Animal Studies Specialization Students
visiting the Detroit Institute of Art's Special Exhibit "It's a Zoo in Here! Prints and Drawings of Animals"
Conferences and Programs
- Reading Animals is a major conference on the representation of animals in literary and other texts, to be held at the University of Sheffield School of English from July 17-20th, 2014. Abstracts are invited for papers on any aspect of this topic, spanning the full range of periods, forms, media and methodologies in English Studies and cognate fields. Confirmed keynote speakers at the conference are Laura Brown (Cornell); Erica Fudge (Strathclyde); Kevin Hutchings (UNBC); Susan McHugh (UNE); Tom Tyler (Oxford Brookes) and Cary Wolfe (Rice). The deadline for abstracts is 19th December, 2013.
- Posthuman Political Ecology, Fourth Annual Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference on Nature/Society in Lexington, KY, February 27th – March 1st. “How would we feel if it is by way of the inhuman that we come to feel, to care, to respond?” - Karen Barad (2012:216) In an era of increasingly integrated natural-social systems, advanced bio/technological innovation and intense commodification of ecological processes, there is growing consensus that political ecology scholarship cannot unproblematically assert a distinctive or coherent category of “the human” as a useful unit of analysis or investigation. Jane Bennett's (2010) “vital materialism,” Rosi Braidotti's (2011, 2013) figuration of the “posthuman” nomadic subject as a counter to the Eurocentric Vitruvian man and Donna Haraway's (1991, 1997) cyborgs along with their biotechnological companions, Oncomouse, FemaleMan and Dolly the sheep attest to a commitment to a feminist ethics: the necessity to imagine subjective positions beyond naïve humanist understandings. These authors argue that such humanism so often (however inadvertently) reinforces a negative understanding of difference *between *same-species humans, rather than standing in simply as a distinction between humans and animals species. Humanist positions fall too easily into an essentialist designation of the human subject based on the standard akin to Deleuze and Guattari's (1987) majority – white, male, urban dwelling, speaking a dominant language – upon which all other humans come to be measured. Thus when humanism measures the category of human against a Eurocentric standard of the white male, it comes to manifest with racist, sexist and homophobic connotations. In relation to this, we can see that humanist perspectives have contributed to an arrogant privileging of a *specific kind of human subject*: certain, selected bodily arrangement and orientations, making spatial allowances for certain kinds of legitimated bodies, and designating which organizations of matter themselves come to matter. With respect to political ecology, responses to this scholarship have been empirical, ethical and conceptual. Clearly, political ecology is well placed on the empirical front, having since its inception enrolled a broad understanding of phenomena which are not reduced to human explanation but include a wide range of integrated physical, social, economic and cultural processes; dynamic natural/social systems; and enrolling non-human, inert, machinic and animals others into its explanation of phenomena. Conceptually and ethically on the other hand, I suggest that there is room for further engagement with posthuman ideas, imperatively forcing us to confront subject positions which are at once more and less that the humanist ideal. Thus, this session explores the growing attention being paid among political ecology scholarship to the concept of the posthuman. With posthuman points of view, questions regarding the commodification of certain kinds of natures; the edible qualities of certain animals and plants over others; and necropolitical regimes of what or who it is appropriate to kill become easier to examine. This session encourages a broad range of responses. It welcomes both empirical and conceptual papers. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 2nd. Remember that you also need to register and pay to attend at politicalecology.org.
- Global Conference: Making Sense of: The Animal and Human Bond, Sunday 13th July – Tuesday 15th July 2014, Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom.This interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary conference invites an exploration of the concept or notion of “animal” in its own right and as visa a vis “human.” While humans are clearly classed as part of the animal world, we have a long and sometimes questionable history of both differentiating ourselves from animals and at the same time identifying ourselves with specific animals or unique animals’ qualities. The distinction-identification processes have manifested itself since the beginning of human history, when people started to draw images on cave’s well (35000-50000 years ago). In those first images people described wild animals which were present in their environment and their relationship with those animals and only then, they were able to describe the human figures as independent idea. The domestication of the first animals- dogs (+/- 15000 years ago) and other animals as following to it, contributed to this dual process as well. On the one side controlling the animals is a process of declaring the differences between human-animal species but on the other side, it is also a way to express hidden desires that maintain the wild sides of the human being. Both process developed with civilizations, social rules and regulations and has made possible the very survival of the human species but has also offered us inspiration and deep bonds which manifest themselves in our relationships with the animals around us. From the image of the divine Ganesh (the elephant god of Hinduism) to the billion dollar pet industry to the role of animals in our lives as commodities—food, clothing, and tools—we find human culture intimately connected to the animal world. And yet we have but a dim sense of what that world entails. This conference invites scholars from across disciplines to reflect upon the meaning of animals in our lives and in their own lives.
In addition to individual submissions the Steering Group also welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. In order to support and encourage interdisciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between these groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between Environmental Justice and Visions of Humanity and the Animal and Human Bond. Proposals will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word proposals should be submitted by Friday 14th February 2014. If a proposal is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper of no more than 3000 words should be submitted by Friday 16th May 2014. Proposals should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Animals 1 Proposal Submission.
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend. Tamar Axelrad-Levy and Wendy Turgeon: email@example.com Rob Fisher: firstname.lastname@example.org
- CFP: Unnatural Futures Conference, July 3rd and 4th, 2014 at the Centre for the Arts University of Tasmania, Hobart.From genetically modified foods to zombie apocalypse, concerns about the future are increasingly reflected in contemporary media, policy and culture. An “unnatural future” is being shaped by rapidly escalating anxieties about the social, cultural, environmental and technological risks that now pervade everyday life. This climate of fear and uncertainty about the future requires careful consideration around how best to respond and intervene in debates, discussion and media representations around our “unnatural future”. This conference brings together researchers from a range of academic disciplines, including those from the social sciences, humanities, and agricultural and environmental studies, to address the following questions: how do we imagine the future? What are the methodologies or theories that may help navigate these potential futures? The intention is to share and explore views of the possible natural and unnatural futures that loom large on the horizon. Deadline: Applications and abstracts: January 31st, 2014. Submission of abstracts or panel proposals: E-mail the conference contact (email@example.com) with the following information: A 250-word abstract in MS Word (doc or docx) format, Your full name as you would like it to appear in the conference booklet, Contact information (email), A short biography including academic affiliation, Audiovisual requirements.
- The First Symposium on Intelligent Systems for Animal Welfare will be held on April 4th, 2014 at Goldsmiths, London. The symposium is part of the AISB-50 Annual Convention, held on April 1-4 by the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of
Behavior (AISB): http://www.aisb.org.uk/. The boundaries between the disciplines of artificial intelligence (AI) and animal studies have been extensively studied from different angles: developing biologically inspired AI, modeling animal behaviour, interaction and cognition, and building robotic animals are just some examples of the current thrust to explore the multifaceted connections between organic and
artificial life. However, while there has been a strong focus on the emulation of biological models in computing, the connections between AI and animal welfare have received much less attention. The aim of this symposium is to explore these connections. We will take a bi-directional approach that brings together scholars from both AI and animal related disciplines who are interested in harnessing AI methodologies and tools for improving animal welfare. We welcome both empirical and conceptual works that: (1) take an AI perspective if the research is grounded in animal studies, or (2) take an animal welfare perspective if grounded in AI or related fields. Theoretical frameworks, experimental research and tool demonstrations are appropriate. Extended abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair:. Templates can be found here. Submissions should be limited to four pages. Each submission will receive at least two reviews. Selected abstracts will be published in the general proceedings of the AISB Convention, with the proviso that at least one author attends the symposium in order to present the paper. Extended abstract submission deadline: January 4th 2014.
- On behalf of the Warwick Animal Ethics society, we are currently in the process of planning an Animal Ethics conference to be held on the 18th of January 2014 at Warwick University. We are hoping to host a stimulating talk that will cover a wide spectrum of thought regarding issues surrounding the treatment and status of animals in today's world. Any talk, be it scientific, philosophical, historical or political, that touches on such issues would therefore be warmly welcomed by us, and we are anticipating that the conference itself is going to generate high levels of student interest and involvement. For any further queries please don't hesitate to contact either myself or co-conference-organiser Roya Esat: Edward.Graham@warwick.ac.uk
- The Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin announces its 2014-15 theme, "Capital and Commodities."For the Institute’s 2014–15 program, we invite proposals for research into the history of capital and commodities. The co-development of financial and ecological crises, the global proliferation of mass consumerism, and ongoing social and military conflicts over access to natural resources suggest the critical importance of historicizing the study of capital and commodities. Indeed, over the last several decades, historians have compiled an impressive body of work on the history of commodities and their production, circulation, uses, and cultural significance. Research into commodity chains has forced historians to consider questions of social identity formation and has invigorated analysis of systems of communication and representation. Historical studies have also revealed the impact of commodity production and consumption on natural landscapes and sociopolitical formations. Recent globalized economic crises have further helped focus scholarly attention on how commodity exchange and capital creation involve the conjunctural dimensions of history: credit booms and debt crises, cycles of inflation and deflation, economic growth (and its intellectual constructions) and limits to growth. In this vein, the Institute encourages analytical approaches that underscore the sociocultural, political, environmental and intellectual underpinnings of the history of capital and commodities. We especially welcome proposals that encompass broad timespans (including the medieval and early modern periods) and that reach across geographic areas and disciplinary boundaries. Read more at:
http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/historicalstudies/news/7106 The IHS invites applications for resident fellows at all ranks. Deadline: January 15, 2014. For more information about the institute's fellowship and application process, please visit:
http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/historicalstudies/fellowships/resident-fellows.php For further information on IHS, including events programming and applications for residential fellowships for 2013-14, please visit the IHS website: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/historicalstudies/ Queries: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Reading Animals: An International English Studies Conference, School of English, University of Sheffield, UK, July 17-20 2014. Keynote Speakers: Erica Fudge, Tom Tyler, Cary Wolfe, others TBC. Reporting in the journal /PMLA/ on the emergence and consolidation of animal studies, Cary Wolfe drew attention to the role of the /Millennial Animals/ conference, held in the School of English at the University of Sheffield in 2000, as a formative event in this interdisciplinary field.Seeking now to focus the diverse critical practice in animal studies, a second conference at Sheffield seeks to uncover the extent to which the discipline of English Studies now can and should be reimagined as the practice of /reading animals/. This conference seeks to reflect and to extend the full range of critical methodologies, forms, canons and geographies current in English Studies; contributions are also most welcome from interested scholars in cognate disciplines. /Reading Animals/ will be programmed to encourage comparative reflection on representations of animals and interspecies encounters in terms of both literary-historical period and overarching interpretive themes. As such, seven keynote presentations are planned; each will focus on how reading animals is crucial in the interpretation of the textual culture of a key period from the middle ages to the present. The conference will also feature a plenary panel of key scholars who will reflect on the importance when reading animals of thinking across periods and in thematic, conceptual and formal terms. Papers should focus on the interpretation of textual animals at any date from the Middle Ages to the present. We seek submissions that read animals in relation to any writers/periods or in terms of the following indicative list of themes: Abstracts for 20 minute papers (300 words) or pre-formed 3-paper panels (1000 words) are welcome by 19 December, 2013 from researchers at any stage of their career, including early career scholars and postgraduates. Please send by email email@example.com.
- Announcement of the 3rd annual EcoJustice and Activism Conference, March 27-29, 2014 at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. This year we will focus on the theme of Belonging: Learning Together to Recognize and Value Human and More-Than-Human Communities. We are committed to engaging activists, educators, 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. With a focus on responsibilities, connections, and critical questions regarding social justice and environmental sustainability, we are especially interested in how we learn from the land, oceans, lakes, rivers, animals, plants, and each other—all the living and non-living members sharing our communities. We welcome a wide range of critical perspectives from within scholarly and activist traditions and groups. Consider for example: ecofeminism and other gender studies, critical race theory, eco-pedagogy, post-humanism, anarchist studies, place based education, critical cultural studies, political ecology, critical geography, critical animal studies, indigenous studies, critical literacies, critical pedagogy, urban studies, eco-philosophy, eco-democratic reforms, ecojustice education, critical disability studies. Questions? Contact co-chairs, Rebecca Martusewicz firstname.lastname@example.org; John Lupinaccijlupinacci@gmail.com. Deadline February 1, 2014.
- Michigan State University's Second Annual Workshop on Food Justice: Bringing Theory and Practice Together, May 23rd - 25th 2014. Food justice is a growing movement that has inspired both on-the-ground community projects and theoretical articulations across multiple disciplines. This workshop aims to help scholars and practitioners identify and address the challenges and opportunities in food justice, including issues surrounding food access, food sovereignty, agricultural and environmental ethics, and agricultural sustainability. The conference will span three days and include scholarly talks and visits to local environmental justice projects. Academic papers should be accessible to a public audience. The workshop is intended as a transdisciplinary space to forge connections between theories and between theory and practice. Papers in disciplines such as philosophy, sociology, anthropology, geography, history, literary criticism, political ecology, religious studies, and the human dimensions of environmental sciences are all encouraged. Proposals for panels and 300-word abstracts for individual presentations are due by March 1st, 2014. Please send proposals and abstracts, and any questions, to Ian Werkheiser email@example.com or Zach Piso pisozach@m
- Join us at the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University for a Conference on the Science of Animal Thinking and Emotion! Science is making stunning discoveries about animal cognition, awareness and emotion. How can we leverage this information for positive change in government and industry? This two-day conference brings together thought-leaders in the science and implications of animal sentience, and influential voices in the policy and corporate domains. As the bedrock of ethics, sentience deserves a more prominent place in the legislative and corporate landscape. Washington, DC, March 17-18, 2014.
- Call for Papers: Oxford Summer School on Religion and Animal Protection, July 21-23rd, 2014 at St Stephen’s House, Oxford.The Summer School will examine the ethical adequacy of religious attitudes to animals. Inspired by Baptist Preacher Charles Spurgeon's claim that a person cannot be a true Christian if his dog or cat is not the better off for it, the Summer School will consider whether religious people and religious institutions benefit animals. Are they more or less likely to be respectful to animals – either those kept as companions or those used for other human purposes?The Summer School will be international, multi-faith, and multi-disciplinary and intends to attract not only theologians and religious thinkers, but also other academics including social scientists, psychologists, historians, and criminologists. Papers are invited from academics world-wide. Abstracts of proposed contributions (no more than 300 words) should be sent to Clair Linzey via email: firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15th, 2013. All selected papers will be published in book form or in the Journal of Animal Ethics. Register here.
THE ABBY BENJAMIN POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN ANIMAL STUDIES
The Department of Philosophy at Queen’s University invites applications for the Abby Benjamin Postdoctoral Fellowship in Animal Studies. This is a one-year non-renewable 12-month fellowship. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated expertise in animal ethics, law and public policy, show evidence of teaching potential, and be able to participate constructively in departmental and collegial activities. While we interpret animal ethics, law and public policy broadly, and welcome applications from various disciplines that study human-animal relations including political science, law, philosophy, sociology, geography, and environmental studies, we are looking in particular for research that critically examines the moral, legal and political dimensions of how human-animal relations are governed. A recipient of the Fellowship is expected to reside in Kingston, to teach a University course in animal studies, and to collaborate in developing initiatives related to the promotion of the analysis and understanding of animal rights (such as workshops, conferences, public lectures, etc.) The Fellow will work under the supervision of Prof. Will Kymlicka. The 2014-15 fellowship will start on July 1, 2014. Applicants must have submitted their doctoral dissertation by that date, and must be within five years of having received their doctorate. The salary for the postdoctoral fellowship will be $40,000, which includes remuneration for teaching a half-course in animal ethics or a cognate subject. Applications are due by February 1st, 2014. The fellowship is one of several new initiatives regarding Animals in Philosophy, Politics, Law and Ethics at Queen’s. For more information, visit http://www.queensu.ca/philosophy/Jobs.html, or contact Prof. Kymlicka (email@example.com).
Arctic Domus, a five-year advanced granted funded by the ERC, is inviting application for TWO post-doctoral fellowships. The project aims to elaborate human-animal relationships across a number of sites in the circumpolar North.
* The research project should fit within one or more themes of ethnography, archaeology, social studies of science, or environmental history.
* The research project should be based on fieldwork or archival work and focus on one of the seven regions of the circumpolar Arctic emphasised in the Description of Work. Special attention will be given to applications with a focus on Fennoscandia (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Murmansk oblast' (Russia)).
As this post is funded by the European Research Council it will be offered for a period of 24 months. The salary is posted at Grade 6 (from £30,424 to £36,298). The deadline is 29 November 2013.
Further information about the project and full instructions for applications are available at this site: http://www.arcticdomus.org/events/4236/
Questions about the positions can be directed to the project leader Prof. David Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
There is an open position in Tucson, working on jaguar conservation and siting of renewables and transmission.This professional-level position is responsible for representing and promoting Defenders in the Southwest field office, and achieving regional conservation successes through strategic project development and implementation, education, and advocacy. Program areas include local, state, and regional conservation programs and their interface with national and international programs and policies. The present areas of focus will be jaguar conservation and renewable energy and transmission siting, with some work on local and federal land use management planning. The trajectory and activities of this work are guided by strategic plans.This position entails knowledge and experience in conservation biology, land-use planning, federal lands policy, mitigation, permitting, wildlife laws, advocacy, public outreach, grassroots organizing, donor relations and media communications.
5 PhD studentships available at Roehampton University, London, UK. For further information see below:
As part of its collaboration in a £1.94 million AHRC-funded project – Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions – the University of Roehampton is offering five fully-funded PhD studentships (two AHRC studentships and three Roehampton Vice-Chancellor’s Studentships) in social anthropology. The studentships will be held in the Department of Life Sciences and students will become members of the Centre for Research in Evolutionary and Environmental Anthropology http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Research-Centres/Centre-for-Research-in-Evolutionary-Anthropology/Members
All studentships include payment of fees and cost of living bursaries. Each studentship will consist of an individual research topic:
1. Chicken cultures and Masculinities in Cuba (AHRC Studentship)
2. Women and Chicken Husbandry in Ethiopia (AHRC Studentship)
3. Amateur Chicken-Keeping in Modern Britain (Roehampton Studentship)
4. Pedigree Chicken Breeding, Display and Exhibition (Roehampton Studentship)
5. Chickens in Religious Cosmologies and Practices (Roehampton Studentship)
However, the research for each of these individual anthropology projects will be pursued in the context of the overall project that is multi-university (Bournemouth, Nottingham, York, Durham and Leicester) and multidisciplinary (archaeology, zoöarchaeology, history, anthropology, genetics, biological sciences).
The central aim of the project is to explore the multi-faceted significances of chickens in human cultures. The chicken is native to Southeast Asia but over the last 8,000 years it has been transported by people around the world - no other livestock species is so widely established. The chicken's eastward spread from Asia to the Americas has been the subject of many studies; however, its diffusion to the West has received much less attention. There have been a few small-scale surveys documenting the spread of chickens across Europe but there has been no comprehensive review about the rapidity of the spread and its cultural and environmental impacts. No ancient (and little modern) DNA work has been published for European chickens, nor have there been any isotopic studies focussed specifically upon their diets or whether they were bred locally or traded. Given the social and cultural significance of this species (whether as a provider of meat, eggs or feathers, its widespread use in cockfighting or its association with ritual, magic and medicine), a detailed analysis of the natural and cultural history of chickens in Europe is long overdue and has genuine potential to provide cultural data of the highest quality and relevance for a range of disciplines and audiences. The social anthropological projects have been carefully selected to generate social and cultural understandings of human-chicken interactions that will feed into the overall objectives of the project.
Applications are invited from researchers with a strong interest in anthropological approaches to the study of human-animal relations. Applicants should hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in social anthropology or a closely-related disciplinary field.
Applicants for the AHRC Studentships (fees and bursary) should check their eligibility by going to the AHRC website:
then go to the link Student Funding Guide in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen for the PDF.
The Roehampton Vice-Chancellor’s Studentships are open to all suitably-qualified applicants. Fees will be covered and the bursaries will be offered at standard research council rates.
Applicants should go to this page of the Graduate School
and download the application for MPhil/PhD
Completed applications should be sent to:
Home applications: email@example.com
International/EU applications: firstname.lastname@example.org
Postal address: University of Roehampton Admissions Department, Erasmus House, Digby Stuart College, Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5PU, UK
Applicants should include a one-page letter explaining what interests them about the particular research topic for which they are applying. Applicants may apply for more than one of the topics but must make a separate application and write a separate letter for each. Applicants should also clearly indicate which application is their preferred choice.
Applications should be received by 22nd November 2013. Interviews are expected to be held in late November/beginning December 2013 and successful applicants should be available to commence in January 2014. All applicants are advised to discuss their interest in the project with Professor Garry Marvin (email@example.com) who will direct the anthropological part of the research project.
Title: Assistant Professor Environmental Decisions and Human Behavior
Appointment: Academic Year (9-month) Tenure Track
Available: September 1, 2014
Application: Review of applications will begin November 1, 2013. The search will continue until the position is filled.
The Position: The candidate will be expected to develop independent and collaborative research programs that, in part, help to meet the research needs of state, federal and non governmental organizations; build departmental and interdisciplinary collaborations; and develop an innovative teaching program that incorporates new initiatives in teaching and learning. Teaching responsibilities include a senior-level integrated experience course with associated Honors section in Environmental Decisions and Human Behavior, and two graduate-level courses, one in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and another in Environmental Conflict Resolution or equivalent. Successful applicants will serve, as do other faculty, as a mentor to minorities and other underrepresented groups within the Department. Other duties will include student advising, program planning, general university and professional service. Qualifications: The focus of this position is human behaviors and values related to environmental conservation, policy and management. Candidates should have strong quantitative skills and research experiences in the role of norms and ethics in driving human environmental behavior; stakeholder values and beliefs; environmental conflict and conflict resolution; and human responses to environmental policies. The ability to work with resource managers/green industry is desirable. The applicant?s experiences should demonstrate their ability to work across disciplinary lines and the potential to attract external funding. A candidate must demonstrate excellence in written and verbal communication. Previous teaching experience at a university level is highly desirable. A doctoral degree in social-science field with a focus on human decision-making and behavior as they relate to the natural environment or similar discipline is required. Salary: Competitive and based on qualifications. The Setting: The Department of Environmental Conservation hosts a multi-disciplinary group of faculty with nationally ranked programs in Fisheries Ecology & Conservation, Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, Forest Ecology & Conservation, Urban Forestry & Arboriculture, Water Resources, Environmental Conservation, Environmental Science, and Building Construction and Technology. Unifying themes across these programs include conservation of natural resources and energy and reconciliation of humans with the natural environment. The Department places special emphases on faculty-student interaction, interdisciplinary activities, and cooperation among faculty and we share a fundamental commitment to teach and attract a diverse student body. The University is part of the Five-College Consortium in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, with excellent social, cultural, and recreational amenities in a town and rural setting. We are two hours from Boston and three hours from New York City. To Apply: Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching goals, and the names, addresses and contact information of three references to:
Charles Schweik, Chair
Environmental Decisions and Human Behavior Search Committee
Department of Environmental Conservation
160 Holdsworth Way
University of Massachusetts
Amherst MA 01003
(413) 545-1824 or firstname.lastname@example.org
New York University -- Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow
The Animal Studies Initiative invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow. The appointment will be for one year beginning September 1, 2014, renewable annually for a maximum of three years, pending administrative and budgetary approval. The successful applicant will contribute to the education of undergraduates minoring in Animal Studies, teaching three courses per year, and serving as the advisor to the minors. In addition, the successful candidate will help organize and actively participate in an initiative directed towards developing Animal Studies as a rigorous field of academic inquiry. We welcome candidates from a broad range of academic backgrounds. Primary academic training need not be in Animal Studies, but there must be demonstrable evidence of a sincere and substantive commitment to working in this field. We have special interests in ethics and animals, and animals in science.
Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. no more than three years before the application date.
Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2013, and will continue until the search is complete.
The Department of Sociology and Human Services, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, invites applicants for an Assistant Professor in Sociology to begin in the Fall 2014 term. This is a full-time, tenure track position starting mid-August 2014. Duties include teaching 12 credit hours per semester, research and student advising. A Ph.D. (in hand by August 15, 2014) in Sociology or closely related field is required. All applicants should be prepared to teach both lower-division and upper-division courses in sociology. Candidates should be broadly trained sociologists with a specific ability to teach courses in critical criminology. Additionally, the ability to teach courses in the areas of youth and crime, ethnography and writing, ethnicity, progressive social change and social justice, and community service practicum is a plus. Because of the department's strong commitment to action and theory, students are required to engage in a service learning program with a strong academic component and/or teach English for a full semester in our Mexico program. The department emphasizes a strong commitment to teaching and progressive social change, with the majority of our courses examining the relationship between theory and practice. The Department has a diverse offering of courses highlighting: race and ethnicity; gender and sexuality; ecology and society; comparative societies; global social and economic justice; criminology and criminal justice; comparative Latino and Native American issues; medical sociology; thory; mind, self and society; sustainability; and language and social behavior. Applicants should send 1) a letter of application; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of teaching philosophy; 4) a photocopy of graduate transcripts; and 5) three current letters of recommendation. Application materials should be sent (with applicant's name as file name) to the Department Administrative Assistant: Dawn Widen, email@example.com . Applications received by October 15, 2013 will receive full consideration. The position will be open until filled. Please direct all questions and inquiries about the position to Becky Clausen, Chair of the Search Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org (970)-247-7237 . Official transcripts required of semi-finalists. NOTE: The department is open to a new faculty member who might want to develop courses related to animals and society. Keri Brandt, Chair – Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender/Women's Studies Fort Lewis College 1000 Rim Drive Durango, Co 81301
Journals and Special Editions
- Society & Animals
- Journal of Human-Animal Interaction
- Human Ecology Review
- Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS)
- New Journal: Relations: Beyond Anthropocentrism, and the publication of its first issue, edited by M. Andreozzi, A. Massaro, S. Tonutti, and myself. Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism is a peer-refereed 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.
- CFP: "Animals and Technoculture" special issue of Humanimalia (deadline 1 May 2014)
Humanimalia invites submissions for a special issue of the journal on the theme of Animals and Technoculture. Submissions are due by May 1, 2014 and the issue will appear in Spring 2015. Animals are implicated in technoculture in a variety of ways, from the widespread use of animals in experiments during the scientific revolution, through the shifts between animal and machine power over the course of the industrial revolutions, to our present in which animals are widely viewed on technological media such as film and television at the same time as they are absent from many people daily, material experience. We invite contributions to rethink issues of cultural change, industrial development, and scientific discovery from the point of view of human-animal studies, with a focus on the way this history has influenced the lives of animals We encourage papers from a variety of disciplines and covering a broad range of historical contexts. Humanimalia is a refereed and selective online international, interdisciplinary journal on human-animal relations and interactions, with a wide range of perspectives that include the study of material animals and their discursive representations. We seek papers that combine approaches, or at the very least draw upon research in other disciplines to contextualize their arguments. Our title aims to signify the many ways that humans and animals are connected: as the experience of animals is shaped by human constructions of them, so is our experience of humanity shaped by non-human animals’ constructions of us. As well, we hope to inspire approaches that recognize that our reflection about animals depends not only on discursive practices, but on observation, co-operation, openness, and compassion with actual beings For guidelines on submissions and editorial protocols, please consult Humanimalia’s Statement of Procedures at http://www.depauw.edu/humanimalia/masthead.html. Proposals longer than 500 words should be sent to Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., Managing Editor, at email@example.com. Please include the following information on the proposal itself: Your full name, your preferred mailing address, your email address, your preferred telephone number. Deadline for submission May 1, 2014.
- A Call for Submissions: Humanimalia invites submissions for a special issue on the theme of Animals and Race. Deadline for submission September 1, 2014. Humanimalia is a refereed and selective online international, interdisciplinary journal on human-animal relations and interactions, with a wide range of perspectives that include the study of material animals and their discursive representations. We seek papers that combine approaches, or at the very least draw upon research in other disciplines to contextualize their arguments. Our title aims to signify the many ways that humans and animals are connected: as the experience of animals is shaped by human constructions of them, so is our experience of humanity shaped by non-human animals’ constructions of us. As well, we hope to inspire approaches that recognize that our reflection about animals depends not only on discursive practices, but on observation, co-operation, openness, and compassion with actual beings. For guidelines on submissions and editorial protocols, please consult Humanimalia’s Statement of Procedures at http://www.depauw.edu/humanimalia/masthead.html. Proposals longer than 500 words should be sent to Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., Managing Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following information on the proposal itself: Your full name, your preferred mailing address, your email address, your preferred telephone number.
- The interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary journal, Environment, Space, Place (ZETA Books), is under new editorial direction and is looking for articles from contributors that make the ‘geographical turn' in their research by framing, or making thematic, the spatial/placial component of the earthly/worldly phenomena. The journal editors are currently reviewing submissions for the Fall 2013 edition. The journal is published in collaboration with the International Association for the Study of Environment, Space, and Place (IASESP) Also note that annual conferences are held in the spring–2014 will be held at California Institute for the Arts. Please contact Troy Paddock email@example.com for more information concerning submitting to the journal, or send your article to him for peer review.
- Call for Submissions: The After Coetzee Project: A Call for Short Fiction (deadline 1 December 2013)
Until Disgrace, The Lives of Animals, and Elizabeth Costello and other works by J.M. Coetzee, nonhuman animals figured in contemporary fiction primarily as metaphor, allegory, and objects of blood sport. Their worlds — their lives — had been elided. Coetzee's work prepared the ground for the animal subject to reemerge in fiction*. The After Coetzee Project picks up from there.
The After Coetzee Project seeks short story submissions of up to twenty-five double-spaced pages for a print anthology. We seek stories that explore the worlds animals inhabit; depict non-dominion-based relationships between humans and nonhuman animals; deflate speciesist paradigms; enact the dismantlement of technologies of slaughter and confinement; and etc. So many possibilities exist for reimagining and reinviting animals back into the fictional space.
Because the namesake of Elizabeth Costello lectured so compellingly about nonhuman animals, it might be tempting to interpret these guidelines as inviting sentimentality and bald polemics. But if Coetzee's work prepared the ground for the animal subject to reemerge, The After Coetzee Project wants fiction that engages those animal subjects. Stories that merely talk about animals — even those that feature virtuous activists “saving” them — would likely read as regressive.
Having said all that, we want to be careful to note that there always exceptions; convince us. In the short story The Transfiguration of Maria Luisa Ortega, for instance, animals are symbolic, but they are symbolic in a parable that's about rejecting pillars of Western thought — science and religion — in favor of the nonhuman.
Above all, TACP seeks stories of nuance and depth. Moments of unbridled beauty and levity as well as moments of gravity and pathos. And innovation — all kinds of fictional approaches are welcome, but especially variants of weird fiction and hybrid narratives (e.g., Hilary Mantel's French-Revolution novel A Place of Greater Safety). We look forward to your amazing forays into this terrain.
Please submit stories as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a short bio in the body of the email.
*There are exceptions here and there. But Coetzee's work sustains themes about the importance of nonhuman animals, both as subjects-in-themselves and as beings with whom we are interrelated.
Call for papers -- 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. Please submit proposals and abstracts for forthcoming editions to the editor, Dr Melissa Boyde: email@example.com <mailto: boyde@ uow.edu.au >
For more information, including submission guidelines see: http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/
- Ashland Creek Press is currently accepting short story submissions for a book-length anthology focused on animals. For this anthology, Among 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. Stories should be from 2,500 to 7,500 words in length. Previously published stories are fine, as long as you have retained the rights to reprint your story in an anthology. Along with your story, please include with your submission a brief cover letter, including an author bio and acknowledgment(s) if the story has been previously published.
- Arizona State University (ASU) and the Animals and Society Institute (ASI) are once again partnering to provide an online course for 14 weeks this coming winter/spring, January 13-May 2, 2014. The course, called “Assessment and Treatment of Animal Abuse” (TAA2), is a practicum on AniCare, an assessment and treatment approach for juveniles and adults who abuse animals. This is an excellent opportunity for students and professionals nationwide to take advantage of this course. The program is delivered online using the ASU Blackboard system, and course administrators will support students pursuing CEUs for the course. Designed for both mental health practitioners and other professionals working with adults and children, this course presents the AniCare assessment and treatment model. Based on well-established clinical theory and interventions for perpetrators of domestic violence, AniCare emphasizes the social-psychological causes of violence and keys on accountability and building interpersonal skills. The juvenile version, AniCare Child, is also based on cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and attachment theories related to empathy and self-management. Through a handbook, a demonstration DVD and clinical case materials, students are introduced to a variety of exercises and other tools, such as puppet role-play and projective material.
The course must be completed within the assigned semester (January 13-May 2, 2014) unless otherwise arranged. The program is delivered online using the ASU University Blackboard system. The registration deadline is December 30, 2013.
Each course costs $900 and includes the cost of the Blackboard availability and support, as well as registration fees. It does not include books and other materials.
Please send an email to Kenneth Shapiro at firstname.lastname@example.org with a curriculum vitae or a brief description of your academic and professional background and a statement of your interest in taking the course. For questions about the mechanics of the course, contact Chris Risley-Curtiss at email@example.com.
- Voices for Biodiversity, a Nonprofit e-zine with a goal to provide 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. http://www.izilwane.org/
- After thirteen years, The Humane Society of the United States and the Animals and Society Institute are replacing their annual Animals and Society Course Awards with a brand new award program, the Humane Society University (HSU)-Animals and Society Institute (ASI) Human-Animal Studies International Development Project. Courses in HAS are continuing to grow, both in the United States and elsewhere in the world, and we realize that we can have more impact on the field by devoting our efforts to encouraging the development of HAS programs, rather than new courses, especially in areas that have no existing HAS programs. To that end, we have jointly created the HSU-ASI Human-Animal Studies International Development Project. The purpose of this competitive program is to provide one non-American university per year theresources to build its own human-animal studies program.
While HAS programs are now proliferating at universities in some countries, a great many countries have faculty and students who are interested in developing such programs, but lack the resources to create them on their own. This program is designed to fill that gap by providing the financial and knowledge-based resources that universities in underserved areas need to build their own HAS programs.
HSU and ASI are pleased to invite applications for the first annual HSU-ASI Human-Animal Studies International Development Project. Application Deadline. December 1, 2013. The International Development Project is directed by Andrew Rowan and Bernard Unti of The Humane Society of the United States, and Kenneth J. Shapiro and Margo DeMello of the Animals and Society Institute. Please address all correspondence to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Summer Retreat Program at Shin Pond, Maine for Animal/Humane Studies. The 300-acre Camp Muse at Shin Pond, Maine, is the site of a Summer Retreat Program for writers, scholars, artists, educators, and other cultural producers and knowledge workers focusing on animals and/or their humane treatment. The program, operated by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), invites all interested parties to apply for a residency at the property, which is open between July 1 and September 30, 2013. 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. Applications for use of the Shin Pond property are evaluated by an ad hoc committee at The HSUS. There is no application form to submit, but the applicant must present: a statement of interest that includes relevant information on the project he/she intends to pursue; the specific work product that will be produced during the retreat period; details of the likely outcome or application of the work undertaken or product produced at the retreat; any applicable scheduling concerns or scheduling preferences; and two professional references. Applicants may be asked to submit copies of prior publications. Applications should be sent to Dr. Bernard Unti at The Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037, by fax to 301-258-3077, or email to email@example.com. Applications will be received on an ongoing basis beginning immediately.
- A new website was created designed to track individual chimpanzees from use in biomedical and behavioral research in the US to retirement. Last week the Working Group tasked with exploring how to implement the conclusions of the IoM committee report suggest ending most chimpanzee research. The website -- last1000chimps.com -- is modeled on my first100chimps.wesleyan.edu, but rather than serving just as a memorial, the site is forward looking. I'll be tweeting updates on the status of individual chimpanzees as I can at Lori Gruen @last1000chimps.
- See the new Doctoral Programme "Law and Animals" of the Law School of the University of Basel. See more here.
- If you are interested in applying for an internship with the ASPCA's Government Relations department, contact Jessica Johnson, Grassroots Advocacy Manager, Government Relations, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Viral Pandas - an open arts project - 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 on email@example.com.
- In Media Res is hosting a series of brief postings on posthumanism and inviting reader participation and dialogue through postings. Have a look and feel free to participate: http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/
- A collection of Animal Studies Syllabi is available at H-Net.
- See information on the 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! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get involved.
- The Web of Life Foundation (WOLFoundation.org) is issuing the first call for essays for its 2013 essay competition.WOLFoundation is dedicating to stimulating new thinking in the field of sustainability and socio-environmental issues. Within this context, the theme of this year's essay competition is "An Aspirational Future".Essays should be up to 2,000 words of prose in any non-technical style (including fiction) and are meant for a general readership.From the Guidelines: "Any and all views on the specified theme are welcome and encouraged. We would like to see entries that address all perspectives creatively. Just avoid giving us tired ideas that have been hashed out many times before."The winning essay will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and $500 is awarded to the second placed entry.Submissions should be addressed to email@example.com. Guidelines for submissions.
Journal Submission Requirements
- Society & Animals
- Organization and Environment
- New Formations (see The Animals Turn)
- Human Ecology Review
- The Journal of Animal Ethics
- Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS)
- Ethics and the Environment
- Journal of Animal Ethics
- Environmental Humanities
- There is a funding opportunity in the UK which could potentially offer substantial support to interdisciplinary and international animal studies projects.
- MSU Graduate School Travel Funding
- MSU Environmental Science & Policy Travel Support
- Culture and Animals Foundation
Grant applications due January 31st, annually
- Animal Welfare Trust
- Farm Sanctuary announces a call for grant proposals on observational research of farm animal emotions, behavior, and cognitive abilities in an approved setting (such as a farm animal sanctuary). Grants will be awarded for amounts ranging from $1,000 to $20,000. For more information, see website.
- Scaife Family Foundation offers a grant program to support and develop programs that strengthen families, address issues surrounding the health and welfare of women and children, promote animal welfare, and that demonstrate the beneficial interaction between humans and animals. Eligible applicants are organizations classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. See more information here.