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  • Animal
  • Animal Studies Journal
    • The new online scholarly journal of the Australian Animal Studies Group, provides a forum for current research in human-animal Studies. ASJ publishes international cross-disciplinary content with a particular, but not exclusive, interest in Australian, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific scholarship. The journal, which is published twice yearly, is fully refereed (double-blind peer reviewed) and open access. ASJ publishes inquiring and critical academic work by both new and established scholars whose work focuses on animals and human relationships with other animals. The journal aims to be a leading international forum for the dissemination and discussion of animal studies research and creative work.
    • Submission requirements
  • Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture
    • Over its first two years of activity, Antennae has become an influential resource of academic relevance within the fast growing field of animal and environmental studies, acting as receiver and amplifier of relevant topics, as expressed by the connections between the subject of nature and the multidisciplinary field of visual culture.
    • Submission requirements
  • Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the Interactions of People and Animals
    • Anthrozoös is a quarterly, peer-reviewed publication whose focus is to report the results of studies, from a wide array of disciplines, on the interactions of people and animals. Academic disciplines represented include anthropology, archaeozoology, art and literature, education, ethology, history, human medicine, psychology, sociology and veterinary medicine.
    • Submission requirements
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Ethics and the Environment
  • Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin
    • Announcing the new open access, online, peer-reviewed Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin(HAIB), devoted to the dissemination of research in the field of the interaction between non-human animals and their human counterparts. The mission of the Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin  is to bring together researchers, academicians, clinicians/practitioners, and scholarly students working in different areas for the advancement of the human-animal interaction field.
    • Submission requirements
  • Human Ecology Review
    • Human Ecology Review (ISSN 1074-4827) is a refereed journal published twice a year by the Society for Human Ecology. The Journal publishes peer-reviewed research and theory on the interaction between humans and the environment and other links between culture and nature (Research in Human Ecology), essays and applications relevant to human ecology (Human Ecology Forum), book reviews (Contemporary Human Ecology), and relevant commentary, announcements, and awards (Human Ecology Bulletin).
    • Submission requirements
  • Humanimalia: A Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies
    • The study of human/animal relationships is connected to questions ranging from postcolonial politics (land struggles among Western “animal tourists,” indigenous people in underdeveloped areas, and the endangered species), through philosophy (acknowledging how “the animal” has functioned as the other to “the human,” both historically malleable and politically charged categories), to the study of art and literature (examining how the animal image expresses cultural assumptions). As editors of Humanimalia, we believe there is a need for a journal that brings together scholarship on these questions from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives, and creates opportunities for further exchanges of ideas. We believe also that our knowledge about the intricate relationships among human and non-human animals should not be rigidly restricted to established conventions of scholarly study and polemical argument, conventions that in their exclusive claims to validity have contributed to the objectification of relationships in which human observers are profoundly implicated.
    • Submission requirements
  • Journal of Animal Ethics
  • Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law
    • The Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law seeks to explore the legal and public policy issues surrounding animals and natural resources at all levels of government: local, state, national, comparative national and international. All perspectives are welcome. The Journal will be web-published in its entirety, but hard print copy shall also be available.
    • Submission requirements
  • Journal of Critical Animal Studies
    • JCAS was designed to both develop the activist’s consciousness of animal liberation history, practice, theory and politics, while also encouraging Critical Animal Studies scholarship, one of the most progressive and dynamic modes of theory in the academy today. To this end, JCAS, a free online journal, accepts manuscripts and other materials that promote the fundamental notions of critical animal studies, and which reject and subvert assumptions linked to animal studies and research.  We are also interested in research using an intersectional analysis of social justice issues related to other marginalized and oppressed groups in relation to race-ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, disability, geography, age, and spirituality.  To ensure the highest standards of academic integrity, our submissions are peer-reviewed by members of the JCAS Review Board.
    • Submission requirements
  • Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences
    • The Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences offers a venue where relevant interdisciplinary research, practice and public policies can be recognized and evaluated. Increasingly, environmental studies integrate many different scientific and professional disciplines. Thus the journal seeks to set a rigorous, credible standard for specifically interdisciplinary environmental research. The Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences is the official publication of the newly formed Association of Environmental Sciences and Studies (AESS).
    • Submission requirements
  • Politics and Animals is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that explores the human-animal relationship from the vantage point of political science and political theory. Politics and Animals hosts international, multidisciplinary research and debate — conceptual and empirical — on the consequences and possibilities that human-animal relations have for politics and vice versa. For further information about focus and scope of the Journal or to subscribe to the Journal’s RSS feed, please visit Or, alternatively we invite you to correspond directly with us at if there is any further information you may need.
  • Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism
    • Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism is a peer-refereed open access journal of trans-anthropocentric ethics and related inquires. The main aim of the journal is to create a professional interdisciplinary forum in Europe to discuss moral and scientific issues that concern the increasing need of going beyond narrow anthropocentric paradigms in all fields of knowledge. The journal accepts submissions on all topics which promote European research adopting a non-anthropocentric ethical perspective on both interspecific and intraspecific relationships between all life species – humans included – and between these and the abiotic environment. 
    • Submission requirements
  • Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies
    • Since 1993 and in conjunction with the internationally recognized Brill, ASI produces Society & Animals, published six times per year and containing peer reviewed studies concerning nonhuman animals from psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science and other social sciences and history, literary criticism, and other disciplines of the humanities. Recent articles suggest the scope of the journal: Dolphins in Popular Literature and Media; More than a Furry Companion: The Ripple Effect of Companion Animals on Neighborhood Interactions and Sense of Community; and An Investigation into the Association between the Witnessing of Animal Abuse and Adolescents' Behavior toward Animals.
    • Submission requirements

Special Editions

  • Call for Papers: Otherness: Essays and Studies, "Animal Alterity"
    • How do our understandings of “animal” alterity affect our ideas of humanity or our relation to that which is not human? What contribution can intersubjective approaches focusing on the nonhuman make to our understanding of the world? How are our views of human others tied to our perspectives on nonhuman ones? How are ideas of the posthuman connected to thoughts on nonhuman otherness? What are the implications of technological and medical innovations and procedures that can be read as challenging human-animal boundaries (e.g. biotechnology, xenotransplantation etc.)? How can studies into the nonhuman further our understanding of otherness and alterity? For this special issue of Otherness: Essays and Studies, we invite papers that explore these questions and any other issues that join together human-animal studies and the study of otherness and its theoretical foundations in various ways.
    • The deadline for submissions is October 15th, 2015.
  • Call for Papers: Antennae, "Animal Architectures"
    • In her introduction to 'The Methodologies of Art', Schneider Adams wrote that: Animals build only in nature, and their buildings are determined by nature. These include birds’ nests, beehives, anthills, and beaver dams. Mollusks, from the lowliest snail to the complex chambered nautilus, build their houses around their own bodies and carry them wherever they go. Spiders weave webs, and caterpillars spin cocoons. But such constructions are genetically programmed by the species that make them, and do not express individual and cultural ideas. This issue of 'Antennae' is determined to subvert this approach by presenting evidence of animals as active agents producing structures, forms, and aesthetics that can be understood to challenge the anthropocentric views still pervading scholarly thinking. In a 360 degree approach that has thus far characterized 'Antennae'’s enquiries into many problematic human-animal relationships, this issue will piece together a range of different views, fragmented perspectives, and alternative interpretations of animals’ abilities to build/structure/weave/arrange.
    • The deadline for submissions is December 1st, 2015.
  • Call for Manuscripts: Ashland Creek Press, Among Animals
    • Ashland Creek Press is currently accepting short story submissions for the second volume of Among Animals, a book-length anthology of fiction focused on 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.
    • The deadline for submissions is ongoing.
  • Call for Manuscripts: Ken Shapiro, Human-Animal Studies Book Series
    • Ken Shapiro, editor of Brill's Human-Animal Studies book series, is seeking manuscripts for the series on any topic that allows exploration of the relation between human and nonhuman animals in any setting, contemporary or historical, from the perspective of various disciplines within both the social sciences and humanities. Among the broad areas included are applied uses of animals (research, education, medicine, agriculture); animals in popular culture (entertainment, companion animals, animal symbolism); wildlife and the environment; and socio-political movements, public policy and the law. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript for the series, please send a query letter and proposal to
    • The deadline for submissions is ongoing.

Conferences and Programs

  • Call for Papers: Political Ecology of Multi-Species Spaces: Contestation and Cohabitation
    Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting
    San Francisco, California // 29 March - 2 April, 2016

    Jeff Martin, UC Berkeley, organizer
    Jennifer Sedell, UC Davis, organizer
    Rosemary-Claire Collard, Concordia University, discussant

    Conflicts between humans and non-human species have seen growing attention among scholars concerned with the knotty and interdisciplinary questions of coexistence. Work within wildlife ecology and management increasingly recognizes the need to look beyond the biophysical, with calls for social science attention to the “human dimensions” of these conflicts (Dickman 2010; Treves & Karanth 2003). At the same time, scholarship around philosophical posthumanism, critical animal studies, and new animal geographies has brought to bear radically different perspectives on relationships between human and non-human species (Haraway 2008; Kirksey & Helmreich 2010; Wolch & Emel 1998). This session provides an intervention into these conversations by examining the production of multi-species spaces and boundaries through the lens of political ecology.
    Multi-species contestations do not take place in the ether, but rather in and through the production of space. This session is concerned with how humans “place” animals in material and conceptual ways – through taxonomic or legal classification, a more amorphous “othering,” or the legal and material bounding of space – and how animals transgress or “resist” these boundings and produce alternative spatial relations, often resulting in deep unease from both real and perceived threats to humans’ “biosecurity” (Collard 2012; Philo & Wilbert 2000). We are interested in the many forms these threats take: from alligators (Ogden 2011) and cougars (Collard 2012) to insects (Shaw, Robbins & Jones III 2010), weeds (Robbins 2004), viruses (Braun 2011; Greenhough 2012), and more.
    We contend that a critical, more-than-human geography (Whatmore 2002) of inter-species conflict should attend carefully to questions of space and power, as well as the particularity of context, history, and individual species. Against abstract questions of coexistence with non-human others, we might instead consider concrete and grounded dynamics of spatial “cohabitation,” of living together - a challenging and contradictory terrain of lived intersubjectivity (Fox 2006), but which open the possibility of producing space and society differently (cf. Loftus 2012; Robbins & Moore 2013).
    We propose that political ecology provides an invaluable set of theoretical and analytical tools for analysis and intervention in multi-species contestations (Perreault, Bridge & McCarthy 2015; Robbins 2012). Its long tradition of interdisciplinarity, simultaneous concern with the material and the meaningful, and normative scholarship provide a framework for investigating questions of space, meaning, and agency in the complex entanglements between human and non-human species (cf. Kosek 2010). This session provides a valuable opportunity for conversation and collaboration among scholars from diverse backgrounds and trainings in the interest of researching and thinking through cohabitation and our multi-species futures.
    Questions of interest:

    • How does boundary creation encourage or discourage inter-species interaction?
    • What are the impacts of designating spaces for certain species and not for others?
    • How do species change materially, legally, and conceptually when they occur in different spaces (and at different times)?
    • When and how do we build and enforce boundaries through both what we shut out and what we invite in?
    • How do we recognize and politically account for the importance of other species?
    • How can critical social theory traditions help us understand interspecies interactions?
    • How can empirical investigations of biophysical processes enrich theoretical framings?

    Potential topics and themes include (but are not limited to):

    • human-wildlife conflicts and controversies
    • invasive species exclusion efforts and debates
    • quarantines for plant, animal, and human health threats
    • risk and risk perception, (bio)security/ization, (dis)proportionality of response
    • novel ecosystems
    • microbiotics, probiotics, and cultivation of gut micro-ecologies
    • non-human agency
    • human values, attitudes, and practices toward non-humans

    Those who would like to participate in the session should submit a brief statement of interest and/or draft abstract by October 17th to Jen Sedell at and Jeff Martin at DEADLINE: Session participants will need to submit a final abstract and register for the conference by October 29, 2015.

  • Call for Papers: Seeing with Animals Conference: Animals and Art, Art History, Visual Studies and Media Studies
    • Conference Announcement and Call for Interest
      Dear Colleagues,
      Many of you are familiar with the Living with Animals conferenceheld biennially at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. The next Living with Animals conference will take place in March 2017. In conjunction with the 2017 conference, there will be two-day pre-conference, titled Seeing with Animals.
      Seeing with Animals will address the ways that images of animals have been deployed—both historically and in contemporary practices in art, visual culture, and media studies—to mediate (or not) human-animal relationships, promote understanding of animal worlds, and/or serve as depositories of cultural commentary.
      We invite proposals for topics and panels that address key issues in the discourse surrounding animal imagery. Seeing with Animals seeks to follow in the footsteps of a number of conferences in recent years that have engaged with the diverse issues surrounding animal imagery and to offer an opportunity to touch upon the issues that are presented in a wealth of new publications.
      Because academic courses focusing on visual studies of animals are now proliferating, we need an opportunity to discuss pedagogical issues as a community.  We welcome your contributions to the growing list of topics meriting attention in this field.
      We appreciate any ideas/suggestions/pressing concerns that you would like to send us. At this point, we also welcome proposals for visual exhibitions or collaborative artist projects for exhibition or installation at companion venues during the conference. 
      A formal Call for Proposals for both Seeing with Animals and Living with Animals will be released in Fall 2016. As currently envisioned, the two conferences will span Wednesday to Saturday with regional outings scheduled on Thursday evening and Sunday. Please feel free to distribute this widely.
      Best wishes, and we look forward to seeing you in March 2017!
      Your conference co-organizers,
      Julia Schlosser
      Jessica Dallow, University of Alabama at Birmingham
      Martha Robinson, Concordia University, Montréal 
      Living with Animals has been held in March of 2013 and 2015 at Eastern Kentucky University, facilitated by Dr. Robert Mitchell. If you would like more information about the 2015 conference:
      Julia Schlosser
      Conference co-chair, Seeing with Animals, March 2017- Eastern Kentucky University
      Lecturer, Photography and Art History
      California State University, Northridge 
    • The deadline for submissions is not yet announced.


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

Job Listings

  • Internal
  • External
    • Department of Sociology, University of Tennessee

      My name is Robert Emmet Jones and I am the chair of the Search Committee in the Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee. We have posted our job announcement on ASA’s job bank and this fee allowed us to send it to two sections of our choice. 
       However, I was told by ASA that I had to directly contact other sections if I wanted it distributed/posted to other section members such as to those who are in the Section on Animals and Society. 
      So I am asking for your help on this task. Since the position is interdisciplinary in nature, we would like it to be circulated to a very wide audience and not just to those on the job market.   
      ​Please contact me if you have any questions or concern at or (865) 974-7017.

      Robert Emmet ("Bobby') Jones
      Professor, Department of Sociology

      Senior Research Fellow:
      Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment
      and the Center For the Study of Social Justice,
      The University of Tennessee 

    • Detroit Zoological Society, Animal Welfare Internships and Resedencies
      • The Detroit Zoological Society's Center for Zoo Animal Welfare (CZAW) is accepting applications for animal welfare interns and residents. CZAW is a resource center for captive animal welfare knowledge, research and best practices; a convener and forum for exotic animal welfare science, practice and policy discussions; and a center conducting research and training, and recognizing advances in exotic animal welfare. The research conducted through the Center represents two key areas of interest: developing additional measures of animal welfare and the effects of captive environments and management practices on welfare. Although broadly applied across species, focus is on several taxa/animal groups. The CZAW animal welfare internships and residencies are unpaid opportunities. Interns and residents will learn the processes used by researchers in the field of animal welfare while assisting in data collection and database management. If you are currently enrolled in a college or university and can receive credit, you will be considered for an internship. If you are a recent college graduate (no more than three years between graduation and start date), you will be considered for a residency.
      • The deadline for applications is ongoing.
    • Harvard Law School, Animal Law Academic Fellowship
      • Harvard Law School is offering a new Animal Law Academic Fellowship, a two-year, full-time residential program designed to identify, cultivate, and promote promising animal law scholars early in their careers. Harvard is specifically looking for recent graduates, junior academics, and mid-career practitioners who are committed to pursuing publishable research that will make a significant contribution in the area of animal law.
      • The deadline for applications is ongoing.
    • Purdue University, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Human-Animal Interaction
      • Purdue University is offering a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Human-Animal Interaction, which will focus on statistical analysis and scientific writing for peer-reviewed publication from a number of existing datasets. The major emphasis will be on animal-assisted intervention for a range of populations, including autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and typical development. This position represents a unique opportunity for productive publication and innovative scholarly output in a short timeframe.
      • The deadline for applications is ongoing.
    • University of Roehampton, PhD Studentship
      • The University of Roehampton is seeking a fully-funded PhD Studentship for an anthropologist (or similar disciplinary area) to conduct an ethnographic study of chicken cultures in Spain's Canary Islands. This position will form part of a multidisciplinary research project on human-chicken relationships.
      • The deadline for applications is ongoing.
    • University of Saskatchewan, Human-Animal Research Opportunity
      • I am looking for strong grad students who are interested in pursuing human-animal or human-nature communication for both a 2015 (May or September) and 2016 start. We have conducted a very successful pilot study in teaching/learning mind-to-mind (telepathic) animal communication this past August, and wish to build on that project. The purpose of our work is not to prove that this kind of communication is real, but to more deeply understand the importance and implications of knowing that it is. The research is being conducted with the guidance of First Nations Elders and a professional animal communicator. Students can approach this work from a wide range of angles. Interdisciplinary approaches are highly encouraged. The graduate School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan is a dynamic and supportive academic unit that draws excellent graduate students from around the globe.
      • The deadline for applications is ongoing.
    • Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, Senior Research Scientist Position
      • The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition is seeking a Senior Research Scientist in their behavior capability team.
      • The deadline for applications is ongoing.


  • Animal and Humane Studies Summer Retreat Program
    • 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 from July 1 to early October each year. 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.
  • 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. If you're interested in submitting, please contact Robert McKay.


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