We are excited to announce that ASI has begun a partnership with the Culture and Animals Foundation to help support their research grants, which are awarded to scholars and artists whose work helps to build a deeper understanding of human–animal relationships and a greater respect for animal rights.
We are especially excited to announce the first grant winner in this new partnership!
Wlodzimierz Gogloza is Assistant Professor of Law at the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland. He received a grant to publish a paper that explores what the animal rights movement can learn from the anti-slavery abolitionism of the nineteenth century. He writes:
Members of contemporary social movements often look for inspiration in the past, seeking examples of successful campaigns and interventions, which can inform their own approach to proper strategy and tactics. This is also true with regard to the animal rights movement where a large number of activists tend to look for parallels between their strategies and the strategy of the nineteenth century American anti-slavery abolitionists such as William Lloyd Garrison and his supporters. References to the Garrisonian abolitionists can be found in the writings of such well-known authors and animal rights activists as Gary L. Francione, Tom Regan, Corey Lee Wrenn and Steven Best. The grant I’m seeking will enable me to publish a paper explaining that most of the supposed affinities between “the abolition then and now” – to quote the title of one popular paper by Corey Lee Wrenn – are false and based on a superficial understanding of the original abolitionist movement and the social and political reality from which it emerged. At the same time, however, I will attempt to prove that the modern animal rights movement can indeed learn a lot from the Garrisonian Abolitionists and their intra-movement debates.
Congratulations to Dr. Gogloza! We look forward to reading his final paper!