larsson at the following email address: elle.larsson@rhul.ac.uk

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