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The 2015-16 Animal Studies Graduate Students

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Journals

  • Animal Sentience is a brand new, peer-reviewed, pluridisciplinary online journal on animal feelings. No subscription or publication fees. Accepted articles will be accorded Open Peer Commentary across disciplines.

    As an interdisciplinary journal, ASent will be of interest to all who are concerned with the current empirical findings on what, when and how nonhuman animals feel, along with the practical, methodological, legal, ethical, sociological, theological and philosophical implications of the findings.

  • 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.
  • 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 is an international, open-access journal that aims to invigorate current interdisciplinary research on the environment. In response to a growing interest around the world in the many questions that arise in this era of rapid environmental and social change, the journal publishes outstanding scholarship that draws humanities disciplines into conversation with each other, and with the natural and social sciences. 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
  • 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.
  • Journal of Animal Ethics

    The Journal of Animal Ethics is the first named journal of animal ethics in the world. It is devoted to the exploration of progressive thought about animals. It is multidisciplinary in nature and international in scope. It covers theoretical and applied aspects of animal ethics -- of interest to academics from the humanities and the sciences, as well as professionals working in the field of animal protection. The Journal is published by the University of Illinois Press in partnership with the Ferrater Mora Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. The aim of the Centre is to pioneer ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching, and publication. Submission requirements

  • 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 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 http://www.politicsandanimals.org. Or, alternatively we invite you to correspond directly with us at admin@politicsandanimals.org 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
  • Sloth: A Journal of Emerging Voices in Human-Animal Studies

    As part of our efforts to reach out to students with an interest in human-animal studies, the ASI has created this journal for undergraduate students to publish their papers, book and film reviews, and other work.

    Sloth is an online bi-annual journal that publishes international, multi-disciplinary writing by undergraduate students and recent (within three years) graduates that deals with human/non-human animal relationships from the perspectives of the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences. Sloth showcases the important and innovative contributions of undergraduates, giving those who are interested in human/non-human animal relationships a way to contribute to and engage with the field, as well as an opportunity to build their skills, knowledge, and resumes in anticipation of their graduate school careers.

  • Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies
    • Since 1993 and in conjunction with the internationally recognized Brill, ASI produces Society & Animals, published six times per year and containing peer reviewed studies concerning nonhuman animals from psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science and other social sciences and history, literary criticism, and other disciplines of the humanities. Recent articles suggest the scope of the journal: Dolphins in Popular Literature and Media; More than a Furry Companion: The Ripple Effect of Companion Animals on Neighborhood Interactions and Sense of Community; and An Investigation into the Association between the Witnessing of Animal Abuse and Adolescents' Behavior toward Animals.
    • Submission requirements

Special Editions

  • Call for Papers: Animals in Eastern Europe and Russia
    by Eva Plach

    Special Issue of Canadian Slavonic Papers / Revue canadienne des slavistes:

    In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in the various ways that animals have shaped human identities and experiences. Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes invites contributions to a special issue that focuses on human-animal interactions, broadly conceived, in Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, Russia, the Soviet Union, and the former Soviet Union. We invite articles from a range of disciplines that explore the place of animals in the history, culture, and socio-political life of the region during any time period.

    Possible subjects include (but are not limited to): animals in war; animal welfare movements; hunting; zoos; pets and pet-keeping; animal celebrities; animal biographies; wildlife and wildlife management; animals and the environment; animals and food production; religion and animals; circus animals; taxidermy; the use of animals in scientific research; animals and disease; animals and animal symbolism in literature and art; animals and the law (including European Union legislation); working animals; and animals under Communism.

    The issue aims to be multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. Manuscripts may be in English or French.  The normal peer-review process will apply.

    Please consult the journal's website for our submission and style guidelines:

    http://www.ualberta.ca/~csp/Submissions.html

    Authors who submit papers must become members of the Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS).

    Deadlines:

    Expression of intent to submit: June 30, 2016 

    Send e-mail to:  Guest Editor, Prof. Eva Plach, Department of History, Wilfrid Laurier University   eplach@wlu.ca

    Final Paper with abstract: June 10, 2017 

    Submit manuscript (maximum 30 pages) by e-mail to: Guest Editor, Prof. Eva Plach, Department of History, Wilfrid Laurier University   eplach@wlu.ca

    Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes, founded in 1956, is a quarterly, interdisciplinary journal of the Canadian Association of Slavists, publishing in English and French.  It is devoted to problems of Central and Eastern Europe. It is a forum for scholars from a range of disciplines: language and linguistics, literature, history, political science, sociology, economics, anthropology, geography, philosophy, and the arts.

  • Antennae CFP: Animals and Film
    Edited by Giovanni Aloi and Jonathan Burt

    The centrality of animals to the history of film, and the particular powers and properties of the animal image on film require no introduction. For this issue of Antennae entirely dedicated to this subject we welcome proposals of all kinds but would be particularly interested in the following: the role of animals in contemporary and avant-garde film; the perspectives of artists/filmmakers and why they choose animal subject matter (whether centrally or peripherally); how filmmakers conceive of animals both symbolically and in relation to the technical questions they pose (and indeed the extent to which these two are interrelated); different kinds of filmmaking, whether amateur or professional, that work on the cusp between art and science, or art and politics. We would also very much welcome any contributions about or from non-Anglophone contexts, as well as comments on important and as yet untranslated texts such as Raymond Bellour’s Le Corps du Cinéma, for example. It is intended to build up from this an overview of the role of the animal film-image in recent years and to ask whether the proliferation of the literature of animals and culture in the last two decades has had an influence on animal representation in the moving image.

    Academic essays = length 6000-10000 words
    (Please submit a 350 words abstract in the first instance)
    Artists’ portfolio = 5/6 images along with 1000 words max statement/commentary
    Interviews = maximum length 8000 words
    Fiction = maximum length 8000 words
    www.antennae.org.uk
    email submissions at antennaeproject@gmail.com

    Deadline for abstracts: 1st of July 2016

    Finished pieces to be submitted by 1st of February 2017
  • Call for Submissions: Writing for Animals Nonfiction Anthology

    Ashland Creek Press is currently accepting nonfiction submissions for a new anthology, Writing for Animals: An anthology for writers and instructors to educate and inspire. From Franz Kafka’s Report to the Academy to Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are Completely Beside Ourselves, animals have played a central role in literature. Increasingly, writers are playing a central role in advancing awareness of animal issues through the written word. And yet little has been written about the process of writing about animals—from crafting point of view to voice. Writers who hope to raise awareness face many questions and choices in their work, from how to educate without being didactic to how to develop animals as characters for an audience that still views them as ingredients. We hope to address these issues and more with a new collection of articles, by writers and for writers—but most of all, for the animals. We seek articles from authors and educators about the process of writing about animals in literature.* Our focus is on including a mix of instructional and inspirational articles to help readers not only improve their work but be inspired to keep at it. Articles may be previously published and should not exceed 10,000 words. There is no deadline at this time; we will accept submissions on a rolling basis until further notice. Accepted submissions will receive a stipend of $100 plus a copy of the finished book upon publication. *Please note that this is collection of instructional articles about the craft of writing. We will not be publishing animal stories or personal essays, only articles that deal specifically with the art and craft of writing about animals.

    Areas of interest include:

    • Anthropomorphism and writing from the animal’s point of view
    • The rethinking of animal-centric idioms (such as “fish out of water” or “kill two birds with one stone”)
    • How to elevate animals from “set pieces” to “characters” in your writing
    • How to address violence toward animals
    • Animal rescue themes
    • Animals and “personhood”
    • The “animal turn” and what it means for animal-centric literature
    • Animals in children’s literature

    For all submissions, please include (in a single document) the entire essay and an author bio listing all publishing credits, awards, and experience. Include a valid e-mail address, mailing address, and phone number. All submissions must be made using Submittable. To learn more of submit, visit: http://www.ashlandcreekpress.com/about/submissions.html

  • Animals is hosting a special issue titled Applied Ethology and Welfare of Animals, guest edited by Rachel A. Grant from Hartpury. This Special Issue aims to bring together a body of work on ethology and the welfare of animals. The Special Issue invites submissions covering animal behavior and welfare generally, but particularly relating to the management of captive or domestic species. Submissions in all areas of pure and applied ethology and the welfare of animals will be considered. Submissions in the form of original articles, critical reviews, or short communications are welcome. The submission deadline is September 30Find out more here.
  • The editors invite submissions for the second issue of Pakistan Journal of Historical Studies (Vol. 1, No. 2, July-December 2016), a peer-reviewed, semi-annual research journal published by Indiana University Press. The theme for this issue is "Emotions, Humans and Animals." The editors are interested in articles that explore the emotional relationships between humans and animals in any region and period. The issue is concerned with but not limited to the study of emotions reflected in social and cultural construction of animals in human societies; the use of animal signs for characterising human experiences and metaphysical and religious ideas; the association and disassociation of humans with animals in agrarian and industrialised societies; and innovative theoretical and methodological approaches for studying the emotions involved in human-animal relationships. They are also interested in works exploring the post-humanist approaches which historicize the emotional behaviour among animals by moving beyond constructionism. June 1 is the deadline for submitting research articles, review articles and book reviews. For more information and queries, send an email topjhs@khaldunia.org (and cc to tahirkamran_gcu@yahoo.com; hak@khaldunia.org). To submit a manuscript for consideration, an account with the journal is required. Please use the following link for registering an account or log-in to your existing account and then click the 'new submission' link: https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/pjhs
  • Call for Manuscripts: Ken Shapiro, Human-Animal Studies Book Series
    • Ken Shapiro, editor of Brill's Human-Animal Studies book series, is seeking manuscripts for the series on any topic that allows exploration of the relation between human and nonhuman animals in any setting, contemporary or historical, from the perspective of various disciplines within both the social sciences and humanities. Among the broad areas included are applied uses of animals (research, education, medicine, agriculture); animals in popular culture (entertainment, companion animals, animal symbolism); wildlife and the environment; and socio-political movements, public policy and the law. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript for the series, please send a query letter and proposal to ken.shapiro@animalsandsociety.org.
    • The deadline for submissions is ongoing.

Conferences and Programs

    • ACI2016: Third International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction

      16th-17th November 2016, Milton Keynes, UK

      www.aci2016.org 

      #aci2016conf

      In recent years an increasing body of work from within the interaction design community has been shaping the emerging field of Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI), with a focus on: 1) studying the interaction between animals and technology in naturalistic settings, around specific animal activities or interspecies relations; 2) developing user-centered technology that can improve animals’ welfare and support animals in their activities; 3) informing user-centered approaches to the design of technology intended for animals, by systematically exploring, adapting and evaluating theoretical and methodological frameworks and protocols derived from both interaction design and animal science.

      Building on a series of ACI events (SIG meeting at CHI2012, workshops at NordiCHI2014 and BHCI2015, symposia at AISB2014 and MB2016, 1st and 2nd congress at ACE2014 and ACE2015) to advance this area of research and practice, and to support the emergence of ACI as an academic discipline, ACI2016 will be held for the first time as an independent conference and will take place at The Open University (OU), which is home to the OU’s Animal-Computer Interaction Lab.

      We welcome contributions originating from any discipline related to ACI, and describing work within diverse contexts. We specifically invite the submission of: 

      long and short papersworkshop proposalsdoctoral consortium abstracts, and video posters and demos.

      Contributions are encouraged in relation to any of the following topics:

      Design - interaction modalities that may need to be developed in order to make technology accessible to other animals; novel designs for users with different sensorial apparatuses, cognitive capabilities, and ergonomic characteristics; multisensory interfaces and alternative interactional paradigms appropriate for ACI; design solutions developed within ACI applications that could inform design within HCI.

      Methodology - methodological frameworks enabling animals to actively participate in the design process as legitimate stakeholders, contributors and users; HCI methodologies that can be called upon when designing with animals or investigating how technology affects them and their interactions with humans; methodologies that can be adapted from HCI or derived from other disciplines; more-than-human approaches developed within ACI that could contribute to HCI practices.

      Theory - main challenges that ACI researchers may encounter in conceptualizing the interaction between humans, animals and technology; ways of interpreting the outcomes of applied studies, concrete designs and research practices to articulate such interactions; existing theoretical frameworks from HCI, animal science, or other disciplines, that ACI theories can draw from or contribute to.

      Ethics - legitimate technological applications for ACI; implications of ACI’s animal-centered perspective for conducting research that involves animal participants; ethical frameworks that may or may not be suitable to support the development of ACI; relation between ethics and methodology in ACI; potential influence of ACI ethics on ethical aspects of HCI research.

      Applications - ACI applications that can improve animal welfare or human-animal practices in a range of contexts; animal technologies that do or do not constitute good examples of or models for ACI.

      Deadline for submission of full papers and short papers: June 19, 2016
       


Funding

  • 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
    • NSLM is now accepting Fellowship applications

      John H. Daniels Fellowship
      The John H. Daniels Fellowship supports scholars at NSLM, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and sharing the literature, art, and culture of equestrian, angling, and field sports

      History
      The National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) was founded as the National Sporting Library in 1954. Over the years, NSLM has grown into an outstanding research resource of the books, periodicals, prints, and other works that chronicle the history and development of field sports.

      In 2007, NSLM launched a fellowship program to support original research projects that explore the history and culture of field sports as preserved in NSLM’s collections. The program was named in honor of sportsman and book collector John H. Daniels (1921-2006). Daniels served on the NSLM Board of Directors for many years, and donated his 5,000 volume rare book collection to the Library in 1994.

      Who is eligible
      University faculty and graduate students; museum professionals, librarians, writers and journalists are encouraged to apply. U.S. citizens and legal residents may apply for fellowships for periods of 12 months or less. Citizens of Canada and Bermuda may visit for 180 days or less without a Visa. Citizens of countries that participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Visa Waiver Program may apply for periods of 90 days or less (see website for a list of countries)

      Accepted Fellows will receive a monthly stipend (max. $2,000/month), complimentary housing in the Fellowship cottage, and a workstation in the Library.

      Application Requirements
      Applications must be postmarked by June 15, 2016 with notification in late August. Applications will be made by email in a single PDF attachment and must include:

      • Completed application form 
      • Research proposal 1000 words or less, detailing how research will utilize the Library’s collections
      • Budget of $2,000/month or less with estimate of expenses (housing and utilities are provided by NSLM). Travel expenses to and from Middleburg may be incorporated into the budget.
      • Letter of recommendation from an advisor or colleague
      • Curriculum vitae or detailed resume

      No additional materials will be considered in the determination process. Applications should be submitted to Fellowship@NationalSporting.org

      Previously funded topics include:

      • The architecture of horse stables
      • History of horsemanship
      • Equestrian fashion
      • Equestrian poetry
      • Falconry
      • Veterinary science
      • Environmental conservation
      • Fly fishing

      Applications due June 15, 2017. Apply Now!

    • Wesleyan University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Animal Studies. This is a two (2) year fellowship that will begin on July 1, 2016. The Postdoctoral Fellow will teach one course per semester and work under the supervision of Prof. Lori Gruen (lgruen@wesleyan.edu). The successful applicant’s work in animal studies should critically engage with feminist studies, environmental studies, critical race studies, or other areas of interdisciplinary scholarship. 
    • A joint professorship in the field of psychology to research the human-animal relationship is announced at the Messerli Research Institute of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, the Medical University of Vienna and the University of Vienna. This joint professorship between the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna (50%) and the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Vienna (50%) is supported by and assigned to the Messerli Research Institute. It is expected for this professorship to result in contributions (in both the basic and applied areas) to a nuanced understanding of the psychology of human-animal interactions. The research methodology used should be empirical. The research profile of the candidate should be based in any area of psychology, and the candidate should possess an interest in developing an orientation towards the juncture of psychology with other disciplines such as neuro-cognitive science, cultural and social science, or medicine. Applications are due in electronic form (preferably pdf) in English or German at the latest by July 31. For more information, see http://www.vetmeduni.ac.at/en/infoservice/professorships/
    • 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.

Miscellaneous

  • Harvard's Summer School "Animal Studies" Course by Paul Waldau

    Harvard's Summer School will offer "Animal Studies--An Introduction" as an online course. Registration information can be accessed at http://www.summer.harvard.edu. The deadline for registration is May 16. If you would like a copy of the course syllabus, please write Paul Waldau at pwaldau@gmail.com

  • Summer Retreat Program at Shin Pond, Maine for Animal/Humane/Environmental 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, and/or on environmental trends or threats relevant to animals and their well-being (habitat loss, climate change, land conservation, environmental degradation, inter alia).  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 October 3, 2016. 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 (1921-2014) 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. For views of the property, and other details, see: http://www.humanesociety.org/about/departments/shin_pond_retreat.html 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 information on the project he/she will pursue; a statement concerning the likely value or benefit of such a project to the work and mission of The HSUS and/or its affiliates; the specific work product that will be produced during the retreat period; details of the likely outcome or application of the work undertaken at the retreat; any applicable scheduling concerns or scheduling preferences; and two professional references.  Applicants may be asked to submit copies of prior publications. The broad guidelines for the kind of work appropriate to the retreat include: major intellectual projects such as a book, a chapter on an animal-related topic, a case study, or an on-line course in animal studies; analytical or conceptual work for a pro-animal or environmental campaign; artistic, literary, or cultural projects that celebrate animals and the natural world* projects of smaller scope and/or shorter duration. We prefer a commitment of at least two weeks.  Requests for use of the property for shorter periods will be given lower priority.  The property is not generally available for brief stays, e.g., an overnight or weekend visit.Limited financial support for travel will be considered.Applications should be sent to Dr. Bernard Unti at The Humane Society of the United States, by fax to 301-258-3077, or email to bunti@humanesociety.org.  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@animalhistorymuseum.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@gmail.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.

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