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  • 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

  • Animals as Food: Ethical Implications for Tourism

    The aim of this book is to cultivate awareness on ethical issues related to the use of animals as food within the context of tourism.  Themes will include the raising, harvesting, and processing of farm animals for food; considerations in hunting, trapping and fishing; cultural interpretations of animals as food; and the link between consuming animals and current environmental concerns. The book will encompass international issues and will provide a mix of theoretical and applied research, as well as case studies.  It is expected that authors will incorporate ethical approaches, framing or discussion within their work, e.g. teleology, deontology, consequentialism, utilitarianism, “prima facie” principles, virtue-based ethics, ethics of care, and/or be grounded in theory that can be related with ethics, e.g. ecofeminism, critical theory, or cultural relativism.
    Animal welfare within the tourism industry was illuminated in 2012 with Fennell’s book Tourism and Animal Ethics. Additionally, a growing body exists within peer-reviewed journals, however the majority of these published works address the topics of zoos, marine animals in tourism (the majority on whale-watching), with lesser attention paid to elephants and primates. The specific issue of animals as food for tourists, and the ethical associations, has to date been largely neglected. 
    Food is routinely given attention in tourism research as a motivator of travel and examined through studies on food festivals, destination images centered on food, the development of food trails, food-based experiences such as cooking classes, and though market studies of foodies and the culinary traveler.  Within the agritourism literature, a few investigations have touched on the education provided at farms regarding food sourcing, and the propensity of tourists after visiting a farm to choose sustainable food options including grass fed meats and free-range poultry products.  Regardless of whether tourists travel with a primary motivation for experiencing local food, they do eat during the course of their trip, and therefore the condition of inputs that go into the making of their meals – the soil and water, the workers, and the animals – raise the eating of food while traveling to the level of a moral act.  The book’s chapters will integrate topics previously independent: animal welfare and tourism, animal ethics and food production, and ethical consumption.
    The proposed book, while making a contribution to the increased importance being placed on socially responsible and sustainable tourism development, also joins a broader interdisciplinary social science literature that examines the entangled relationships between humans and other species, with particular attention being devoted to non-human animals.  Works emblematic of this literature are Animal Geographies by Wolch and Emel (1998) and Urbanik’s Placing Animals (2012).  This “animal turn” in social science recognizes that animals are more than the reflection of human values and meanings.  Rather, as scholars suggest, human-animal relations are much more complicated and as a result, there has been recent attention devoted to the ethical dimensions of multispecies encounters. An analysis of the ethics of defining, treating, and commodifying animals as food in the context of tourism would be a provocative and needed extension of human-animal studies.
    Purpose and Scope
    The purpose of these collected works is to provide a forum for a discussion that is grounded theoretically and highlights ethical considerations regarding the latest developments, trends, and research involving animals as food within the context of tourism. Both applied and conceptual chapters are welcome. The format for the chapters is open and may include: standard research qualitative or quantitative studies, analyses of best practice regimes, comparative cases, and literature reviews. Because authorship is solicited from diverse international perspectives, broad cultural variations in animals as food are encouraged and expected to fill the chapters.  Proposed topics for the chapters include, but are not limited to:
    1.     Animal ethics and food: a framing of the issues
    2.     Industrial farming: breadth and implications of tourists
    3.     The role of agritourism in fooducation
    4.     Agritourism and ecological food production: the role of tourists in boosting ethical farming
    5.     Meat destinations and methane
    6.     Tourist delicacies: local specialties and lavish dishes (e.g. guinea pigs in Peru, puffin in Iceland, bear stew in Sweden)
    7.     Food at festivals, events, and conferences
    8.     The visibility of certifications in tourist destinations
    9.     In search of transparent supply chains while traveling
    10. Distraction and obfuscation techniques within the tourism industry
    11. Marketing campaigns against animal cruelty: a tourism context
    12. Perceived Consumer Effectiveness in tourists
    13. Animals as symbols: the culture of barbeque in the Southeastern US
    14. Animal rituals as tourist events
    15. The ethics of the 21st Century hunter
    16. Tourism as a demand reduction technique in wildlife trafficking
    17. Tourism policy and animal ethics: lessons from an economically-developing nation
    18. Animal consumption as a tourism experience and reason to go
    19. Culture goes through the stomach: eating animals to experience culture
    20. Cultural differences in consumption
    Chapter proposals (1000 words) will be accepted up until February 1st. Proposals should include:
    ·      The topic and how it fits into the framework of the book
    ·      A brief but clear explanation or description of the theoretical framework and ethical perspective underpinning the proposed chapter
    ·      Key concepts of the chapter
    ·      Methods (if the chapter is based on empirical research)
    ·      Expected conclusions or outcomes
    Chapters will be a maximum of 6,000 words. Chapters must not have been published or submitted elsewhere.
    For more information, or to submit a chapter proposal, please contact Carol Kline at
    Relevant Dates
    ASAP: a brief statement of interest in submitting a chapter
    February 1, 2016: Proposal submission deadline (1000 words)
    April 1, 2016: Notification of acceptance
    October 1, 2016: Full chapter submission (6,000 words)
    February 1, 2017: Revised chapter submission
    Anticipated publication in 2017.
    Contact details:
    Carol S. Kline, PhD
    Associate Professor, Hospitality & Tourism Management
    Department of Management
    Appalachian State University Box 2089
    Boone, North Carolina 28608, USA
    Phone: 919.306.1705
  • 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.
  • Extended Call for Papers – Otherness: Essays and Studies 6.1

    The peer-reviewed, open-access e-journal Otherness: Essays and Studies is now accepting submissions for its special issue: Animal Alterity, Spring 2016.

    Otherness: Essays and Studies publishes research articles from and across different scholarly disciplines that critically examine the concepts of otherness and alterity. We particularly appreciate dynamic cross-disciplinary study.

    In recent years, scholars within the humanities and social sciences have shown increasing interest in relations between humans and nonhuman animals to a degree where many now speak of an “animal turn” within these broad fields and where a new interdisciplinary field – often termed human-animal studies – has emerged. A significant part of this has been the imagining – from various perspectives, not least literary and philosophical – of nonhuman subjectivities and what these may mean for our contemplation of human-animal relations, of nature, of humanity, animality and alterity within various disciplines. As Derrida has been moved by contemplating the significance of his cat’s non-human gaze on his naked body, so have scholars across various disciplines come to reassess the role of non-humans and animal alterity in culture, literature, media, ethics, and politics, and what that may mean for how we (should) think of ourselves as well as others – both human and nonhuman – and the world we live in.

    While the concept of Otherness is often considered in light of the human – as a matter of the multi-, trans-, inter- or cross-cultural – its significance to human relations with the nonhuman should not be forgotten or underestimated. Indeed, as human relations to nature and nonhuman animals are the subjects of increasingly heated debate, their role in and for culture as well as the boundaries between the “human” self and the “animal” other should be continually interrogated and explored. 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.

    Welcome topics include but are not limited to:

    Approaches towards and Discourses on Nonhuman Animals as Others in Public Spaces and Debates

    Representations of Animal Otherness in Various Genres of Literature and Film, Fictional and Non-Fictional 

    Research and Analysis on Otherness and Nonhuman Animals Related to: Language, Space, Body, Time, History, etc.

    Issues of Power: Perspectives on Nonhuman Animals in Dominant and Peripheral Cultures

    Intersectional Alterities: Nonhuman Animals and Gender, Race, Class, etc.

    Philosophy, Ethics and Nonhuman Otherness

    New Technologies, Medical Innovations and Animal Alterity

    Human and Posthuman Identities and Lifestyles Tied to Human-Animal Relations

    Places and Spaces: Otherness and “Animal” Geographies

    Nonhuman Otherness and Global Transformations

    Critical Approaches to Otherness through Perspectives on the Nonhuman

    Theory Formation/Conceptualization of Otherness in the Study of Nonhuman Animals         

    Articles should be approx. 5,000 - 8,000 words. All electronic submissions should be sent via email with Word document attachment formatted to Chicago Manual of Style standards to the guest editor Sune Borkfelt at

    Further information:

    The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2016

  • 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

    • Assembling a panel for RMCLAS 2016  (March 30-April 2) in Santa Fe, NM. The panel concerns centering animals within History or other disciplines. My paper analyzes the University of Arizona Insect Collections. I seek to complicate the normative definition of archive as a fixed, static space and analyze the technologies and media used to preserve, display, and portray insect specimens for human understanding and entertainment.

      Please contact me via email at if you are interested in participating. This call for panelists is cross posted to H-Net LatAm, Grad, and Animal.

      Thank you,

      Danielle Blalock
      PhD Student - The University of Arizona
      Department of History

    • My name is Chelsea Medlock and I am interested in creating a panel for the 131st Annual Meeting at the American Historical Association in January 2017.  The theme of the upcoming meeting is “Historical Scale:  Linking Levels of Experience.”  Playing loosely with this motif, I would like to organize a paper panel that explores the various scales and interconnections of history within the study of human-animal relations.  I am looking for two or three individuals that are interested in presenting paper topics that discuss the interconnections of animal history with other fields of study as well as the evolution of the animal turn in recent years.  I have listed below a few suggestions for possible paper topics; however, these are not set in stone.  My paper topic is on the interplay between animal history and memory studies since the Great War; this paper will focus on the modes and motives of collective memory in the history of war animals in Anglo-American society including memorials, print culture, and social media.

      Some possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:

                  The historiography of animal history

                  The links between animal history and other historical fields

                  New directions for the study of human-animal relations

                  Teaching Animal Studies

                  Animals and historical agency

                  How to research animal history

      If you are interested, please submit a 200 word abstract for your paper idea as well as a brief CV to by December 21.  I will contact panelists by January 4.  If you are interested in being the panel chair or panel commentator, let me know as well.  Thank you for your time and consideration.


      Chelsea Medlock, PhD
      Oklahoma State University

    • Animals under Capitalism: Art and Politics

      The University of Bristol invites submissions for a 1-day conference to be held on May 25, 2016, on the subject of ‘Animals under Capitalism: Art and Politics’. The conference aims to explore the relations between capitalism and animal life, and will emphasise the following themes: 1) the intersections between capitalism and the ‘Sixth Extinction’; 2) artistic representations of animals under the aegis of capitalism; 3) the biopolitics of domestication; 4) the development of industrial animal farms.

      This conference welcomes a broad range of responses from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, literary studies, art history, politics and critical studies. Other topics might include:

      • artistic responses to endangered and extinct animals
      • the development of zoos
      • animals under the law
      • feminist responses to animal exploitation
      • Marxism and animals
      • animal futures and science fiction
      • animals, class and biopolitics
      • big game hunting and ‘wildlife management’
      • Freud, Darwin, modernity and animal life
      • visual representations of animals in sculpture and painting
      • literary responses to ‘animals under capitalism’
      • pre-capitalist modes of relating to animals and post-capitalist alternatives

      Please submit a 250-300 word proposal by the 10th of December

      Conference Summary

      Capitalism inaugurated a new set of patterns vis-à-vis our relationships with animal others. This conference explores what some of those relationship are. In this context, we welcome papers that address the following questions:

      1) what ‘structures of feeling’ emerged during the long and complex evolution from feudalism to mercantilism to industrial capitalism in the eighteenth century?

      2) Does the ‘animal’ signify different things as new economic systems come to predominate, and, if so, to what extent do alternative conceptions of the animal exist despite (or in spite of) these economic configurations?

      3) How are changing relationships with animal life embodied in art and popular culture – in paintings, novels, poetry and folklore? In what ways do artistic representations of animals both embody and resist the dominant cultural understandings of their time?

      4)  What alternative futures have artists imagined for animals (perhaps particularly in works of science fiction?) 

      Date and place: 25th of May, 2016; the Institute of Advanced Studies (University of Bristol) 


      The graduate students in the Department of German Studies at the University of Arizona invite proposals for their third annual interdisciplinary conference in the Environmental Humanities for emerging scholars (graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and junior faculty) on April 1-2, 2016 in Tucson, Arizona.

      Environmental questions have been driving interdisciplinary research in many Humanities disciplines in recent years. The intersection of culture and environment has invigorated classrooms and inspired publications, and conversations about environmental issues have extended beyond traditional disciplinary divisions. This conference will be a space to explore specific contributions of the Humanities to environmental issues of the present and their potential for the future. We are looking to discuss a wide range of questions that ask how particular Humanities approaches respond to environmental concerns and how interdisciplinary work in this area can be made productive. How, for instance, might the attitude of the Romantics vis-à-vis nature be a model for behavior in the 21st century? How does recycling figure into artistic production or the art classroom? Which cultural or historical conceptions of trash influence current public debates? What kind of philosophy or ethics drive preservation efforts or environmentalism? What are the outcomes of queering the environment or ecology? What is the language or the aesthetics of climate change? How do the future of the human and the Humanities relate in a posthuman age? What shape would an environmental grammar, psychology, or pedagogy take?  

      We invite papers based on concrete examples or case studies from emerging scholars in all areas of the Humanities, for instance literature, visual arts, history, cultural studies, philosophy, gender studies, pedagogy, area/regional studies, linguistics, public policy/political theory, religion and ethics. The conference language will be English, but we particularly welcome our colleagues in German Studies. Possible topic areas and keywords include but are not limited to the following: 

      • animal studies
      • anthropocene
      • biopolitics
      • climate change
      • critical plant studies
      • eco-criticism
      • eco-feminism
      • eco-systems
      • eco-terrorism
      • ecology
      • environmental catastrophes
      • environmentalism
      • extinction
      • "green"
      • horticulture
      • landscapes
      • life forms
      • nature/culture
      • organic ("bio", "öko")
      • posthumanism
      • preservation
      • recycling
      • trash
      • Umwelt
      • water
      • "the wild"

      Please submit a proposal of no more than 350 words for a 15-20-minute paper (including your name and institutional/departmental affiliation, paper title and A/V needs) together with a short description of your current position and research by December 21, 2015 to Proposals for full panels are also welcome. 

      Graduate students might have the opportunity to stay with a local graduate student (please indicate your interest when sending your proposal). There will be opportunities to visit Biosphere 2and see an installation by the University of Arizona Poetry Center at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

    • CFP Bridging Gaps: What are the media, publicists, and celebrities selling?


      Red Room, Four Points by Sheraton Barcelona Diagonal

      Barcelona, Spain

      July 3rd - 5th, 2016


      Public personalities hold the power to draw attention to products, services, and charities through their endorsement. Celebrity activists, for example, can help to change the world. From Elizabeth Taylor to George Clooney, celebrities have proven that their status can help raise awareness and funds for issues such as aids, poverty and global warming. However, many activists have also gained fame by standing up for their beliefs such as Harvey Milk, Dian Fossey, Malala Yousafzai, and Rosa Parks, thereby bridging gaps between celebrity activists and activists as celebrities. Thanks to social media, people today have a platform to share their views and gain a following, meaning activism is now in the power of the people. They can bring communities together from around the world to make a difference.


      We invite you to send in abstracts about media control, activism, and celebrity status to interrogate, draw attention to the good that is being done, and suggest ways we can improve the world. What actions need to be taken and how can celebrity status help achieve this? How much power does a celebrity really have? Can someone create celebrity status through their activism? What role does public relations and the media play in promoting messages from beauty ideals to saving the planet?


      The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) Bridging Gaps conference series aims to connect scholars with industry professionals and generate a discussion and practice that will inspire change.CMCS in association with sponsors Centre for Ecological, Social, and Informatics Cognitive Research (ESI.CORE) and WaterHill Publishing, invite academics, filmmakers, journalists, publicists, advertisers, charity organizers, and guests to attend, speak and collaborate at the international conference. Attendees may present papers, take part in a workshop or create a roundtable discussion on the theme of celebrity activism, media ethics and endorsements.

       Extended versions of selected papers will be published in an edited book by WaterHill Publishing, while others will be invited for the opportunity to publish work in the CrossBridge Journal.

       We also invite people to send in videos for the Celebrity Chat Award. The best video/documentary will be selected based on its ability to draw attention to a significant matter, be relevant to the conference theme and inspire change.

       Registration includes: Your printed conference package, catered lunch, coffee / tea breaks, evening drinks, professional development workshop, access to evening receptions, eligibility to publish in edited book, and consideration for the $100 best paper and screen awards.

      Submission guidelines:


      • 250-word abstract or workshop / roundtable proposal
      • Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if applicable
      • Submit to conference Chairs Dr Jackie Raphael and Dr Celia Lam at email
      • Deadline for abstract submission: December 20, 2015
      • Notification of acceptance: January 20, 2016
      • Full text due: June 4, 2016
      • Pre-Conference Reception: July 3, 2016
      • Conference presentation: July 4-5, 2016
      • Publication of edited book: Approximately November 30, 2016

      Celebrity Chat Video Submissions:


      • Video length should be 10-20 minutes
      • Include a title, your name, e-mail address, and affiliation if applicable
      • Submit to conference Chairs Dr Jackie Raphael and Dr Celia Lam at email
      • Deadline for submission: December 20, 2015
      • Notification of acceptance: January 20, 2016
      • Conference screening: July 4-5, 2016

      Topics include but are not limited to:


      • Mass media and social media
      • Public relations and publicity
      • Social Advocacy
      • Human rights and animal rights
      • Environmental sustainability
      • Celebrity activists 
      • Activists as celebrities
      • Endorsements
      • Advertising
      • Branding
      • Persona
      • Journalism and newsworthy topics
      • Fame and Fortune
      • Beauty Ideals
      • Interviews
      • Audiences
      • Fandom
      • Literature
      • Film and Video
      • Television
      • Photography
      • Laws and Policies
      • Theory and Methods
      • Research Agenda
      • Business Models
      • Ethics and Morality
      • Cognition and Memory
      • Media Literacy
      • Social Innovation and Change
      • Education and Advocacy
      • Community Building
      • Business and Community Partnerships

      Conference Chairs: Dr Jackie Raphael and Dr Celia Lam

      Conference Committee Members: Dr Samita Nandy, Dr Louis Massey, Josh Nathan, and Andrea Marshall

    • CFP - "Animal Studies across Space, Time, Disciplines" - panel at UW-Madison graduate student conference 

    Please find details below about an animal studies panel that will be of interest. University of Wisconsin - Madison's MadLit conference is a long-running graduate conference that welcomes work from a variety of disciplines (hosted by the English department). Our theme this year explicitly questions disciplinary as well as other boundaries, making it a perfect fit for most work in animal studies. I'm organizing a panel this year on animal studies and would gladly welcome submissions from graduate students working in any field.  Abstracts may be submitted either to or to me,, by December 18th.

    From its inception, the field of animal studies has encouraged and enabled interdisciplinary as well as interspecies encounters. This panel invites eclectic and experimental responses to "the question of the animal," particularly ones that consider what literary studies can contribute to animal studies. Papers that theorize the limitations and/or generative possibilities of disciplines, periods, genres, or form are welcome, as are responses that consider nonhuman or environmental subjects more broadly.

    This year’s MadLit conference, “Boundaries and Intersections: Space, Time, Discipline,” will be held from Thursday, February 25th to Saturday, February 27th, 2016. The UW - Madison English Department Graduate Student Association is pleased to announce that this year’s keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Mark Wollaeger (English, Vanderbilt University.) His talk will take place at 5:00pm on Thursday, February 25th.

    We seek proposals for 15-20 minute papers and three-person panels. We welcome papers that either productively question national, temporal or disciplinary boundaries, or those which engage in precisely these sorts of border crossings or intersectional thinking. We encourage scholarly submissions from all disciplines as well as creative entries. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to by December 18th, 2015.

    More details here:


    • Third Annual Oxford Animal Ethics Summer School: The Ethics of Eating Animals, 24-27 July 2016 at St Stephen’s House, Oxford

      Third Annual Oxford Animal Ethics Summer School 
       The Ethics of Eating Animals
       24-27 July 2016 at St Stephen’s House, Oxford The Summer School is being organised by the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics in partnership with the French animal society, One Voice. 
      Papers are invited in English and French from academics world-wide on any aspect relating to the ethics of eating animals, including philosophical and religious ethics, historical, legal, psychological, scientific, and sociological perspectives. Potential topics include the morality of killing, the suffering of animals in food production, the portrayal of animals as meat, meat eating and climate change, the environmental impact of industrial farming, the utilisation of meat substitutes, in vitro meat and strategies for change.
      Abstracts of proposed contributions (no more than 300 words) should be sent (in English) to Clair Linzey via email: and (in French) to Muriel Arnal via email: The deadline for abstracts is 1 January 2016. Accepted papers will be considered for publication in a subsequent book volume or in the Journal of Animal Ethics.
      The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics was founded in 2006 and pioneers ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching, and publication.
      St Stephen’s House is an Anglican Theological College and a Hall of the University of Oxford.
      Further information about the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and the Summer School can be found at And more information about One Voice can be found at
    • The Animal and Human Emotions" meeting will be held May 17-22, 2016 in Erice, Sicily (Italy). The workshop will be held within the School of Neuroscience at the “Ettore Majorana” Erice Centre and is supported by the Italian government.
      Here you will find information on the meeting, how to register, and what to expect:

      Pier Francesco FERRARI (University of Parma, Parma, Italy)
      Frans de Waal (Living Links, Emory University, USA)

      Deadline for registration: March 15, 2016

  • CALL FOR PAPERS for the 2nd Biennial Conference on Living with Animals: Interconnections

    “Living with Animals 2” is a reprise of the first “Living with Animals” conference that took place at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in 2013. EKU, located in Richmond, Kentucky, just south of Lexington, “The Horse Capital of the World”, began offering the first undergraduate degree in Animal Studies in 2010. As our conference title suggests, we are planning to offer a Living with Animals conference every 2 years. The conference is over three days: March 19-21, 2015, with an optional excursion to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington on March 22. It will be held in the Crabbe Library at EKU.

  • CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS: Drs. Robert Mitchell, Radhika Makecha, and Michał Pręgowski Email contact:

    PROSPECTUS: In this second time around, we are hoping to retain the strong arts and humanities perspectives we enjoyed so much in the first conference, as well as including some more scientific and applied perspectives for general audiences. Consistent with the conference theme, we are looking for interconnections: not only between and across diverse humans and diverse animals, but also between and across disciplines and nations. The 2015 Living with Animals will be a truly international event, with scholars coming from Poland, the Netherlands, Canada, and Denmark. Of course any topic related to animals or human-animal interaction is welcome! Here are some of the highlights planned: - There will be continuity with the first Living with Animals conference. Artist and art historian Julia Schlosser, 2013’s co-organizer, will display her photographic work on pethuman interaction, and will also provide a keynote address about her work. - Dr. Gala Argent, also from the first conference, will again organize a (half-day) Horse session at the first conference. - Dr. Marie-José Enders-Slegers, Professor of Anthrozoology in the Faculty of Psychology at the Open University in Heerlen, the Netherlands, will speak on her work on human-animal interactions in educational and therapeutic contexts, examining issues for both humans and animals. - Dr. Ian Duncan, Emeritus Chair in Animal Welfare, Department of Animal and Poultry Science at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, will discuss his work on making life better for animals. - Louisville artist Peter Sherman will display his ceramic artwork with its focus on animals and animal-related themes. - Co-organizer Dr. Radhika Makecha, assistant Professor of Psychology and Animal Studies at EKU, is organizing sessions around conservation, human-animal conflict, and elephants. - Co-organizer Dr. Michał Pręgowski, an Animal Studies and Sociology scholar from Poland’s Warsaw University of Technology and currently a Fulbright Scholar-inResidence at EKU, is organizing sessions around dogs and dog-human interaction, including topics such as training, memorials, and shelter work. - We also plan to devote time (breakout sessions and talks) on Friday to issues surrounding teaching Animal Studies, Human-Animal Studies, and Anthrozoology. Although most teaching topics will depend on the abstracts about teaching we receive, we plan to have a panel discussion about standardized curricula for Animal Studies/Anthrozoology programs—an offshoot of the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) conference in Vienna this summer.

    ABSTRACTS: Abstracts of 200 to (approximately) 400 words should be sent to The first line of the abstract should be the title of the talk, and the next line(s) should be the authors’ names, positions, affiliations, and email addresses. Following this should be a blank line, followed by the text of the abstract. All should be single spaced. Reference to existing bodies of work might be made. Please also indicate if you would like your presentation to be a talk or a poster, or if your are offering a panel. (We are open to other forms of presentations.) Posters are an excellent way to present some scientific and artistic works, and allow the presenter to engage closely with conference attendees who are most interested by their work. Posters will be available during the buffet lunch on Saturday, 21 March. In addition, provide a one-page CV of your most relevant work and experience. Individual paper presentation time will be 20 minutes, including time for questions. Panels (usually 3 people; maximum time, 1 hour) are welcome. All presentations and panels will be reviewed by the organizers and/or chairs. TIMETABLE: Abstract submission deadline: December 12, 2014 (Abstracts received after this date will be reviewed and, if accepted, put in the program if space allows.) Author notification: around December 22, 2014 Conference begins: March 19, 2015 Conference ends: March 21, 2015 Optional excursion: March 22, 2015.



  • 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
    • The Department of History in the Faculty of Humanities at McMaster University invites qualified candidates to apply for a One (1) Year Appointment for the “Animal History Post-Doctoral Fellowship.”

      Job Title: Post-Doctoral Fellowship
      Posting Date: 1 November 2015
      Application Deadline: 1 February 2016
      Position Start Date: 1 July 2016                
      Position End Date: 30 June 2017
      Supervisor: Dr. T. McDonald
      Remuneration: $35,000.00 plus benefits and a $2500.00 research and publication stipend

      This position is included within the Canadian Union of Public Employees (“CUPE”) Local 3906 Unit 3, representing Post-Doctoral Fellows

      Description of Role:
      Historians have only recently begun to consider animals as agents of history and to engage in the relatively new field of Human-Animal Studies. This post-doctoral position is supported by a generous grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to support research in Animal Studies and History. The applicant must be engaged in some aspect of Animal Studies and History. The geographical focus and time period are open.

      The fellowship is open to scholars who have defended their PhD and who work in an area of Animal History. The one-year appointment in the Department of History at McMaster University begins on 1 July 2016 and carries a stipend of $35,000.00 plus benefits and up to $2500.00 for research and publication expenses. 

      The fellow will pursue her/his own research and publishing agenda, teach one one-term course, and work with Dr. McDonald in organizing and hosting an intensive workshop on Animal History, and a small speaker series.  

      Application Procedure:
      Completed applications must include a cover letter, CV, a sample of scholarly writing, and two (2) academic letters of reference. The covering letter must clearly discuss the applicant’s research and publishing plans. The cover letter should not exceed two (2) single-spaced pages.

      All complete applications must be received before 01 February 2016 to be considered.

      Applications can be sent to Dr. Tracy McDonald, Department of History, Chester New Hall, Room 619, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L9. 

      Email applications will also be accepted and should be sent to

      All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

      McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities, and persons with disabilities.

    • 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
      • 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 Ethics invites submissions for the 1st Animal Ethics Essay Prize on the suffering of animals in nature and intervention in the wild.

    Concern for the situation of animals in the wild is becoming a major issue in animal ethics today. Although according to a relatively common naïve view, animals in the wild live mostly good lives and natural processes are good simply because they are natural, there is an increasing awareness that wild animals encounter many sources of suffering and early death, and that this is something humans should be concerned about.

    Moreover, there are reasons to think the lives of most animals have more suffering than positive wellbeing. Most animals reproduce by having a huge number of offspring, while on average only one per parent survives. The majority of the others die shortly after coming into existence, commonly in painful ways, such as starving or being killed by other animals. Their lives are so short that there is little wellbeing in them, while they include the suffering of the animals’ often painful and sometimes frightening deaths.

    Although human intervention in the wild can sometimes increase the harms animals suffer, it can also help to reduce them significantly. There are many examples of initiatives that have been implemented already, from wild animal rescue centers to vaccination and feeding programs. Other programs on a larger scale may be developed as concern for nonhuman animals increases.

    While this topic has often been neglected, the literature on it has been growing significantly in recent years. This prize aims to contribute to this by encouraging further research on it. We welcome submissions up to 9,000 words long. They must not have been previously published or accepted for publication. The winner will be awarded $1,500.

    Essay topics may include:

    • Estimates of the degree of sentience in animals (especially fishes and invertebrates) when they die shortly after coming into existence and at other ages, and studies in life history theory estimating the proportion that die at those ages.
    • Case studies showing the structural reasons for animals’ suffering and early deaths in the wild.
    • The relationship between sources of primary production and nutrient availability and nonhuman animal suffering.
    • Factors affecting the ways the predominance of animals traditionally classified as r-strategists over K-strategists varies that can inform actual policies.
    • Forms of intervention to help animals in the wild that do not cause more harm than good and that can be carried out effectively today on a small or medium scale.
    • How large scale decisions or possible future trajectories can lead to greater or lesser amounts of harm for animals living in the wild.
    • The development of welfare biology theory.
    • Estimates of value and disvalue in the wild.
    • Ethical arguments for intervention for the benefit of wild animals.
    • Political theory and the issue of intervention to aid wild animals.
    • Psychological reasons why people may fail to take seriously the harms animals suffer in nature and to support acting to aid them.
    • How to increase research on these topics in academia.
    • How to spread concern for wild animals and the idea that they should be helped, among the general public and animal advocates.

    Since there are many possible topics, essays can have a wide range of approaches. Both strongly empirically-based and more speculative essays will be eligible for the prize, including for instance essays in natural science addressing applied welfare biology problems, in practical philosophy considering the arguments for helping animals in the wild, and in social science assessing how to better spread concern about this topic.

    Contributions will be assessed with special consideration given to their potential impact, such as:

    • Encouraging further academic work on the subjects of the suffering of wild animals and interventions in the wild;
    • Increasing interest in the subjects among the general public and animal advocates;
    • Informing actual policies aimed at reducing the harms that nonhuman animals suffer in the wild.

    Contributions (in English) must be sent as email attachments to essay.prize ( a ), with the subject “Animal Ethics  Essay Prize.” Submissions  should not include the name of the author on the essay itself. Instead, the author should state her or his contact details and the name of the essay in the body of the email. The deadline is December 15, 2015.

    The winning essay will be chosen after a blind review process. The winner of the prize will be announced during the first quarter of 2016. However, if none of the submitted papers meets an acceptable standard of quality, the prize will not be awarded.

    If there are enough high quality submissions, authors will have the option of having their essays considered for inclusion in a book to be edited by Animal Ethics in which the winning essay will be published.

  • 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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