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Calls for Abstracts and Submissions

Following are open Calls for Papers or Submissions this month:


Call for Papers: Special Issue of Monash Bioethics Review on “Moral Duties to Novel Beings.” Guest Edited by: Julian Koplin (University of Melbourne); Christopher Gyngell (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)

Scientific advances are making it possible to create new kinds of beings. Organisms that contain both human and animal cells (human-animal chimeras) have been created to model human disease, and might be used in the future to generate human organs for transplant. Human brain organoids (which resemble miniature in vitro human brains) are now used to study brain development and neurodegenerative disorders. Genome editing has been used to create monkeys with ‘humanised’ brains, revealing new insights into the genetics of human cognition. Synthetic embryos formed from stem cells are being used to study early human development. The brains of dead animals have been partially “revived” hours after the animal was slaughtered, potentially paving the way for brain resuscitation in humans. These strands of research are helping further scientific discovery, but they also pose imminent ethical questions. For example: Does a synthetic embryo that is functionally equivalent to a human embryo have the same moral status? How complex does a brain organoid need to become before we have moral obligations toward it? How does ‘humanising’ a monkey’s brain affect its moral standing? This Special Issue of Monash Bioethics Review aims to investigate these and other questions raised by the creation of novel kinds of beings. Submission Deadline:  December 31. This Special Issue is planned for publication in the second half of 2020. Individual articles will be processed for advanced publication immediately upon acceptance. We are seeking papers between 4,000 and 10,000 words. When submitting online (via the journal website below), please be sure to indicate that your submission is intended for this Special Issue on Moral Duties to Novel Beings. For additional submission and formatting requirements, please see Instructions for Authors available via the Monash Bioethics Review website: If you have any questions or wish to discuss proposals and/or abstracts, please write to


The theme for ISAZ 2020 is ‘One Health, One Welfare: Wellbeing for all in human-animal interactions’.  We invite you to submit an abstract for consideration for ISAZ 2020.  We are looking for three types of submission:
1. There will be opportunities for both standard oral presentations and posters, in the form of 1) a research abstract or 2) a critical review.
2. There are also opportunities to submit ideas for an Anthrozoology ‘Hot topics’ discussion; these will take the format of two panelists and a chair, to give a ‘for’ and ‘against’ argument over a hot topic for debate in anthrozoology, and then open up to the audience for discussion. Chosen ‘hot topics’ will be given a 20-30 minute presentation within the conference program.
3. Finally, there is an opportunity to submit ideas for other panels or workshops to be included in the conference.
Abstract submissions regarding any aspect of anthrozoology will be considered. ISAZ welcomes scholarly presentations from the arts & humanities as well as from social, medical, and veterinary sciences. Please also identify clearly whether your research uses quantitative or qualitative methods (if appropriate). Full submission guidelines can be downloaded here. The call for abstracts will close on February 3, 2020.
Vegetarian Epiphanies: From Realization to Changing Eating Habits: Joint International and Interdisciplinary Conference. April 16-17, 2020, Université de Rennes 1, Université Rennes 2, France; May 28-29, 2020, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
The Research Team Anglophonie: Communautés et Écritures at Université Rennes 2, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, the Research Team Centre de Recherche en Économie et Management, Université de Rennes 1, and the University of California, Santa Barbara will host a conference entitled “Vegetarian Epiphanies: From Realization to Changing Eating Habits” in April (Rennes) and May 2020 (Santa Barbara). Understood in a secular sense, “epiphany” refers to a moment of powerful insight that brings new understanding—flash of revelation with lasting consequences. The term can aptly describe some experiences of vegetarian awakening. “Epiphanies” of this sort seem to have multiplied in Western countries in recent years, as exemplified by French Veggie Pride, Paul McCartney’s British Meat Free Monday, the American documentaries Earthlings and Cowspiracy, and in the ever-expanding range of plant-based meat alternatives found in Western supermarkets. Our joint conference aims to investigate this phenomenon in an academic setting. Why is it more common now to eliminate animal flesh (vegetarianism), to keep any animal products from one’s diet (dietary veganism), or to prohibit the use of any animal products for food, clothing, or any other purpose (ethical veganism)?
In anticipation of this French and American conference, we encourage various disciplines especially in the humanities and social sciences, to share, compare, and contrast their perspectives (e.g. anthropology, cultural studies, economics, animal and critical animal studies, history, geography, literature, philosophy, psychology, sociology, etc.). Speakers are welcome to deliver their presentations in English or in French. Proposals for papers should be approximately 250 words and be submitted before December 15 on this website.
British Animal Studies Meeting: ‘Violence.’ April 24-25, 2020, University of Strathclyde.
‘Violence’ will take place at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow on 24 and 25 April, with confirmed plenary speakers, Miranda Lowe (Natural History Museum, London), Dinesh Wadiwel (University of Sydney) and Susan Richardson (the BASN poet-in-residence). If you are interested in giving a paper addressing the topic ‘Violence’ 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 The deadline for abstracts is January 10, 2020. 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.
Critical Animal Studies in an Age of Mass Extinction: The Inaugural Conference of the North American Association for Critical Animal Studies (NAACAS). May 27-29, 2020, University of British Columbia Okanagan. Keynote speakers include Maneesha Deckha, Lori Gruen, and Claire Jean Kim.
We live in a time of biodiversity loss that has only five precedents in the history of the earth—and, unlike the previous five mass extinction events, this time, an extraordinarily destructive minority of one species, our own, is the cause. Indeed, current rates of anthropogenic biodiversity loss are a clearer indication that we have entered a new geological epoch—what is being called the Anthropocene—than climate change, and climate change is but one of many anthropogenic causes of the current extinction event. Although such catastrophic eliminations in the web of life will inevitably have dire repercussions for humans, mass extinction continues to be a relatively rare subject of media, political, and ethical discussion in comparison to climate change. How should Critical Animal Studies scholars respond to the fact that species are disappearing at nearly unprecedented rates? What can Critical Animal Studies perspectives offer in terms of political and ethical responses to the Sixth Extinction? Does thinking about animal death at the scale of mass biodiversity loss challenge, or lend urgency to, certain approaches to Critical Animal Studies? Are species extinctions any more tragic than the deaths of animals who belong to abundant species, such as the industrially farmed animals and laboratory animals on whom CAS scholars frequently focus?  The North American Association for Critical Animal Studies will host its first, biennial meeting at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, in Kelowna, British Columbia (Canada), May 27-29, 2020. Please submit an abstract (maximum 150 words) and a short bio (maximum 100 words) to by December 2. Questions can be directed to the NAACAS email, Kelly Struthers Montford: and/or Jodey Castricano:
Animaterialities: The Material Culture of Animals (including Humans): Sixteenth Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars. April 24-25, 2020. University of Delaware.
The Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware invites submissions for graduate student papers that examine the relationship between material culture and animal studies for its biennial Emerging Scholars Symposium (April 24–25, 2020). This symposium merges the interdisciplinary study of animals—and the related critical conversations surrounding animality, species, agency, objectivity, and subjectivity—with material culture studies. Five years after the Audubon Society’s startling Birds and Climate Change Report, we continue to hear about the prices non-human animals pay for human choices: extinction, loss of habitat, and poisoned food sources. The present moment begs, more than ever, critical questions about the intersections between the material world and the (fellow) animals with whom we share it. We thus propose the theme “animaterialities,” a term which acknowledges the constant presence of other-than-human animals as physical bodies entangled in various anthropocentric systems, whether political, economic or cultural. Animaterialities encourages participants to consider animals not as passive forms of matter for human use, but as active beings capable of resilience in the face of humans’ material domination and exploitation. Finally, it recognizes the necessary turn material culture studies must take when applied to other-than-human animals, as opposed to artificial, vegetal, or mineral subjects/materials.
Proposals by current graduate students and recent graduates (May 2019 or later) should be no more than 250 words. Up to two relevant images are welcome. Send your proposal and a current c.v. (two pages or fewer) to Proposals must be received by December 5. Travel grants will be available for participants.


Flann O’Brien & the Nonhuman: Animals, Environments, Machines. Editors: Katherine Ebury, Paul Fagan, John Greaney
Recent years have seen a remarkable rise in studies dedicated to the nonhuman turn in Irish literary and modernist contexts. Yet this proposed collection posits that the writing of Brian O’Nolan (pseud. Flann O’Brien, Myles na gCopaleen) constitutes a significant gap in these critical conversations. This is a body of writing acutely suited to the concerns of animal studies, ecocriticism, ecofeminism, object oriented ontology, cyborg theory and posthumanist approaches, but which remains conspicuous by its absence in these debates. This volume of essays addresses and corrects this critical lacuna. At first blush, readers might think of The Third Policeman’s uncanny landscapes and the ‘monstrous exchange of tissue for metal’ in the atomic hybridisation of people and bicycles; or of the cast of At Swim-Two-Birds, which includes the bird-man Sweeney, the Pooka MacPhellimey, and a cow who is called as a star witness in the author’s show trial. But this is an oeuvre in which conventional narratives of the human-nonhuman binary are troubled at all turns, whether in the author’s high modernist novels as Flann O’Brien, his newspaper columns, Irish-langauge work, and writing for stage, radio and television as Myles na gCopaleen, or his diverse short stories, non-fiction, and letters under an arsenal of pseudonyms and personae. For instance, in this broader canon we observe the brutal, rain-soaked landscapes, Irish-speaking pigs, and seals of An Béal Bocht; the protagonist’s strange metamorphosis into a train in ‘John Duffy’s Brother’; the columns’ recurrent concern with steam men, writing machines and pataphysical inventions; the donkey’s tragedy in the late-career teleplay The Man with Four Legs; or Rhapsody in Stephen’s Green, O’Nolan’s stage adaptation of Karel and Josef Čapek’s The Insect Play.  The editors invite proposals for chapters on all approaches to O’Nolan’s broader body of writing and its creative reception that are relevant to the volume’s themes. Please send bios and abstracts of no more than 500 words to, and by February 1, 2020.
Nonhuman Animals, Climate Crisis and the Role of Literature. Editor: Sune Borkfelt
The world is in crisis: socially, politically, environmentally. We are increasingly confronted with notions of otherness as the world is shrinking – we interact with diverse cultures, ideas, agendas as we never have before. Yet, at the same time, we are increasingly polarized in our thinking, with the rise of a global right-wing agenda challenging a progressive wave of policies the world over. Yet, these crises seem to pale in consideration of the increasingly urgent climate crisis. There is little debate left on whether the climate is changing, though there are still some people arguing about the cause. As McKibben notes, this is no longer a question for science, but rather, what we need is an interpretation and communication of the urgency of the problem which produces meaningful and effective change. For many years, the question of whether fiction could articulate the vastness of the problem was up for debate. Ursula Heise, in Sense of Place and Sense of Planet (2008), identifies a failure on behalf of fiction to intervene as due to the complex nature of climate change, which happens on a scale, and over spatial, temporal, and cultural divides that are unprecedented historically. Nonetheless, there have been increasing amounts of narratives – including in literature – which concern themselves with global climate change. For example, Climate Fiction, or Cli-Fi, has been seen in ecocriticism as a potential answer to this call.
This collection calls for considerations of new interventions by literature in relation to these pressing questions and debates. We are seeking chapters which present cases of literature attempting such intervention, theoretical considerations of the role of literature in these debates, and questions about the efficacy of such a project. We seek diverse voices and perspectives, hoping to see the impact that stories about the issue, and speculating about solutions, can have in shifting debates toward real life concerns. Proposals should be for original works not previously published (including in conference proceedings) and that are not currently under consideration for another edited collection or journal. Proposals of 500 words (or optionally completed papers) and abbreviated CVs listing academic affiliation and publications are due December 31. If the essay is accepted for the collection, a full draft (5000-7000 words) will be required by May 15th, 2020. We have had positive preliminary discussions with Palgrave about publication, and the editors of the Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature series are looking forward to receiving a full proposal once the abstracts have been selected. Please send all queries and proposals to editors, Sune Borkfelt, Aarhus University and Matthias Stephan, Aarhus University The editors are happy to discuss ideas prior to the deadline.
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