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Organizations


Journals

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Organization and Environment
  • 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 Submissions: National Museum of Animals & Society, "The Poetic Animal"
    • The National Museum of Animals & Society seeks submissions of poetry and visual art for poet-artist collaborations to appear in an upcoming exhibition on animals in poetry, entitled “The Poetic Animal,” opening in fall 2015. This first of a kind exhibit will focus on poems, and the visual presentation of poems, that represent animal subjects and animals’ subjectivities, and that explore human-animal relations and the human-animal bond. Poets and visual artists are encouraged to participate.
    • Please follow these instructions. The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2015.

Conferences and Programs

  • Call for Registrants: Detroit Zoological Society, "Teaching for the 21st Century Humane Education Workshop" (Detroit, Michigan; November 15, 2014)
    • The Detroit Zoological Society is hosting a Teaching for the 21st Century Humane Education Workshop, presented by the Institute for Humane Education (IHE). The workshop will be facilitated by Zoe Weil, President of IHE. This professional development workshop is designed to train educators to effectively teach critical thinking about animal protection,  environmental ethics and social justice to enhance students’ understanding of how their choices impact themselves, other people, other species and the Earth. Educators will learn how to bring global ethical issues into the classroom through innovative activities and approaches that enable their students to become conscientious changemakers and effective problem solvers for a more humane, peaceable, and healthy world. Each participant will receive The Power and Promise of Humane Education and lunch will be provided. SCECHs will be available for an additional fee.
    • Please register here. The deadline for registration is November 15, 2014.
  • Call for Presentations: Association of Professional Humane Educators, "Blazing a Trail for Humane Education" (Tempe, Arizona; April 23-24, 2014)
    • The primary goal of the conference is to provide the audience with networking and learning opportunities related to various humane education topics. Preference will be given to quality presentations that include an interactive component and a balance of presentations for all levels of humane educators in a variety of settings. This is an opportunity to share your successful programs, dynamic strategies, and specific expertise with a vibrant and talented audience. Who attends APHE National Humane Education Conferences? Educators from a variety of backgrounds who promote humane attitudes toward people, animals and the environment. This includes, but is not limited to, anyone who teaches animal welfare, animal rights, animal behavior, environmental concerns, social justice concerns, character education, cultural studies and any combination of the above. Attendees may work or volunteer with animal shelters, animal care and control agencies, zoos, museums, park districts, schools, colleges, universities and other local, regional and national entities.
    • Please submit the "Call for Presentations Form" to conference[at]aphe[dot]org. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2014.
  • Call for Papers: Australian Animal Studies Group, "Animal Publics: Emotions, Empathy, Activis" (Melbourne, Australia; July 12-15, 2015)
    • The human/nonhuman animal relationship is continually in flux. In the twenty-first century our relationship with other species is more complex than ever. Images of animals dominate advertising and the internet. Many people feel a profound connection with their companion animals, consider them part of the family, and grieve when they die. At the same time almost all the species we breed for consumption are processed through the animal industrial complex, and are neither seen, nor heard, nor touched in a living state. Animal exploitation and commodification is increasingly hidden from public view. The predominance of some species, and the complete absence of others, in our relationships with animals, raises important questions about how we understand and empathise with other. Why do so many people have such an emotional respone to animals? Why do children bond with animals? What have we lost by excluding so many animals from the public domain—from our cities and day-to-day lives? In this interdisciplinary conference, Animal Publics, we ask: How can the lives of animals be made visible—brought into the public domain? How might they be transformed? What role might direct engagement, academic discourse, bearing witness, the arts, or community debate take? What part do emotions play in the changes taking place across a range of key discourses and in our relationships with nonhuman "others"? How should we understand our emotional response to animals and how important should the emotional lives of animals be to us? How might the emotions, empathy, and activism be brought to bear on making the lives of animals visible in the public domain?
    • Please submit an abstract (250 words) to aasg-conference[at]unimelb[dot]edu[dot]au. The dealine for submissions is November 17, 2014.
  • Call for Applications: Animals and Society Institute and Wesleyan Animal Studies, "2015 ASI-WAS Human-Animal Studies Fellowship" (Middletown, Connecticut; June 1-30, 2015)
    • The Animals and Society Institute and Wesleyan Animal Studies invites applications for the ninth annual summer fellowship program for scholars pursuing research in Human-Animal Studies. This interdisciplinary program was started by the Animals and Society Institute (ASI) in 2007 and enables 6-8 fellows to pursue research in residence at Wesleyan University at the College of the Environment. In 2010, ASI began a partnership with Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, which now hosts the fellowship. The fellowship is designed to support recipients’ individual research in human-animal studies as well as to promote interdisciplinary exchange among the fellows. Fellows are expected to participate in a weekly discussion group as well as ongoing scholarly exchange with other fellows. Fellows should expect a diversity of approaches, projects, and commitments to animal protection issues. The fellowships are open to scholars from any discipline investigating a topic related to human-animal relationships. This year, we especially encourage applications that deal with dogs, public policy, feminism, and animal experimentation.
    • Please submit a cover page, abstract, proposal, CV, and two letters of recommendation to fellowshipapplication[at]animalsandsociety[dot]org. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2014.
  • Call for Papers: "Living with Animals: Interconnections" (Richmond, Kentucky; March 19-21, 2015)
    • “Living with Animals 2” is a reprise of the first “Living with Animals” conference that took place at Eastern Kentucky University in 2013. Eastern Kentucky University, located in Richmond 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. 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. There will be continuity with the first Living with Animals conference. Artist and art historian Julia Schlosser, 2013’s co-organizer, will be having a display of her photographic work on pet-human interaction, and will also provide a keynote address about her work. We are planning to continue our Horse theme, but with a shorter half-day session selected and chaired by Dr. Gala Argent who organized the Horse session at the first conference. We also plan to devote time (breakout sessions and talks) to issues surrounding teaching the animal. Although 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. There are some new foci as well. Co-organizer Radhika Makecha is organizing sessions around conservation, human-animal conflict, and elephants, and co-organizer Michał Pręgowski is organizing sessions around dogs and dog-human interaction, including topics such as training, memorials, and shelter work.
    • Please submit an abstract (200 words) and CV (1 page) to Robert Mitchell, Radhika Makecha, and Michał Pręgowski. The deadline for submissions is December 5, 2014.
  • Call for Papers: Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, "Second Oxford Summer School on Animal Ethics" (Oxford, England; July 26-29, 2015)
    • In 1947, Oxford don C. S. Lewis commented that it was “the rarest thing in the world to hear a rational discussion of vivisection”. This Summer School intends to provide just that: a rational discussion of the ethics of using animals in research. Papers are invited from academics world-wide on any aspect relating to the ethics of animal experimentation, including philosophical and religious ethics, historical, legal, psychological, and sociological perspectives, the morality of various types of research, the use of alternatives, the confinement of animals in laboratories, and the effectiveness of current controls and future legislation. The Centre will be producing its own review of the ethics of the use of animals in research, which should be published in the Autumn of 2014. Contributors are asked to consider responding to the methodology and conclusions of the review in their contributions to the Summer School.
    • Please submit an abstract (300 words) to Clair Linzey. The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2015.
  • Call for Papers: Institute for Critical Animal Studies, "14th Annual ICAS North American Conference" (Binghamton, New York; April 17-19, 2015)
    • The 2015 Institute for Critical Animal Studies North America Conference is inviting papers, presentations, and workshops from scholars, activists, and artists working on ethical and political issues concerning non/human animals alongside the socioeconomic concerns that impact human populations. This year’s venue in Binghamton, NY offers a unique opportunity to investigate the intersections of oppression in a community with a rich history of campaigning for social justice for both non/human and human alike. Critical Animal Studies as a field has become a powerful canopy for many convergent arenas of thought, politics, scholarship, and activism. In partnership with Binghamton University’s nationally ranked speech and debate program, the conference will seek to explore how the law has both served as an impetus and a hindrance to advancing the cause of social justice. The conference also aims to explore the tactics, strategies, and theories that exist outside legal instruments for change. The goal is to create an effective dialog and collaboration between people with differing viewpoints and opinions and not to create an echo chamber for a single-sided viewpoint on how non/human liberation can be achieved. We welcome presentations, panels, and workshops from a variety of academic and non-academic fields, including but not limited to: Activism and advocacy, Aesthetic are artistic expressions of liberation theory, Anarchism, Biopolitical thought, Bioscience and biotechnology, Critical legal studies, Critical race theory, Cultural studies, Disability studies, Ecology and environmentalism, Ethics (applied and/or philosophical), Feminist theory, Film and media studies, Intersectional streams of thought, Literary theory, Marxism, Non/human liberation, Pedagogical approaches to teaching liberation, Political economy, Politics of incarceration, Postcolonial studies, Poststructuralist theory, Queer theory, and Theology.
    • Please submit an abstract (500 words) and short bio (150 words) to icasnorthamerica[at]gmail[dot]com. The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2015.
  • Call for Papers: 4th Annual Ecojustice and Activism Conference, "Art, Activism, and Ecojustice Education" (Ypsilanti, Michigan; March 19-21, 2015)
    • EcoJustice Education is an approach that analyzes the deep cultural roots of intersecting social and ecological crises, focusing especially on the globalizing cultural, economic and political forces of Western consumer culture.  EcoJustice scholars and educators also study, support, and teach about the ways that various cultures around the world actively resist these colonizing forces by protecting and revitalizing their commons—that is, the social practices and traditions, languages, and relationships with the land necessary to the healthy regeneration of their communities. By emphasizing the commons (and its enclosure or privatization), EcoJustice perspectives understand social justice to be inseparable from and even imbedded in questions regarding ecological well-being. This conference was organized to engage activists, educators, students, and scholars in deep and meaningful discussion around what we can do together to address and organize actions aimed at alleviating and/or eliminating current social and environmental injustices occurring in our local, national, and international communities. This year’s theme, Art, Activism, and EcoJustice Education, aims to explore the ways the arts can focus public attention and responsibilities toward developing eco-ethical consciousness and action that challenges devastating social and ecological degradation occurring both locally and globally. We encourage a wide range of critical perspectives from within artistic, scholarly, and activist traditions and groups. These could include presentations, performances, or exhibitions around site specific art, insurgent art education, place-based art education, performance art, radical and guerrilla art, eco-art education, sustainable art, indigenous arts, anarchist arts and more. We also welcome related presentations on animal welfare, environmental philosophy, climate change, ecofeminism and other gender studies, critical race theory, eco-pedagogy, eco-ability, post-humanism, anarchist studies, place-based education, critical animal studies, critical cultural studies, political ecology, peace studies, critical geography, indigenous studies, indigenous education, post/anti-colonial studies, critical literacies, critical pedagogy, urban studies, eco-philosophy, eco-democratic reforms, EcoJustice education, and critical disability studies.
    • Please submit a proposal to Rebecca Martusewicz. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2014.

Funding


Job Listings

  • Internal
  • External
    • 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.
      • Applications can be found on the SENS (Graduate School of Environment and Sustainability) website http://www.usask.ca/sens/.
    • 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.
      • Submission requirements

Miscellaneous

  • 2014 WOLFoundation Essay Competition
    • The Web of Life Foundation (WOLFoundation) is pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2014 WOLFoundation essay competition. The WOLFoundation is dedicated to stimulating new thinking in the field of sustainability and socio-environmental issues. The theme of this year's competition is Leadership: What are the characteristics of effective leadership for the 21st century? Whether it relates to environmental degradation, personal privacy, the functioning—or otherwise—of our democratic processes, or many other issues, many people feel that we are suffering from an almost global crisis of leadership: an inability to break out of the status quo to enable societies to address some of the growing social and environmental issues that we all face. We encourage entrants to focus on the nature of leadership itself rather than the specific issues that leaders should be addressing.
    • Competition guidelines and submission requirements. Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2014.
  • 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.
    • Submission requirements. Applications will be received on an ongoing basis beginning immediately.
  • 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: http://viralpandas.wordpress.com, but runs for a week from an art gallery producing physical artistic responses to the ideas, as well as running online across different social networks including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, Digg, and G+ for the foreseeable future. Your input is welcomed.
    • If you'd like any further information, email us 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.
    • Submission requirements. If you're interested in submitting, please contact Robert McKay.

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