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  • Animals
    • Animals is an international and interdisciplinary scholarly open access journal. It publishes original research articles, reviews, communications, and short notes that are relevant to any field of study that involves animals, including zoology, ethnozoology, animal science, animal ethics and animal welfare. However, preference will be given to those articles that provide an understanding of animals within a larger context (i.e., the animals' interactions with the outside world, including humans). There is no restriction on the length of the papers. Our aim is to encourage scientists to publish their experimental and theoretical research in as much detail as possible. Full experimental details and/or method of study, must be provided for research articles. Articles submitted that involve subjecting animals to unnecessary pain or suffering will not be accepted, and all articles must be submitted with the necessary ethical approval.
  • Animal Sentience
    • Animal Sentience is a brand new, peer-reviewed, pluridisciplinary online journal on animal feelings. No subscription or publication fees. Accepted articles will be accorded Open Peer Commentary across disciplines. As an interdisciplinary journal, ASent will be of interest to all who are concerned with the current empirical findings on what, when and how nonhuman animals feel, along with the practical, methodological, legal, ethical, sociological, theological and philosophical implications of the findings.
  • Animal Studies Journal
    • 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.
  • Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture
    • Over its first two years of activity, Antennae has become an influential resource of academic relevance within the fast growing field of animal and environmental studies, acting as receiver and amplifier of relevant topics, as expressed by the connections between the subject of nature and the multidisciplinary field of visual culture.
  • Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the Interactions of People and Animals
    • Anthrozoös is a quarterly, peer-reviewed publication whose focus is to report the results of studies, from a wide array of disciplines, on the interactions of people and animals. Academic disciplines represented include anthropology, archaeozoology, art and literature, education, ethology, history, human medicine, psychology, sociology and veterinary medicine.
  • Environmental Humanities
    • Environmental Humanities is an international, open-access journal that aims to invigorate current interdisciplinary research on the environment. In response to a growing interest around the world in the many questions that arise in this era of rapid environmental and social change, the journal publishes outstanding scholarship that draws humanities disciplines into conversation with each other, and with the natural and social sciences.
  • Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin
    • Announcing the new open access, online, peer-reviewed Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, devoted to the dissemination of research in the field of the interaction between non-human animals and their human counterparts. The mission of HAIB is to bring together researchers, academicians, clinicians/practitioners, and scholarly students working in different areas for the advancement of the human-animal interaction field.
  • Human Ecology Review
    • Human Ecology Review 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).
  • Humanimalia: A Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies
    • The study of human/animal relationships is connected to questions ranging from postcolonial politics (land struggles among Western “animal tourists,” indigenous people in underdeveloped areas, and the endangered species), through philosophy (acknowledging how “the animal” has functioned as the other to “the human,” both historically malleable and politically charged categories), to the study of art and literature (examining how the animal image expresses cultural assumptions). As editors of Humanimalia, we believe there is a need for a journal that brings together scholarship on these questions from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives, and creates opportunities for further exchanges of ideas. We believe also that our knowledge about the intricate relationships among human and non-human animals should not be rigidly restricted to established conventions of scholarly study and polemical argument, conventions that in their exclusive claims to validity have contributed to the objectification of relationships in which human observers are profoundly implicated.
  • Journal of Animal Ethics
    • Journal of Animal Ethics is the first named journal of animal ethics in the world. It is devoted to the exploration of progressive thought about animals. It is multidisciplinary in nature and international in scope. It covers theoretical and applied aspects of animal ethics -- of interest to academics from the humanities and the sciences, as well as professionals working in the field of animal protection. JAE is published by the University of Illinois Press in partnership with the Ferrater Mora Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. The aim of the Centre is to pioneer ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching, and publication.
  • Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law
    • Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law seeks to explore the legal and public policy issues surrounding animals and natural resources at all levels of government: local, state, national, comparative national and international. All perspectives are welcome. JANRL will be web-published in its entirety, but hard print copy shall also be available.
  • Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
    • Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science publishes articles, commentaries, and brief research reports on methods of experimentation, husbandry, and care that demonstrably enhance the welfare of all nonhuman animals. For administrative purposes, manuscripts are categorized into the following four content areas: welfare issues arising in laboratory, farm, companion animal, and wildlife/zoo settings. Manuscripts of up to 8,000 words are accepted that present new empirical data or a re-evaluation of available data, conceptual or theoretical analysis, or demonstrations relating to some issue of animal welfare science. The editors also encourage submission of brief research reports and commentaries. In addition, JAAWS publishes letters, announcements of meetings, news, and book reviews. Unsolicited submissions of such articles are welcome.
  • Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences
    • 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. JESS is the official publication of the newly formed Association of Environmental Sciences and Studies.
  • Otherness: Essays and Studies
    • Via ‘Otherness: Essays & Studies’, we seek to publish research articles from and across different academic disciplines that examine, in as many ways as possible, the concepts of otherness and alterity. As such, we now offer an outlet for the dissemination of such research into otherness and aim to provide an open and active forum for academic discussion. We particularly appreciate dynamic cross-disciplinary study. We envisage that forthcoming issues of the journal will relate to topics within the context of Otherness studies and members and colleagues of the Centre are welcome to propose research ideas and themes for more focused studies.
  • Politics and Animals
    • Politics and Animals is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that explores the human-animal relationship from the vantage point of political science and political theory. It hosts international, multidisciplinary research and debate—conceptual and empirical—on the consequences and possibilities that human-animal relations have for politics and vice versa.
  • 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.
  • Sloth: A Journal of Emerging Voices in Human-Animal Studies
    • Sloth is an online bi-annual journal that publishes international, multi-disciplinary writing by undergraduate students and recent (within three years) graduates that deals with human/non-human animal relationships from the perspectives of the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences. Sloth showcases the important and innovative contributions of undergraduates, giving those who are interested in human/non-human animal relationships a way to contribute to and engage with the field, as well as an opportunity to build their skills, knowledge, and resumes in anticipation of their graduate school careers.
  • Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies
    • Since 1993 and in conjunction with the internationally recognized Brill, ASI produces Society & Animals, published six times per year and containing peer reviewed studies concerning nonhuman animals from psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science and other social sciences and history, literary criticism, and other disciplines of the humanities. Recent articles suggest the scope of the journal: Dolphins in Popular Literature and Media; More than a Furry Companion: The Ripple Effect of Companion Animals on Neighborhood Interactions and Sense of Community; and An Investigation into the Association between the Witnessing of Animal Abuse and Adolescents' Behavior toward Animals.

Books and Special Editions

  • ANTENNAE: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture - CFP: 'Post-truth Age'

    On the 16th of November 2016, ‘Post-truth’ was officially declared 'word of the year' by Oxford Dictionaries. Following closely on the unexpected results of the US election, the adjective relates to circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than emotional appeals. As a concept, post-truth enables a heightened fluidity between fiction and non-fiction, empiricism and mythology, factual and alternative — it problematically inserts itself in past and present histories of 'truth-making', problematizing epistemology whilst posing urgent questions about the essence of knowledge production and consumption in today’s cultural economies.    

    Thus far, its cultural pervasiveness has been fueled by the rise of social media and by a growing distrust in governmental bodies. Its impact on climate-science denial is currently unfolding and the extent to which post-truth politics are rapidly producing a normalization of institutional deceit is extremely likely to cause irreparable environmental damage.
    As more literally than ever, all that is solid melts into the air, there never has been quite as much at stake in the very notion of truth. While apocalyptic visions of the Anthropocene appear closer than ever before, we might ask ‘what is the role played by visual media, art, and communication in supporting, informing, and driving creative forms of viable resistance?’ ‘How is the complicated relationship between art and science impacted by these cultural turns?’ And ‘how might contested notions of truth shape essential research questions and methodologies?’

    Topics considered:

    Past and Present Histories of Truth
    Data and Post-truth
    Human non-human collectivities and Climate change
    Climate change and representation
    Nuclear Cultures
    Dark Ecology
    Curating Climate Change
    Postmodernism or Posthumanism as Groundless Ground
    Representation, spectacle, and politics
    We have never been modern
    Animals and cosmopolitics
    Animal welfare and online information

    Academic essays = length 6000-10000 words

    Artists’ portfolio = 5/6 images along with 1000 words max statement/commentary

    Interviews = maximum length 8000 words

    Fiction = maximum length 8000 words

    Deadlines: Abstracts: 1st of April 2017 (Please submit a 350 words abstract along with a CV)

    Selection process is finalized and feedback sent: 15th of April

    Final Submissions: 1st of November 2017

    Please email any questions to: Giovanni Aloi: Editor in Chief of 'Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture' (

  • Animals in Detective Fiction
    by John Miller

    Since its origins in the mid nineteenth century, detective fiction has been populated by a huge array of beasts. If the genre begins, as is widely supposed (though not without some debate), with Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue’ (1841), then detective fiction’s very first culprit is an animal. Such beastly instances of criminal violence are among the genre’s most recurrent figurings of the non-human. Accordingly, like Poe’s frenzied ourang-outang on the spree in Paris, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles (1902) identifies a murderous aggression as part-and-parcel of animal nature. Detective fiction accommodates gentler and more law-abiding creatures too, however. Wilkie Collins, often thought of as the founder of the British detective novel, depicts the villain Count Fosco in The Woman in White (1859) surrounded by his ‘pretties’, ‘a cockatoo, two canary-birds and a whole family of white mice’, while Koko and Yum Yum, the feline sidekicks of Lillian Jackson Braun’s popular The Cat Who… series from the 1960s show animals living on the right side of the law. Detective fiction is also consistently concerned with the human as animal. From the ‘bloodhound’ Sherlock Holmes to Dashiell Hammett’s ‘wolfish’ Sam Spade, detection involves the development of beastly characteristics. Comparably, the criminal is often imagined as the animal in human form, a sign of the descent back down the evolutionary ladder towards a savage state the founder of criminology Cesare Lombroso identified as ‘criminal atavism’. Though often described as an essentially conservative form, the best examples of detective fiction unsettle rigid binarisms to intersect with developing concerns in animal studies: animal agency, the complexities of human/animal interaction, the politics and literary aesthetics of animal violence and victimhood, animal metaphor and the intricate ideological work of ‘animality’.

    This volume will be the first to engage thoroughly with the manifold animal lives in this enduringly popular and continually morphing literary form. We are interested in essays that investigate the portrayal of animals in the detective fiction of any period and any region. It is anticipated that the volume will include essays that explore the genre’s most celebrated figures (Poe, Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Raymond Chandler, Georges Simenon, Hammett, Walter Mosley etc), alongside less well-known authors. We particularly welcome essays which combine questions of genre with attention to broader ethical and political concerns regarding the representation of animals, encompassing relevant theoretical developments in, for example, animal studies, posthumanism and ecocriticism.

    Topics may include, but are not restricted to:

    Animals as detectives

    Detectives as animals


    Detection, empire and the traffic in animal bodies

    Red herrings

    Animal victims


    Queer identities

    Anthropocene noir

    Animal sidekicks

    Detective fiction and natural history

    Animal clues

    Taxonomic mysteries

    Animals, animality and discourses of race

    Questions of species and questions of gender

    Animals as weapons



    The volume is intended to form part of Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature, edited by Susan McHugh, Robert McKay and John Miller (

    Please email abstracts of no more than 300 words along with a short biographical statement to Ruth Hawthorn ( and John Miller ( by 31st March 2017. Essays will be commissioned by 1st May 2017 for delivery in Winter 2017/2018.

  • Animal Studies Journal, "Animal Sanctuaries"
    • We seek articles that consider animal sanctuaries as unique sites of human-animal interaction that both influence and are influenced by the way animals are treated and understood in larger contexts. How do animal sanctuaries contribute to the broader animal protection movement, what limits and challenges do they face, and what sorts of new models for living with and caring for captive animals might they provide? Papers might consider: What constitutes a sanctuary? What do concepts like care, rescue, captivity, agency, freedom, and flourishing mean in the sanctuary context, and how might these concepts vary across different kinds of sanctuaries? How might sanctuaries differ in their approach to animal care, both philosophically and in relation to the specific kinds of animals they cater to? How do sanctuaries balance the physical and psychological needs of animals against the material and spatial constraints of captivity? How do sanctuaries differ from (or what do they have in common with) other forms of animal captivity, such as zoos, aquariums, farms, and circuses? What are the goals of sanctuaries beyond the immediate care of animals? And how are these goals affected by animal needs? For example, how might the positioning of animals as ambassadors for animal advocacy affect their care? How effective are sanctuaries at animal advocacy? What unique ethical dilemmas might sanctuaries face, and what kinds of different approaches to animal ethics inform their missions? How do sanctuaries foster or restrict animal autonomy? For example, how do they address issues related to animal reproduction or spatial segregation of animals that may be at risk of harm or pose a danger to others? What new knowledge about animal care, consciousness, and behavior might arise in the sanctuary context? For example, what contributions to veterinary science might sanctuaries provide? How do sanctuaries respond to issues related to animal death, including euthanasia, external predators, and the feeding of sanctuary carnivores? What possible visions for animal futures might sanctuaries provide?
    • The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017.
  • Ken Shapiro, Human-Animal Studies Book Series
    • Ken Shapiro, editor of Brill's Human-Animal Studies book series, is seeking manuscripts for the series on any topic that allows exploration of the relation between human and nonhuman animals in any setting, contemporary or historical, from the perspective of various disciplines within both the social sciences and humanities. Among the broad areas included are applied uses of animals (research, education, medicine, agriculture); animals in popular culture (entertainment, companion animals, animal symbolism); wildlife and the environment; and socio-political movements, public policy and the law. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript for the series, please send a query letter and proposal to
    • The deadline for submissions is ongoing.

Conferences and Programs


    Call for Papers for SLSA Conference

    November 9 - 12th, 2017

    Arizona State University

    Tempe, Arizona

             What are the temporalities, histories, and post-mortem animal embodiments of taxidermic forms and fictions? In her seminal essay, "Teddy Bear Patriarchy," Donna Haraway proclaims that the taxidermic form operates as a "servant of the real," while feminist scholars Sara Ahmed and Jackie Stacey illuminate how skin produces its own dermographics (inhabiting the spaces of landscape and the discourses of nationhood) and temporalities (aging, preservation, decay). Skin, Pauline Wakeham further suggests, produces signs in the reconstruction of Aboriginality through the colonial conquest of living forms, and Chantal Nadeau explores how fur is intimately tied to the inscription of sexual desire onto the female form. The Afterlives of Animals: A Museum Menagerie edited by Samuel J.M.M. Alberti similarly negotiates the museological imperative to capture and archive animal flesh, and the studies of Rachel Polinquin (The Breathless Zoo) as well as Bryndís Snaebjörnsdottír and Mark Wilson (Nanoq: Flat out and Bluesome: A Cultural Life of Polar Bears) explore how affect circulates around taxidermic forms. Investigating cultural, literary, cinematic, poetic, artistic and historical engagements with practices of taxidermy, this panel will invite a discussion of the histories and futures of animal flesh, the performativity of the taxidermic animal, and its exposures, preservations, fetishizations, proximal encounters, inter-embodiments, and temporalities.

             In our exploration of taxidermic forms and fictions, we will develop methods, frameworks, and paradigms that enable us to contextualize taxidermic practice in the wake of the anthropocene, an era of unparalleled species loss. How can thinking through the flesh - both human and nonhuman - initiate creative possibilities for an alternative present? How are literature, film, poetics, and art responding to the history of natural science, which has so meticulously recreated a microcosm of the world by preserving species that stand in as exceptional prototypes? What is the impact of the decay of these forms in the natural history museum? And even more pressing: what are the ethics of cutting and flaying animal bodies and fetishizing their forms? Can we attribute agency and subjectivity to the taxidermic animal? What would an ethical repurposing of taxidermy look like?

             Ruminating on these (and related) research questions, this panel will serve as a response to the recent flux of critical and creative work being produced on the subject of the taxidermy. The roundtable will consist of a panel of 20-minute presentations followed by a discussion period. Students and scholars of all disciplines are invited to participate. Please email 250-word abstracts to Susan McHugh and Sarah Bezan at and by April 15th, 2017.

    research categories:

    environmental and ecological humanities

    human-animal studies, critical animal studies, critical posthumanism(s)

    new materialism; material ecocriticism

    taxidermic fiction, art, poetry, film

    history of natural science; natural or human history

    cultural anthropologies

    cli-fi (climate change film and fiction)

  • Conference registration now open: "New Perspectives in Environmental History," Yale University, Saturday, April 22, 2017

    “New Perspectives in Environmental History”

    A Northeast Regional Conference

    Saturday, April 22, 2017  |  9:30AM-5:00PM

    Luce Hall, Yale University  |  New Haven, Connecticut

    Yale Environmental History is pleased to announce its upcoming northeast environmental history conference, “New Perspectives in Environmental History.” Please join us in New Haven for a lively day of talks and discussion on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

    This one-day conference aims to showcase current doctoral student research in environmental history and to encourage dialogue among graduate students and faculty. The conference will include three moderated panel sessions featuring presentations by graduate students from ten different universities.

    The first session, “Transnational Commodities,” examines borders and boundaries in Pacific fisheries, the Lebanese oil complex, and the global exchange of nitrogen. The second panel, “Living Empires,” will consider the exchange of nonhuman animals in the Atlantic slave trade; domesticity and ecological adaptation in colonial Philadelphia; and the colonizing laboratory of Egyptian cotton farms. The third session, “Nature By Design,” will explore its theme around four stories: the protection of a hybrid landscape at Cape Cod National Seashore; the imagining of a Pleistocene museum at the La Brea Tar Pits; the creation of a living wall of trees on the Sino-Nomadic border; and the emergence of an adaptive and opportunistic agricultural landscape in the Ottoman empire.

    We will end the conference with faculty-led discussions on various topics, including: using science in environmental history; transnational commodities; animal history; maps and data representation; academic careers and public engagement.

    For more details and to register, please visit our site:


    Department of History, Yale University  |  MacMillan Center at Yale  |  Program in the History of Science and Medicine, Yale University

  • International Conference on Agricultural and Food Science/International Conference on Biotechnology and Bioengineering. October 25-27, 2017 Lahore, Pakistan. The joint conference is organized by Asia-Pacific Association of Science, Engineering and Technology (APASET) and Virtual University of Pakistan (VU). The themes of the conference are New Approaches and Applications in Agricultural Biotechnology; Animal Science & Technology; Plant Science & Technology; Food Science & Nutrition; Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Economics and Management. Abstract submission deadline: September 20.

    Workshop: Empathy, Animals, Film

    With Prof. Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University)

    International workshop at the University of Basel, June 20, 2017

    Guest: Lori Gruen (Convenors: Markus Wild, Friederike Zenker, Livia Boscardin)

    Registration Deadline: April 30, 2017

    20/21–24 June 2017, the annual conference of the SLSAeu will be held in Basel on the topic of “Empathies” ( In this context, the workshop provides a forum to explore concepts of empathy with regard to animals and especially animals on film.

    Empathy is a key concept in contemporary studies focusing on animals e.g. in Animal Ethics or research on Animal Minds. Humans and other animals engage with each other by means of empathy. The understanding thereby ranges from a cognitive ability to put oneself into the shoes of the other to more basic forms of immediate affective resonance. In our workshop, we are particularly keen to discuss Lori Gruen’s idea of ‘Entangled Empathy’. The aim is to bring together the thinking about entangled empathy and cinematic images of animals. In which ways do films contribute to empathetic engagement, respectively might refuse to do so? In a critique of traditional ethic theory, Gruen emphasizes how important the idea of particular animals, cases and contexts is for an alternative model of ethics. Accordingly, we would like to explore the transformative power of particular animals that become visible on film, as well as possible limits of the filmic medium.

    We would like to address questions such as: 1) What is specific about empathy towards animals? How do animals engage empathically with humans? 2) What, if any, are the moral values of empathy? What is the moral value of specific concepts of empathy, e.g. entangled empathy? 3) How can we relate concepts of empathy to experiences with animals on film? How does the medium of film – particular films, scenes, cinematic narratives etc. – contribute to the empathic engagement of viewers?

    PhD candidates and early postdocs from fields including, but not limited to, philosophy, anthropology, human-animal-studies, cultural studies, film studies and media studies are encouraged to participate. To apply for participation, please submit both a short CV and a short letter of motivation.

    Participants who wish to discuss their own work are encouraged to submit a short abstract of their presentation (1 page). Be prepared to give a 15-min presentation. We invite submissions concerning the work of Lori Gruen (e.g. discussions of the concept of entangled empathy and related topics) and/or the topic of animals in visual media. The conference language is English.

    Please hand in all documents electronically to Friederike Zenker: The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2017.  Notice of acceptance or rejection will be announced on May 12, 2017. For questions or further information please contact Friederike Zenker


    Friederike Zenker University of Basel / eikones NFS Bildkritik / Rheinsprung 11 / CH - 4051 Basel


  • Internal
  • External
    • The Gerontological Society of America, in collaboration with Mars Petcare/WALTHAM™, has $50,000 available in 2017 to fund high quality, innovative research into the impact of companion animals on healthy aging in humans. The purpose of this call for applications is to promote innovation and enable the conduct of high-quality research on the impact of HAI (pet ownership or other forms of interaction) on healthy aging in older adults (50+ years of age) and/or their caregivers. Much has been written on the roles that pet ownership and other forms of HAI may play in promoting human health. This call represents an opportunity to meaningfully advance our knowledge of causality and the mechanisms of action underlying the effects of HAI in an aging human population. To apply, please read each of the following:

      Application deadline: April 3, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

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

Job Listings

  • Internal
  • External
    • The Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre and Grantham Institute for Sustainable Futures (University of Sheffield, UK) are currently advertising an exciting fully-funded (international) interdisciplinary animal studies PhD studentship, working across the fields of social accounting, environmental studies, and social and narrative theory. The student will be based in Sheffield's Management School, and co-supervised by Jill Atkins (Professor of Accountancy) and Robert McKay (Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature). Looking to narrative and other models, the project is an exciting opportunity to work across disciplines to explore the question of how contemporary corporations might be expected to account for and report their impacts on biodiversity/species extinction.

      Expertise or prior education in accountancy is not required and relevant training will be available. We are keen to hear from interested applicants with an education in disciplines across the social sciences and critical humanities. The student will be joining the UK's most vibrant animal studies community, with around 20 postgraduate, postdoctoral and tenured academic researchers.

      Deadline 23rd March 2017

      Details follow.

      Exploring the implementation of an accounting and engagement framework for extinction prevention

      To apply click here:


      Project description

      Our world is experiencing a sixth period of mass species extinction. Corporate activities play a large part in causing species extinction. Business has a responsibility to protect endangered species affected by their activities. Without corporate ‘buy in’ to extinction prevention, current trends will continue. King with Atkins (2016) proposes an extinction accounting framework. This PhD project will explore practical implementation of the extinction accounting framework. The scholar will interview an extensive sample of companies, accountants, auditors, wildlife NGOs and responsible investors to explore ways in which animals and other species are ‘valued’, financially, materially, ethically, morally and culturally. The research should also lead to policy recommendations for the adoption of the extinction accounting framework by companies, responsible investors and NGOs. This cross-disciplinary approach should lead to rich insights into extinction and extinction prevention encapsulating personal, corporate and cultural perceptions of extinction and its impact on people and planet.

      Our world is experiencing a sixth period of mass species extinction. Current extinctions are due to climate change, global warming, loss of habitat, pesticide use, poor land management. Corporate activities play a large part in causing species extinction. Business has a responsibility to protect endangered species affected by their activities. Without corporate ‘buy in’ to extinction prevention, current trends will continue. Academic accounting research has explored frameworks for corporate reporting on the environment, natural capital and biodiversity for some decades. Strong links have been found between corporate reporting and corporate action, with accounting characterised by an emancipatory, transformational potential. King with Atkins (2016) proposes an extinction accounting framework. This proactive form of corporate reporting is necessary if extinctions are to be prevented.

      This PhD project will explore practical implementation of the extinction accounting framework. The scholar will adopt a grounded theory approach and will interview an extensive sample of companies, accountants, auditors, wildlife NGOs and responsible investors to explore ways in which animals and other species are ‘valued’, financially, materially, ethically, morally and culturally, drawing on research in humanities, critical literary analysis and accounting. The research should also lead to policy recommendations for the adoption of the extinction accounting framework by companies, responsible investors and NGOs. Insights from literary analysis will assist in defining the most appropriate and effective form of narrative corporate reporting on extinction. This cross-disciplinary approach should lead to rich insights into extinction and extinction prevention encapsulating personal, corporate and cultural perceptions of extinction and its impact on people and planet.

      Keywords: biodiversity, extinction, climate change, sustainability reporting, integrated reporting, corporate social responsibility

      Subject areas: Ecology and Conservation, Accounting and Financial Management, Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility, English Language and Literature and Literary Criticism, Geography, Zoology and Animal Science, Climatology and Climate Change, Environmental Economics

    • Farmed Animal Law & Policy Fellowship, Harvard Law School

      Harvard Law School's Animal Law & Policy Program is inviting applications for Fellowships in Farmed Animal Law & Policy for the 2017–2018 academic year.

      The Fellowships provide opportunities for outstanding scholars and legal practitioners to undertake research, writing, and scholarly engagement on Farmed Animal Law & Policy that furthers the Program's mission. We particularly are interested in applicants whose work focuses on the interrelations among animal welfare, human health, food safety, workers’ rights, human rights, as well as climate change and the environment.

      We welcome applicants with a JD, LLM, SJD, or PhD who are interested in spending from three months to one year in residence at Harvard Law School working on an independent project. We seek applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds, academic traditions, and scholarly interests. Projects focusing on either domestic or international farmed animal law and policy are equally encouraged.
      Fellows will receive a stipend of up to $5,000 per month. Fellows will be expected to participate in Program activities, contribute to the intellectual life of the Program, and are encouraged to organize one or more academic events related to their fellowship project.
      The deadline to submit applications is March 25, 2017. To apply for a Farmed Animal Law & Policy Fellowship for 2017–2018, please submit the following materials via the online application form:

      • a curriculum vitae
      • a recent publication or a writing sample (approximately 25 pages in length). All publications or writing samples should be in English.
      • a research statement, not to exceed 1000 words, that: 1) describes the proposed work during the fellowship period. The proposal should outline a specific research project that can be accomplished during the Fellow’s residence at Harvard Law School; and 2) sets forth a specific work output for the completed project (e.g., book, article, database/website entries).

      You will be asked to arrange that two letters of recommendation be sent directly from your referees to the Program via our online application system by March 25, 2017. For more information on the Fellowship and application process, click here.

    • The University of California is looking for an open-ranked professor in the Department of Human Ecology, for 'Social Science and Political Ecology of Animal Agriculture. Deadline June 30, 2017.
    • Detroit Zoological Society, Animal Welfare Internships
      • The Detroit Zoological Society's Center for Zoo Animal Welfare (CZAW) is accepting applications for animal welfare interns and residents. CZAW is a resource center for captive animal welfare knowledge, research and best practices; a convener and forum for exotic animal welfare science, practice and policy discussions; and a center conducting research and training, and recognizing advances in exotic animal welfare. The research conducted through the Center represents two key areas of interest: developing additional measures of animal welfare and the effects of captive environments and management practices on welfare. Although broadly applied across species, focus is on several taxa/animal groups. The CZAW animal welfare internships and residencies are unpaid opportunities. Interns and residents will learn the processes used by researchers in the field of animal welfare while assisting in data collection and database management. If you are currently enrolled in a college or university and can receive credit, you will be considered for an internship. If you are a recent college graduate (no more than three years between graduation and start date), you will be considered for a residency.
      • The deadline for applications is ongoing.
    • Queen's University, Animal Governance Graduate Research Opportunities
      • The Lives of Animals Research Group at Queen’s University in Canada is seeking highly motivated, interdisciplinary, and adventurous graduate students interested in working on issues related to Animal Governance beginning September 2017 or 2018. Masters and/or doctoral level projects will explore the actors, knowledges, structures, practices, and outcomes that shape human engagements with and management of animals in Canada or Botswana. Projects will engage scholarship at the intersection of environmental governance, political ecology and animal geography to consider how and why particular animal governance strategies are operationalized in a particular context, and the ways in which humans and animals negotiate them as differentially empowered socio-political actors. Projects may focus on companion, domesticated or wild animals and may highlight strategies such as translocation, rehabilitation, training, monitoring, breeding, culling etc. A competitive funding package will be offered to successful candidates, including field research costs within Canada or Botswana. The successful candidate is expected to apply for external funding with support from the research group, and will have the opportunity to publish in peer-reviewed journals and present findings at academic conferences and to key stakeholders.
      • The deadline for applications is ongoing.


  • Summer Retreat Program at Shin Pond, Maine for Animal/Humane/Environmental Studies
    by Bernie Unti

    Summer Retreat Program at Shin Pond, Maine

    for Animal/Humane/Environmental Studies

    The 300-acre Camp Muse at Shin Pond, Maine, is the site of a Summer Retreat Program for writers, scholars, artists, educators, and other cultural producers and knowledge workers focusing on animals and/or their humane treatment, and/or on environmental trends or threats relevant to animals and their well-being (habitat loss, climate change, land conservation, environmental degradation, inter alia).  The program, operated by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), invites all interested parties to apply for a residency at the property, which is open between July 1 and October 3, 2017.

    Camp Muse, a wooded retreat at the edge of a pristine and peaceful pond just ten miles from the northern entrance to Baxter State Park, offers an idyllic atmosphere for research, contemplation, writing, and other creative work.  The purpose of the program, operated through the generosity of longtime HSUS board member K. William Wiseman (1921-2014) and his wife Madge, is to encourage scholarly, cultural, and practical projects relating to animals, and to provide a site for enhanced productivity on such projects.

    For views of the property, and other details, see:

    Applications for use of the Shin Pond property are evaluated by an ad hoc committee at The HSUS.

    There is no application form to submit, but the applicant must present: a statement of interest that includes information on the project he/she will pursue; a statement concerning the likely value or benefit of such a project to the work and mission of The HSUS and/or its affiliates; the specific work product that will be produced during the retreat period; details of the likely outcome or application of the work undertaken at the retreat; any applicable scheduling concerns or scheduling preferences; and two professional references.  Applicants may be asked to submit copies of prior publications. To maximize the use of the property and to facilitate transitioning between participants, check in/arrival time is Monday at 2 p.m. and check out time/departure is Friday at 10 a.m. 

    If approved, the applicant is expected to cover the costs of transportation to and from Shin Pond, local transportation while staying there, food, beverages, entertainment, recreational activities (including admission to nearby Baxter State Park), long distance telephone services, and all other costs connected with the applicant's use of the property. The HSUS will, however, pay for local telephone service, electrical utilities, and routine maintenance.

    Participants may take up to three household members (including spouses, significant others, and children) with them. Please note that because Camp Muse is a Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust-protected wildlife sanctuary, companion animals require specific prior approval and applicants may not be permitted to bring them.  In all events, approved cats will need to remain indoors and dogs must be leashed at all times.

     The house at Shin Pond has the amenities common to any comfortable home, including all utilities and a full complement of furniture, kitchen ware, and other household equipment.

    There is a telephone line and high-speed Internet access.  There is convenient food shopping at Shin Pond Village and the town of Patten.  The broad guidelines for the kind of work appropriate to the retreat include:

    • major intellectual projects such as a book, a chapter on an animal-related topic;
    • a case study, or an on-line course in animal studies;
    • analytical or conceptual work for a pro-animal or environmental campaign;
    • artistic, literary, or cultural projects that celebrate animals and the natural world; and
    • projects of smaller scope and/or shorter duration. 

    We prefer a commitment of at least two weeks.  

    Requests for use of the property for shorter periods will be given lower priority.  The property is not generally available for brief stays, e.g., an overnight or weekend visit.  Applications should be sent to Dr. Bernard Unti at The Humane Society of the United States, by mail to 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037; by fax to 301-258-3077; or by email to  Applications will be received on an ongoing basis.


  • The Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction (TIHAI) is currently accepting proposals for the 2017 TIHAI Student Scholars Program. Projects may be geared towards activities that benefit people, animals, or both, although activities that benefit both will be given priority, and proposals that involve harm or stress to animals will not be considered. Topics may be related to any area of HAI, such as science and engineering education, pet ownership, animal-assisted therapy, and others. Funding will be considered for individual students or a group of students, though all applications require a Tufts University faculty or staff mentor. Applications for graduate or undergraduate student projects are welcomed. Please submit all application materials via email to by 5:00pm on April 1.
  • Agricultural History Society Call for Awards
    • The Agricultural History Society seeks nominations for its publication awards through December 31, 2016. To nominate a book, article, or dissertation with a 2016 publication date, please follow the directions below. If you have a question, please email executive secretary Jim Giesen (
  • Animal History Museum
    • The museum is actively seeking individuals interested in developing content for our initial permanent and rotating exhibits. The museum is also actively seeking individuals with general museum experience to help as as-needed consultants, those with WordPress experience to help with our evolving website, individuals with contracting experience to help physically construct our exhibit space, as well as those who would like to help create and run all types of fundraising events, either online or around the greater Los Angeles area in private homes, at complementary venues and/or perhaps jointly with other animal-related 501(c)(3) organizations. Again, there are lots of possibilities! If you would like to get involved, please email us at
  • First 100 Chimps and Last 1,000 Chimps
    • First 100 Chimps and Last 1,000 Chimps track individual chimpanzees from use in biomedical and behavioral research in the US to retirement.  The working group tasked with exploring how to implement the conclusions of the IoM committee report suggest ending most chimpanzee research. First 100 Chimps serves as a memorial to chimpanzees who have been used in research, and Last 1,000 Chimps is forward looking. The websites' creator will be tweeting updates on the status of individual chimpanzees at Lori Gruen (@last1000chimps).
  • Viral Pandas
    • The Sneezing Pandas Project is looking for contributors. An anthrozoologist and an artist have launched an ongoing and interactive online project looking at animals in the ether. What goes viral and what doesn't? What responsibilities, if any, do we have for these animals we choose to share online? These are the opening questions, but they are in no way prescriptive for the course of the research. Viral Pandas is based on a central blog:, but runs for a week from an art gallery producing physical artistic responses to the ideas, as well as running online across different social networks including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, Digg, and G+ for the foreseeable future. Your input is welcomed. If you'd like any further information, email us at
  • Voices for Biodiversity
    • Voices for Biodiversity is a nonprofit ezine with a goal of providing a multimedia platform where citizen eco-reporters around the globe can share their stories about biodiversity and their relationships to other species and the ecosystems that support us all. The project hopes to awaken humanity to the reality that we must move away from an anthropocentric toward an eco-centric worldview to prevent the massive die-off of other species.
  • ZooScope: The Animals in Film Archive
    • Animals have played a crucial role in the development of film as an artistic medium, from the literal use of animal products in film stock to the capturing of animal movement as a driver of stop-motion, wide-screen and CGI film technology. The wish to picture animals’ lives, whether naturalistically or playfully, has led to the establishment of key genres such as wildlife film and animation. ZooScope looks at and beyond these major aspects of animals in film, covering animals’ role in film genres and styles; the range of literal and symbolic ways animals appear in film; animals in the film star-system; animal lives and the ethics of film-making; adaptation and the different challenges of filmic and literary representation of animals and human-animal relations. ZooScope is a research resource for the animal studies and film communities produced by students and academics. In addition to the open call for submissions, we are seeking partnerships with academic colleagues whose students could contribute to ZooScope. Academic partners would act as sub-editors of the site, with their students producing ZooScope entries, for example, as formal assessments (with marking and feedback taking the professional form of editorial review and assessment completion coinciding with publication). This is how the archive has developed so far, as a research collaboration between undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff at the University of Sheffield and York University in Canada. Work on ZooScope challenges students and inspires creativity, enthusiasm, scholarly rigour and professionalism.


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