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  • Animal
  • Animal Studies Journal
    • The new online scholarly journal of the Australian Animal Studies Group, provides a forum for current research in human-animal Studies. ASJ publishes international cross-disciplinary content with a particular, but not exclusive, interest in Australian, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific scholarship. The journal, which is published twice yearly, is fully refereed (double-blind peer reviewed) and open access. ASJ publishes inquiring and critical academic work by both new and established scholars whose work focuses on animals and human relationships with other animals. The journal aims to be a leading international forum for the dissemination and discussion of animal studies research and creative work.
    • Submission requirements
  • Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture
    • Over its first two years of activity, Antennae has become an influential resource of academic relevance within the fast growing field of animal and environmental studies, acting as receiver and amplifier of relevant topics, as expressed by the connections between the subject of nature and the multidisciplinary field of visual culture.
    • Submission requirements
  • Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the Interactions of People and Animals
    • Anthrozoös is a quarterly, peer-reviewed publication whose focus is to report the results of studies, from a wide array of disciplines, on the interactions of people and animals. Academic disciplines represented include anthropology, archaeozoology, art and literature, education, ethology, history, human medicine, psychology, sociology and veterinary medicine.
    • Submission requirements
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Ethics and the Environment
  • Humanimalia: A Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies
    • The study of human/animal relationships is connected to questions ranging from postcolonial politics (land struggles among Western “animal tourists,” indigenous people in underdeveloped areas, and the endangered species), through philosophy (acknowledging how “the animal” has functioned as the other to “the human,” both historically malleable and politically charged categories), to the study of art and literature (examining how the animal image expresses cultural assumptions). As editors of Humanimalia, we believe there is a need for a journal that brings together scholarship on these questions from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives, and creates opportunities for further exchanges of ideas. We believe also that our knowledge about the intricate relationships among human and non-human animals should not be rigidly restricted to established conventions of scholarly study and polemical argument, conventions that in their exclusive claims to validity have contributed to the objectification of relationships in which human observers are profoundly implicated.
    • Submission requirements
  • Human Ecology Review
    • Human Ecology Review (ISSN 1074-4827) is a refereed journal published twice a year by the Society for Human Ecology. The Journal publishes peer-reviewed research and theory on the interaction between humans and the environment and other links between culture and nature (Research in Human Ecology), essays and applications relevant to human ecology (Human Ecology Forum), book reviews (Contemporary Human Ecology), and relevant commentary, announcements, and awards (Human Ecology Bulletin).
    • Submission requirements
  • Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin
    • Announcing the new open access, online, peer-reviewed Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin(HAIB), devoted to the dissemination of research in the field of the interaction between non-human animals and their human counterparts. The mission of the Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin  is to bring together researchers, academicians, clinicians/practitioners, and scholarly students working in different areas for the advancement of the human-animal interaction field.
    • Submission requirements
  • Journal of Animal Ethics
  • Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences
    • The Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences offers a venue where relevant interdisciplinary research, practice and public policies can be recognized and evaluated. Increasingly, environmental studies integrate many different scientific and professional disciplines. Thus the journal seeks to set a rigorous, credible standard for specifically interdisciplinary environmental research. The Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences is the official publication of the newly formed Association of Environmental Sciences and Studies (AESS).
    • Submission requirements
  • Organization and Environment
  • Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism
    • Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism is a peer-refereed open access journal of trans-anthropocentric ethics and related inquires. The main aim of the journal is to create a professional interdisciplinary forum in Europe to discuss moral and scientific issues that concern the increasing need of going beyond narrow anthropocentric paradigms in all fields of knowledge. The journal accepts submissions on all topics which promote European research adopting a non-anthropocentric ethical perspective on both interspecific and intraspecific relationships between all life species – humans included – and between these and the abiotic environment. 
    • Submission requirements
  • Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies
    • Since 1993 and in conjunction with the internationally recognized Brill, ASI produces Society & Animals, published six times per year and containing peer reviewed studies concerning nonhuman animals from psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science and other social sciences and history, literary criticism, and other disciplines of the humanities. Recent articles suggest the scope of the journal: Dolphins in Popular Literature and Media; More than a Furry Companion: The Ripple Effect of Companion Animals on Neighborhood Interactions and Sense of Community; and An Investigation into the Association between the Witnessing of Animal Abuse and Adolescents' Behavior toward Animals.
    • Submission requirements

Special Editions

  • Call for Papers: Childhood and Pethood: Representation, Subjectivity, and the Cultural Politics of Power
    • This collection of essays will investigate the political implications of understanding pets as children and children as pets, specifically in the ideological construction of both as subordinate to and dependent on adults, and examine the cultural connections between domesticated animals and children. We further aim to use the frequent social and cultural alignment between children and pets as an opportunity to analyze institutions that create pet and child subjectivity, from education and training to putting children and pets on display and using them for entertainment purposes. Current constructions of childhood and pethood have developed alongside the emergence of the modern nation-state, relegating children and pets to marginalized spaces in contemporary Western society.  In what ways, then, have the modern concepts of “the child” and “the pet” emerged together, and how have these concepts been linked to the project of nation-building?  How much institutionalized power should adults have over children and domesticated animals, and how is their lack of rights justified rhetorically?  How does understanding pets as children illuminate unequal power relations, and what do such relations look like?  What kinds of connections between childhood and pethood do we see historically and today, and what are their implications? We will  draw on recent work in childhood studies, animal studies, and cultural studies to examine how together these disciplines can productively interrogate the cultural politics of power over subjects society collectively views as needing to be trained and schooled  in order to become “proper” members of society and the nation.  We hope to gather a diverse range of essays that examine cultural and historical constructions and alignments of the child and the pet, theoretical understandings of childhood and pethood, and literary representations of children and pets.
    • Please submit an abstract (up to 500 words) to Anna Feuerstein and Carmen Nolte-Odhiambo. The deadline for abstracts is November 1, 2014. The deadline for full essays is July 1, 2015.
  • Call for Papers: Animalia: An Anthrozoology Graduate Journal
    • We, the staff of Animalia: An Anthrozoology Graduate Journal, a publication of the Canisius College Master of Science in Anthrozoology program, cordially invite you to submit your work for possible inclusion in the first edition of our online journal. We are accepting the following types of work at the current time: scholarly papers, short editorials, media reviews, and creative pieces.
    • Please visit our website in order to submit your manuscript. The deadline for submissions for the first edition is August 22, 2014 at 11 p.m. PST.
  • Call for Papers: Animals in Human Society: Amazing Creatures that Share our Planet
    • Daniel Moorehead has issued a call for papers for a book on Animals in Human Society: Amazing Creatures that Share our Planet (title subject to change), which he will edit. Topics would include but not limited to animals in culture, animals and the afterlife, animal ethics, animals as property, animal rights, animal welfare, animal rights activism, animal-assisted therapy, animal consciousness, animal cruelty and human violence, animals in the entertainment industries, art and animals, bloodsports, animal industries, companion animals, domestication, endangered species, factory farming, fishing, grief and loss of animals, humane education, law and animals, political perspectives on human-animal relations, racism and animal rights, religion and human-animal relations, representations of animals in literature, sentience and animal protection, scholarship and advocacy, speciesism, urban wildlife, vegetarianism and veganism, vivisection, war and animals, wildlife, and zoos. The approximate date of publication is spring 2015.
    • Please submit an abstract and brief bibliography to Dr. Daniel Moorehead. The deadline for abstracts is July 1, 2014. The deadline for full chapters is September 1, 2014.
  • Call for Papers: "Animals and Race," Special Issue of Humananimalia
    • Humanimalia invites submissions for a special issue on the theme of Animals and Race. Possible topics include: Race and animal activism; race, animals, and the law (dog fighting, puppy prison programs, etc.); race, animal rights, and welfare organizations (racial makeup of organizations, etc.); race and food production (black religious traditions of veganism, slaughterhouses and race, etc.); race, nationality, and animal rights (e.g., The Cove: Faroe Islands versus Taiji, Japan; the “barbaric sadism” of the other; the Barceloneta pet massacre in Puerto Rico, etc.); narratives of race and animality; parallels in analyzing structures of oppression (problems of analogies to slavery and Holocaust, etc.); race, masculinity, violence, and animals; representations of race and animals in the arts.
    • Submission requirements. Proposals longer than 500 words should be sent to Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., Managing Editor. Please include the following information in the proposal itself: your full name, your preferred mailing address, your email address, and your preferred telephone number. The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2014.

Conferences and Programs

  • Call for Papers: "Living with Animals: Interconnections" (Richmond, Kentucky; March 19-21, 2015)
    • “Living with Animals 2” is a reprise of the first “Living with Animals” conference that took place at Eastern Kentucky University in 2013. Eastern Kentucky University, located in Richmond just south of Lexington, “The Horse Capital of the World”, began offering the first undergraduate degree in Animal Studies in 2010. As our conference title suggests, we are planning to offer a Living with Animals conference every 2 years. In this second time around, we are hoping to retain the strong arts and humanities perspectives we enjoyed so much in the first conference, as well as including some more scientific and applied perspectives for general audiences. Consistent with the conference theme, we are looking for interconnections: not only between and across diverse humans and diverse animals, but also between and across disciplines. There will be continuity with the first Living with Animals conference. Artist and art historian Julia Schlosser, 2013’s co-organizer, will be having a display of her photographic work on pet-human interaction, and will also provide a keynote address about her work. We are planning to continue our Horse theme, but with a shorter half-day session selected and chaired by Dr. Gala Argent who organized the Horse session at the first conference. We also plan to devote time (breakout sessions and talks) to issues surrounding teaching the animal. Although topics will depend on the abstracts about teaching we receive, we plan to have a panel discussion about standardized curricula for Animal Studies/Anthrozoology programs— an offshoot of the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) conference in Vienna this summer. There are some new foci as well. Co-organizer Radhika Makecha is organizing sessions around conservation, human-animal conflict, and elephants, and co-organizer Michał Pręgowski is organizing sessions around dogs and dog-human interaction, including topics such as training, memorials, and shelter work.
    • Please submit an abstract (200 words) and CV (1 page) to Robert Mitchell, Radhika Makecha, and Michał Pręgowski. The deadline for abstracts is December 5, 2014.
  • Call for Papers: Detroit Zoological Society Center for Zoo Animal Welfare, "Advancing Zoo Animal Welfare Science and Policy" (Royal Oak, Michigan; November 21-22, 2014)
    • This symposium will include presentations and panels focusing on the following primary topic areas: (1) Presenting frameworks for institution- and profession-wide zoo animal welfare. This unveils and further refines what can be done systematically. (2) Major developments and advances in animal welfare science and policy.
    • Please use this form to submit abstracts to Stephanie Allard. The deadline for abstracts is October 1, 2014.
  • Call for Papers: Agricultural History Society, "Animals in Rural, Agricultural, and Environmental History" (Lexington, Kentucky; June 3-6, 2015)
    • Located in the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington, Kentucky, the 2015 annual meeting of the Agricultural History Society will explore the theme of animals in rural, agricultural, and environmental history. For thousands of years, people have fostered profound, often contradictory relationships with animals. Nowhere is this relationship more evident and complicated than in its agricultural context, where animals have served as labor saving machines, companions, capital, food, and proxies for societies’ larger relationships, whether human, spiritual, or material. Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region offers an excellent location to consider that historical relationship, given its longstanding place at the center of the international business of thoroughbred racing, horse breeding, veterinary science, and ancillary industries like bourbon distillation. The committee especially encourages proposals on the place of animals in rural, agricultural, and environmental history, but also welcomes panels that are not related to the conference theme.
    • The program committee prefers complete session proposals, but individual papers will be considered. Please submit an abstract (200 words) for each paper and a CV (1 page) for each author to Mark Hersey. The deadline for abstracts is October 1, 2014.


Job Listings

  • Internal
  • External
    • Detroit Zoological Society Animal Welfare Internships and Resedencies
      • The Detroit Zoological Society's Center for Zoo Animal Welfare (CZAW) is accepting applications for animal welfare interns and residents. CZAW is a resource center for captive animal welfare knowledge, research and best practices; a convener and forum for exotic animal welfare science, practice and policy discussions; and a center conducting research and training, and recognizing advances in exotic animal welfare. The research conducted through the Center represents two key areas of interest: developing additional measures of animal welfare and the effects of captive environments and management practices on welfare. Although broadly applied across species, focus is on several taxa/animal groups. The CZAW animal welfare internships and residencies are unpaid opportunities. Interns and residents will learn the processes used by researchers in the field of animal welfare while assisting in data collection and database management. If you are currently enrolled in a college or university and can receive credit, you will be considered for an internship. If you are a recent college graduate (no more than three years between graduation and start date), you will be considered for a residency.
      • Submission requirements


  • 2014 WOLFoundation Essay Competition
    • The Web of Life Foundation (WOLFoundation) is pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2014 WOLFoundation essay competition. The WOLFoundation is dedicated to stimulating new thinking in the field of sustainability and socio-environmental issues. The theme of this year's competition is Leadership: What are the characteristics of effective leadership for the 21st century? Whether it relates to environmental degradation, personal privacy, the functioning—or otherwise—of our democratic processes, or many other issues, many people feel that we are suffering from an almost global crisis of leadership: an inability to break out of the status quo to enable societies to address some of the growing social and environmental issues that we all face. We encourage entrants to focus on the nature of leadership itself rather than the specific issues that leaders should be addressing.
    • Competition guidelines and submission requirements. Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2014.
  • Animal and Humane Studies Summer Retreat Program
    • 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.  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 from July 1 to early October each year. 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.  The purpose of the program, operated through the generosity of longtime HSUS board member K. William Wiseman and his wife Madge, is to encourage scholarly, cultural, and practical projects relating to animals, and to provide a site for enhanced productivity on such projects.
    • Submission requirements. Applications will be received on an ongoing basis beginning immediately.
  • Animal History Museum
    • The museum is actively seeking individuals interested in developing content for our initial permanent and rotating exhibits. The museum is also actively seeking individuals with general museum experience to help as as-needed consultants, those with WordPress experience to help with our evolving website, individuals with contracting experience to help physically construct our exhibit space, as well as those who would like to help create and run all types of fundraising events, either online or around the greater Los Angeles area in private homes, at complementary venues and/or perhaps jointly with other animal-related 501(c)(3) organizations. Again, there are lots of possibilities! If you would like to get involved, please email us at info[at]animalhistorymuseum[dot]org.
  • First 100 Chimps and Last 1,000 Chimps
    • First 100 Chimps and Last 1,000 Chimps track individual chimpanzees from use in biomedical and behavioral research in the US to retirement.  The working group tasked with exploring how to implement the conclusions of the IoM committee report suggest ending most chimpanzee research. First 100 Chimps serves as a memorial to chimpanzees who have been used in research, and Last 1,000 Chimps is forward looking. The websites' creator will be tweeting updates on the status of individual chimpanzees at Lori Gruen @last1000chimps.
  • Viral Pandas
    • The Sneezing Pandas Project is looking for contributors. An anthrozoologist and an artist have launched an ongoing and interactive online project looking at animals in the ether. What goes viral and what doesn't? What responsibilities, if any, do we have for these animals we choose to share online? These are the opening questions, but they are in no way prescriptive for the course of the research. Viral Pandas is based on a central blog:, but runs for a week from an art gallery producing physical artistic responses to the ideas, as well as running online across different social networks including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, Digg, and G+ for the foreseeable future. Your input is welcomed. If you'd like any further information, email us at viralpandas[at]gmail[dot]com.
  • Voices for Biodiversity
    • Voices for Biodiversity is a nonprofit ezine with a goal of providing a multimedia platform where citizen eco-reporters around the globe can share their stories about biodiversity and their relationships to other species and the ecosystems that support us all. The project hopes to awaken humanity to the reality that we must move away from an anthropocentric toward an eco-centric worldview to prevent the massive die-off of other species.
  • ZooScope: The Animals in Film Archive
    • Animals have played a crucial role in the development of film as an artistic medium, from the literal use of animal products in film stock to the capturing of animal movement as a driver of stop-motion, wide-screen and CGI film technology. The wish to picture animals’ lives, whether naturalistically or playfully, has led to the establishment of key genres such as wildlife film and animation. ZooScope looks at and beyond these major aspects of animals in film, covering animals’ role in film genres and styles; the range of literal and symbolic ways animals appear in film; animals in the film star-system; animal lives and the ethics of film-making; adaptation and the different challenges of filmic and literary representation of animals and human-animal relations. ZooScope is a research resource for the animal studies and film communities produced by students and academics. In addition to the open call for submissions, we are seeking partnerships with academic colleagues whose students could contribute to ZooScope. Academic partners would act as sub-editors of the site, with their students producing ZooScope entries, for example, as formal assessments (with marking and feedback taking the professional form of editorial review and assessment completion coinciding with publication). This is how the archive has developed so far, as a research collaboration between undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff at the University of Sheffield and York University in Canada. Work on ZooScope challenges students and inspires creativity, enthusiasm, scholarly rigour and professionalism.
    • Submission requirements. If you're interested in submitting, please contact Robert McKay.


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