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.

Season 2 (2019)

Theory of Mind by Alexandra Horowitz, Adjunct Associate Professor, Psychology Department, Barnard College

Anthropocentrism by Helen Kopnina, Assistant Professor, Sustainable Business, The Hague University

The Animal Turn by Harriet Ritvo, Professor of History, MIT

The Link by Lisa Lunghofer, Human-Animal Programs Director, Animals & Society Institute

Rewilding by Jamie Lorimer, Associate Professor of Human Geography, University of Oxford

Zoopoetics by Aaron Moe, Assistant Professor, English, St. Mary’s College

Humane Education by Zoe Weil, CoFounder and President of the Institute for Humane Education

Hierarchy by Alex Parrish, Associate Professor, School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication, James Madison University

Biosemiotics by Alison Sealey, Professor of Applied Linguistics, Lancaster University

Animal Geography by Julie Urbanik, Independent Scholar and Legal Consultant

Zoocentrism by Alison Hanlon, School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin

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

Critical Animal Studies by Vasile Stanescu, Assistant Professor  & Director, Program in Speech and Debate,  Department of Communication Studies & Theatre, Mercer University

Ecofeminism by Greta Gaard, Professor of English and Coordinator, Sustainability Faculty Fellows and The Sustainable Justice Minor, University of Wisconsin, River Falls

Animal-Assisted Therapy by Cynthia Chandler, Program Director, The Consortium for Animal Assisted Therapy at the University of North Texas

Season 1 (2018)

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

Season 3 (POSTPONED)

Multi-Species Ethnography by Lindsay Hamilton, Senior Lecturer in Management at York University Management School


Vegan Studies by Richard Twine, Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences and Co-Director of the Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAS) at Edge Hill University


Urban Animals by Tora Holmberg, Associate Professor in Sociology, Uppsala University


Animality  by Michael Lundblad, Professor of American Literature at the University of Oslo


Animism by Daniel Capper, Professor in Religion, University of Southern Mississippi


Cultural Animal Studies by Frederike Middelhoff, Post-Doc in the DFG Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Hamburg 


Animal Horror by Katarina Gregersdotter, Associate Professor in English Literature at the Department of Language Studies, Umeå University, Sweden


Compassion Fatigue by Charles Figley, Paul Henry Kurzweg, MD Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health and Director of the Tulane University Traumatology Institute, and School of Social Work Professor


Phenomenology by Ralph Acampora, Associate Professor, Philosophy Department, Hofstra University


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