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Outreach


Conferences and Programs

  • Call for Papers: International Conference of Historical Geographers, "Beastly Pasts and Places" Session (London, England; June 5-10, 2015)

    -Considering the beastly in our interrogations of history and the beings and places that define it fundamentally troubles cherished conceptions of what it means to be human in a world that is more-than-human. Recognising the beastly presence adds to our comprehension of the astonishing vibrancy of the past yet also casts aspersions on our (mis)treatment of the living world. Places like zoos and natural history museums, for instance, are far from unproblematic places. Here nature and culture, human and animal collide and entwine creating hybrid spaces whose characters trouble the rigid and hierarchical boundaries we put in place to give meaning to ‘our’ world. With this in mind, we would like to consider what makes for a beastly place. How do the histories of beastly places inform our understandings of what it means to be human? How have animals transgressed the incarcerating structures laid down for them, co-creating the shared worlds of the past and present? What are the differences between the beastly places of the flesh and of the imagination, and how do the two shape one another? What does the flow of beastly bodies between places and through time tell us about past environments and practices? Further, we would like to problematise the ‘beastly’. How does the term blur the human-animal boundary? Does it emphasise animal agency or human tyranny? What are the methodological and theoretical problems encountered when historians and geographers engage with the ‘beastly’?

    -Please submit proposals to Dr. Merle Patchett and Dr. Andy Flack. The deadline for abstracts is August 8, 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.


Journals

  • 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: 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: The Eighteenth-Century Bird in Literature (1660-1830)

    -A great deal of scholarly effort has been made over the years to gather together, analyze, and anthologize eighteenth-century bird poetry, paintings, and other material cultures that describe and represent birds in this period. Very few publications, however, have attempted to bring together the wide range of different approaches that scholars have adopted. This new project, The Eighteenth-Century Bird in Literature (1660-1830), accordingly aims to further extend the discussion of the eighteenth-century bird and bring incisive, new critical approaches to the topic of birds and the representations of birds in eighteenth-century literature and cultural life. The editors are particularly interested in ways in which a deeper understanding of the bird in eighteenth-century cultural life shapes our twenty-first century notions of birds, our behaviors towards birds, and towards the environments that birds inhabit. Chapters may include (but are not limited to) engagement with additional perspectives on eighteenth-century birds.

    -Please submit an abstract (up to 500 words) and CV (including previous publications, 1 page) to Anne Milne, Brycchan Carey, and Sayre Greenfield. The deadline for abstracts is July 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 on the proposal itself: Your full name, your preferred mailing address, your email address, your preferred telephone number. The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2014.

Funding


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.

      -Apply online. In addition, you will need to submit a letter of interest and resume outlining why you are interested in the program and your educational background, a copy of your transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable), and 2 letters of recommendation. Only complete application submissions will be considered.


Miscellaneous

  • 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. Dealine for submissions is September 30, 2014.

  • The Animals and Society Institute offers a wide range of resources to scholars such as yourself who are teaching and researching in the field of human-animal studies and anthrozoology. What you may not know is that we also offer a variety of resources to students, both undergraduate and graduate, who are interested in HAS/anthrozoology, or even just animals, and may not know where to turn, or how to turn that interest in animals into a career path or field of study.We’d like to help. ASI would love it if you would let your students know about our website and about some of the materials that we offer. In a nutshell, here’s some of the ways that we could help them:
    • Students can join the HAS listserv and subscribe to the HAS e-newsletter  
    • We offer an annual fellowship program for HAS scholars, including graduate students
    • We invite students to form Student Animals and Society Institute (SASI) chapters and we offer small grants to bring in speakers or to attend conferences
    • We offer an annual undergraduate paper prize for students in HAS
    • We offer a discounted membership for student scholar members to ASI so that they can get their own Scholar Page
    • We have the most comprehensive page of links to organizations, Journals, university programs, and research centers in Human Animal Studies on our website
    • Students can find out what college to attend for both undergraduate or graduate program by visiting our courses page and certificates and degree programs page
    • Students can look into getting an internship at an animal advocacy organization
    • We have just launched the first journal which publishes articles exclusively by undergraduates: Sloth; we invite them to submit their own papers
  • Voices for Biodiversity, a Nonprofit e-zine with a goal to provide 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.  http://www.izilwane.org/
  • Summer Retreat Program at Shin Pond, Maine for Animal/Humane 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.  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 September 30, 2013. 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. 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 relevant information on the project he/she intends to pursue; the specific work product that will be produced during the retreat period; details of the likely outcome or application of the work undertaken or product produced at the retreat; any applicable scheduling concerns or scheduling preferences; and two professional references. Applicants may be asked to submit copies of prior publications. Applications should be sent to Dr. Bernard Unti at The Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037, by fax to 301-258-3077, or email to bunti@humanesociety.org.  Applications will be received on an ongoing basis beginning immediately.
  • A new website was created designed to track individual chimpanzees from use in biomedical and behavioral research in the US to retirement.  Last week the Working Group tasked with exploring how to implement the conclusions of the IoM committee report suggest ending most chimpanzee research. The website -- last1000chimps.com -- is modeled on my first100chimps.wesleyan.edu, but rather than serving just as a memorial, the site is forward looking.  I'll be tweeting updates on the status of individual chimpanzees as I can at Lori Gruen @last1000chimps.
  • See the new Doctoral Programme "Law and Animals" of the Law School of the University of Basel.  See more here.
  • If you are interested in applying for an internship with the ASPCA's Government Relations department, contact Jessica Johnson, Grassroots Advocacy Manager, Government Relations, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, jessica.johnson@aspca.org.
  • Viral Pandas - an open arts project - 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: http://viralpandas.wordpress.com, 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 on viralpandas@gmail.com.
  • In Media Res is hosting a series of brief postings on posthumanism and inviting reader participation and dialogue through postings. Have a look and feel free to participate: http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/
  • A collection of Animal Studies Syllabi is available at H-Net.
  • See information on the 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! Please email us at   info@animalhistorymuseum.org   if you would like to get involved.

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