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HAS Newsletter May 2016

ASI News

ASI and our partners at the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy are proud to announce that the University of Athens (Greece) has been chosen for our International Development Project this year. Through financial and consultative support from ASI and HSI, the project will create a graduate program in human-animal studies at the University. In the words of Dr. Evangelos D. Protopapadakis in the Department of Philosophy, “Our ambition is not just to establish one more postgraduate program, but also to turn the tables in Greek society with regard to awareness and concern for animals.”

The Animals & Society Institute (ASI) and Wesleyan Animal Studies (WAS) invite applications for the fourth annual undergraduate prize competition for undergraduate students pursuing research in Human-Animal Studies. ASI and WAS will award a prize to an outstanding, original theoretical or empirical scholarly work that advances the field of human-animal studies. Papers can come from any undergraduate discipline in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences, and must be between 4,000-7,000 words long, including abstract and references. The winning paper will be published in Society & Animals, an interdisciplinary journal that publishes articles describing and analyzing experiences of and with non-human animals. Visit this link to find out more.

Our own Lisa Lunghofer will be speaking next week at the Animal-Assisted Interventions conference in Prague. On Sunday, May 15, she will be giving two talks. At 8:30, her talk will be titled “Pairing Veterans and Shelter Dogs: Comparison of 2 Program Models.” The number of animal-assisted programs that pair veterans with shelter dogs is growing. Yet there is great variability in program models and little information on effectiveness. Program goals vary and may include helping veterans to re-enter civilian life, develop job skills, reduce PTSD symptoms, and gain social support. This presentation will outline the findings from evaluations of two different types of programs that pair veterans and shelter dogs.  And at 11:35, she will be giving a talk titled “Got Outcomes?” The success of animal-assisted programs depends on providers’ ability to clearly articulate program elements, implement programs as designed, and track outcomes to ensure the program delivers intended results. Participants will learn how to use a variety of tools (logic models, fidelity assessments, performance indicators) to develop, implement, and assess programs. We will also discuss the importance of measuring program fidelity, including providing real-world examples of ways to assess whether programs are being delivered as intended. Throughout the session, participants will be encouraged to provide examples from their own work. To find out more, visit

We are looking to publish quotes and case studies from recent human-animal studies/anthrozoology graduates. If you are, or know, a recent graduate in any human-animal studies/anthrozoology/animal studies program (bachelors, minor, or graduate), please email In particular, I’d love to know what kinds of skills you received from your degree, what kind of job you have gotten, and how you find out about the program in the first place. Anything else that you could tell us would be terrific!

HAS News

Harvard’s Summer School will offer “Animal Studies–An Introduction” as an online course. Registration information can be accessed at The deadline for registration is May 16. If you would like a copy of the course syllabus, please write Paul Waldau at

The next Minding Animals conference will be held from January 17-24, 2018, at the Centro de Exposiciones de la UNAM (UNAM Conference Centre) at the Mexican National University in Ciudad de México (UNAM). The conference will be jointly hosted by the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, located in Morelia, and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) located in the southern suburbs of México City. The conference co-organisers are Ana Cristina Ramírez Barreto from Morelia and Beatriz Vanda from the Universitario de Bioética at UNAM.

The NIH is offering two grants for those working with animal assisted interventions. Find out more here and here.

The University of Aberdeen invites PhD researchers to develop a project on some socio-political aspect of human-nonhuman relations, drawing on the philosophy of Spinoza as well as recent continental philosophy of political affect and animal studies. The purpose of the project is to investigate a specific problem in our thinking about human relations to nonhuman animals, at the microphysical, somatic, and/or social levels. Examples of suitable topics might include: the political power of viruses; the affective dimension of animal labour; nonhuman animals’ status in political communities. The project will be expected to engage with Spinoza’s philosophy of bodies, affects, and animals, as well as with relevant continental philosophy (which might include Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Manuel deLanda, Rosi Braidotti, John Protevi, Jane Bennett, Donna Haraway, Wahida Khandker, and other thinkers of political affect and nonhuman animals). For details visit this link.

Carrie Packwood Freeman’s book Framing Farming: Communication Strategies for Animal Rights  just qualified as a finalist in the “social/political change” category of the National Indie Excellence Book Awards for 2016.  Congratulations, Carrie!

Have you seen the new “What is it about Animals” project? The project organizers are collecting photos and other contributions that tell them about the meanings people make of their relationships with animals.

Do you work with animals?  Please participate in this online research project being conducted by Bethanie A. Poe, a student at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work.  Your answers will help researchers to better understand the types of situations people who work with animals encounter while in the field. All survey responses are anonymous. This survey should take less than 30 minutes to complete. If you have questions regarding this research project, please contact Bethanie Poe. To complete the survey, please visit this link.

The Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Pratt Institute invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Environmental Ethics. The start date for the new position is August 22, 2016. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a core area of the social sciences, history, philosophy or psychology. While disciplinary area is open, the successful applicant will be well-versed in the main issues of sustainability studies and contemporary environmental concern (such as, but not limited to, resource extraction, climate refugees, and/or the global commons). Preference will be given to applicants who can offer courses that connect environmental ethics to one or more of the following areas of study: Critical Geography, Critical Race Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and Sexuality and Gender Studies. Find out more here.

A joint professorship in the field of psychology to research the human-animal relationship is announced at the Messerli Research Institute of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, the Medical University of Vienna and the University of Vienna. This joint professorship between the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna (50%) and the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Vienna (50%) is supported by and assigned to the Messerli Research Institute. It is expected for this professorship to result in contributions (in both the basic and applied areas) to a nuanced understanding of the psychology of human-animal interactions. The research methodology used should be empirical. The research profile of the candidate should be based in any area of psychology, and the candidate should possess an interest in developing an orientation towards the juncture of psychology with other disciplines such as neuro-cognitive science, cultural and social science, or medicine. Applications are due in electronic form (preferably pdf) in English or German at the latest by July 31. Please visit this link.

The 300-acre Camp Muse at Shin Pond, Maine, is the site of a Summer Retreat Program for writers, scholars, artists, educators, and other cultural producers and knowledge workers focusing on animals and/or their humane treatment, and/or on environmental trends or threats relevant to animals and their well-being (habitat loss, climate change, land conservation, environmental degradation, inter alia).  The program, operated by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), invites all interested parties to apply for a residency at the property, which is open between July 1 and October 3, 2016. Camp Muse, a wooded retreat at the edge of a pristine and peaceful pond just ten miles from the northern entrance to Baxter State Park, offers an idyllic atmosphere for research, contemplation, writing, and other creative work.

Michigan State University is seeking a Coordinator of Veterinary Social Services. Find out more here.

The Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin (HAIB), is currently seeking to expand its reviewer base. HAIB is an open-access, peer-reviewed publication of the American Psychological Association’s Section on Human-Animal Interaction. More information on HAIB is available here.  If you would be interested in reviewing occasional manuscripts for HAIB, please drop a line to editor Lori Kogan.


Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) announced recently an open call for proposals to investigate the impact of horses on humans. The Foundation’s broad research agenda includes basic research that will ultimately impact physical and mental health and quality of life for those engaged in equine-assisted activities/therapies (EAA/T). Research proposals requesting up to $100,000 are due on July 15. Information for potential applicants, including application materials, previously funded projects, review guidelines and more are available at this link. Researchers interested in finding local EAA/T programs for possible collaborations may contact the foundation office for assistance.

New Books

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

Farina, A., Brentari, C., Dow, K., Drenthen, M., Dufourcq, A., Gaitsch, P., … & Tokarski, M. (2016). Thinking about Animals in the Age of the Anthropocene. Rowman & Littlefield. The term “Anthropocene”, the era of mankind, is increasingly being used as a scientific designation for the current geological epoch. This is because the human species now dominates ecosystems worldwide, and affects nature in a way that rivals natural forces in magnitude and scale. Thinking about Animals in the Age of the Anthropocene presents a dozen chapters that address the role and place of animals in this epoch characterized by anthropogenic (human-made) environmental change. While some chapters describe our impact on the living conditions of animals, others question conventional ideas about human exceptionalism, and stress the complex cognitive and other abilities of animals. The Anthropocene idea forces us to rethink our relation to nature and to animals, and to critically reflect on our own role and place in the world, as a species. Nature is not what it was. Nor are the lives of animals as they used to be before mankind´s rise to global ecological prominence. Can we eventually learn to live with animals, rather than causing extinction and ecological mayhem?

Blazina, C., & Kogan, L. R. (2016.) Men and Their Dogs. Springer International Publishing. The healing power of the bond between men and dogs is explored in this unique book. Three important themes emerge: attachment, loss, and continued bonds with canine companions for males across the life span and from various contextual backgrounds. The contributors replace common assumptions with needed context pertaining to men’s emotions and relationships, starting with the impact of gender norms on attachment, and including robust data on how canine companionship may counter Western culture socialization. The chapters engage readers with details pertaining to ways in which dogs help men develop stable, caring relationships, process feelings, and cope with stress – within a variety of environments including home, school and treatment programs for veterans, prisoners, and youth. The book also address men’s loss of companion animals, and the need for building new ways of sustaining the memory and meaning of the bond in males’ lives, referred to as a “continuing bond.”  From these various vantage points,  therapeutic insights and relevant findings bring a new depth of understanding to this compelling topic.

Pierce, J. (2016). Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets. University of Chicago Press. A life shared with pets brings many emotions. We feel love for our companions, certainly, and happiness at the thought that we’re providing them with a safe, healthy life. But there’s another emotion, less often acknowledged, that can be nearly as powerful: guilt. When we see our cats gazing wistfully out the window, or watch a goldfish swim lazy circles in a bowl, we can’t help but wonder: are we doing the right thing, keeping these independent beings locked up, subject to our control? Is keeping pets actually good for the pets themselves? That’s the question that animates Jessica Pierce’s powerful Run, Spot, Run. A lover of pets herself (including, over the years, dogs, cats, fish, rats, hermit crabs, and more), Pierce understands the joys that pets bring us. But she also refuses to deny the ambiguous ethics at the heart of the relationship, and through a mix of personal stories, philosophical reflections, and scientifically informed analyses of animal behavior and natural history, she puts pet-keeping to the test.

Piotr Pregowski, M. and J. Wlodarczyk, (Eds.). 2016. Free Market Dogs: The Human-Canine Bond in Post-communist Poland. Purdue. What has changed in the last twenty-five years in the relationship of Poles with their dogs? How have the free market and capitalism influenced Poland and the human-canine bond there? Are dogs “property,” “friends,” or “members of the family” in post-communist Poland? Free Market Dogs, edited by Michał Piotr Pręgowski and Justyna Włodarczyk, examines the interactions and relationships of dogs and humans in contemporary Polish culture and society, and explores how Poland’s intense exposure to Western-and particularly American-cultural patterns influenced the status of dogs after restoration of democracy in 1989. Free Market Dogs was written by researchers and practitioners whose academic background includes sociology, anthropology, pedagogy, cultural studies, and literary studies, and whose practical experience involves either training dogs or working with them. Based on thorough research and personal expertise, this is a great book for anyone interested in human-canine relationships-and their similarities and differences-around the world.

Lockwood, A. (2016). The Pig in Thin Air: An Identification. Lantern Books. In this searingly honest account of how he came to terms with his destructive habits and changed his relationship with his own body, Alex Lockwood-writer, educator, and activist working in the fields of literature, creative writing, media, and the environment-critically explores the relationship of the body to animal activism. Looking at academic scholarship and animal advocacy organizations, Lockwood explores the dimensions of embodiment from his own body to those of the animals he bears witness to, from bodies of knowledge and those who place themselves in the way of the machinery of death, through to our physical efforts to make sense of a world where so much is desensitized, disembodied, and fragmented. In exploring different modes of activism throughout North America, The Pig in Thin Air asks how animal advocacy and environmental activism can best join forces to tackle these interconnected crises in such a way that we might develop deeper, more authentic compassionate relationships with all other animals, including ourselves.

Ahuja, N. (2016). Bioinsecurities: Disease Interventions, Empire, and the Government of Species. Duke University Press. In Bioinsecurities Neel Ahuja argues that U.S. imperial expansion has been shaped by the attempts of health and military officials to control the interactions of humans, animals, viruses, and bacteria at the borders of U.S. influence, a phenomenon called the government of species. The book explores efforts to control the spread of Hansen’s disease, venereal disease, polio, smallpox, and HIV through interventions linking the continental United States to Hawai’i, Panamá, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Congo, Iraq, and India in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Ahuja argues that racial fears of contagion helped to produce public optimism concerning state uses of pharmaceuticals, medical experimentation, military intervention, and incarceration to regulate the immune capacities of the body. In the process, the security state made the biological structures of human and animal populations into sites of struggle in the politics of empire, unleashing new patient activisms and forms of resistance to medical and military authority across the increasingly global sphere of U.S. influence.

(All summaries taken from publishers’ websites.)

New Research


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

Bailey, S. K., Sims, V. K., & Chin, M. G. (2016). Predictors of Views about Punishing Animal Abuse. Anthrozoös, 29(1), 21-33.

Barker, S. B., Barker, R. T., McCain, N. L., & Schubert, C. M. (2016). A Randomized Cross-over Exploratory Study of the Effect of Visiting Therapy Dogs on College Student Stress Before Final Exams. Anthrozoös, 29(1), 35-46.

Brown, C. M., Hengy, S. M., & McConnell, A. R. (2016). Thinking about Cats or Dogs Provides Relief from Social Rejection. Anthrozoös, 29(1), 47-58.

Englar, R. E., Williams, M., & Weingand, K. (2016). Applicability of the Calgary-Cambridge Guide to Dog and Cat Owners for Teaching Veterinary Clinical Communications. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 1-27.

Fox, R., & Gee, N. R. (2016). Changing Conceptions of Care. Society & Animals, 24(2), 107-128.

Fukuda, K. (2016). The Morality of Livestock Farming. Society & Animals, 24(1), 17-33.

Gerber, M. (2016). Quality of life of tertiary students and their attachment to a companion animal.

Hall, N. J., Liu, J., Kertes, D., & Wynne, C. D. (2016). Behavioral and Self-report Measures Influencing Children’s Reported Attachment to Their Dog. Anthrozoös, 29(1), 137-150.

Jackson, L. M., & Gibbings, A. (2016). Social Dominance and Legitimizing Myths about Animal Use. Anthrozoös, 29(1), 151-160.

Jipson, J. L., Gülgöz, S., & Gelman, S. A. (2016). Parent-child conversations regarding the ontological status of a robotic dog. Cognitive Development, 39, 21-35.

Lem, M., Coe, J. B., Haley, D. B., Stone, E., & O’Grady, W. (2016). The Protective Association between Pet Ownership and Depression among Street-involved Youth: A Cross-sectional Study. Anthrozoös, 29(1), 123-136.

Lenihan, D., McCobb, E., Diurba, A., Linder, D., & Freeman, L. (2016). Measuring the Effects of Reading Assistance Dogs on Reading Ability and Attitudes in Elementary Schoolchildren. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 30(2), 252-259.

Lopes-Fernandes, M., Soares, F., Frazão-Moreira, A., & Queiroz, A. I. (2016). Living with the Beast: Wolves and Humans through Portuguese Literature. Anthrozoös, 29(1), 5-20.

Lund, T. B., McKeegan, D. E., Cribbin, C., & Sandøe, P. (2016). Animal Ethics Profiling of Vegetarians, Vegans and Meat-Eaters. Anthrozoös, 29(1), 89-106.

Martens, P., Enders-Slegers, M. J., & Walker, J. K. (2016). The Emotional Lives of Companion Animals: Attachment and Subjective Claims by Owners of Cats and Dogs. Anthrozoös, 29(1), 73-88.

Mills, B. (2016). ‘If this was a human…’Pets, vets and medicine. Critical Studies in Television: The International Journal of Television Studies, 1749602016642935.

Parfitte, C. and E. Alleyne. (2016). Taking it out on the Dog. Society & Animals, 24(1), 1-16.

Philip, J., & Garden, D. (2016). Walking the Thylacine. Society & Animals, 24(1), 34-62.

Schneider, M. S., & Harley, L. P. (2016). The Impact of Therapeutic Riding for People with Disabilities on Variables Related to Mental Health. Anthrozoös, 29(1), 59-72.

Svanberg, I., & Arluke, A. (2016). The Swedish Swan Lady. Society & Animals, 24(1), 63-77.

Thodberg, K., Sørensen, L. U., Videbech, P. B., Poulsen, P. H., Houbak, B., Damgaard, V., … & Christensen, J. W. (2016). Behavioral Responses of Nursing Home Residents to Visits From a Person with a Dog, a Robot Seal or aToy Cat. Anthrozoös, 29(1), 107-121.

Vitztum, C., & Urbanik, J. (2016). Assessing the Dog: A Theoretical Analysis of the Companion Animal’s Actions in Human-Animal Interactions. Society & Animals, 24(2), 172-185.


Antennae Issue 35: ‘Responsible Futures?’ is now online. This issue of Antennae, and the next which will follow, gathers the work of scholars and artists committed to rethink our relationship with what once we called the environment. In different ways and through different lenses, they all explore the ambiguities, contradictions, and blind spots that have characterized previous discourses in order to identify new productivities. Thus, the content of this issue raises questions about intentionality in artistic production; it presents the emergence of new aesthetics that challenge traditional object/subject relationships; it troubles environmental rhetoric for the purpose of engaging with irreducible materialities; and it questions the real potentiality art bears in the development of these new discursive formations.

The centrality of animals to the history of film, and the particular powers and properties of the animal image on film require no introduction. For this issue of Antennae entirely dedicated to this subject we welcome proposals of all kinds but would be particularly interested in the following: the role of animals in contemporary and avant-garde film; the perspectives of artists/filmmakers and why they choose animal subject matter (whether centrally or peripherally); how filmmakers conceive of animals both symbolically and in relation to the technical questions they pose (and indeed the extent to which these two are interrelated); different kinds of filmmaking, whether amateur or professional, that work on the cusp between art and science, or art and politics. We would also very much welcome any contributions about or from non-Anglophone contexts, as well as comments on important and as yet untranslated texts such as Raymond Bellour’s Le Corps du Cinéma, for example. It is intended to build up from this an overview of the role of the animal film-image in recent years and to ask whether the proliferation of the literature of animals and culture in the last two decades has had an influence on animal representation in the moving image. Deadline for abstracts: July1. Academic essays = length 6000-10000 words (Please submit a 350 words abstract in the first instance) Artists’ portfolio = 5/6 images along with 1000 words max statement/commentary Interviews = maximum length 8000 words Fiction = maximum length 8000 words email submissions at  

Canadian Slavonic Papers will be hosting a special issue titled Animals in Eastern Europe and Russia. Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes invites contributions to a special issue that focuses on human-animal interactions, broadly conceived, in Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, Russia, the Soviet Union, the former Soviet Union, and the post-Soviet republics. We invite articles from a range of disciplines that explore the place of animals in the history, culture, and socio-political life of the region during any time period. Possible subjects include (but are not limited to): animals in war; animal welfare movements; hunting; zoos; pets and pet-keeping; animal celebrities; animal biographies; wildlife and wildlife management; animals and the environment; animals and food production; religion and animals; circus animals; taxidermy; the use of animals in scientific research; animals and disease; animals and animal symbolism in literature and art; animals and the law (including European Union legislation); working animals; and animals under Communism. The issue aims to be multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. Manuscripts may be in English or French.  Please consult the journal’s website for submission and style guidelines. Expression of intent to submit: June 30.

Animals is hosting a special issue titled Applied Ethology and Welfare of Animals, guest edited by Rachel A. Grant from Hartpury. This Special Issue aims to bring together a body of work on ethology and the welfare of animals. The Special Issue invites submissions covering animal behavior and welfare generally, but particularly relating to the management of captive or domestic species. Submissions in all areas of pure and applied ethology and the welfare of animals will be considered. Submissions in the form of original articles, critical reviews, or short communications are welcome. The submission deadline is September 30. Find out more here.


The editors invite submissions for the second issue of Pakistan Journal of Historical Studies (Vol. 1, No. 2, July-December 2016), a peer-reviewed, semi-annual research journal published by Indiana University Press (Bloomington, IN, USA). The theme for this issue is “Emotions, Humans and Animals.” The editors are interested in articles that explore the emotional relationships between humans and animals in any region and period. The issue is concerned with but not limited to the study of emotions reflected in social and cultural construction of animals in human societies; the use of animal signs for characterising human experiences and metaphysical and religious ideas; the association and disassociation of humans with animals in agrarian and industrialised societies; and innovative theoretical and methodological approaches for studying the emotions involved in human-animal relationships. They are also interested in works exploring the post-humanist approaches which historicize the emotional behaviour among animals by moving beyond constructionism. June 1 is the deadline for submitting research articles, review articles and book reviews. For more information and queries, send an email to (and cc to; To submit a manuscript for consideration, an account with the journal is required. Please use the following link for registering an account or log-in to your existing account and then click the ‘new submission’ link:

Upcoming Meetings

Animal Agency: Language, Politics, Culture. May 12-13. University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Literature’s Animals: Postgraduate Conference. May 18, University of Bristol. Contact for more information.

Smelling. May 20-21,  University of Strathclyde.

Animals under Capitalism: Art and Politics. 25,  University of Bristol.

The Ideal Animal – How Images of Animals and Animals Were Created. June 2-3, University of Kassel. Please contact and for further information.

Companion Animal Nutrition ConferenceJune 3, Moulton College, Northamptonshire, UK.


Conference on Ethical theories and the animal issue: between science and philosophy. June 16-17, University of Milan. For more information, contact

Decolonizing Critical Animal Studies, Cripping Critical Animal Studies. June 21-23, the University of Alberta, Canada.

Minding Animals Germany: Symposium #3. June 24-26, Lesecafé Anständig essen e.V., Hauptstr. 55, 91054 Erlangen

Persons as Animals: Understanding the Animal Bases of Agency, Perceptual Knowledge and Thought. July 6-7, Weetwood Hall, Leeds.

International Society for Anthrozoology conference. July 7-11, Barcelona, Spain.

Animaladies. July 11-12, University of Sydney, Australia.

5th World Lagomorph Conference. July 11-15, California State University, Stanislaus.

Too Cute to Kill? From the Depiction of Animals in Children’s Literature to the Framing of Government Policy by Adults. July 21-22. School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey.

4th International Animal Welfare Symposium, Zoos and Aquariums as Welfare Centers: Applied Ethical Dimensions of Care and Conservation. August 12-13, Royal Oak, Michigan.

Asian Elephants in Culture and Nature. August 20-21, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.

First International Conference on Human Behaviour Change for Animal Welfare. September 19-21., Dorking, Surrey, UK.

Making Sense of the Animal – Human Bond and Relationship(s):  3rd Global Meeting. September 19-21,  Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program: The Animal Welfare Act at Fifty. September 22-25, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA. Please direct any questions to

First International Conference on Human Behaviour Change for Animal Welfare. September 19-21., Dorking, Surrey, UK.

Human and Animal Representations. September 28-30, University of Verona.

SOAS Mule and Donkey Conference. October 8-9, School of Oriental and African Studies. Russell Square, London. To find out more, email

Animal Politics: Justice, Power and the State. November 11-13, Leusden, The Netherlands

2016 Symposium On Multidisciplinary Research In Effective Animal Advocacy. November 12-13, Princeton University.

ACI2016: Third International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction. November 16-17, Milton Keynes, UK.

Animal encounters: human-animal-contacts in the arts, literature, culture, and the sciences. November 25-27, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Department for German and Comparative Studies. For information, email

Calls for Papers: Conferences

 2016 Symposium On Multidisciplinary Research In Effective Animal Advocacy. November 12-13, Princeton University. This call for abstracts is addressed to researchers, faculty and graduate students engaged in research that has the potential to benefit animals and/or the animal advocacy movement. Post-graduate students, doctoral candidates and young researchers are welcome to submit an abstract, as are representatives of NGOs. Audience members will be researchers, faculty and graduate students as well as representatives of NGOs who are looking to gain information on current research, gather ideas for new research endeavors, and collaborate on current or future projects. Renowned philosopher and Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics Peter Singer will give a keynote address. Deadline for abstract submission: June 30.

Call for Papers for the Fifth International SOAS Mule And Donkey Conference. October 8-9. School of Oriental and African Studies [SOAS], Russell Square, London. Papers and audio-visual presentations are invited on all matters pertaining to the history and culture of donkey and mule usage worldwide, in all  regions and in all periods of history. Proposals should be sent by e-mail to the conference organizer  Proposals should include: (a) Title of paper; (b) Name and institution (if any) of proposer;  (c) Abstract of proposed paper [Maximum 200 words]; (d) Brief CV of proposer of paper [Maximum 100 words]. Deadline: May 15.   The Detroit Zoological Society’s Center for Zoo Animal Welfare announces the 4th International Animal Welfare Symposium, Zoos and Aquariums as Welfare Centers: Applied Ethical Dimensions of Care and Conservation , August 12-13, 2016, to take place in Royal Oak, Michigan.  Zoos and aquariums (henceforth zoos) play important roles in the conservation of species. They must also be centers of animal welfare that focus on individuals. Within a complex framework that includes and balances sometimes conflicting priorities for individuals (welfare) and for populations (conservation), there is a need for strong guiding principles and applied ethics.  The 2016 symposium will include presentations and panels focusing on the applied ethical dimensions of challenges facing zoos including acquisition and transfer policies, culling for population management, consideration of and management for the 24-hour lives of animals, feeder animal policies, pest animal policies, animal transport practices, species selection, animal presentations, ambassador animals, wild animal acquisitions, returning animals to the wild, and animal welfare and wildlife conservation research. This symposium is targeted at experts in animal care, animal welfare, animal ethics, animal law, wildlife conservation, and animal protection. The goal is to create a strong ethical foundation based on values and principles that further advance the fields of zoo animal welfare and conservation science and policy. Presentation abstracts will be accepted until May 23.

ACI2016: Third International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction. November 16-17, Milton Keynes, UK. In recent years an increasing body of work from within the interaction design community has been shaping the emerging field of Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI), with a focus on: 1) studying the interaction between animals and technology in naturalistic settings, around specific animal activities or interspecies relations; 2) developing user-centered technology that can improve animals’ welfare and support animals in their activities; 3) informing user-centered approaches to the design of technology intended for animals, by systematically exploring, adapting and evaluating theoretical and methodological frameworks and protocols derived from both interaction design and animal science. Building on a series of ACI events (SIG meeting at CHI2012, workshops at NordiCHI2014 and BHCI2015, symposia at AISB2014 and MB2016, 1st and 2nd congress at ACE2014 and ACE2015) to advance this area of research and practice, and to support the emergence of ACI as an academic discipline, ACI2016 will be held for the first time as an independent conference and will take place at The Open University (OU), which is home to the OU’s Animal-Computer Interaction Lab. The organizers welcome contributions originating from any discipline related to ACI, and describing work within diverse contexts.

Calls for Papers: Books

Dogs -once you start looking for them – appear pervasively in the literatures of Southern Africa. Sometimes they are central characters (as in Jock of the Bushveld). Most often they appear peripherally or incidentally – pet dogs, feral dogs, guard dogs, wild dogs, companion dogs – tangential but apparently necessary. What are they doing there? The editors of this volume, and organizers of the 2017 Dogs Conference, invite the submission of papers for a book collection, in conjunction with a conference. While the book is envisaged as an exploration primarily of literary representations of dogs, the colloquium hopes to open up more interdisciplinary spaces as well, including the visual arts. We hope in this way to attract in-depth essays on dogs in a wide range of genres (by ‘literary’ we include, amongst others, travel accounts, memoirs, diaries, historical material, magazine journalism, even training manuals), and from a wide range of disciplinary and theoretical approaches (historical, anthropological, psychological etc.). While J M Coetzee’s treatment of dogs (and animal issues generally) and Marlene van Niekerk’s remarkable dogs in Triomf are of obvious importance, we hope to elicit explorations of neglected periods, spheres, cultures and regions of dog-presence, from earliest days to the present, throughout South Africa and neighbouring states.  It is envisaged that a selection of papers from the conference would be considered for the book project, but contributors may wish to propose book chapters without necessarily attending the conference. The conference will take place on 11-12 April 2017 on the campus of the Stellenbosch University at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study. Abstracts should reach Sam Naidu, Dan Wylie, Joan-Mari Barendse and Andries Visagie by November 30 at the conference e-mail address.

Chapter proposals are invited for a new interdisciplinary and transnational volume focusing on the social and cultural contexts of vegetarianism throughout history. This volume will represent the first scholarly collection of essays that critically considers vegetarianism as both a worldwide phenomena and an aspect of the longue durée of history, and seeks to explain vegetarianism as a global, social, and historical continuity. Taken as a whole, the essays will provide an answer as to how and why vegetarianism has been a constant throughout human history despite continuous social challenges. Tentatively titled, The Vegetarians’ Dilemma: Re-Thinking Food Choice Throughout Time, the book is already under an advance contract with the University of Arkansas Press as part of its Food and Foodways Series. The volume will include approximately twelve essays that should attempt to answer questions, such as: What motivated individuals to abstain from flesh foods? How did society respond? What ideas or movements did this dietary choice connect with? And what impact did these movements have on society-at-large? Please send along a 300-500 word abstract of your proposed essay, along with a brief CV to Adam Shprintzen by May 30.

Ashland Creek Press is currently accepting nonfiction submissions for a new anthology, Writing for Animals: An anthology for writers and instructors to educate and inspire. From Franz Kafka’s Report to the Academy to Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are Completely Beside Ourselves, animals have played a central role in literature. Increasingly, writers are playing a central role in advancing awareness of animal issues through the written word. And yet little has been written about the process of writing about animals-from crafting point of view to voice. Writers who hope to raise awareness face many questions and choices in their work, from how to educate without being didactic to how to develop animals as characters for an audience that still views them as ingredients. We hope to address these issues and more with a new collection of articles, by writers and for writers-but most of all, for the animals. We seek articles from authors and educators about the process of writing about animals in literature.* Our focus is on including a mix of instructional and inspirational articles to help readers not only improve their work but be inspired to keep at it. Articles may be previously published and should not exceed 10,000 words.*Please note that this is collection of instructional articles about the craft of writing. We will not be publishing animal stories or personal essays, only articles that deal specifically with the art and craft of writing about animals.For all submissions, please include (in a single document) the entire essay and an author bio listing all publishing credits, awards, and experience. Include a valid e-mail address, mailing address, and phone number. To find out how to submit, visit this link.

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