Animal Studies students and friends celebrating the holidays!
Conferences and Programs
- “Thinking outside the Cage: Towards a Nonspeciesist Paradigm for Scientific Research”
A Conference to be held at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, March 27-28, 2014. Scientific research is currently governed on the premise that humans have a right to use sentient animals as subjects of harmful research for our benefit. What would a non-speciesist alternative look like? We have invited leading scientists, public policy experts, humane educators, legal scholars and political theorists to help us identify the opportunities and challenges involved in pursuing a new ethical, legal and political framework regarding animals in research. Can the same legal and regulatory safeguards regarding the use of human subjects in research also be extended to animal subjects? Can questions regarding the treatment of animals within academic institutions be reframed as matters of public responsibility, and made subject to democratic deliberation by the larger community? This conference is intended to encourage critical reflection on the limits of existing regulations, and to inspire creative thinking about alternative frameworks and effective avenues to change. The conference is organized by the Animals in Philosophy, Politics, Law and Ethics program at Queen's University, Kingston. Funding is generously provided by the Abby Benjamin Fellowship program, and the Queen's Forum for Philosophy and Public Policy. For further information, including a preliminary schedule and list of confirmed speakers, and a registration form, please visit the conference website: www.outsidethecage.net
- Neither Man Nor Beast: Patriarchy, Speciesism, & Deconstructing Oppressions February 23, 2014. You are invited to attend a WEB-based conference on February, 23rd, 2014 to empower minds, bodies and communities. Moving beyond the typical boundaries of social justice activism, this conference will be advocating for intersectional liberation across species and social identities. By creating a space to discuss critical feminist theories and offering our unique experiences under patriarchy, we will be re-evaluating how
oppressions relate in our lives and our communities and how best to integrate this into advocacy for the rights of non-human and human animals alike. Critiquing the limitations of popular and mainstream animal rights campaigns currently, and by offering solutions, we hope to advocate for a more unified and diverse movement. Ultimately, we wish to develop a more complete understanding of oppression
and justice. Creating allies aware of the intersectionality of oppression can afford us more opportunities to collaborate in meaningful and mutually inspiring ways. Our diversity of ideas and experiences offer potential to build a more comprehensive, sustainable and effective movement against oppression. We need to strive for creating safer communities and more responsible allies, in hopes of beginning to truly break down the existing hierarchical power structures, rather than reinforcing them. This conference will function as a platform for dialogue, networking and organization with others in creating a more resilient rights liberation movement for all.We are accepting abstract submissions for presentation topics on the following intersecting issues: veganism; women/womyn empowerment; queer
rights; hetero-normative privilege; feminism; trans and gender-queer rights; racism and perspectives from women of colour; white male supremacy; patriarchy; ableism; sexism; sizeism; sexualities; gender and cis privilege; colonialism; indigenous rights; eco-feminism and environmentalism; anarcha-feminism; animal rights and radical self-care. This is a conference welcoming academic and non academic presentations alike. Presenters are encouraged to use webcams, and powerpoint visuals during their presentation, as well as to engage in Q&A after with attendees. Please submit your abstract proposal with your name, presentation title, a 200-300 word abstract, and location that you currently reside. You are welcome to include any additional information about yourself and why you
would like to participate. Presentations should be maximum 20 minutes long, with additional time for Q&A. Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline for submission has passed. This event is hosted by Vegan Feminist Network and Animal Liberation Ontario.
- Global Conference: Making Sense of: The Animal and Human Bond, Sunday 13th July – Tuesday 15th July 2014, Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom.This interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary conference invites an exploration of the concept or notion of “animal” in its own right and as visa a vis “human.” While humans are clearly classed as part of the animal world, we have a long and sometimes questionable history of both differentiating ourselves from animals and at the same time identifying ourselves with specific animals or unique animals’ qualities. The distinction-identification processes have manifested itself since the beginning of human history, when people started to draw images on cave’s well (35000-50000 years ago). In those first images people described wild animals which were present in their environment and their relationship with those animals and only then, they were able to describe the human figures as independent idea. The domestication of the first animals- dogs (+/- 15000 years ago) and other animals as following to it, contributed to this dual process as well. On the one side controlling the animals is a process of declaring the differences between human-animal species but on the other side, it is also a way to express hidden desires that maintain the wild sides of the human being. Both process developed with civilizations, social rules and regulations and has made possible the very survival of the human species but has also offered us inspiration and deep bonds which manifest themselves in our relationships with the animals around us. From the image of the divine Ganesh (the elephant god of Hinduism) to the billion dollar pet industry to the role of animals in our lives as commodities—food, clothing, and tools—we find human culture intimately connected to the animal world. And yet we have but a dim sense of what that world entails. This conference invites scholars from across disciplines to reflect upon the meaning of animals in our lives and in their own lives.
In addition to individual submissions the Steering Group also welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. In order to support and encourage interdisciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between these groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between Environmental Justice and Visions of Humanity and the Animal and Human Bond. Proposals will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word proposals should be submitted by Friday 14th February 2014. If a proposal is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper of no more than 3000 words should be submitted by Friday 16th May 2014. Proposals should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Animals 1 Proposal Submission.
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend. Tamar Axelrad-Levy and Wendy Turgeon: email@example.com Rob Fisher: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michigan State University's Second Annual Workshop on Food Justice: Bringing Theory and Practice Together, May 23rd - 25th 2014. Food justice is a growing movement that has inspired both on-the-ground community projects and theoretical articulations across multiple disciplines. This workshop aims to help scholars and practitioners identify and address the challenges and opportunities in food justice, including issues surrounding food access, food sovereignty, agricultural and environmental ethics, and agricultural sustainability. The conference will span three days and include scholarly talks and visits to local environmental justice projects. Academic papers should be accessible to a public audience. The workshop is intended as a transdisciplinary space to forge connections between theories and between theory and practice. Papers in disciplines such as philosophy, sociology, anthropology, geography, history, literary criticism, political ecology, religious studies, and the human dimensions of environmental sciences are all encouraged. Proposals for panels and 300-word abstracts for individual presentations are due by March 1st, 2014. Please send proposals and abstracts, and any questions, to Ian Werkheiser email@example.com or Zach Piso pisozach@m
- Join us at the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University for a Conference on the Science of Animal Thinking and Emotion! Science is making stunning discoveries about animal cognition, awareness and emotion. How can we leverage this information for positive change in government and industry? This two-day conference brings together thought-leaders in the science and implications of animal sentience, and influential voices in the policy and corporate domains. As the bedrock of ethics, sentience deserves a more prominent place in the legislative and corporate landscape. Washington, DC, March 17-18, 2014.
Post-Doctoral Position – Incentives to Conserve Habitat for the Florida Panther
A one-year postdoctoral researcher position is available with the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida as part of a project to study incentives to conserve Florida panther habitat on private lands. The position requires strong social sciences training, in particular demonstrated skills and knowledge in economics, survey methods, and statistics. The researcher will have the opportunity work in an interdisciplinary environment.
The primary objective of this research is to investigate how different types of landowners may respond to different Florida panther habitat conservation incentives. A clear understanding of the type and size of incentives needed to engage heterogeneous landowners, in particular ranchers and agricultural landowners, in panther habitat conservation, and how these incentives are linked to conservation outcomes, is required to attain biologically and economically efficient protection of panther habitat in existing and potential panther range. The objective is to provide insights into which incentives (financial incentives, regulatory relief and/or technical assistance) landowners prefer, and the potential costs of implementing these incentives. A combination of interviews and surveys will be used to collect the information needed to determine the minimum incentives required to attain conservation of panther habitat on private agricultural lands.
The successful candidate will assist with the following:
- Implementation of a choice experiment survey in existing and potential Florida panther range.
- Analysis of survey and choice experiment data.
- Production of reports and papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals
Applicants should have strong social science training with a PhD in human dimensions of natural resources, economics, environmental policy, or related field. Previous social science research experience, in particular in survey design, implementation and analysis, is required. Strong empirical and data analysis skills are required, including experience in coding and running software such as GAUSS or Stata. Strong oral and written communication skills are also required. Applicants bringing diverse personal and professional backgrounds to the research program are encouraged to apply. The position will be supervised by Dr. Elizabeth Pienaar.
The position will be located at the University of Florida campus, Gainesville, FL. The salary is $50,000 per year plus benefits. Initial appointment is for one year, with possible extension depending on performance and availability of funding. Please send a letter of interest, CV, unofficial graduate transcripts, graduate GPA scores, contact information for three references and a representative publication as a single pdf document to Dr. Elizabeth F. Pienaar (firstname.lastname@example.org). Non-US citizen applicants should have all paperwork required for working in the US prior to applying. Formal review of applications will begin on 1 March, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. The position is available as early as April 2014.
There is an open position in Tucson, working on jaguar conservation and siting of renewables and transmission.This professional-level position is responsible for representing and promoting Defenders in the Southwest field office, and achieving regional conservation successes through strategic project development and implementation, education, and advocacy. Program areas include local, state, and regional conservation programs and their interface with national and international programs and policies. The present areas of focus will be jaguar conservation and renewable energy and transmission siting, with some work on local and federal land use management planning. The trajectory and activities of this work are guided by strategic plans.This position entails knowledge and experience in conservation biology, land-use planning, federal lands policy, mitigation, permitting, wildlife laws, advocacy, public outreach, grassroots organizing, donor relations and media communications.
Title: Assistant Professor Environmental Decisions and Human Behavior
Appointment: Academic Year (9-month) Tenure Track
Available: September 1, 2014
Application: Review of applications will begin November 1, 2013. The search will continue until the position is filled.
The Position: The candidate will be expected to develop independent and collaborative research programs that, in part, help to meet the research needs of state, federal and non governmental organizations; build departmental and interdisciplinary collaborations; and develop an innovative teaching program that incorporates new initiatives in teaching and learning. Teaching responsibilities include a senior-level integrated experience course with associated Honors section in Environmental Decisions and Human Behavior, and two graduate-level courses, one in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and another in Environmental Conflict Resolution or equivalent. Successful applicants will serve, as do other faculty, as a mentor to minorities and other underrepresented groups within the Department. Other duties will include student advising, program planning, general university and professional service. Qualifications: The focus of this position is human behaviors and values related to environmental conservation, policy and management. Candidates should have strong quantitative skills and research experiences in the role of norms and ethics in driving human environmental behavior; stakeholder values and beliefs; environmental conflict and conflict resolution; and human responses to environmental policies. The ability to work with resource managers/green industry is desirable. The applicant?s experiences should demonstrate their ability to work across disciplinary lines and the potential to attract external funding. A candidate must demonstrate excellence in written and verbal communication. Previous teaching experience at a university level is highly desirable. A doctoral degree in social-science field with a focus on human decision-making and behavior as they relate to the natural environment or similar discipline is required. Salary: Competitive and based on qualifications. The Setting: The Department of Environmental Conservation hosts a multi-disciplinary group of faculty with nationally ranked programs in Fisheries Ecology & Conservation, Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, Forest Ecology & Conservation, Urban Forestry & Arboriculture, Water Resources, Environmental Conservation, Environmental Science, and Building Construction and Technology. Unifying themes across these programs include conservation of natural resources and energy and reconciliation of humans with the natural environment. The Department places special emphases on faculty-student interaction, interdisciplinary activities, and cooperation among faculty and we share a fundamental commitment to teach and attract a diverse student body. The University is part of the Five-College Consortium in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, with excellent social, cultural, and recreational amenities in a town and rural setting. We are two hours from Boston and three hours from New York City. To Apply: Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching goals, and the names, addresses and contact information of three references to:
Charles Schweik, Chair
Environmental Decisions and Human Behavior Search Committee
Department of Environmental Conservation
160 Holdsworth Way
University of Massachusetts
Amherst MA 01003
(413) 545-1824 or email@example.com
The Department of Sociology and Human Services, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, invites applicants for an Assistant Professor in Sociology to begin in the Fall 2014 term. This is a full-time, tenure track position starting mid-August 2014. Duties include teaching 12 credit hours per semester, research and student advising. A Ph.D. (in hand by August 15, 2014) in Sociology or closely related field is required. All applicants should be prepared to teach both lower-division and upper-division courses in sociology. Candidates should be broadly trained sociologists with a specific ability to teach courses in critical criminology. Additionally, the ability to teach courses in the areas of youth and crime, ethnography and writing, ethnicity, progressive social change and social justice, and community service practicum is a plus. Because of the department's strong commitment to action and theory, students are required to engage in a service learning program with a strong academic component and/or teach English for a full semester in our Mexico program. The department emphasizes a strong commitment to teaching and progressive social change, with the majority of our courses examining the relationship between theory and practice. The Department has a diverse offering of courses highlighting: race and ethnicity; gender and sexuality; ecology and society; comparative societies; global social and economic justice; criminology and criminal justice; comparative Latino and Native American issues; medical sociology; thory; mind, self and society; sustainability; and language and social behavior. Applicants should send 1) a letter of application; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of teaching philosophy; 4) a photocopy of graduate transcripts; and 5) three current letters of recommendation. Application materials should be sent (with applicant's name as file name) to the Department Administrative Assistant: Dawn Widen, firstname.lastname@example.org . Applications received by October 15, 2013 will receive full consideration. The position will be open until filled. Please direct all questions and inquiries about the position to Becky Clausen, Chair of the Search Committee, email@example.com (970)-247-7237 . Official transcripts required of semi-finalists. NOTE: The department is open to a new faculty member who might want to develop courses related to animals and society. Keri Brandt, Chair – Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender/Women's Studies Fort Lewis College 1000 Rim Drive Durango, Co 81301
Journals and Special Editions
- Society & Animals
- Journal of Human-Animal Interaction
- Human Ecology Review
- Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS)
- New Journal: Relations: Beyond Anthropocentrism, and the publication of its first issue, edited by M. Andreozzi, A. Massaro, S. Tonutti, and myself. Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism is a peer-refereed 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.
- Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. CFP: THE VIRTUAL ANIMAL. In his influential essay from 1977 titled ‘Why Look at Animals?’ John Berger advanced the thesis that human relationships with animals are predominantly shaped by representation. The essay argued that the increase of animal representation, which began at the end of the nineteenth century, constituted a phenomenon directly linked to the increasing disappearance of live animals in our everyday lives. Today animals have conspicuously emerged in video games and alternative reality scenarios, posing pressing questions about representation and interaction at a time when the virtual world seems to be on the brink of overshadowing the material one. This issue of Antennae will gather a range of perspectives in the attempt of mapping the current state of affairs with the 'virtual animal'.
Academic essays = maximum length 8000 words
Interviews = maximum length 10000 words
Fiction = maximum length 8000 words
Submission Deadline: 1st of April 2014
More info at: www.antennae.org.uk
Submission emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- We are looking for submissions to a new publication called 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 Animals and Society Institute has created this journal for undergraduate students to publish their papers, book and film reviews and other work. Sloth is co-edited by Kelly Enright (Assistant Professor of History and Director of Public History, Flagler College) and Kara Kendall-Morwick (Assistant Professor of English, Washburn University). It is an online, refereed, bi-annual journal that publishes international, multidisciplinary writing by undergraduate students and other early career scholars. The topics focus on human/nonhuman 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/nonhuman animal relationships a way to contribute to and engage with the field, as well as an opportunity to build their skills, knowledge and resumés in anticipation of their graduate school careers. The journal takes its name from arboreal animals native to Central and South America known for their slow, careful moveme nts. Because of their unhurried nature, sloths are often stereotyped as dull-witted, lazy and sluggish; in fact, the animal was named after one of the seven deadly sins (Ecclesiastes 10:18; Matthew 25:26). Yet the deliberate movements of sloths are a beneficial adaptation, making them very successful animals in the rainforest environment. By conserving energy, sloths have survived while other animals have gone extinct. A salute to these and other misunderstood creatures, Sloth encourages our contributors to think and write purposefully about the animals with whom we share this planet, and to engage critically and creatively with more-than-human ways of being in the world. Contributions can explore anything in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences that are related to human/nonhuman animal relationships. Please format your submissions according to the following guidelines:
• PC-compatible files only (MS Word)
• Required length: 3,000-5,000 words
• On a separate page/post, include your name and your postal and e-mail addresses, the title of your essay, and a brief abstract of its contents (3-5 sentences)
• For the text itself: margins at 1", double-spaced, font size 12 pt. or smaller
• Use Chicago Style (author-date) for all documentation
• Include Notes and Works Cited at the end as regular text. (In other words, please do NOT use the automatic footnote/endnote function on your word processor to generate these. They sometimes tend to disappear when traveling through cyberspace or when the document is converted.) Submissions should be sent to email@example.com. Deadline March 1, 2014. Questions can be directed to Kelly Enright or Kara Kendall-Morwick
- CFP: "Animals and Technoculture" special issue of Humanimalia (deadline 1 May 2014)
Humanimalia invites submissions for a special issue of the journal on the theme of Animals and Technoculture. Submissions are due by May 1, 2014 and the issue will appear in Spring 2015. Animals are implicated in technoculture in a variety of ways, from the widespread use of animals in experiments during the scientific revolution, through the shifts between animal and machine power over the course of the industrial revolutions, to our present in which animals are widely viewed on technological media such as film and television at the same time as they are absent from many people daily, material experience. We invite contributions to rethink issues of cultural change, industrial development, and scientific discovery from the point of view of human-animal studies, with a focus on the way this history has influenced the lives of animals We encourage papers from a variety of disciplines and covering a broad range of historical contexts. Humanimalia is a refereed and selective online international, interdisciplinary journal on human-animal relations and interactions, with a wide range of perspectives that include the study of material animals and their discursive representations. We seek papers that combine approaches, or at the very least draw upon research in other disciplines to contextualize their arguments. Our title aims to signify the many ways that humans and animals are connected: as the experience of animals is shaped by human constructions of them, so is our experience of humanity shaped by non-human animals’ constructions of us. As well, we hope to inspire approaches that recognize that our reflection about animals depends not only on discursive practices, but on observation, co-operation, openness, and compassion with actual beings For guidelines on submissions and editorial protocols, please consult Humanimalia’s Statement of Procedures at http://www.depauw.edu/humanimalia/masthead.html. Proposals longer than 500 words should be sent to Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., Managing Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following information on the proposal itself: Your full name, your preferred mailing address, your email address, your preferred telephone number. Deadline for submission May 1, 2014.
- A Call for Submissions: Humanimalia invites submissions for a special issue on the theme of Animals and Race. Deadline for submission September 1, 2014. Humanimalia is a refereed and selective online international, interdisciplinary journal on human-animal relations and interactions, with a wide range of perspectives that include the study of material animals and their discursive representations. We seek papers that combine approaches, or at the very least draw upon research in other disciplines to contextualize their arguments. Our title aims to signify the many ways that humans and animals are connected: as the experience of animals is shaped by human constructions of them, so is our experience of humanity shaped by non-human animals’ constructions of us. As well, we hope to inspire approaches that recognize that our reflection about animals depends not only on discursive practices, but on observation, co-operation, openness, and compassion with actual beings. For guidelines on submissions and editorial protocols, please consult Humanimalia’s Statement of Procedures at http://www.depauw.edu/humanimalia/masthead.html. Proposals longer than 500 words should be sent to Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., Managing Editor, at email@example.com. Please include the following information on the proposal itself: Your full name, your preferred mailing address, your email address, your preferred telephone number.
- The interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary journal, Environment, Space, Place (ZETA Books), is under new editorial direction and is looking for articles from contributors that make the ‘geographical turn' in their research by framing, or making thematic, the spatial/placial component of the earthly/worldly phenomena. The journal editors are currently reviewing submissions for the Fall 2013 edition. The journal is published in collaboration with the International Association for the Study of Environment, Space, and Place (IASESP) Also note that annual conferences are held in the spring–2014 will be held at California Institute for the Arts. Please contact Troy Paddock firstname.lastname@example.org for more information concerning submitting to the journal, or send your article to him for peer review.
Call for papers -- 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. Please submit proposals and abstracts for forthcoming editions to the editor, Dr Melissa Boyde: email@example.com <mailto: boyde@ uow.edu.au >
For more information, including submission guidelines see: http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/
- Ashland Creek Press is currently accepting short story submissions for a book-length anthology focused on animals. For this anthology, Among Animals, we’re looking for stories of how the lives of animals and humans intersect, particularly in regards to the conservation and protection of animals. We are not seeking stories about hunting, fishing, or eating animals—unless they are analogous to a good anti-war novel being all about war. Under these basic guidelines, however, we’re open to reading a wide range of short fiction with animal themes. Stories should be from 2,500 to 7,500 words in length. Previously published stories are fine, as long as you have retained the rights to reprint your story in an anthology. Along with your story, please include with your submission a brief cover letter, including an author bio and acknowledgment(s) if the story has been previously published.
- As you probably know, 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
We’ve attached a flyer that gives a small idea of what we do. We would appreciate it if you’d distribute it to your students or put it up in your department.
- LOS ANGELES’ NEWEST MUSEUM TO HOLD GRAND OPENING WITH CHICKENS!
Los Angeles – The Los Angeles-based National Museum of Animals & Society (NMAS) will officially open its doors in East Hollywood on January 10, 2014 with a Grand Opening Celebration. To mark the occasion, the museum will bring to life Uncooped, the museum’s landmark online exhibition spotlighting one of the most common - yet most often overlooked – of all domesticated animals: the chicken. NMAS was first founded in 2010 by its executive director, Carolyn Merino Mullin, after seeing a clear need for a museum that documented the inspiring history of the animal protection movement and one that more generally explores our fascinating relationships with other animals, including companion animals, wildlife, and farm animals too. “As is the case with civil rights, women’s suffrage, and other social justice causes, animal protection – as a movement - has a history that dates centuries and deserves to be preserved, interpreted and shared. Until the National Museum of Animals & Society, there was no museum undertaking this effort. We are incredibly grateful that the community has so warmly embraced us.” In November, the institution held a soft opening of its facility with a touching exhibition, My Dog is My Home, which featured the stories and experiences of Los Angeles’ homeless and what it means to find home in the heart of an animal.Since its inception, the museum has grown its permanent collection to over 3,000 pieces of historically significant material dating back as early as the 1700’s, provided free humane education programs to thousands of school children, created thoughtful exhibits – pop-up, online, and temporary in nature-, welcomed nearly 50 interns through its rewarding internship program, held an annual Fall Lecture Series, and much more. The museum continues to spotlight the living history of the animal protection movement, animal studies (where animals and culture meet through the arts, sciences, and humanities) and humane education in its exhibitions, collections, public programming, and educational efforts.Uncooped will debut on Friday, January 10, 2014, a week that also mark’s the museum’s fourth anniversary, with a VIP reception at 6 pm and general admission at 7 pm. Complimentary curated cocktails, chicken-friendly fare, and curator tours will be offered to all. Throughout the opening weekend, attendees can also enjoy film screenings, cooking classes and panel discussions.This exhibit features works by artists Yvette Watt, Sharon Lee Hart, Shelby Prindaville, Nicolas Lampert, L.A. Watson, Kathryn Eddy, Mary Britton Clouse, Jo-Anne McArthur, Angie Carreiro, Janell O'Rourke, Vincent Evans, Matt Page, and Robert O' Connor. Along with artifacts, narratives, and several video features, Uncooped also provides resources for viewers who feel moved to act on behalf of this underappreciated species.“Chickens are truly fascinating beings that have a long history in the lives and society of people. I’m honored to play a part in bringing this exhibit to fruition,” reflects co-curator, L.A. Watson of Lexington, Kentucky. Abbie Rogers of Asheville, North Carolina also curated this exhibit, and noted that, “some of the best friends I have made are chickens. They are a very sweet, loving, and caring species.”Uncooped is co-sponsored by United Poultry Concerns, Farm Sanctuary, A Well-Fed World, Animal Alliance, Animal Place, and The Vegg. Uncooped is on view from January 10 – March 30th at the museum in East Hollywood, located at 4302 Melrose Ave. Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm. Regular admission is a suggested $5 donation. For more information on the museum, the exhibit and upcoming events, please visit:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com if you would like to get involved.
- The Web of Life Foundation (WOLFoundation.org) is issuing the first call for essays for its 2013 essay competition.WOLFoundation is dedicating to stimulating new thinking in the field of sustainability and socio-environmental issues. Within this context, the theme of this year's essay competition is "An Aspirational Future".Essays should be up to 2,000 words of prose in any non-technical style (including fiction) and are meant for a general readership.From the Guidelines: "Any and all views on the specified theme are welcome and encouraged. We would like to see entries that address all perspectives creatively. Just avoid giving us tired ideas that have been hashed out many times before."The winning essay will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and $500 is awarded to the second placed entry.Submissions should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Guidelines for submissions.
Journal Submission Requirements
- Society & Animals
- Organization and Environment
- New Formations (see The Animals Turn)
- Human Ecology Review
- The Journal of Animal Ethics
- Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS)
- Ethics and the Environment
- Journal of Animal Ethics
- Environmental Humanities
- There is a funding opportunity in the UK which could potentially offer substantial support to interdisciplinary and international animal studies projects.
- MSU Graduate School Travel Funding
- MSU Environmental Science & Policy Travel Support
- Culture and Animals Foundation
Grant applications due January 31st, annually
- Animal Welfare Trust
- Farm Sanctuary announces a call for grant proposals on observational research of farm animal emotions, behavior, and cognitive abilities in an approved setting (such as a farm animal sanctuary). Grants will be awarded for amounts ranging from $1,000 to $20,000. For more information, see website.
- Scaife Family Foundation offers a grant program to support and develop programs that strengthen families, address issues surrounding the health and welfare of women and children, promote animal welfare, and that demonstrate the beneficial interaction between humans and animals. Eligible applicants are organizations classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. See more information here.