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Following are open Calls for Papers or Submissions this month:


Politics and Animals is pleased to announce that the 2019 issue is open for submissions! Politics and Animals is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that explores the human-animal relationship from the vantage point of political science and political theory. It hosts international, multidisciplinary research and debate — conceptual and empirical — on the consequences and possibilities that human-animal relations have for politics and vice versa. As part of our 2019 issue, we are also happy and excited to include the first instalment of a new section of the journal: The Politics and Animals Forum (“The P/A Forum”): The P/A Forum is a place for scholars, policy makers, and those involved in the community/ies (e.g., activists, organizers, etc) to initiate conversations, dialogues, and debates around policy and contemporary issues related to human-animal relations. A submission to The P/A Forum may incorporate text as well as multimedia and is divided into three formats: Response ArticlesModerated Discussions, and Interviews & Symposia. For more information on the P/A Forum, its three formats or to see what is already included as part of the 2019 issue, please visit us at Politics and Animals publishes articles on a rolling basis within the current issue. Articles accepted for publication are added continuously to the current issue until it closes, ensuring the fastest possible turnaround times for authors.

Animal Ethics: Questioning the Orthodoxy. Guest editors: Herwig Grimm and Susana Monsó (Messerli Research Institute Vienna)

Deadline for submissions: 30th September 2019

It has become commonplace to refer to the success of animal ethics and the animal turn in philosophy. Since Singer and Regan published their ground-breaking works more than forty years ago, animal ethics has become an institutionalised field of research. This is mirrored in the appearance of entire journals, book series, text books, BA, MA and PhD programmes, conferences, research institutes, etc. devoted to it. To use a metaphor, animal ethics is no longer a toddler, but a teenager, full of energy, beginning to question its heritage and its future. This Special Issue aims to channel this rebellious spirit in order to help lay down the foundations for a prosperous adulthood. Therefore, we invite submissions that call into question the orthodoxy in animal ethics.

In particular, we aim to collect a series of papers that question:

  • Classical premises: papers that address key terms and claims that were previously taken for granted, such as speciesism, the dichotomy moral agents/patients, the inherent disvalue of animal pain and suffering, the is/ought gap, etc.
  • Classical theories and methodologies: papers that bring innovations into animal ethics by applying methodologies that until recently were often neglected, such as phenomenology, pragmatism, feminism, interdisciplinary and empirically-informed approaches, etc.
  • Classical topics: papers that pick up topics that were ignored or under-treated in the canonical texts, such as human interventions in nature, the predator–prey problem, companion animals, cognitive enhancement and disenhancement of animals, representation of animals, duties towards invertebrates, meaning in the lives of animals, etc.

We welcome submissions addressing these and further relevant topics. With this Special Issue, we aim to deliver an overview of new solutions to canonical problems and new problems that were previously unseen. We expect to map out new directions in the field of animal ethics and contribute to clarifying the self-understanding of the discipline. Please kindly note that for submissions to this special issue there is a word limit of 8,000 words (references not included). Further information can be found in this link. Informal inquiries can be sent to:

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 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.


 Call for Papers: AAA Annual Meeting November 20-24, 2019 Vancouver: Indigenous Multispecies Relationality: Trans-species Kin and Care of the Relational Self. We are currently seeking presenters to participate in our AAA panel: This panel explores Indigenous more-than-human relationality through concepts of kinship, care, and self, with a particular focus on how these play out across species lines. While this discussion will certainly address what constitutes a self and nonhuman selves and/or personhood, the focus will be on relational concepts and practicesof negotiating boundaries of species, making kin, and caring across species lines. What are appropriate intersubjective relations with nonhumans, and what ethical implications emerge when considering kin and care in multispecies communities with unequal access to power and resources? For those interested in this panel, please email a 250-word abstract and a title to the organizers by March 31, 2019 to: and

The Equine History Collective (EHC) invites submissions for individual presentations for its second annual conference, to take place Nov. 13-15, 2019 at Cal Poly Pomona, in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library. Submissions may investigate any equine in the past, including donkeys, mules, zebras and onagers. The theme of the conference is “Embodied Equines,” inviting papers that explore both how people have understood, shaped, sustained, and used equine bodies, and tried to capture and understand equine experiences. For instance: How do perceptions of an equine’s body influence its value, and the work to which it is put? What is the relationship between an equine’s body and its broader environment? How have people interpreted the relationship between equine behavior, emotion, and thought? Topics might include training, feeding, veterinary care, production, disposal, or behavior.  The EHC’s purpose is to foster equine history research and its dissemination, and promote collaboration between equine historians in all disciplines. As such, we encourage submissions from anyone who researches equine history. This includes, but is not limited to, scholars in other disciplines other than history, like agriculture, archaeology, art history, and literature, and researchers in non-academic settings, such as public historians and independent scholars. Submissions from scholars at any career stage are welcome.  The deadline for submission is Friday, April 19, 2019. For individual submissions, please send abstracts (250 words or less) and a one-page CV to For panel submissions, please send a single proposal which includes: panelists names and C.V.s, chair name, panel abstract (150 words or less), and individual abstracts (200 words or less each). The Program Committee will notify all those who submitted proposals of its decision by the end of May.    Any questions may be directed to For further information about the Equine History Collective or to look at last years fabulous gathering, please visit

Human–Animal Studies Summer School: Companion Animals in (Late) Modernity: The Shared Lives of Humans and Other Animals. ICS-ULisboa Lisbon, Portugal. June 3-7, 2019.


  • Margo DeMello, Animals & Society Institute, USA
  • Verónica Policarpo, ICS-ULisboa, Portugal
  • Nora Schuurman, University of Turku, Finland
  • David Redmalm, University of Uppsala, Sweden

This course examines the ambiguous status of companion animals in modern society, and works as an introduction to theoretical and methodological issues central to the field of human-animal studies. The course also intends to be a laboratory of experimentation of new ideas for young scholars as well as guiding participants in their ongoing projects on human–animal relationships. The course focuses on the following questions:

  • How do companion animals and humans engage in practices inside and outside home and the co-building of hybrid communities? To what extent are these practices human-centred?
  • How are dichotomies such as nature/culture and animal/human played out in human-animal relationships? How do human–animal relationships produce animality?
  • How can animal agency be theoretically conceptualized? How are power relations enacted and negotiated between humans and companion animals?
  • What kind of methods can be used to study human–animal relationships?
  • How do humans grieve the death of companion animals?

The course spans over one week – five full days of lectures, discussions and a field trip. The participants will prepare by reading a collection of mandatory and optional texts. Each participant will also present a planned or ongoing human–animal studies thesis project, followed by a discussion with lecturers and course participants.

The applicant must hold a Master’s degree, and be preferentially accepted to a PhD programme, in any field of social sciences and humanities (sociology, geography, history, anthropology, ethnology, literature, psychology, philosophy, law, etc.). Degrees in other disciplines with a link to the study of human–animal relations will also be considered (biology, veterinary science etc.). In all cases, the applicant should have basic knowledge of the theories and methods within social sciences or humanities.The applicant should be planning or working on a thesis project connected to human–animal studies.

Course fee: 250 euros to be paid by all participants.

The deadline for applications is April 30. Send your application via email with a doc, docx or pdf file to The file should include your name, contact details, level of education, the name of the university where you are currently affiliated, and a description of 500 words of a planned or ongoing thesis project. A notification of acceptance will be sent by 29 March. After acceptance, participants will be asked to submit an additional 1500 words about their project.

 ‘Movements’ will be held at the University of Leeds on 22 and 23 November, under the direction of Lourdes Orozco, Jonathan Saha and Tom Tyler. If you are interested in giving a paper addressing the topic ‘Movements’ 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 Friday 19 July 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):
•       Animal migrations
•       Bodily motility
•       Animals as conveyances
•       Trafficking
•       Performance and performativity

We 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. Find out more here:

Call for Papers: “Animals in Literature and Film” (Permanent Panel) Midwest Modern Languages Association November 13–17, 2019 in Chicago, IL

“How can an animal look you in the face? Animal Doubles in Literature and Film”

This year’s “Animals in Literature and Film” panel at the Midwest Modern Languages Association’s annual meeting (November 13–17, 2019 in Chicago, IL) invites papers engaging the conference’s theme of “Doubles, Duality, and Doppelgangers,” specifically how works of literature or film reflect or confound perceived differences between human and non-human animals. Discussing his cat, Jacques Derrida asks in “The animal that therefore I am,” “How can an animal look you in the face?”[1]

He goes on to consider the philosophical and moral issues in the word “animal,” as a word imposed on others by human beings. In response, Donna Haraway criticizes Derrida for not “seriously consider[ing] an alternative form of engagement … one that risked knowing something more about cats and how to look back, perhaps even scientifically, biologically, and therefore also philosophically and intimately.”[2] Haraway’s comment points to the continued privileging of the human over the animal, even in philosophical discourse that positions humans alongside animals. Art often explores this privileging at the same time it questions or exploits it.

The narrator of Daphne du Maurier’s “Blue Lenses” wakes up after surgery only to see that everyone—every human—has suddenly turned into an animal.[3] When she reluctantly looks at herself in the mirror, she realizes that she too was an animal all along. What happens when we look in the mirror and see an animal staring back at us?

This panel will examine the parallels and similarities between humans and animals in literature and film. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • The use of animal similes and metaphors and their symbolism
  • The transformation (complete or incomplete) of humans into animals or animals into humans
  • When animals speak to humans or each other and the language of their discourse
  • Hybrids and chimaeras as uncomfortable doubles
  • The ethics of cloning and the use of clones for non-human purposes (e.g., organ harvesting)
  • Human-animal genetic experimentation in science and speculative fiction • Animal familiars in folklore; animal brides/grooms in fairy tales; animal companions in animation • Species dysphoria as a metaphor for gender dysphoria and the trans experience • Animal narratives that mirror human stories (The Wind in the Willows, Redwall)
  • Animals as substitutes for children in children’s and YA fiction and film

We invite submissions from all fields that engage in this topic from a literary, cinematic, or art historical angle both in our own cultural moment and beyond it. While we welcome submissions that engage in all languages and literatures, please plan to deliver your paper in English. Abstracts of no more than 300 words (excluding bibliography) should be sent to Margaret Day ( by April 5.

Please include your name, institutional affiliation, the title of your paper, and any special audio-visual needs in the body of your email.


Animals and Race: Edited by Jonathan W. Thurston

When Iago informs Brabantio that “a black ram is tupping your white ewe” (I.i.87-88) in Shakespeare’s Othello, he is doing more than identifying the two protagonists’ races. He is referring to the early modern agricultural fact that black wool was undesirable, as per Leonard Mascall, and that black rams would threaten the livelihood of shepherds by decreasing the profitability of a flock of sheep. In this way, the black ram becomes a metaphor not just for interracial taboo but for generational corruption and loss of social capital due to racist structures of power.

The study of nonhuman animals and the study of human race are often quite distinct for scholars across disciplines. However, perhaps there is more overlap than one would think. In what ways has race formation been tied to animals? Why do animals often become implicated in racial slurs? What does it mean for there to be a black panther representing a black political group or even standing in as the token black superhero? What does it mean to have a mostly black cast of voice actors in the original The Lion King, except its star role?

This collection will look closely at the ways that critical animal studies and critical race studies intersect, tracking the blurring of concepts like race and breed. It will ask how race has always been tied into questions of the animal–human divide. How has knowledge of animals informed our knowledge of race, and vice versa? How have codes of animal behavior affected our racial discourse and our race thinking? And how have these two seemingly disparate approaches danced with each other in academia? These are only a few of the questions this book will attempt to tackle.

I invite chapters that approach animals and race from a wide array of cultures, periods, and disciplines. Topics that are not anglocentric and are before the twentieth century are welcome. Potential topics can include (but are not limited to):

  • similarities of Othering
  • race’s appearance in historical natural science
  • animal color versus race and/or breed
  • cultural codes employing animal and racial connotations
  • bestial characterizations of interracial relationships
  • animals as mascots against racism
  • racial representations of animal characters
  • comparisons of animal ethics to racial ethics in pre-modern times
  • classical debates of nature versus nurture
  • reading animals in racial texts, and vice versa
  • animal imagery in the slave trade

Send abstracts of around 250 words and a brief academic biography to Jonathan W. Thurston ( by July 1st, 2019. The chapters themselves (5,000-8,000 words) will be due in January 2020. Book proposal will be sent first to Routledge’s Human-Animal series.


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