The editors have proposed a special issue of Society and Animals on the theme The Silent Majority – Invertebrates in Animal Studies, which will be published at the end of 2019 or beginning of 2020.
Through our own scholarship and teaching in the field of animal studies, we have been struck by the deeply humanist bias toward vertebrates, in particular mammals, and especially social or domesticated mammals, prevalent in our interdisciplinary field. We would like to push animal studies deliberately and intentionally toward invertebrate species. In so doing we would frame the issue as an intellectual and methodological reckoning that explores what is missing from the field, reasons why this might be so, possible methodological difficulties for scholars in the field of invertebrate animal studies. We would also like to suggest what is reproduced when we replicate a bias toward vertebrate studies – researchers just fall into the “whole vertebrate-invertebrate divide,” as stated by a well-known horseshoe crab conservationist.
According to the Center for Biological Diversity, invertebrates make up at least 97% of all animal species on earth. Yet most of the scholarship in animal studies have been investigations of vertebrates. This apparent ‘bias against animals without backbones’ might indicate what one entomologist has called ‘institutional vertebratism’ (Leather 2009: 413-14). When this bias is combined with the ‘doubly other’ status of insects this highlights their otherly status to humans andother animals (Loo and Sellbach 2013:13). In a recent study, a respondent who eats insects captured the nebulous/ambiguous status of invertebrate animals when they suggested insects ‘are animals, but not animals like the real animals’ (House 2016: 55). A special issue that attends to the ‘silent majority’ of invertebrate animals (cited in Moore 2017: 166) not only affords colleagues a timely opportunity to critically reflect on what is meant by ‘animal’ in human-animal studies/scholarship, it also provides a counterbalance to the vertebrate/mammalian focus of animal studies to date.
We are proposing an issue that foregrounds invertebrate studies and we would attempt to get representation from as many of the six groups of invertebrates as possible— poriferans (sponges), cnidarians (such as sea jellies and corals), echinoderms (such as sea urchins and sea stars), mollusks (such as octopuses, snails, and clams), annelids (worms), and arthropods (such as insects, spiders, and lobsters).
Papers are welcomed from across animal studies, including disciplines such as (but not limited to) geography, entomology, anthropology, sociology, literary studies, religious studies, art history, history, science and technology studies, ethology, psychology, behavioral sciences and ecology, bioscience/biomedical research. Papers must be submitted in the formatting and style of the journal. (See here: http://www.brill.nl/files/brill.nl/specific/authors_instructions/SOAN.pdf). We would like to receive 150 – 200 word abstracts from interested authors by October 1, 2018. If accepted, full papers will be due by February 1, 2019. After rigorous peer review, publication is expected in late 2019 or early 2020. Contact Lisa Jean Moore email@example.com or Rhoda Wilkie firstname.lastname@example.org.
6th Conference of the European Association for Critical Animal Studies (EACAS): “Rethinking revolution: Nonhuman animals, antispeciesism and power.” Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 22-24 May 2019.
Although human exploitation of nonhuman animals is by no means a modern development, it has grown exponentially in the last century. It is under capitalism that human abuse of their power over nonhuman animals has reached a massive scale, with a corresponding massive worsening of its consequences. This includes the suffering of trillions of sentient beings exploited in miserable conditions and killed for trivial purposes in the majority of cases, but also the massive contribution to global warming of industries like agribusiness, as well as the negative impact these practices have on social justice, intra-human violence and human health. The animal liberation movement therefore not only calls for justice and compassion for nonhuman animals, but also confront the results of industrial capitalism and modernity with a radical consciousness-raising claim. This claim is radical because it provides the most accurate condemnation of privilege and the status quo by revealing how inequality does not exist only at the intra-species level, but also at the inter-species level, and that both levels are closely interlinked and thus ought to be addressed jointly. In the spirit of the field of Critical Animal Studies, the aim of this conference is to encourage scholars, students and activists to rethink the revolution that animal liberation theory represents since its inception in the 1970s, a social movement bringing the fight against oppression to its logical conclusion.
The conference welcomes proposals from a variety of scholars and disciplines – including critical academics, independent researchers, students and activists – reflecting on the intersecting themes of the conference: power, total liberation and antispeciesism. The conference also welcomes papers focused on any topic critically addressing nonhuman animals’ exploitation from a social science or humanities perspective, for a list of themes please check http://eventum.upf.edu/go/EACAS2019. The conference encourages the approach of critical animal studies and non-speciesist perspectives on all sorts of discrimination, oppression and abuse towards farmed animals, animals in labs and animals in entertainment, among others, including animals living in the wild. Please send your abstracts by 15th December 2018 to email@example.com
All abstracts must be written in English. The conference language is English. Abstracts should include:
• • Abstract Title of 30 words maximum
• • Abstract Text of 500 words maximum
• • A brief biography of the author (150 words maximum) including name, affiliation and contact details
The number of submitted abstracts per author is limited to two.
We strongly encourage submissions by women and other socially underrepresented groups.
4th Biennial Conference: Living with Animals. Theme: Some we love, some we hate, some we eat, some we need. Co-organizers: Robert W. Mitchell, Radhika Makecha, and Michał Pręgowski.
“Living with Animals 4” is an Animal Studies conference about all things animal and human-animal interaction, occurring at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). EKU, located in Richmond, Kentucky, just south of Lexington, “The Horse Capital of the World,” began offering the first undergraduate degree in Animal Studies in 2010. We offer a Living with Animals conference every 2 years, and are pleased again to have an international set of speakers. The conference is now over three days, March 21-23, 2019. On Sunday, March 24, the day after the conference, we are hoping to have an optional day-long excursion to Salato Wildlife Center, and then to Buffalo Trace Distillery, both in Frankfort, Kentucky, but this is still in the planning stages. The conference will be held in the Perkins Building at EKU. The conference centers on our ever-present relationships with animals examined through the arts and humanities, sciences, and applied fields. Consistent with the conference theme, our focus this time around is our diverse relationships with animals. The theme derives from Hal Herzog’s well-known and influential book, Some we love, some we hate, some we eat: Why it’s so hard to think straight about animals. We hope presenters will find the relevance of their topic to the theme, but of course any topic related to animals or human-animal interaction is welcome. The special day-long session, “Living with Horses”, a continuing conference in the Living with Animals conference, is co-organized by Gala Argent and Angela Hofstetter. We are also hoping to attract presenters on the theme of “Living with Insects,” to draw attention to the precarious nature of so many insects in the world today. Email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Abstracts of 200 to (approximately) 400 words should be sent to email@example.com. The first line of the abstract should be the title of the talk, and the next line(s) should be the authors’ names, positions, affiliations, and email addresses. Following this should be a blank line, followed by the text of the abstract. All should be single spaced. Reference to existing bodies of work might be made. Please also indicate if you would like your presentation to be a talk or a poster, or if you are offering a panel. (We are open to other forms of presentations.) Posters are an excellent way to present some scientific and artistic works, and allow the presenter to engage closely with conference attendees who are most interested by their work. Posters will be available during the buffet lunch on Saturday, 23 March.
In addition, provide a one-page CV of your most relevant work and experience. Individual paper presentation time will be 20 minutes, including time for questions. Panels (usually 3 people; maximum time, 1 hour) are welcome. All presentations and panels will be reviewed by the organizers.Abstract submission deadline: December 10, 2018
(Abstracts received after this date will be reviewed and, if accepted, put in the program if space allows.)
Author notification: around December 22, 2018
Conference begins: March 21, 2019
Conference ends: March 23, 2019
Optional excursion: March 24, 2019
The fourth biennial “Living with Horses” conference, again organized and co-chaired by Gala Argent and Angela Hofstetter, is scheduled Friday, March 22, 2019. In keeping with the theme of this year’s Living with Animals conference, Living with Horses will explore the various roles horses play in human lives and the impact of those roles on both humans and horses. We are pleased to announce that equine ethologist, writer and horse trainer, Lucy Rees, will keynote this year. For decades Lucy has studied wild and feral horses in Wales, Spain and Uruguay and used her work in search of the easiest way of dealing with horses, one which is universally applied and is successful. Her 2017 book, Horses in Company, challenges commonly held conceptions of equine dominance hierarchies—something which is not observed in horses living under truly natural conditions—which form the basis of many schools of horsemanship. Additionally this year, in honor of equine academic, researcher and wild horse advocate, Karen Dalke, we invite submissions to the Karen Dalke Memorial Panel on Wild Horses, with topics covering any aspect of current wild or feral horse research, representation, cultural heritage, and conservation. For the standard Living with Horses presentations, we are particularly interested in ways of thinking about the human-horse interface which consider the ways that lives are intertwined at various levels of scale, with an eye toward how individual and cultural conceptions and understandings of equine subjectivity, or objectivity, play out in these interactions. While it is our hope that presentation topics concern this sub-theme, other topics related to the human-horse interface are welcome. We welcome submissions from the sciences, social sciences and humanities, as well as those that are transdisciplinary, or bridge cultural and temporal boundaries. Potential topics for panels, papers and posters include but are not limited to:
• The different ways that horses might be objectified or subjectified within various scenarios;
• The impacts of those conceptions on human-horse relations and equine management and care;
• Human-horse inter-personal, inter-social or inter-cultural relationships;
• Our horses, ourselves: being with horses in film and literature;
• Equine rhetorics and rhetorics of equine representation;
• Human-horse co-existences outside of the EuroAmerican context;
• The use of horses within specific human-controlled contexts (therapeutic, racing, recreational disciplines, work, etc.); and
• Equitation or exploitation? The ethics of human-horse interactions.
Please note whether you want your abstract considered for Living with Horses, and/or the Karen Dalke Memorial Panel. Address questions about Living with Horses to co-conveners Dr. Gala Argent, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Angela Hofstetter, email@example.com. Questions about the conference details or submission process go to firstname.lastname@example.org. Send your conference submissions to email@example.com. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: December 10, 2018 (Late submissions will be accepted, although the selection process will start mid-December). Author notification due: December 22, 2018.
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 1st 2019.
Please submit 200-300 word abstracts with a short biography and contact details by January 7th 2019 to Elle Larsson at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE): The Neglected Lives of Micro-Matter, at the University of California, Davis June 26-30, 2019.
In light of the rising threat of global climate catastrophe, scholars of the nonhuman turn have largely focused their attention on vast environmental processes and forces like global warming and the Anthropocene—on the massive temporal and spatial dimensions of what Timothy Morton calls the “hyperobject.” But the interspecies relations that make up Morton’s hyperobject at the same time always operate on the level of what we call the micro-object—the invisible world of microorganisms and other forms of living matter that permeates every aspect of human and nonhuman life. Our ASLE roundtable seeks to engage these neglected lives that evade human perception, blend object-like into human environments, or exist on the border between life and death—the overlapping worlds of bacteria, fungi, algae, dust, pollen, soil, coral, and plant life that constitute the interspecies social. According to Morton, hyperobjects demand new modes of thinking and living together: We solicit papers in literary and cultural studies that investigate how these lively ‘micro-objects’ implore us to suspend, alter, or reorder our political and cultural systems, habits of thought, and aesthetic or representational modes. Microorganisms like fungi, bacteria, and algae point us to an image of life outside of individuality, life as essentially relational and generative, multiplying: What might a revitalized politics or justice look like when we take on the perspective and the dimensions of these tiny organisms? How does life on the micro-scale compel us to suspend the usual human order, to reconsider our cultural exchanges, or to reorder our (bio)political and ethical systems? At the same time, we seek to uncover in our literary and cultural histories a microbial aesthetics that reckons with the implications of being alive in a wildly diverse network of multispecies relations—relations that operate on multiple scales, diverging temporalities, and according to patterns that cannot be reduced to either harmony or conflict. If you have any questions, please contact Agnes Malinowska (email@example.com) and Joela Jacobs (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please submit a 300-word abstract and brief bio through the conference website (https://asle.submittable.com/submit/126731/the-neglected-lives-of-micro-matter) by December 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST.
Natalie Khazaal and Nuria Almiron would like to invite you to contribute with a chapter to a new co-edited volume titled ‘Like an Animal’: Refugees, Animals, and Multiculturalism. The volume explores the unexamined links between human migrants/refugees and nonhumans (refugees in their own right) during global migration crises. The volume’s goal is to open an interdisciplinary and multicultural discussion on the structural, symbolic, and discursive logics behind the human-animal divide as reflected and perpetuated in the case of human migration crises. Contributions will examine any of the intersections between human refugees and nonhuman animals’ interests, treatment, legal status, or media narratives and policies that target them in multicultural states: the EU, MENA, Latin America, and the US. Some of the questions we aim to address include:
- How does the shift toward securitization, much exacerbated by the migration crisis, reify the two vulnerable groups?
- What do multicultural states risk in denying the suffering of these “huddled masses”?
- How does the human-animal construct frame and perpetuate the treatment of the two vulnerable groups?
- What are the common ideological roots of the oppression of the two groups?
- Why is it useful to think about the intersections between human migrants/refugees and speciesism?
- What role does the human-animal divide play in racism, ethnocentrism, classism, etc. as applied to global migration crises?
The volume will be of interest to scholars, researchers, journalists, and students as well as a range of governmental and nongovernmental organizations devoted to social justice including animal rights, human rights, and environment activism.. We expect to select 10-12 contributions to seek publication in 2020 with a top international academic publisher (Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Sage, Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, etc.). The volume will commit to principles of nonviolence and ethical veganism, and use non-speciesist language. The contributions are (provisionally) due by August 31, 2019; the length of each chapter is 7,000-8,000 words (references and notes included). Deadline for submitting 300-400 word abstracts: Nov 20, 2018. Please send abstract submissions to: email@example.com
Submissions are sought from academics, scholars, research aspirants and animal advocates for the edited collection, Approaches to the Literary Animal. The rise and expansion of Animal Studies over the past decades can be seen in the explosion of various articles, journals, books, conferences, organisations, courses all over the academic world. With the publication of Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation in 1975 and Tom Regan’s The Case for Animal Rights in 1983, there has been a burgeoning interest in nonhuman animals among academics, animal advocates, and the general public. Interested scholars recognise the lack of scholarly attention given to nonhuman animals and to the relationships between human and nonhuman, especially in the light of the pervasiveness of animal representations, symbols, and stories, as well as the actual presence of animals in human societies and cultures. Animals abound in literary and cultural texts, either they are animals-as-constructed or animals-as-such. However, we can approach any literary text from a theoretical lens where the representation of nonhuman animals is the main operative analytic frame. In literature nonhuman animals are given the titular role, they carry symbolic function, they speak human language and so on. But these create problematics and bear the politics of representation. Contributors have the liberty to choose literary texts for their case study, but the papers must theorise the significant presence of nonhuman animals in the selected texts. Photo-essays are also welcome. Papers should be within 3000-4000 words following the latest MLA style sheet and must have abstract of 250 words with keywords. The papers should accompany relevant endnotes, references and authors’ bio-note. They will be scrutinised and reviewed thoroughly and checked for potential unethical practices. Selected papers will be collected in a book (with ISBN) to be published by a reputed publisher. Submission Deadline: November 30; Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Troy Jollimore is putting together an anthology of original essays on loyalty. He wants like to include something about animals, species loyalty, a critique of speciesism in terms of loyalty — anything along those lines. If you are interested, please contact him at email@example.com.