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Defining Human-Animal Studies: An ASI Video Project

Because Human-Animal Studies scholars come from such diverse fields, they often have a difficult time reading the work of scholars from other fields, as the language and key theories are often so different.

To that end, ASI has begun a project whereby we approached a number of scholars with expertise in HAS in general, as well as in their own discipline. We invited these scholars to define, in 3-minute long videos, terms that are used within their realm of human-animal studies, but that may be unfamiliar to those outside of their sub-disciplines.

So far, we have compiled videos on the following topics, which we will be releasing one by one. Please check back often to see what new videos we have released!

Naming the Field by Ken Shapiro, Founder, Animals & Society Institute, Editor, Society & Animals, Co-Editor, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science

Anthrozoology by Anthony Podberscek, Professor, School of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, Editor in Chief, Anthrozoös

Speciesism by Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and a Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne

Intersectionality by Corey Wrenn, Professor of Sociology and Director of Gender Studies at Monmouth University

Animal Rights vs. Animal Welfare by David Favre, Professor of Law, Michigan State University

Anymal by Lisa Kemmerer, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Montana State University

Personhood by Maneesha Deckha, Professor of Law, University of Victoria

Ethnoprimatology by Agustin Fuentes, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame

Social Constructionism by Constance Russell, Professor of Education at Lakehead University

Animal Law by David Favre, Professor of Law at Michigan State University

Art and Animals by Jessica Ullrich, Professor for Aesthetics and Art Education at the Academy of Fine Arts Muenster

Animal Agency by Sarah E. McFarland, Professor of English, Northwestern University

Zoophilia by Andrea Beetz, Researcher and Teacher in the Department of Special Education, University of Rostock

The Political Turn by Siobhan O’Sullivan, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Research, School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales

Symbolic Interactionism by Leslie Irvine, Professor of Sociology, University of Colorado Boulder

Domestication by Tim Ingold, Chair in Social Anthropology, University of Aberdeen

Animal Rights by H. Peter Steeves, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Humanities Center at DePaul University

Posthumanism by Elan Abrell, Adjunct Assistant Professor, City University of New York

Animal Ethics by Kathie Jenni, Professor of Philosophy and Director of Human-Animal Studies, University of Redlands

“Derrida’s Cat” by Matthew Calarco, Professor of Philosophy, California State University Fullerton

Queer Animality by Joshua Russell, Assistant Professor in Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation, and in Anthrozoology, at Canisius College

Sentience by Jonathan Balcombe, Biologist and author of What a Fish Knows

Anthropomorphism by Robert Mitchell, Professor of Psychology and Animal Studies, Eastern Kentucky University

Actor Network Theory by Richie Nimmo, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester

Biopolitics by Dinesh Wadiwel, Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and Socio-Legal Studies, University of Sydney

Kinesthetic Empathy by Ken Shapiro, Founder, Animals & Society Institute, Editor, Society & Animals, Co-Editor, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science

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