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HAS Newsletter: January 2017

ASI News

We are very excited to see the applications come in for the first annual Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute program for advanced graduate students and early career scholars, held in partnership with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Institute is designed to support participants’ individual research in human-animal studies as well as to promote interdisciplinary exchange. The program will offer a shared space of critical inquiry that brings the participants’ work-in-progress to the attention of a network of influential HAS scholars, and provides the participants with the guidance and feedback to develop their work. At the heart of the program are daily plenary lectures by distinguished speakers, followed by afternoon seminars devoted to discussion of participants’ work. These will be complemented by special workshops and field trips to on- and off-campus locations which highlight different aspects of the human-animal relationship. Participants should expect a stimulating intellectual environment reflecting a diversity of approaches, projects, disciplinary backgrounds, and ethical positions on animal issues. All fellows must be in continuous residence for the duration of the program, July 9-July 16, inclusive.  Tuition for the week-long program, which includes housing, will be $750.

We are also super excited to announce the guest faculty for the 2017 Institute, which includes Una Chaudhuri (English and Drama, NYU), Leesa Fawcett (Environmental Studies, York University), Agustín Fuentes (Anthropology, University of Notre Dame), Chris Green (Animal Law & Policy Program, Harvard Law School), Leslie Irvine (Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder), Nigel Rothfels (History, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee), Deke Weaver (Theater, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign). More faculty will be announced as well!

Find more information, and how to apply, here:

We are also starting the process of evaluating the applications for the 2017 HSI-HSUS International Development Project. We will keep you posted as we decide the winner of this year’s award!


HAS News and Opportunities

The Department of Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for the following Postdoctoral Fellow position. The successful applicant will join an intensive program of research, training and knowledge mobilization in One Health promotion (see: See: Anthrozoology and Health Promotion Team; and Pets in the city: Living with animals in crowded urban centres). The learning environment is enriched by interdisciplinary collaborations and by funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia, Veterinarians without Borders, and the University of Calgary.

The successful applicant will contribute to designing and conducting participatory research, and to academic writing (grants as well as manuscripts). This position will involve both independent work and collaboration with colleagues in a range of organizations, including academic institutions, public health, health services, municipal governments, community services and animal welfare organizations. Whereas considerable latitude exists to tailor projects to the successful applicant’s strengths and interests, due to funding requirements, the successful applicant’s research must align to grants on urban governance and social justice vis–vis companion animals. Fieldwork will take place mainly in Calgary, which has an international reputation for leadership in policies on pets, partnerships and public participation. Assets for a competitive application would include familiarity with a wide range of literature, including: ethnography, health studies, human-animal studies, communication studies, participatory action research, policy studies, qualitative methodologies, science and technology studies (STS), and urban studies.

We are very happy to report another new Human-Animal Studies university program! The Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University offers PhD and MS degrees in Human-Animal Interaction, and currently have an advertisement out for new students. Find out more  here:

ISAZ Announces that the nomination process for ISAZ Fellows is now open. The designation of Fellow honors ISAZ individual members whose work advances the field of Anthrozoology by enriching understanding of critical issues, addressing familiar problems or identifying a problem that has not been previously recognized and serving the Society.  Fellows have no specific responsibilities, obligations, or term limits. Nominations due:  March 1, 2017. Nomination from two individual members of ISAZ who are not Fellows is required.  (Current Fellows are:  John Bradshaw, Erika Friedmann, Ben Hart, Lynette Hart, James Serpell, and Dennis Turner.)  Self-nomination is not permitted.  Nominators may support a maximum of two nominees per year. Nomination Submission (a single pdf file) submitted to:

The Department of Philosophy at Queen’s University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Animal Studies. This is a one-year non-renewable 12-month fellowship. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated expertise in animal ethics, law and public policy, show evidence of teaching potential, and be able to participate constructively in departmental and collegial activities. While we interpret animal ethics, law and public policy broadly, and welcome applications from various disciplines that study human-animal relations including political science, law, philosophy, sociology, geography, and environmental studies, we are looking in particular for research that critically examines the moral, legal and political dimensions of how human-animal relations are governed. A recipient of the Fellowship is expected to reside in Kingston, to teach a University course in animal studies, to participate in the activities of our animal studies research group (,  and to help organize a workshop or conference in the field. The Fellow will work under the supervision of Prof. Will Kymlicka. The 2017-18 fellowship will start on July 1, 2017. Applicants must have submitted their doctoral dissertation by that date, and must be within five years of having received their doctorate. The salary for the postdoctoral fellowship will be $40,000, which includes remuneration for teaching a half-course in animal ethics or a cognate subject. Applications are due by January 30th, 2017. For more information, visit, or contact Prof. Kymlicka (

The organizers of the Australian Sociological Association are seeking expressions of interest for a new Sociology and Animals thematic group within The Australian Sociological Association. The aim of the group is to create a supportive network of sociologists working in human-animal studies, critical animal studies, or other animal-related areas to facilitate the exchange of ideas and potential future events. Interested parties please direct your enquiries to or by February 20.

The Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada, is calling for applications from potential graduate students for the 2017 Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Graduate Scholarship. The Scholarship will support the training of researchers at the masters or doctoral level to pursue animal welfare research at the University of Prince Edward Island. Both applied or more fundamental approaches to research pertaining to animal welfare are welcome. Applications for 2017 will be accepted until 12pm (noon) (AST) Friday February 17, 2017, with decisions to be announced in April. Students may take up their award at any time of the year but must do so within 12 months of the date of the letter of offer.

Competitive positions are available for highly motivated and promising individuals seeking a PhD or Lab Coordinator position related to the PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN-ANIMAL INTERACTION with Dr. Maggie O’Haire. The successful applicant will be housed within the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University. The research program will focus on the scientific evaluation of SERVICE DOGS for military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and their families. Visit for more information.

The Animal Advocacy Research Fund will award grants to advocacy groups, academics, and other qualified researchers to study animal advocacy. The group’s founders are primarily looking to support intervention research that produces strong evidence about the effectiveness of various animal advocacy interventions, though we are also open to funding foundational research that contributes to a theoretical understanding of topics relevant to animal advocacy. We will be hosting several call-for-proposals over the next couple years. The application deadline for the next funding round is January 27, 2017. Visit: The deadline for applying to be a member of the Fall 2017 entering class of Master’s students studying Anthrozoology at Canisius College is February 1st. The program, including a description of courses offered and the faculty, is described at We conduct the program in a modified online format, with students and faculty coming together at the beginning of each semester for a four-day series of meetings and workshops. The Master’s program at Canisius College provides students an opportunity to network and learn with prominent members of the field. At the beginning of each semester the program hosts a distinguished guest while students are on campus. Our students not only hear the speaker’s thoughts through a formal lecture, but also have the opportunity to interact with them during dinners and informal question and answer periods. Recent topics have included humane education, wildlife welfare and conservation, the use of images in advocacy, and urban ecology. In addition to learning from leaders in the field, our students take an active role in advancing the field by presenting their work at national and international conferences and publishing their scholarship in academic journals. In addition, current Anthrozoology students and alumni produce the journal Animalia: An Anthrozoology Journal. Inquiries about the program can be directed to the program director, Dr. Paul Waldau (, or to Dr. Christy Hoffman (

The Department of Environmental Studies at NYU invites applications for the position of Clinical Assistant Professor. The appointment will begin September 1, 2017, pending administrative and budgetary approval. The successful applicant will help to administer a new M.A. in Animal Studies that will launch in the fall of 2018, teach graduate and undergraduate courses, advise students, conduct research, fully participate in and contribute to the development of the Department of Environmental Studies, and provide other service to the University. The Department of Environmental Studies currently offers a major and minor in Environmental Studies and an undergraduate minor in Animal Studies (one of the first in the country). It is in the process of developing other graduate programs. Candidates should apply with a cover letter, CV, three (3) confidential letters of recommendation, a teaching statement, and a writing sample. Review of applications will begin on January 10, 2017, and will continue until the search is complete. More information on applying is available at



Following are some of the books coming out that we are excited about!

Heise, U. K., Christensen, J., & Niemann, M. (Eds.). (2017). The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities. Routledge. The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities provides a comprehensive, transnational, and interdisciplinary map to the field, offering a broad overview of its founding principles while providing insight into exciting new directions for future scholarship. Articulating the significance of humanistic perspectives for our collective social engagement with ecological crises, the volume explores the potential of the environmental humanities for organizing humanistic research, opening up new forms of interdisciplinarity, and shaping public debate and policies on environmental issues. The first of its kind, this companion covers essential issues and themes, necessarily crossing disciplines within the humanities and with the social and natural sciences. Exploring how the environmental humanities contribute to policy and action concerning some of the key intellectual, social, and environmental challenges of our times, the chapters offer an ideal guide to this rapidly developing field.

Dierckxsens, G., Bijlsma, R., Begun, M., & Kiefer, T. (2016). The Animal Inside: Essays at the Intersection of Philosophical Anthropology and Animal Studies. Much has been written about animals in applied ethics, environmental ethics, and animal rights. This book takes a new turn, offering an examination of the ‘animal question’ from a more fundamental, philosophical-anthropological perspective. The contributors in this important volume focus on how the animal has appeared and can be used in philosophical argumentation as a metaphor or reference point that helps us understand what is distinctively human and what is not. A recurring theme in the essays is the existence of a zone of ambiguity between animals and humans, which puts into question comfortable assumptions about the uniqueness and superiority of human nature.While the chapters straddle the boundaries of historical-philosophical and systematic, continental and analytic approaches, their thematic unity knits them together, presenting a rich, broad, and yet cohesive perspective. The first part of the book offers general explorations of the relation between animal and human nature, and of the concomitant existential and ethical dimensions of this relationship. The chapters in the second part address the same theme, but, in so doing, focus on specific aspects of animal and human nature: imagination, politics, history, sense, finitude, and science.
Brusseau, J. (2017). Dignity, Pleasures, Vulgarity: Philosophy and Animal Rights. Springer. Dignity, Pleasures, Vulgarity explores animal rights through vivid human experiences (drunken love and sex), and human ethics via an engaging consideration of animal rights (the elaborate rituals of Spanish bullrunning and killing). The result is a philosophical narrative that concerns animal ethics while resonating in human terms and through human lives.

Adams, C.J. (2016). The Carol J. Adams Reader. Bloomsbury. The Carol J. Adams Reader gathers together Adams’s foundational and recent articles in the fields of critical studies, animal studies, media studies, vegan studies, ecofeminism and feminism, as well as relevant interviews and conversations in which Adams identifies key concepts and new developments in her decades-long work. This volume, a companion to The Sexual Politics of Meat (Bloomsbury Revelations), offers insight into a variety of urgent issues for our contemporary world: Why do batterers harm animals? What is the relationship between genocide and attitudes toward other animals? How do activism and theory feed each other? How do race, gender, and species categories interact in strengthening oppressive attitudes? In clear language, Adams identifies the often hidden aspects of cultural presumptions. The essays and conversations found here capture the decades-long energy and vision that continue to shape new ways of thinking about and responding to oppression.

Nobis, N. (2016). Animals & Ethics 101: Thinking Critically About Animal Rights. Open Philosophy Press. Animals and Ethics 101 helps readers identify and evaluate the arguments for and against various uses of animals, such as: Is it morally wrong to experiment on animals? Why or why not? Is it morally permissible to eat meat? Why or why not? Are we morally obligated to provide pets with veterinary care (and, if so, how much?)? Why or why not?  Developed as a companion volume to an online “Animals & Ethics” course, it is ideal for classroom use, discussion groups or self study. The book presupposes no conclusions on these controversial moral questions about the treatment of animals, and argues for none either. Its goal is to help the reader better engage the issues and arguments on all sides with greater clarity, understanding and argumentative rigor.

Maher, J., H. Pierpoint and P. Beirne. (2017). Palgrave International Handbook of Animal Abuse Studies. Palgrave.This Handbook fills a large gap in current scholarly literature on animal abuse studies. It moves considerably beyond the debate that has traditionally dominated the discourse of animal abuse – the link between one-on-one interpersonal violence and animal abuse – and towards those institutionalised forms of animal abuse which are routine, everyday, socially acceptable and invisibilised. Chapters from expert contributors raise issues such as: the use of animals as edibles; vivisection; animal sexual assault; animals used in sport and hunting; animal trafficking; the use of animals by youth gangs, by other groups and in war; species extinction; and the passivity of national and international organisations in combating animal abuse. The Handbook is a unique text: it is essential reading for students, researchers, academics, activists and policy makers involved in understanding and preventing animal abuse. The Handbook is dedicated to the efforts of the of the Animals and Society Institute and of the Sea Shepherd Society, between whom any royalties will be equally divided.”

(All summaries taken from publishers’ websites.)


The latest issue of Sloth, the Human-Animal Studies journal for undergraduates, has just come out! Find it here:

Submissions are being accepted for the Summer 2017 issue. Find out about submitting here: Deadline is March 1.

The editorial team of ‘People and Animals: The International Journal of Research and Practice (PAIJ), would like to announce the publication of their new journal, with an aim to publish the first issue by June 2017. PAIJ is the official peer-reviewed open-access publication of the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO). PAIJ publishes articles related to research and practice in the fields of animal-assisted interventions (AAI) and human-animal interactions (HAI) where the well-being of humans and animals are concerned. The journal seeks to strengthen the links between science and practice of these fields, through an interdisciplinary lens drawing from the fields of psychology, medicine, education and special education, sociology, social work, nursing, veterinary medicine, ethology, biology, ethics, and law. The first issue will include the works of leading scholars in the fields in AAI and HAI. The weblink for PAIJ is Should you need further information on the journal and its first issue, please contact ‘Andrea Beetz’ <> and ‘Brinda Jegatheesan’<>.

Animals, Volume 7, Issue 1 (January 2017) is now out!  The issue can be found here: The editors are also looking for submissions for future special issues, on salmonids, laboratory animals, and biotechnology. To access the full list of Special Issues, please visit

The latest issue of the Anthropology of the Middle East explores the broad field of human–animal relationships, considering depth of time as well as cultural and civilisational variations and how animals affect Middle Eastern societies. Find it here:

A new issue of  Vibrant – Virtual Brazilian Anthropology is now available, and focuses directly on animals in anthropology. You can find it here:

The editors of a special edition of the Animal Studies Journal on animal sanctuaries, edited by Elan Abrell, seek articles that consider animal sanctuaries as unique sites of human-animal interaction that both influence and are influenced by the way animals are treated and understood in larger contexts. How do animal sanctuaries contribute to the broader animal protection movement, what limits and challenges do they face, and what sorts of new models for living with and caring for captive animals might they provide? Submissions due by March 31. Please see guidelines and submit online at:

New Research

Following are some of the latest research articles in the field of human-animal studies:

Allison, M., Satterwhite, C., Ramaswamy, M., Hynek, M. T., & Agnew-Svoboda, Z. (2017). Strategies veterinary practices can use to address the problem of intimate partner violence. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 250(1), 42-45.

Almiron, N. (2017). Beyond Anthropocentrism: Critical Animal Studies and the Political Economy of Communication. The Political Economy of Communication, 4(2).

Amyx, D. A. (2017). The Effects of Values, Advertising Characteristics, and Animal Companion Preference on Consumer Attitudes and Purchase. In Creating Marketing Magic and Innovative Future Marketing Trends (pp. 65-82). Springer, Cham.

Bir, C., Widmar, N.J.O. and Croney, C.C. (2016) The Whole “Kitten”-Caboodle: Perceived Differences in Veterinary and General Population Opinions Regarding Cat Behavior and Health. Open Journal of Veterinary Medicine , 6, 177-192.

Bowman, A., Scottish, S. P. C. A., Dowell, F. J., & Evans, N. P. (2017). The effect of different genres of music on the stress levels of kennelled dogs. Physiology & Behavior.

Caeiro, C. C., Burrows, A. M., & Waller, B. M. (2017). Development and application of CatFACS: Are human cat adopters influenced by cat facial expressions?. Applied Animal Behaviour Science.

Cassels, M. T., White, N., Gee, N., & Hughes, C. (2017). One of the family? Measuring early adolescents’ relationships with pets and siblings. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 49, 12-20.

Foster, S., & Ijichi, C. (2017). The association between infrared thermal imagery of core eye temperature, personality, age and housing in cats. Applied Animal Behaviour Science.

Fudge, E. (2017). What Was It Like to Be a Cow?. The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies, 258.

Jacobs, J., Pearl, D., Coe, J., Widowski, T., & Niel, L. (2017). Ability of owners to identify resource guarding behaviour in the domestic dog. Applied Animal Behaviour Science.

Janke, N. (2017). The Effect of Capacity for Care on an Animal Shelter’s Admission Trends and Risk Factors Affecting Length of Stay of Cats (Felis catus): A Case Study at the Guelph Humane Society, 2011-2016 (Doctoral dissertation).

Johnson, M. (2017). “The Other Who Precedes and Possesses Me”: Confronting the Maternal/Animal Divide Through the Art of Botched Taxidermy. Feral Feminisms.

Karakaya, F., & Avgin, S. S. (2017). TEACHER CANDIDATES’ETHICAL APPROACHES RELATED TO ANIMAL EXPERIMENT. European Journal of Education Studies.

LaFleur, M., Clarke, T. A., Reuter, K., & Schaeffer, T. (2017). Rapid Decrease in Populations of Wild Ring-Tailed Lemurs (Lemur catta) in Madagascar. Folia Primatologica, 87(5), 320-330.

Morais, C. D. S. M. (2017). Identifying good practices, practices to improve, and practices considered risk alerts, concerning medical and behaviour aspects of animal welfare in a sample of shelters in Portugal and the UK (Doctoral dissertation, Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária).

O’Doherty, D. P. (2017). Animals and Organization: Feline Politics and the Nine Lives of ‘Olly the Cat’. In Reconstructing Organization (pp. 215-243). Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Probyn, E. (2017). Queer Fish: Eating Ethnic Affect. In Visuality, Emotions and Minority Culture (pp. 27-44). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

Rucinque, D. S., Souza, A. P. O., & Molento, C. F. M. (2017). Perception of Fish Sentience, Welfare and Humane Slaughter by Highly Educated Citizens of Bogotá, Colombia and Curitiba, Brazil. PloS one, 12(1), e0168197.

Vint, S. (2017). Animal alterity: Science fiction and human-animal studies. Science Fiction Criticism: An Anthology of Essential Writings, 414.

Wadiwel, D. J., & Taylor, C. (2017). A Conversation on the Feral. Feral Feminisms.


You can find a list of 2016 articles that we have compiled here:

Meetings and Sessions

The “I Am NOT an Animal!” Symposium. February 24 – 25, Emory Conference Center, Atlanta, GA.

Living with Animals. March 22-25, Eastern Kentucky University

Dogs in Southern African Literatures. April 11-12,, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study. For more information, email

Building Connections: Children, Animals and Healthy Families, April 28-29, Brewster, NY.

Workshop on Animal Agriculture from the Middle East to Asia. May 11-12, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA.

Human and Nonhuman Animals: Minds and Morals. May 11-13, University of Connecticut, Storrs

Animal Rhetorics. May 21 – 27, 2017, Indiana University.

ISAZ. June 22-27, University of California, Davis.

Australasian Animal Studies Association Conference 2017. July 3-5, University of Adelaide

More-than-human geographies of empathy. August 29-September 1. Royal Geographical Society, London

Decolonization and the Politics of Wildlife in Africa, an International Conference. September 26-30, Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study, South Africa.

Call for Abstracts: Conferences

Human and Nonhuman Animals: Minds and Morals. May 11-13, University of Connecticut, Storrs

The conference will bring together researchers from a number of disciplines working on continuities and discontinuities in human/nonhuman cognition, emotions, social organization and morally relevant behavior, and implications for the human treatment of nonhuman animals. The organizers invite full paper submissions on the topic of the conference, from researchers working in philosophy, psychology, anthropology, cognitive science and any other related disciplines. Please submit full papers in PDF format to Nathan Kellen by March 13.

Decolonization and the Politics of Wildlife in Africa, an International Conference, to be held at the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study, South Africa, September 26-30, 2017. The establishment of European colonial rule on the African continent not only involved the colonization of nature, but essentially meant colonization through nature. Imperial politics of resource extraction, hunting, and conservation forged the upsetting and renegotiation of existing human ecologies and were often accompanied by the strict separation of the spheres of »nature«/»wilderness« on the one hand, and »culture« on the other. But in how far did decolonization across Africa south of the Sahara equally affect the sphere of ecology and relationships between humans and wildlife? What continuities and what changes can we observe in the transcontinental governance of wildlife and its concepts, practices, and actors? What role did animals play in all this and in how far did decolonization affect wildlife and individual species? Have Africa’s wild animals ever been decolonized? This conference seeks to address these questions in a trans- and multidisciplinary perspective. It aims to bring together senior and junior specialists in African and global environmental history, human-animal studies, human geography, political ecology, and the various conservation and wildlife sciences. Scholars based at African academic institutions are particularly encouraged to apply. The organizers are interested in receiving proposals focusing on the transitional decades of late colonial rule and early independence. Please send a proposal of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to both conveners (, The deadline for submission is February, 28. The conference will be held in English and focus on the discussion of pre-circulated papers of about 5,000 to 6,000 words (due by September 3, 2017). Cost of travel and accommodation will be covered.

The International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) invites submission of both oral (15 minutes total) and poster abstracts. The 2017 ISAZ conference will be held at the University of California, Davis. Plenaries will address the roles of service dogs and other animals for children, as well as human-animal interactions with wildlife and cattle. We also encourage submission of papers on all other topics in the field of human-animal interactions. Abstracts are due January 31, 2017. Research abstracts submissions require1. A title. 2. A list of authors, institutional affiliations, city, state, country, and email address for correspondence.3. An introduction to the study and its objectives. 4. Methodology – including a description of the participants (both human and animal), such as number (n), type, age, gender, and species, and a description of the study design, data collection, and data analysis. 5. Main results, including, when appropriate, statistical test, significance level and actual test value (e.g., F(df) = ?, p < 0.05). 5. Principal conclusions and implications for the field. Abstracts must be in English, must be no more than 350 words (not including the title and authors’ information), and should be concise, informative and explicit. In the submission process, please indicate whether an oral or poster presentation is preferred. Abstracts for oral presentations that are not selected may be eligible for presentation as posters. If you have any issues or questions with the abstract submission process, please contact Abigail Thigpen at

More-than-human geographies of empathy. August 29-September 1. Royal Geographical Society, London. In this session, the organizers wish to explore the possibilities of a more-than-human geography of empathy as a route through which to contest and ‘decolonise’ these Western medical-scientific approaches to bioethics and care. Empathy is loosely conceptualised here as the ability to put oneself in another’s position, building upon Greenhough and Roe’s (2011) notion of ‘somatic sensibility’: the shared experience of living in a vulnerable body. Empathy in this respect is more-than-rational, affective and resists quantification. It creates what van Dooren (2014, p. 139) describes as ‘a particular sociality rooted in our being emotionally at stake in one another’s lives’ in a way of being in an unavoidably shared world with others; empathy has never been the privileged possession of humanity (van Dooren, 2014: 40). Here, then, we are interested not only in how certain humans develop or feel empathy towards nonhuman others, but also how relations of empathy might be distributed or multidirectional. Paper titles and abstracts (of around 200 words) should be sent to Megan Donald ( by February 14.

Call for Abstracts: Books

Routledge’s series Perspectives on the Non-Human in Literature and Culture is actively seeking monographs and essay collections that focus on topics concerning human interactions with the non- and inhuman.  Forthcoming books in the series engage with animals, plants, robots, the ecology of war, race, bodies, objects, and weather in a variety of periods and national literatures. For titles and a full description of the series’ goals, see

Sydney University Press is looking for submissions to the Animal Publics series. The series is co-edited by Prof. Fiona Probyn Rapsey and Dr Melissa Boyd. The series publishes original and important research in animal studies by both established and emerging scholars. Animal Publics takes inspiration from varied and changing modalities of the encounter between animal and human. The series explores intersections between humanities and the sciences, the creative arts and the social sciences, with an emphasis on ideas and practices about how animal life becomes public: attended to, listened to, made visible, foregrounded, included and transformed. Animal Publics investigates publics past and present, and publics to come, made up of more-than-humans and humans entangled with other species. Authors are invited to discuss potential titles for the series and submit a proposal to

Vegan educators are invited to contribute to this volume of essays on animal liberation and pedagogy. For the purposes of this book, the term ‘educator’ is very loosely defined and does not only refer to professionals in teaching positions. This project invites anybody who sees themselves as a facilitator of knowledge, be they teachers, authors, artists, activists or anybody else who is in a position to offer a platform for knowledge exchange in a private or public setting (including parents and guardians, key workers, public speakers, etc.). The book hopes to serve as a platform for the exchange of practical tools, including revolutionary communication skills and radical approaches to pedagogy, all of which should incorporate a thematisation of animal liberation, speciesism or animalisation/dehumanisation amongst humans. Through this, it shall serve as a critique of and counterbalance to neoliberal education and its adherence to a mostly binaristic, white, heteronormative, masculinist, Euro- and anthropocentric curriculum. Preference will be given to essays that critique the predominantly Eurocentric neoliberal, white, masculinist approach to (teaching) animal liberation, and/or to essays that present or imagine alternatives to dominant approaches in animal liberation in an educational context. Please outline your proposed work in 500 words and add a few lines about yourself to the proposal email. Contributions will be chosen in January and the final pieces could have a word count between 2500 and 7000 (please include a roughly estimated word count in your outline). The English used in the essays should be as accessible as possible. Personal accounts, letters, diary entries, are welcome as are critical and academic analyses, however when theory and/or jargon is used it should be explained in the text itself or a glossary. If footnotes are used, please include them on the page they refer to. Email Dr Agnes Trzak | by February 28.

Since its origins in the mid nineteenth century, detective fiction has been populated by a huge array of beasts. If the genre begins, as is widely supposed (though not without some debate), with Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue’ (1841), then detective fiction’s very first culprit is an animal. Such beastly instances of criminal violence are among the genre’s most recurrent figurings of the non-human. Accordingly, like Poe’s frenzied ourang-outang on the spree in Paris, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles (1902) identifies a murderous aggression as part-and-parcel of animal nature. Detective fiction accommodates gentler and more law-abiding creatures too, however. Wilkie Collins, often thought of as the founder of the British detective novel, depicts the villain Count Fosco in The Woman in White (1859) surrounded by his ‘pretties’, ‘a cockatoo, two canary-birds and a whole family of white mice’, while Koko and Yum Yum, the feline sidekicks of Lillian Jackson Braun’s popular The Cat Who… series from the 1960s show animals living on the right side of the law. Detective fiction is also consistently concerned with the human as animal. From the ‘bloodhound’ Sherlock Holmes to Dashiell Hammett’s ‘wolfish’ Sam Spade, detection involves the development of beastly characteristics. Comparably, the criminal is often imagined as the animal in human form, a sign of the descent back down the evolutionary ladder towards a savage state the founder of criminology Cesare Lombroso identified as ‘criminal atavism’. Though often described as an essentially conservative form, the best examples of detective fiction unsettle rigid binarisms to intersect with developing concerns in animal studies: animal agency, the complexities of human/animal interaction, the politics and literary aesthetics of animal violence and victimhood, animal metaphor and the intricate ideological work of ‘animality’. This volume will be the first to engage thoroughly with the manifold animal lives in this enduringly popular and continually morphing literary form. We are interested in essays that investigate the portrayal of animals in the detective fiction of any period and any region. It is anticipated that the volume will include essays that explore the genre’s most celebrated figures (Poe, Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Raymond Chandler, Georges Simenon, Hammett, Walter Mosley etc), alongside less well-known authors. We particularly welcome essays which combine questions of genre with attention to broader ethical and political concerns regarding the representation of animals, encompassing relevant theoretical developments in, for example, animal studies, posthumanism and ecocriticism. The volume is intended to form part of Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature, edited by Susan McHugh, Robert McKay and John Miller ( Please email abstracts of no more than 300 words along with a short biographical statement to Ruth Hawthorn ( and John Miller ( by March 31, 2017.

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