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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
  • 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 Chapters: Kristen Guest and Monica Mattfeld, Essay Collection on Equestrian Cultures
    • What is "horse"? How have they been represented within literature and the arts? What is their relationship to humans, and how has their presence altered human society over time? These questions, along with the complex instability of the equine nonhuman, are the subject of this essay collection. We invite papers that explore the role and representation of horses in human culture from 1700 to the present in a wide array of geographies and contexts, and from multiple disciplinary perspectives within the humanities. Papers that explore horses in non-Anglocentric equestrian cultures are especially welcome.
    • The deadline for submissions is February 28th, 2015.
  • Call for Chapters: Lorna Fitzsimmons, English Romantic Ecologies
    • Chapter proposals are currently being considered for a book, entitled English Romantic Ecologies, on ecological themes in English Romantic writing.
    • The deadline for submissions is April 30th, 2015.
  • Call for Papers: Animal Studies Journal, "Invertebrate Communities"
    • In this edition of Animal Studies Journal, authors are invited to contribute papers on the theme of understanding invertebrates, with a particular emphasis on invertebrate communities.
    • The deadline for submissions is October 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 ken.shapiro[at]animalsandsociety[dot]org.
    • The deadline for submissions is ongoing.

Conferences and Programs

  • Call for Papers: University of Cumbria, "Visualising the Animal" (Carlisle, UK; June 18-19, 2015)
    • A conference bringing together theorists and practitioners in the field of photography rethinking visualisations of animals.
    • The deadline for submissions is March 29, 2015.
  • Call for Papers: King's College London, "Working Across Species: Comparative Practices in Modern Medical, Biological, and Behavioural Sciences" (London, UK; January 7-8, 2016)
    • This workshop will explore a crucial aspect of the history of comparison in modern medicine, biology and behavioural science: thinking and working between humans and animals. Organized with the support of Wellcome Trust, it will investigate how different fields, institutions, experts, and epistemologies developed, deployed and depended upon comparative reasoning and practices across species. What has it meant to ‘compare’ in this way? What methods have counted as ‘comparative’? On what kinds of techniques and materials have they relied? How, where, and by whom has comparative knowledge been produced? How did it gain legitimacy and how was it contested? To what extent, and in what ways, did working comparatively between species involve collaboration between different disciplines, specialisms or institutions? How have comparative medicine, biology and behavioural science produced, reproduced or challenged categories of class, race, gender, and sexuality? And in what ways have they contributed to ideas of the ‘human’ and the ‘animal’, and constructed or broken down boundaries between them?
    • The deadline for submissions is April 17, 2015.
  • Call for Papers: Institute for Contemporary History, "Human and Nonhuman Animals: Liberation, History, and Critical Animal Studies" (Lisbon, Portugal; October 6-7, 2015)
    • The conference aims to critically explore developments in the history of the animal condition, including the agency of nonhuman animals and the relationship between the exploitation of nonhuman animals and the oppression and marginalization of certain humans on the basis of categories such as class, race or gender. We are interested in scrutinizing activist assertions that ‘animal liberation is human liberation’ and examining slogans such as ‘one struggle, one fight: human freedom, animal rights’. We encourage not only papers that continue the analysis and discussion about nonhuman animals in history and about their relationship with humans, but also papers that reflect upon the contributions and impact of “animal studies” for historiography and social theory. Papers that intend to explore or take stock of animal studies, in particular those that emerged in social and human sciences in the last decades, are also welcome. We welcome proposals from a variety of scholars and disciplines, including radical academics, independent researchers, students and community activists.
    • The deadline for submissions is April 18, 2015.
  • Call for Papers: Southwestern College, "Animal Suffering: Interdisciplinary Investigations in Animal Studies" (Winfield, KS; October 22-23, 2015)
    • We are seeking proposals for a conference on the question of animal suffering. Papers might examine (but are not limited to): Representations of Animals and animal suffering in Literature, Philosophy, and Religion; Animals in Disability, Gender, and Postcolonial studies; Animal Rights and/or Virtues; Animals as Wildlife and Household Pets; Farming, Fishing, and Hunting Practices; Treatment of Animals in the Mid-West; Animals and Theories of Environmental Justice; Companionship, Cooperation, and/or Friendship with Animals; and Animal-Human Relationship or Non-human/Human Animals.
    • The deadline for submissions is May 7, 2015.
  • Call for Papers: Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth, "Symbiotic anthrozoology: cultivating (or advocating?) ethics of coexistence" (Exeter, UK; April 13-16, 2015)
    • Anthrozoological (multi- or trans-species) interactions have received considerable anthropological attention. Debates have focused on how to understand the lives of other-than-human beings, and the methodological and theoretical challenges raised. Far less attention has been paid to the ethical dimensions of these encounters. Human-animal interactions are frequently based on inequalities, raising the question: whose 'voice' or experience should take priority? And what should be done in situations where animals might be 'suffering' from their enrolment in human social lives? Scholars from disciplines such as critical animal studies have been more pro-active in speaking up for the plight of some creatures, but why are anthropologists so reluctant to act as advocates here? Are scholars working on the human-nonhuman interface guilty of 'speciesism' by prioritizing the interests of those others deemed most 'like us' (e.g. other primates) at the expense of those less charismatic families (e.g. arachnids)? Moreover, categories 'animal' or 'other-than-human' are amorphous and heterogeneous, and like the units of Linnaean taxonomy are human constructs with significant implications for how these others are defined and treated. Anthrozoological scholarship has a great deal to contribute not just in advancing theoretical debates but also in terms of improving animal welfare and mitigating trans-species conflict in 'real world' situations yet few anthropologists working in this field take steps to apply their work outside of academia, or to advocate on behalf of their other-than-human informants. This panel urges those scholars working on trans-species encounters to consider the myriad ethical dimensions and wider impacts of their work.
    • The deadline for submissions is ongoing.
  • Call for Papers: Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth, "Unnatural Selection and the Making of Nonhuman Animals" (Exeter, UK; April 13-16, 2015)
    • We invite contributions to a pannel which will explore how the lifeworlds of nonhuman animals are shaped by practices of exclusion and inclusion, such as breeding, immigration regulations, and contagion. We invite papers that consider what effects our concepts of racial purity and contagion have on other species. What effects can our concepts of race, classification, and taxonomy have on other species? Animal studies in anthropology have convincingly demonstrated that both the hierarchies inherent in racial classification and the distinctions we draw between humans and non-humans seep into the ways in which we imagine human Others. But how do these concepts affect non-human Others? Other species may not be aware of, or able to reflect on, the categories we impose on them, but racialised thinking still shapes their worlds. For example, how are concepts of race and ethnicity incorporated into breeding practices, and how do they affect the physiology, biology, and well-being of other creatures? Are the movements of different species restricted by the same fears and regulations which surround immigration? How do seemingly 'natural' boundaries between different species shape the ways in which we imagine the spread of disease and contagion? In this panel we seek to explore an ethics of co-existence which is shaped by practices of sorting and selection in multi-species communities.
    • The deadline for submissions is ongoing.


  • 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
    • Wildlife Conservation Society, Field Technician Position
      • We are seeking an experienced field technician for a project led by the Adirondack Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). WCS is a global conservation organization dedicated to saving wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. The Adirondack Program, based in Saranac Lake NY, promotes healthy human communities and wildlife conservation in the Adirondacks through a science-based and cooperative approach to research, community involvement, and outreach. WCS has been working in the Park since 1994 to use applied science in addressing major conservation challenges such as climate change, residential development, and recreation. The technician will implement a pilot field study of aquatic recreation activity and potential disturbance to wildlife communities in Adirondack Park—one of the largest protected areas in the United States, which receives an estimated 7-10 million visitors per year. Current and prospective graduate students are encouraged to apply.
      • The deadline for applications is March 30th.
    • 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 info[at]animalhistorymuseum[dot]org.
  • 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 viralpandas[at]gmail[dot]com.
  • 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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