Animal Studies Specialization Students
visiting the Detroit Institute of Art's Special Exhibit "It's a Zoo in Here! Prints and Drawings of Animals"
Conferences and Programs
- Werewolves, Wolves and the Gothic, edited by Robert McKay & John Miller (University of Sheffield, UK). Wolves lope across the gothic imagination. Signs of a pure animality opposed to the human, they become, in the figure of the werewolf, liminal creatures that move between the human and the animal: humans in animal form and animals in human form. They are metonyms of forbidding landscapes, an unsettling howl in the distance; more intimately, their imposing fangs and gaping mouths threaten a monstrous consumption.The gothic wolf is singular, anomalous, but gothic wolves form a demonic multiplicity, a pack. Wolves and werewolves function as a site for working out or contesting complex anxieties of difference: of gender, class, race, space, nation or sexuality; but the imaginative and ideological uses of wolves also reflect back on the lives of material animals, long demonized and persecuted in their declining habitats across the world. Wolves, then, raise unsettling questions about the intersection of the real and the imaginary, the instability of human identities and the worldliness and political weight of the Gothic. We welcome proposals for chapters on any aspect of wolves, werewolves and the Gothic on page or screen in any historical period for a collection of essays to be submitted to The University of Wales Press series of Gothic Literary Studies. We are particularly interested in proposals that seek to read gothic wolves in the context of material histories of (for example) human/animal relations; environmental development; empire and globalization; and gender and sexuality. Please send chapter abstracts of 500 words along with a short biography to Robert McKay (email@example.com) and John Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) by July 31st, 2013. Completed essays will be 6500 words in length and will be commissioned in September 2013 for delivery in the autumn of 2014.
Three full-day panels have been assembled on animal studies within the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) and the Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture (ETPC) conferences for 2013 Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences this June in Victoria BC. See the following link for info on the panels: http://christianebailey.com/eptc-tcep-2013/
The call for papers for 'Winged Creatures', the next meeting of the British Animal Studies Network, has just been issued. This meeting will be held in Glasgow on October 11 and 12 2013. It will look at a range of ways in which animal studies might address birds, insects, bats or other winged creatures. Invited speakers are Dan Lyons (Centre for Animals and Social Justice), Andrea Roe (Edinburgh College of Art), Laurie Shannon (Northwestern University), and Paul Walton (RSPB Scotland). As well as these invited speakers we are also issuing this call for papers. If you are interested in giving a paper addressing the topic from whatever disciplinary perspective please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words with a brief biography (also of no more than 200 words). These should be included within your email – i.e. NOT as attachments. Please send them to email@example.com. The deadline for abstracts is Friday 14 June 2013. Presentations will be 20 minutes long, and we hope to include work by individuals at different career stages. Sadly we have no money to support travel, accommodation or attendance costs.
- College Art Association Conference 2014, Chicago, invites paper proposals for: Unbecoming Animals.This panel seeks submissions about contemporary art works that focus on animals and place them at the center of aesthetic concerns. More and more artists include nonhuman living beings into their works. This happens in the context of the growing dialogue between the fields of animal studies, ethics, and contemporary art. We call for proposals about artworks that deliberately attempt to shift our attention from human to animal matters. The panel is especially interested in proposals that showcase what “caring about animals” might look like, with all its messiness and possible critical concerns from ecological, feminist, and other perspectives. Questions that are of special interest include, but are not limited to: Is it possible to care for animals ethically? How does such care translate to art? What does it mean: to loveanimals or to welcome animals in art? Email your proposals to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
- 112th American Anthropological Association Meeting, November 20-24, 2013 in Chicago, IL. “Representing Animals: Nonhuman 'Others' in Human Publics.” From “Save the Whales” campaigns of the 1960s to the recent rise of the progressive Dutch political party PvdD (“Party for the Animals”), people have searched for ways to incorporate nonhuman animals into the human social order. These efforts expose, but are also limited by, the anthropocentric and humanist assumptions built into legal and political frameworks. Recent attempts by anthropologists to include nonhuman animals in theories of subjectivity have struggled against a similar set of assumptions. Often, anthropologists seek to extend anthropocentric frameworks rather than develop innovative theories that do more than transpose human models onto nonhuman animals. As Cary Wolfe (2009) suggests in his work on posthumanism, the social sciences must move beyond merely ‘de-centering’ the human to truly incorporate the animal within these investigations. This panel analyzes innovative attempts (recent and historical) to represent animals in human social, legal, and political arenas. Specifically, we ask: what strategies have been employed for representing animals? What attempts, if any, have been made to go beyond the metaphor of “voicing” or “speaking for” animals? And is it possible to understand any of these attempts from an anthropological perspective without first rethinking some of the underlying assumptions of the discipline? Deadline has passed. Contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
- Breaking the Silence on Global and Local Intersections of Ethnicity, Spirituality, and Nonhuman Animals - the 12th Annual North American Conference for Critical Animal Studies on June 20-22, 2013 at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) has a call for papers. As the poor become poorer, more prisons are constructed, and the global south struggles with exploitation, disease, hunger, and mass displacement, social justice activists are becoming more intolerant of global racism and discrimination. In kind, the theme of this year’s annual North American Conference for Critical Animal Studies is the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, animals, and spirituality. Some of the foundational questions that the conference is interested in discussing include: Can activists compare struggles of racism to nonhuman animal suffering? What is the intersectional history of ethnicity and animals? Do you have to be anti-racist to be an animal advocate? How has religion aided in the marginalization of people of color and nonhuman animals? How has religion aided in the liberation of people of color and nonhuman animals? How, if at all, do animal advocates challenge colonization, imperialism, and racism? What are the theoretical and scientific similarities between racism and speciesism? How have different ethnic and spiritual groups addressed animal advocacy? We welcome proposals from community members including nonprofit organizations, political leaders, activists, and professors, staff, and students from within higher education. We are especially interested in the histories of social movements, spirituality, global religions, race, ethnicity, decolonization, critical race theory, nonviolence, alliance politics, freedom, democracy, total inclusion, global trade, globalization, whiteness, radical feminism, anti-racism, imperialism, prison abolition, labor rights, disability rights, legal issues, and indigenous rights/sovereignty. Deadline has passed. Contact: Travis Erikson.
- Funny Kinds of Love: The Ethics and Affects of Human-Animal Relationships on the May 9th and 10th, 2013 at UC Berkeley. Representations and expressions of love between humans and non-human animals suffuse contemporary U.S. culture. There is the love-at-a-distance of the feral cat rescuer, the often- deadly love of the cattle rancher, and the everyday love of the poop-scooping dog owner. There is the loving precision of the wildlife biologist tracking elk populations, the loving compassion of the veterinary laboratory technician, and the loving violence of the dog fighter. And then there is the love expressed by animal advocate Jessica Dolce in light of the reality of overcrowded shelters and underfunded sanctuaries: “putting them to sleep, in your arms, can be the greatest act of love you can give to your pet.” These are undoubtedly funny kinds of love. This conference seeks to explore these funny loves and the kinds of ethics and affects, as well as categorical kinds, in which they are caught up. Deadline has passed. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- There is a Call for Papers for the ICAS 3rd European Conference, November 28th-30th, 2013, in Karlsruhe (deadline June 15th, 2013). Almost every technoscientific innovation is tested on nonhuman animals in order to get to the market: so called “animal experiments” represent not only a huge market, but an established reality in every corner of the world. Moreover, new technologies such as biotechnology, nanotechnology and neurosciences have made it possible to change fundamental characteristics of nonhuman animals, involving the systematic manipulation and commodification of their bodies as well as new uses of them. Technological developments, powerfully entrenched with industrialization, amplify almost every current use of nonhuman animals, such as in particular the so called field of “animal food production”. The field of Critical Animal Studies encourages the collaboration between academic scholars and nonprofit organizations and activists. Precisely because academia and other community members have different ways of working, we ask authors to indicate whether their abstract pertains to the academic field (and should thus be evaluated from the perspective of the scholarly literature) or to the field of activism. In this latter case, authors may choose to present campaigns as well as to discuss rationale and goals of particular strategies. The applied and anonymized abstracts will be evaluated at least by three members of the Scientific Committee. In addition to the technoscience theme the conference is also open to non-themed CAS papers.The deadline for submissions is June 15th 2013. Accepted presenters will be notified via e-mail by July 7th 2013. Please submit your proposal to email@example.com.
- Fourth International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies, July 1-3, 2013 at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, titled ‘When Species Meet’: Animal Experience, Human Emotion. Beyond geography there is a general acceptance that humans have an emotional connection with animals (Wilson, 1984; Urbanik, 2012). Despite a concerted effort to ‘put life back into the discipline’ (Spencer and Whatmore, 2001), individual animals remain ‘somewhat shadowy presences’ (Philo, 2006) in geography. It is collectivised categories such as livestock, wildlife, captives, companions, experimental subjects, political, edible and sexual objects, which have emerged from the margins to animate more-than-human geographies. Research on the individuality of living beings and their role in subjective human emotional experience are distinctly lacking. There are exceptions which flirt with these ideas. Chris Bear (2011), whose paper focused on Angelica the Octopus, called for greater attention to be paid to the lived experience and encounters of individual creatures. Sushrut Jadhav and Maan Barua (2012) considered the impact of human-elephant conflict on people’s wellbeing. There have also been recent papers on the autistic autobiographies of the natural world (Davidson and Smith, 2009), and even human-animal intimacy (Brown and Rasmussen, 2010; Griffin, 2012). Perhaps for fear of sentimentalism, scholars other than those from the feminist care tradition (see Donovan and Adams, 2007), have avoided this topic. This session draws inspiration from Donna Haraway’s, When Species Meet (2007). For Haraway, ‘species of all kinds, living or not, are consequent on a subject- and object-shaping dance of encounters’. Whether it is in the home, field, factory or zoo, these shared experiences are loaded meaning and emotion. Such interspecies encounters generate questions of who we are and how we feel. Deadline has passed. Contacts (firstname.lastname@example.org) and (email@example.com).
- University of Sydney, Australia's 5th Biennial Conference of the Australian Animal Studies Group July 8-10, 2013. The Anthropocene describes a period of geological time dominated by homo sapiens and marked by the significant impact of human activity on the planet. At a time when the natural world is ever more subject to human intervention, interspecies relations face many challenges. If the cultural and scientific moment of the Anthropocene puts us in our place, then it is time to reconsider our place with them, the other animals. This 5th Conference of the Australian Animal Studies Group will bring together voices from a wide range of disciplines and beyond the Academy to examine how new knowledge of humananimal relations requires novel starting points, critical tools and cross-disciplinary connections. We welcome papers that explore the implications of living in the Anthropocene for humananimal relationships. What is the impact of human activity upon non-human life? How do lessons from the past shed light on present and future orientations? How do different disciplines, institutions and groups (community, government and activist) respond to the myriad issues raised by living in the Anthropocene? Deadline has passed. Conference website: http://aasgconference.com/
- Animality Studies and Its Discontents Proposed Roundtable for MLA 2014 (January 9-12, 2014) in Boston. For this MLA roundtable proposal, we would like to focus on the developing field of animality studies, exploring what it can offer to literary and cultural studies more broadly and how it can be distinguished from related fields and theoretical approaches, such as animal studies, critical animal studies, species critique, human-animal studies, posthumanism, and biopolitics. Animal studies can be associated, for example, with work more likely to be explicitly concerned about the living conditions of nonhuman animals. Conversely, animality studies can describe work that does not prioritize that kind of advocacy for various nonhuman animals, even though it shares an interest in how we think about “real” animals. Animality studies can prioritize questions of human cultural politics, for example, in relation to how we have thought about human and nonhuman animality at various historical and cultural moments, without an imperative to claim the explicit advocacy for nonhuman animals that runs through much of the recent work in animal studies. Roundtable participants will be expected to highlight briefly a question, issue, or example related to animality studies. Contact: Michael.Lundblad@ColoState.Edu Director, Animality Studies at CSU.
Please see the following job opening at the Animals and Society Institute and please feel free to share on your lists. For more information, see the complete job description here. The Executive Director is the Institute's leader in day-to-day administrative and program operations, promotion and development, as well as its chief strategist for advancement in the field of animal protection and advocacy.
Three outstanding candidates will be hired to form a cohort of three multidisciplinary ESRC studentships to look at aspects of Neglected Zoonotic Diseases in Africa. This is part of a new initiative which will draw on training by both the ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science and the BBSRC EASTBIO Doctoral Training Partnership to equip studentship to undertake one of three related PhD topics.
The Department is offering a PhD research opportunity in animals and social justice, in partnership with the Centre for Animals and Social Justice (CASJ). This will give an outstanding social sciences Master's graduate the opportunity to pursue research around the political representation of animals in general (UK-focused), or one of the specific animal policy areas of: agriculture, science, captivity (e.g. zoos, circuses) and wildlife
Applications are invited for a full-time, without-term Lectureship/Senior Lectureship in Biological or Social Anthropology. We are looking for applicants with research and teaching interests complementary to those of staff in the Centre for Research in Evolutionary and Environmental Anthropology. We would particularly welcome applications from those whose research is at the interface of biological and social anthropology, for example in the areas of health and illness, psychological anthropology, medical anthropology, environment and conservation, or human ecology. Anthropology at Roehampton has an international reputation for research. It has been growing over recent years and is currently being supported by further investment from the University. We are seeking applications from highly motivated and creative candidates who have a commitment both to high quality research and to teaching at all levels. In addition to our well-established undergraduate programme, we have a highly successful MRes in primatology and would like to expand our masters’ provision in anthropology. We are looking for applicants who are willing to teach on a range of undergraduate modules, and who are keen to be involved in developing new masters’ courses. The University of Roehampton is set on a beautiful, traditional campus in south-west London. The University provides its students with exceptional facilities, high quality teaching and a close-knit, collegiate experience. Roehampton has a diverse student body and a cosmopolitan outlook, with students from over 130 countries. The University is committed to a strong research culture, with two of its departments ranked the best in the country. Roehampton is on an ambitious trajectory and seeks to build on its increasing popularity by developing an innovative and distinctive portfolio.
Deadline has passed. This remains as a post for general information: For artists and humanists, these are extraordinary times: our sense of “the human” is undergoing remarkable transformations, with implications for the future of all life on the planet. But has “humanism” been part of the problem all along? How should we think differently–about the biosphere and the social world–if we are going to avoid realizing our deepest dystopian fears? The Penn State IAH welcomes applications for a one-year fellowship commencing July 1, 2013, from scholars and artists who have received their terminal degrees (PhDs in the humanities, MFAs in the fine and performing arts, Masters or beyond in design fields such as architecture) within the past three years. Applications should include a CV, contact information for two references, a project description of 1000 words, and (for applicants in the arts or design) a hyperlink or other access to a digital portfolio. Fellowship stipends are $42,000 plus benefits and a $2,000 research fund; fellows will be asked to teach one class and lead a faculty/graduate student research group and/or organize a symposium. Fellows will be given office space at the Institute. It is expected that fellows will take part in the intellectual life of campus by working with faculty and students, attending symposia and events, and contributing to meetings and discussions presented byIAH.
Deadline has passed. This remains as a post for general information: The Department of Philosophy at Queen's University invites applications for the new Abby Benjamin Postdoctoral Fellowship in Animal Studies. This is a one-year non-renewable 12-month fellowship. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated expertise in animal ethics, law and public policy, show evidence of teaching potential, and be able to participate constructively in departmental and collegial activities. While we interpret animal ethics, law and public policy broadly, and welcome applications from various disciplines that study human-animal relations including political science, law, philosophy, sociology and environmental studies, we are looking in particular for research that critically examines the moral, legal and political dimensions of how human-animal relations are governed. A recipient of the Fellowship is expected to reside in Kingston, to teach a University course in animal studies, and to collaborate in developing initiatives related to the promotion of the analysis and understanding of animal rights (such as workshops, conferences, public lectures, etc.) The Fellow will work under the supervision of Prof. Will Kymlicka. The 2013-14 fellowship will start on July 1, 2013. Applicants must have submitted their doctoral dissertation by that date, and must be within five years of having received their doctorate. The salary for the postdoctoral fellowship will be $40,000, which includes remuneration for teaching a half-course in animal ethics or a cognate subject.
There is a Chronicle of Higher Education job posting for the full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Comparative Psychology (Animal Behavior and Cognition), Ethology, and/or Human-Animal Studies which has just been listed at Eastern Kentucky University. You can find information about this position here.
Deadline has passed. This remains as a post for general information: Position for the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES), Department of Animal Sciences - Teaching Associate in Companion Animal Biology and Humane Education. Illinois is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. We serve the state, the nation, and the world by creating knowledge, preparing students for lives of impact, and addressing critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge. Illinois is the place where we embrace difference. We embrace it because we value it. Illinois is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.The Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks an individual to provide instructional support to our undergraduate teaching program in Companion Animal Biology and Humane Education. This is a Full-time, 12-month, Other Academic, non-tenure track 100% Instruction position. Assistant or Associate Professor, Anthrozoology.
Carroll College, a private, Catholic diocesan, liberal arts college, nestled in the foothills of the Rockies in Helena, Montana, is seeking a tenure track assistant or associate professor in the discipline of Anthrozoology. This new program is housed in the Department of Psychology and is a new major at Carroll College. Anthrozoology explores the unique relationship between humans and animals. By increasing knowledge about this relationship and by assessing how animals enrich human lives, we provide students with both scientific and academic rigor and hands-on application of the knowledge gained to improve the quality of life for both humans and animals. The major in Anthrozoology has two tracks: Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.In the Natural Science track, students prepare for careers in veterinary medicine, hippotherapy (occupational, physical or speech therapy), or graduate studies in biological or related fields. Students taking the social science track are preparing for careers in counseling, psychology, public service, social work, law, public or private animal-related organizations. As such, Carroll College seeks candidates with expertise in human-animal relationships and an advanced degree in a field such as veterinary medicine, animal behavior, animal welfare, public health, psychology or a related field. Any course work related to animals and society or the human-animal bond is highly valued. Preference will be given to applicants who are familiar with standards and philosophies of organizations such as ISAZ, Delta Society, PATH International, EAGALA, service dog organizations, canine or equine training associations, and/or Search and Rescue organizations. The preferred candidate will also have teaching and research experience, and must be able to demonstrate the ability to work effectively with dogs, horses and students. For priority consideration, in your statement of interest please include your philosophy on teaching and scholarship and your response to Carroll College’s Catholic mission and identity (http://www.carroll.edu/about/mission.cc), curriculum vita, and contact information of three professional references to the Office of Human Resources, Carroll College, 1601 N. Benton Ave., Helena, MT 59625.
Journals and Special Editions
- Society & Animals
- Journal of Human-Animal Interaction
- Human Ecology Review
- Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS)
- The following Special Issue will be published in Animals
( http://www.mdpi.com/journal/ animals/ , ISSN 2076-2615),
and is now open to receive submissions of full research papers and comprehensive review articles for peer-review
and possible publication:
Special Issue: Conservation of Endangered Animals and Protection
of Their Habitats
Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. John L. Koprowski
Website: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/ animals/special_issues/ conservation
Submission Deadline: 31 July 2013
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: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto: boyde@ uow.edu.au >
For more information, including submission guidelines see: http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/
- I am co-editing a book of essays and poems on animals in film called Lives Beyond Us: Poems and Essays on the Film Reality of Animals. If you would like to contribute an essay, please go here for further details.
- Call for Contributors to Critical Animal Geographies edited volume. Fifteen years after the publication of the groundbreaking Animal Geographies (Wolch & Emel 1998), followed by Animal Spaces, Beastly Places (Philo & Wilbert 2000), a growing number of geographers now readily acknowledge the nonhuman animal as an important site of intellectual inquiry. Following the call to “bring the animals back in” to the discipline (Wolch & Emel 1995), animal geographers have taken up the project of “decentering the human in human geography” (Anderson 2013) by reckoning with the inescapable contingency of the human subject. This has yielded fascinating and important explorations of deeply constitutive human-animal relations and the spaces, traces, violences and practices that enable them and are left in their wake. Since the “third wave” of animal geographies (Urbanik 2012) in the 1990s, billions of real animals have continued to service humans and capitalist accumulation as food, labourers, entertainment, clothing, biomedical research subjects, and companions. Human-animal relationships are fraught with complex dynamics of power and privilege involving the uneven appropriation of lives, labours and bodies across species, including humans. At the same time, humans and animals have an extraordinary capacity for engaging in inter-species relationships of mutual care, love, and companionship. These ambivalent material-semiotic entanglements between humans and animals are both at stake and implicated in contemporary ecological crises, bringing a critical urgency to the task of rethinking dominant orders (capitalist, species, juridico-political, scientific) that structure human-animal relations. As geographers, we have just scratched the surface of academic inquiry into the rich and varied lives of animals, the ethical and political questions relating to human-animal relations, and the implications for thinking about alternative modes of being in this multispecies world. Critical human geography has traditionally aimed not merely to interpret and analyze the world, but to change it. In such a spirit, this edited volume makes a call for a distinct critical animal geography – one that interprets the complex plurality of human-animal relations, but does not stop there. Critical animal geographies interrogate structures of power and social inequality across species lines and presuppose a commitment to understanding and destabilizing the status quo and reimagining alternative visions of human-animal relations. The aim of this edited volume is to feature cutting edge critical animal geographies research that radically rethinks how we conceptualize our relationship and responsibility to nonhuman animals. We are interested in empirical and theoretical engagements rooted in critical geographic research relating to animals and human-animal relations. We are also interested in fresh perspectives on methodological approach and on extending critical and radical theoretical framings to include animal geographies work. Chapters may include (but are not limited to) engagement with feminist/eco-feminist, political economy, post-humanist, cyborg/hybrid, anarchist, post-colonial, and queer literatures in order to envision a diverse set of epistemological, ontological and methodological perspectives on animals. We ask that anyone interested in contributing to this Critical Animal Geographiesvolume submit a one page CV (including previous publications) and an abstract of no more than 500 words by June 1, 2013. If your abstract is selected for inclusion in the book, full chapters will be due February 1, 2014. Please send abstracts and direct any questions to the volume editors: Katie Gillespie (email@example.com) and Rosemary-Claire Collard (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com. 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.
- There is a call for applications for a 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, firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. Closing date for submissions is September 30th, 2013. 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
- 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.