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  • Animal Sentience is a brand new, peer-reviewed, pluridisciplinary online journal on animal feelings. No subscription or publication fees. Accepted articles will be accorded Open Peer Commentary across disciplines.

    As an interdisciplinary journal, ASent will be of interest to all who are concerned with the current empirical findings on what, when and how nonhuman animals feel, along with the practical, methodological, legal, ethical, sociological, theological and philosophical implications of the findings.

  • 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.
  • 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 is an international, open-access journal that aims to invigorate current interdisciplinary research on the environment. In response to a growing interest around the world in the many questions that arise in this era of rapid environmental and social change, the journal publishes outstanding scholarship that draws humanities disciplines into conversation with each other, and with the natural and social sciences. 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Journal of Animal Ethics

    The Journal of Animal Ethics is the first named journal of animal ethics in the world. It is devoted to the exploration of progressive thought about animals. It is multidisciplinary in nature and international in scope. It covers theoretical and applied aspects of animal ethics -- of interest to academics from the humanities and the sciences, as well as professionals working in the field of animal protection. The Journal is published by the University of Illinois Press in partnership with the Ferrater Mora Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. The aim of the Centre is to pioneer ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching, and publication. Submission requirements

  • Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law
    • The Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law seeks to explore the legal and public policy issues surrounding animals and natural resources at all levels of government: local, state, national, comparative national and international. All perspectives are welcome. The Journal will be web-published in its entirety, but hard print copy shall also be available.
    • Submission requirements
  • 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
  • Politics and Animals is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that explores the human-animal relationship from the vantage point of political science and political theory. Politics and Animals hosts international, multidisciplinary research and debate — conceptual and empirical — on the consequences and possibilities that human-animal relations have for politics and vice versa. For further information about focus and scope of the Journal or to subscribe to the Journal’s RSS feed, please visit Or, alternatively we invite you to correspond directly with us at if there is any further information you may need.
  • 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
  • Sloth: A Journal of Emerging Voices in Human-Animal Studies

    As part of our efforts to reach out to students with an interest in human-animal studies, the ASI has created this journal for undergraduate students to publish their papers, book and film reviews, and other work.

    Sloth is an online bi-annual journal that publishes international, multi-disciplinary writing by undergraduate students and recent (within three years) graduates that deals with human/non-human animal relationships from the perspectives of the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences. Sloth showcases the important and innovative contributions of undergraduates, giving those who are interested in human/non-human animal relationships a way to contribute to and engage with the field, as well as an opportunity to build their skills, knowledge, and resumes in anticipation of their graduate school careers.

  • 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

  • CFP: Special Issue of Humanities on 'Joyce, Animals and the Nonhuman'
    by Katherine Ebury

    I'm guest editing a special issue of the journal 'Humanities' on 'Joyce, Animals and the Nonhuman'. It's a great opportunity to dip a toe in open access publishing (no article fees): do email me proposals or any questions. Information about the journal is in the link below. 

    Deadline for proposal submissions: 31st October 2016

    Contact email:

    Humanities, an international, scholarly, open access journal, and its Guest Editor, Dr Katherine Ebury (University of Sheffield), are seeking proposals for a Special Issue focused on ‘James Joyce, Animals and the Nonhuman’. The Special Issue is scheduled to appear in September 2017, with a manuscript delivery deadline of June 2017.

    While ecocritical approaches to Joyce, in particular in 'Eco-Joyce' (Brazeau and Gladwin) and 'The Ecology of Finnegans Wake' (Lacivita), have recently generated interest in Joyce’s environmental imagination, connections between Joyce and animal studies, or Joyce and the ‘nonhuman turn’, have yet to be explored. In 'Portrait', Temple is credited with the idea that ‘The most profound sentence ever written…is the sentence at the end of the zoology. Reproduction is the beginning of death’. But although excellent critical work on Joyce and animals has certainly appeared, with perennial interests being Tatters of ‘Proteus’, the Blooms’ cat, Garryowen of ‘Cyclops’, and, of course, cattle disease, a sustained volume or special issue certainly seems necessary. Equally, the voice of the printing press, which, Bloom reminds us in ‘Aeolus’, ‘speaks in its own way. Sllt.’ (7: 174–7) has been heard, but not so far in the sense of the ‘nonhuman turn’ which only emerged in 2012. 

    This Special Issue seeks to offer a space for sustained consideration of how Joyce represents the animal and the nonhuman throughout his works. Contributions that suggest how we might feed Joyce’s example into contemporary conversations about animals and the nonhuman are also sought.

    We welcome submissions that interrogate and interpret Joyce’s relation to the world beyond the human and are open to a range of approaches, including theoretical, textual, genetic and historical. We also welcome submissions from both emerging and established scholars.

    We seek 250–500 word proposals for original contributions and a 100-word biography (included selected publications) by 31 October 2016; please email both the Guest Editor and the journal, as listed above.

    Dr. Katherine Ebury
    Guest Editor

  • Call for Submissions: Writing Meat: Flesh-Eating and Literature Since 1900
    by Sean McCorry

    The conversion of animal bodies into flesh for human consumption is a practice where relations of power between humans and nonhuman animals are reproduced in exemplary form. From the decline of (so-called) traditional animal husbandry to the emergence of intensive agriculture and, more recently, the biotechnological innovation of in vitro meat, the last hundred years have seen dramatic changes in processes of meat production, as well as equally significant shifts in associated patterns of human-animal relations. Over the same period, meat consumption has risen substantially and incited the emergence of new forms of political subjectivity, from nationalist agitation against ritual slaughter to the more radical rejection of meat production in abolitionist veganism.

    Distinct disciplinary responses to meat production and consumption have occurred across the humanities and social sciences in areas including (but not limited to) food studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, ecocriticism, and (critical) animal studies. Theoretical engagements with these upheavals have ranged from viewing meat production as a site of affective encounter and irresolvably complex ethical entanglements, to framing industrialised slaughter as a privileged practice in what Dinesh Wadiwel has recently diagnosed as a biopolitical ‘war against animals’. This edited collection solicits essays which engage with these transformations in the meanings and material practices of meat production and consumption in literature and theory since 1900. We seek contributions from scholars working on representations of meat in any area of literary studies (broadly conceived) but are particularly interested in essays that challenge dominant narratives of meat-eating and conceptions of animals as resources.

    Suggested topics include, but are by no means limited to the following:

    • Meat and nationalism/racism
    • Meat and colonialism/postcolonialism
    • The globalisation of meat
    • Future meat (in vitro etc.)
    • Meat and ‘the natural’
    • Meat eating and hospitality/sociality/ritual
    • Vegan theory
    • Meat and nostalgia
    • Unconventional meats: bushmeat, insects etc.
    • Cannibalism (human and non-human)
    • Predation/nonhuman meat-eating
    • Food and abjection
    • The edible and the inedible
    • Meat eating and extinction
    • Sacrifice
    • Flesh/protein/masculinities
    • Revisiting the sexual politics of meat
    • Meat and ‘disordered’ eating
    • Meat production and climate change
    • Dietary orientations towards meat: veganism, pescatarianism, paleo diets
    • Meat substitutes/simulated meats
    • Carnophallogocentrism
    • Hunting/fishing
    • Animal escapees
    • Spaces of meat production (slaughterhouses, farms etc.)
    • Meat and zoonosis

    The volume will be submitted to Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature:

    Please send abstracts of 300 words along with a brief biographical statement to Seán McCorry ( and John Miller ( by Monday, January 23rd 2017 (Deadline). Essays of approximately 7000 words in length will be commissioned for delivery in September 2017.

  • Call for Submissions: Writing for Animals Nonfiction Anthology

    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. Deadline: January 3, 2017. Accepted submissions will receive a stipend of $100 plus a copy of the finished book upon publication. *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.

    Areas of interest include:

    • Anthropomorphism and writing from the animal’s point of view
    • The rethinking of animal-centric idioms (such as “fish out of water” or “kill two birds with one stone”)
    • How to elevate animals from “set pieces” to “characters” in your writing
    • How to address violence toward animals
    • Animal rescue themes
    • Animals and “personhood”
    • The “animal turn” and what it means for animal-centric literature
    • Animals in children’s literature

    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. All submissions must be made using Submittable. To learn more of submit, visit:

  • 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 30Find out more here.
  • Call for Manuscripts: Ken Shapiro, Human-Animal Studies Book Series
    • Ken Shapiro, editor of Brill's Human-Animal Studies book series, is seeking manuscripts for the series on any topic that allows exploration of the relation between human and nonhuman animals in any setting, contemporary or historical, from the perspective of various disciplines within both the social sciences and humanities. Among the broad areas included are applied uses of animals (research, education, medicine, agriculture); animals in popular culture (entertainment, companion animals, animal symbolism); wildlife and the environment; and socio-political movements, public policy and the law. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript for the series, please send a query letter and proposal to
    • The deadline for submissions is ongoing.

Conferences and Programs

    • Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery, ASLE Biennial Conference CFP
      by Amy McIntyre

      2017 Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) Biennial Conference

      June 20 – 24, 2017, Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan

      Conference website:
      Read full CFP here:

      In Rust: The Longest War, Jonathan Waldman claims that, for those who “yield to rust, find beauty in rust, capitalize on rust, raise awareness of rust, and teach about rust, work is riddled with scams, lawsuits, turf battles, and unwelcome oversight. Explosions, collisions, arrests, threats, and insults abound.”  Rust is the underside of cosmopolis. Rust belts follow industry and its corrosions; the parasitic Rust fungi are enemies of agriculture. And yet there is an irenic side to rust: it inspires contemplation, the search for beauty, and the effort to defend what is threatened. As an agent of time, rust sponsors stories of collapse-and-recovery, evolution-and-extinction, but it also questions them. Narratives of progress that see rust as the enemy are not universal. In Japanese aesthetics, for instance, sabi is the beauty of natural aging and aged materials; what is new is not as lovely as what has weathered. In a time obsessed by environmental apocalypse, rust may reveal other trajectories for cultures of recovery. Resurget Cineribus, “It Will Rise from the Ashes,” is the motto of Detroit—our host city.

      Long associated with steel, car culture, and the music of Motown, Detroit is also a site of struggle for racial and environmental justice, against depopulation and “ruin porn,” and for the preservation of artistic heritage. A nexus of encounters between indigenous nations and the French fur trade, it became a locus of the Great Migration, “white flight,” and gentrification. Water-rich on the strait between Lake Huron and Lake Erie, Detroit and its neighbors struggle against corroded infrastructure and government corruption. For all those reasons, Detroit is an ideal place to confer about rust, resistance, and recovery.

      We invite participants to interpret the conference theme as broadly as possible and to imagine their work in terms of content and form. We particularly encourage non-traditional modes of presentation, including hybrid, performative and collaborative works; panels that minimize formal presentation in favor of engaged emergent discussion; interdisciplinary approaches; environmentally inflected readings of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, film, theatre and other media; and proposals from outside the academic humanities, including submissions from artists, writers, teachers, practitioners, activists and colleagues in the social and natural sciences.  There is usually a panel stream on Animals and Animality, as we encourage and get many paper and panel proposals related to this field.

      Proposals must be submitted online at
      All proposals must be submitted by December 12, 2016. We will evaluate your proposal carefully and notify you of its final status by February 15, 2017.  If you are a panel organizer and would like a panel CFP posted to the ASLE website, please use the online submission form here:

      Note: you must be or become a member of ASLE by the time of registration to present at the conference. Join or check your membership status at

    • CMCS 2017 CFP Hollywood Films and Critical Animal Studies
      by Dr Samita Nandy

      The following conference in Los Angeles encourages critical animal studies scholars and activists to present their views and raise awareness on speciesism among other social justice issues in Hollywood filmmaking. Panels on celebrity activists in animal rights, celebrity animals, and famous vegan personalities are welcome. Join and share the CFP with faculty, colleagues, students, and activists to raise awareness and collaborate on new forms of activism in films. We look forward to seeing H-Animal members in Los Angeles in March 2017!


      2017 Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) 4th International Conference

      Bridging GapsWhere is the film scholar in Hollywood filmmaking?

      Performance Café, University of Southern California

      Los Angeles, USA 

      March 17-19, 2017

      There have been significant debates on gaps between filmmakers and film scholars. Film scholars have been critical of dominant representations that tend to overlook classist, sexist, speciesist, and ethnocentric trends in the production of films and glamorous images in Hollywood. Yet, scholarly views in academic writing are not adequately addressed in film production and in journalism. Scholars can address the issues through journalism and moving image practices in which filmmakers are trained. CMCS sponsored Celebrity Chat is an example of this trend. Can a new form of film ‘critic’ be situated in journalistic and scholarly discussions and screenings? Can the critiques become a new form of ‘activism’ that is different yet supports ideals of celebrity activism in Hollywood and beyond?

      The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) Bridging Gapsconference series, in association with sponsors Centre for Ecological, Social, and Informatics Cognitive Research (ESI.CORE) and WaterHill Publishing, invites papers and audiovisual material that explore the relationship among four key themes related to Hollywood – theory, production, criticism, and activism. We invite academics, filmmakers, journalists, publicists, activists, and guests to present and connect cutting-edge research areas from a range of interdisciplinary fields and address social justice issues in moving image practices.

      We also invite people to send in videos for the Celebrity Chat Award. The best video/documentary will be selected based on its ability to draw attention to a significant matter, be relevant to the conference theme and inspire change. Extended versions of selected papers will be invited for publication.

      Registration includes: Your printed package for the complete conference, professional development workshops, coffee / tea breaks, access to evening reception, complimentary evening drinks, and consideration for publication and the CMCS $100 best paper and $100 screen awards.

      Submission guidelines:

      • 50-word abstract or workshop / roundtable proposal
      • include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if applicable
      • submit to conference Chair Dr Samita Nandy at email
      • deadline for abstract submissionOctober 31, 2016
      • notification of acceptanceDecember 2, 2016
      • full text dueFebruary, 17, 2017
      • conference reception and presentationsMarch 17-19, 2017

      Celebrity Chat Video Submissions:

      • video length should be 10-20 minutes
      • include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if applicable
      • submit to Celebrity Chat producer Dr Jackie Raphael at email address:
      • deadline for submissionOctober 31, 2016
      • notification of acceptanceDecember 2, 2016
      • conference reception and screeningsMarch 17-19, 2017

      Conference Chair: Dr Samita Nandy

      Conference Committee Members: Dr Jackie Raphael, Dr Nicole Bojko and Kiera Obbard  @celeb_studies #BGCS17

    • Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute -- Animal Rhetorics Workshop
      by Alex C. Parrish

      Please forgive the shameless self-promotion, but the workshop Emily Plec and I will be offering on animal rhetorics at the RSA Summer Institute in 2017 may be of particular interest to H-Animal subscribers. A direct link to the full description of our workshop is at the bottom of the post, and that page includes my email address, in case you have any questions. To apply for the workshop, follow the instructions at the "Institutes" link on the left sidebar.


      7th Biennial RSA Summer Institute
      Indiana University
      Bloomington, IN
      May 21 - 27, 2017

      Animal Rhetorics

      Workshop Leaders:

      Alex C. Parrish, James Madison University
      Emily Plec, Western Oregon University

      The animal turn is changing the way humanists envision their traditional domains of study. Recent efforts to expand the context of rhetorical theory to include nonhuman animals have raised several issues that call traditional disciplinary assumptions into question. How do we define what is and what is not language? If some animal communication demonstrates syntax and symbol use, what makes human persuasion unique or special? What is the originary essence of rhetoric? Is it a logic? An energy? An ideology? An affect? In this workshop we will explore the justifications for, as well as the benefits and dangers of, studying rhetorical theory and practice in a cross-species context.

      Participants may already be exploring the ways in which animal rhetorics benefit from the work done by scholars in critical animal studies, disability studies, biosemiotics, and material rhetorics (to name a few). It is important to acknowledge these debts, while addressing important questions the animal body raises for the study of persuasion. Derrida suggests that if we are to engage in the “question of the animal,” we must not think of animals as a monolithic other, but as a collection of living beings that includes Homo sapiens as one of many species in its ranks. Thus it will be important to think beyond the western religio-philosophical traditions that encourage anthropocentrism, hierarchy, and a denial of animal cognition and intentionality, in order to treat the multiplicity of views on human and nonhuman animal communication.


    • British Animal Studies Network 'Conserving' Meeting

      The autumn 2016 meeting of the British Animal Studies Network will take place at the University of Sheffield on 18-19 November. The meeting will address the theme of 'conserving' and we welcome abstracts offering animal studies perspectives on this topic from any disciplinary or interdisciplinary field. For more information please see the full CFP here:

      More information about the hosts, the Sheffield Animals Research Colloquium, can be found here:

      We look forward to welcoming people to Sheffield later this year.

    • Call for Papers: Looking at Animals Looking: Illusion, Imitation, Zoopoetics

      ACLA Annual Meeting, 6–9 July, 2017, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

      Seminar Organiser: Kári Driscoll (

      Deadline for abstract submissions: 23 September 2016.

      In Picture Theory, W.J.T. Mitchell posits a series of theses concerning the difference between illusion, which he defines as a ‘natural, universal phenomenon’, and illusionism, which is ‘a specific cultural practice’. The two must be ‘sharply distinguished’ (thesis 3), and to this end thesis 4 offers a number of analogies for their relationship: ‘Illusion is to illusionism as forgery is to imitation’, as ‘“the real” is to realism’, as ‘ideology is to art’, and as ‘animal is to human’. But, as thesis 5 insists, the two cannot be sharply distinguished, because ‘forgery is imitation; art is ideology; […] humans are animals’ (329). We can see here how the imperative to draw a strict distinction between illusion (nature) and illusionism (culture) is driven by the same logic as the anthropological machine (Agamben) whose function is to divide human from animal on the basis of an inclusive exclusion of the animal, and indeed both mechanisms rely on analogous ideas of mastery and transcendence, which in turn reveal themselves to be illusory.

      Attempts to enforce a strict boundary between human and animal are invariably marked by such irreducible ambiguities and contradictions, frequently revolving around questions of imitation and deception: most fundamentally of course the distinction between mimesis and mimicry, artistic imitation and ‘mere aping’, but also that between ‘pretending’ and ‘pretending to pretend’ (Lacan), as well as the unspeaking animal’s radical honesty versus the universal untruthfulness of language (Nietzsche). According to a much older tradition, however, deception is the universal principal of the natural world (‘nature loves to hide’).

      If the first ACLA zoopoetics seminar (Seattle 2015) focused on metaphor, and the second (Boston 2016) on poiesis and forms of life, this third instalment will address the question of mimesis/mimicry as it relates to the representation and study of human and nonhuman animals in literature and culture. As always, participants are invited to reflect on zoopoetics both as an object of study and as a particular method or approach. How are questions of illusion, deceit, deception, pretence, camouflage, assimilation, and dishonesty represented in works of art and literature that might be described as zoopoetic, and how in turn would a zoopoetic approach to these questions affect our own conception of what literature is, and what it means to study ‘the literary animal’?

      Abstracts must be submitted via the ACLA submissions portal:

      The portal opens on 1 September and closes on 23 September. Late submissions cannot be accepted.

      Please contact the seminar organiser before submitting an abstract.

    • CFP: Fourth Annual Oxford Animal Ethics Summer School--The Ethics of Fur

      Fourth Annual Oxford Animal Ethics Summer School 

      The Ethics of Fur

      23-26 July 2017, at St Stephen’s House, Oxford

      in partnership with Respect for Animals

      Every year more than 60 million animals are killed and sold by the international fur industry. It represents one of the largest uses of animals today. This Summer School will examine the ethics of the treatment of animals killed for their fur worldwide, including trapping, hunting, killing, and “farming” of animals. We shall also consider the use of animal fur products in fashion worldwide.

      Papers are invited from academics worldwide on any aspect relating to the ethics of fur, including philosophical and religious ethics, historical, anthropological, legal, psychological, scientific, and sociological perspectives. Potential topics include: the nature of animal suffering in fur production, the international trade in animal fur, methods of killing, the environmental consequences of the international fur industry, the use of fur in fashion, the role of international business, the media promotion of fur, changing legislation, especially in the European Union, and strategies for change.

      Abstracts of proposed contributions (no more than 300 words) should be sent to Clair Linzey via email: The deadline for abstracts is 1 January 2017. Accepted papers will be considered for publication in a subsequent book volume or in the Journal of Animal Ethics.

      St Stephen’s House is an Anglican Theological College and a Hall of the University of Oxford. See

      Further information about Respect for Animals can be found at

      The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics was founded in 2006 and pioneers ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching, and publication. See


  • Internal
  • External
    • Animal Welfare Trust
      • Animal Welfare Trust’s grant program seeks to assist organizations whose work can help alleviate animal suffering and/or raise public consciousness toward giving animals the respect they so need and deserve. Although general organizational funding will be considered, preference will be given to well-defined projects with clear goals and objectives. Capital projects will not be considered. Areas of priority include farm animal welfare, vegetarianism and humane education.
      • The deadline for applications is ongoing.
    • Farm Sanctuary
      • The animal protection organization Farm Sanctuary announces a call for grant proposals for observational research of the complex nature of farm animal (chickens, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, and cows) emotions, behavior, and cognitive abilities in an approved setting (such as a farm animal sanctuary). We are interested, for example, in the psychological profiles of these animals, including mood and anxiety disorders such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.
      • The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Job Listings

  • Internal
  • External
      • 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.
      • The deadline for applications is ongoing.
    • Harvard Law School, Animal Law Academic Fellowship
      • Harvard Law School is offering a new Animal Law Academic Fellowship, a two-year, full-time residential program designed to identify, cultivate, and promote promising animal law scholars early in their careers. Harvard is specifically looking for recent graduates, junior academics, and mid-career practitioners who are committed to pursuing publishable research that will make a significant contribution in the area of animal law.
      • The deadline for applications is ongoing.
    • Purdue University, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Human-Animal Interaction
      • Purdue University is offering a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Human-Animal Interaction, which will focus on statistical analysis and scientific writing for peer-reviewed publication from a number of existing datasets. The major emphasis will be on animal-assisted intervention for a range of populations, including autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and typical development. This position represents a unique opportunity for productive publication and innovative scholarly output in a short timeframe.
      • The deadline for applications is ongoing.


  • Agricultural History Society Call for Awards

    Call for Award Nominations

    The Agricultural History Society seeks nominations for its publication awards through December 31, 2016. To nominate a book, article, or dissertation with a 2016 publication date, please follow the directions below. If you have a question, please email executive secretary Jim Giesen (

    Theodore Saloutos Memorial Award for the best book on agricultural history, broadly defined, with a 2016 copyright date. To nominate a book, please send four copies to the Society office (address below) with a brief letter of nomination. (You may email the nomination letter to Jim Giesen.)

     Henry A. Wallace Award for the best book on any aspect (broadly interpreted) of agricultural history outside the United States, with a 2016 copyright date. To nominate a book, please send four copies to the Society office (address below) with a brief letter of nomination. (You may email the nomination letter to Jim Giesen.)

    Wayne D. Rasmussen Award for the best 2016 article on agricultural history (broadly defined) not published in Agricultural History. To nominate an article, please e-mail a .pdf copy to Jim Giesen with a letter of nomination. If you must send a hard copy, please send one to Jim Giesen at the Society office (address below).

    Gilbert C. Fite Dissertation Award for the best dissertation on agricultural history defended in 2016. To nominate a dissertation, please e-mail a .pdf copy to Jim Giesen with a letter of nomination. If you must send a hard copy, please send four copies to Jim Giesen at the Society office (address below).

    Send electronic nominations to:


    Send books to:

    James C. Giesen

    History Department

    PO Box H / Allen 214

    Mississippi State, MS 39762

  • Summer Retreat Program at Shin Pond, Maine for Animal/Humane/Environmental Studies. 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.  The purpose of the program, operated through the generosity of longtime HSUS board member K. William Wiseman (1921-2014) 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. For views of the property, and other details, see: Applications for use of the Shin Pond property are evaluated by an ad hoc committee at The HSUS. There is no application form to submit, but the applicant must present: a statement of interest that includes information on the project he/she will pursue; a statement concerning the likely value or benefit of such a project to the work and mission of The HSUS and/or its affiliates; the specific work product that will be produced during the retreat period; details of the likely outcome or application of the work undertaken at the retreat; any applicable scheduling concerns or scheduling preferences; and two professional references.  Applicants may be asked to submit copies of prior publications. The broad guidelines for the kind of work appropriate to the retreat include: major intellectual projects such as a book, a chapter on an animal-related topic, a case study, or an on-line course in animal studies; analytical or conceptual work for a pro-animal or environmental campaign; artistic, literary, or cultural projects that celebrate animals and the natural world* projects of smaller scope and/or shorter duration. We prefer a commitment of at least two weeks.  Requests for use of the property for shorter periods will be given lower priority.  The property is not generally available for brief stays, e.g., an overnight or weekend visit.Limited financial support for travel will be considered.Applications should be sent to Dr. Bernard Unti at The Humane Society of the United States, by fax to 301-258-3077, or email to  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
  • 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
  • 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.


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