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The 2015-16 Animal Studies Graduate Students

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  • 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 Or, alternatively we invite you to correspond directly with us at if there is any further information you may need.
  • Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism
    • Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism is a peer-refereed open access journal of trans-anthropocentric ethics and related inquires. The main aim of the journal is to create a professional interdisciplinary forum in Europe to discuss moral and scientific issues that concern the increasing need of going beyond narrow anthropocentric paradigms in all fields of knowledge. The journal accepts submissions on all topics which promote European research adopting a non-anthropocentric ethical perspective on both interspecific and intraspecific relationships between all life species – humans included – and between these and the abiotic environment. 
    • Submission requirements
  • 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

  • The editors of Animal Studies Journal seek articles for a special issue of the journal on "Animal Publics: Emotion, Empathy and Activism" that consider ways in which the lives of animals can be made visible - brought into the public domain. How might emotions, empathy and activism be aided in foregrounding the realities of animal life; and what roles might direct engagement, academic discourse, bearing witness, the arts, or community debate take?Submissions due by March 31. Please see guidelines and submit online at: Contact Melissa Boyde for more info:
  • 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 (Bloomington, IN, USA). 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 (and cc to 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:
  • Call for Manuscripts: Ken Shapiro, Human-Animal Studies Book Series
    • Ken Shapiro, editor of Brill's Human-Animal Studies book series, is seeking manuscripts for the series on any topic that allows exploration of the relation between human and nonhuman animals in any setting, contemporary or historical, from the perspective of various disciplines within both the social sciences and humanities. Among the broad areas included are applied uses of animals (research, education, medicine, agriculture); animals in popular culture (entertainment, companion animals, animal symbolism); wildlife and the environment; and socio-political movements, public policy and the law. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript for the series, please send a query letter and proposal to
    • The deadline for submissions is ongoing.

Conferences and Programs

    • The Animal and Human Emotions" meeting will be held May 17-22, 2016 in Erice, Sicily (Italy). The workshop will be held within the School of Neuroscience at the “Ettore Majorana” Erice Centre and is supported by the Italian government.
      Here you will find information on the meeting, how to register, and what to expect:

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

      Deadline for registration: March 15, 2016

    • The Animal Welfare Act at Fifty
      Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
      September 22-25, 2016
      The Animal Law & Policy Program at Harvard Law School is pleased to announce The Animal Welfare Act at Fifty, a conference that will bring experts together to assess the first fifty years of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and consider recommendations for the future. The event will include conference presentations as well as a separate academic workshop component.

      Originally enacted as the Laboratory Animal Welfare Act of 1966, the AWA will turn fifty in 2016. The AWA is the most comprehensive animal protection legislation in the United States and governs the treatment of hundreds of thousands of animals used for various purposes, including research; exhibition at zoos, circuses, and marine parks; and the pet trade. Its stated purposes are “to insure that animals intended for use in research facilities or for exhibition purposes or for use as pets are provided humane care and treatment,” “to assure the humane treatment of animals during transportation in commerce,” and “to protect the owners of animals from the theft of their animals by preventing the sale or use of animals which have been stolen.” To effectuate these goals, Congress requires the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to administer licensing requirements and to conduct inspections to ascertain compliance with minimum welfare standards, and authorizes the agency to bring enforcement actions.

      To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the AWA, this conference will convene experts from various fields to discuss the evolution of the Act and its implementation, with a focus on current issues and new proposals.

      We welcome submissions on both broad and specific law and policy issues. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

      • Agency compliance strategies
      • Efficacy of different types of standards, such as engineering vs. performance, general vs. species-specific, etc.
      • Which categories of animals are/should be afforded legal protections
      • Agency licensing practices
      • Agency restructuring proposals
      • Agency culture
      • Differential treatment of research facilities and other regulated entities
      • Education vs. enforcement
      • Regulatory vs non-regulatory approaches
      • AWA intersections with other laws
      • Agency inspections
      • Agency administrative hearing practices and due process
      • Agency collaboration with the Department of Justice
      • Settlements and discounting administrative penalties
      • Agency use of warnings
      • Assessing the adequacy of veterinary care
      • Judicial review of agency action
      • Citizen suit provision proposals
      • Impact of public opinion on the law and its implementation, media narratives, and social movement advocacy
      • Animal confiscation under the AWA
      • Transparency in implementation
      • Alternatives to use of animals in research
      • The role and efficacy of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees
      • The role of undercover investigations at regulated facilities
      • Comparative analyses of the AWA and other animal protection regimes

      In an effort to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue, we encourage submissions from legal scholars and lawyers; government officials and staff; academics in disciplines outside of law, such as sociology, anthropology, political science, and economics; international scholars and regulators; veterinarians and animal behaviorists; and others with perspectives on the AWA. We also encourage submissions from experts in other areas of legislation and regulation who can bring a comparative approach to the study of the AWA. We encourage submissions from advocacy organizations, industry representatives, think tanks, and others outside academia, but emphasize that this is a scholarly conference and abstracts will be judged by academic standards.

      Individuals can submit proposals for both conference presentations and the workshop if desired.

      Conference Presentations

      Those interested in presenting at the conference are invited to submit an abstract of up to 400 words describing their proposed presentation along with a CV. All abstracts and CVs should be submitted together to emailwith “AWA Conference Presentation Proposal” in the subject line no later than March 1, 2016. Conference presentations will be approximately 20 minutes in length.

      Workshop Papers

      Those interested in participating in the academic workshop are invited to submit an abstract of up to 400 words describing their proposed paper along with a CV. All abstracts and CVs should be submitted together to emailwith “AWA Workshop Proposal” in the subject line no later than March 1, 2016.

      Those selected as workshop participants must submit their final papers by August 15, 2016, so that they can be circulated and read by the other workshop participants in advance of the workshop. The final workshop papers should be approximately 10,000 words (including footnotes). Each paper should be an unpublished work in progress. We will consider papers that have been accepted for publication, as long as they have not yet been published and the author will still have an opportunity to incorporate feedback from the workshop.

      Please direct any questions to email

    • The Ideal Animal – How Images of Animals and Animals Were Created

      International Conference June 2-3, 2016
      University of Kassel Deadline: February 15, 2016

      Call for Papers

      The immutability of species was one of the core-aspects of the idea of a “great chain of being” and resided still strongly in the works of for instance Linnaeus. It took until the nineteenth century, after the publication of the works of Lamarck and Darwin, that it became generally accepted that animals change. Very slowly, due to changing environments or variation and selection, and much quicker through human intervention. Humans shape animals, striving for the ideal form they have in mind for particular animals. This is especially the case for animals that live in close proximity to us, such as livestock and pets. Selective breeding has brought on most of the changes to chickens, dogs and all the other animals that we label domesticated. We have been doing so long before Darwin. Examples are plenty, including most famously Robert Bakewell’s practices in the eighteenth century, but in fact they go back to the first attempts at domestication, tens of thousands of years ago.

      The use of selective breeding increased in nineteenth century farming. Breeding societies appeared, the number of breeds increased and breeding methods kept on developing. Animals had to be improved, or, in the breeders’ jargon, ‘ennobled.’ This meant in practice that particular animals had to conform to an ideal image, a breed standard. At breeding-exhibitions, much attention was given to the appearance of animals and only the most 'perfect' animals were shown and were awarded prizes. In other settings, such as the development of factory farming, different ideals played a role in the production of the ideal animal, such as growth, food intake or fertility. Ideal images of animals existed also outside the world of livestock breeding. Especially in nineteenth century England, members of the many existing pet-breeding societies were also pursuing strategies to create the ideal animal. The number of breeds produced only increased in the twentieth century.

      These two very different worlds have at least one thing in common: In each case, an ideal image is formed and a breeding method or/and system developed in an attempt to reach this ideal. This ideal image changed over time, led to transformations of breeds or resulted in the creation of (new) breeds. And so did also the methods and systems to achieve this. We want to explore how these ideal images and animals came into being and, in the course of the conference, how these methods and images changed over the nineteenth and twentieth century, and how these changes related to the development of theories on inheritance. To this end we welcome all contributions that address this topic.

      Possible questions include:

      In regard to ideal images:
      How did an ideal image, or standard of a certain breed, come into being? What was the role of economic goals (for example milk-yields or meat-type conformation), animal health and certain expectations towards behaviour (operability or anthropomorphic qualities), or aesthetic considerations (such as colour or stature)? How were these perspectives influenced by ‘societal tendencies’ such as fashion, taste or morals? Who determined the ideal image? Were there interdependencies among/between different worlds of breeding?

      In regard to breeding methods:
      In which way did breeding methods for producing the ideal animal develop? Could different methods co-exist and lead to similar results? How was breeding organized? By governments, through application of scientific research or based on private initiatives? Who was involved: amateurs, scientists, landowners, farmers, livestock dealers, economists, government officials, societies, civilians or ‘the state’? What were their underlying theoretical assumptions about breeding? How did these assumptions influence the methods of breeding (herd books, progeny-testing, measuring animals)? Through what procedures was the ‘result’ (i.e. the particular animal) evaluated (breeding shows, measuring their performance)?

      In regard to animals:
      What human-animal relations are visible in these developments? In what way did the animals have agency of their own? What can the historical sources tell us about animals? How were they perceived by their owners and how did the world change to these animals themselves?

      The conference will be held June 2-3, 2016, at the University of Kassel, Germany. Please submit abstracts of 200-300 words by 15 February, 2016. Travel and accommodation funds are available for authors of the selected papers.

      The conference is organised by Ulrike Heitholt, M.A., LOEWE Research Cluster "Animals-Humans- Society" University of Kassel and Steven van der Laan, M.Sc., Freudenthal Institute, Descartes Centre, Utrecht University. Please contact us through and for submission of abstracts and further information regarding the conference. 


      International Conference at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Department for German and Comparative Studies

      25th to 27th November 2016

      Confirmed keynote speakers: Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University, Middletown CT), Roland Borgards (Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg) One of the main convictions of Human-Animal Studies is the apprehension that conceptions of the human and the animal necessarily depend on each other. T.W. Adorno already formulated this idea in the 1940s in his philosophical fragment “Mensch und Tier” and recently Giorgio Agamben has taken up this notion in his influential study The Open. Man and Animal (2002). Even the natural sciences have confirmed this in the meantime: new theories of domestication assume that dogs and humans co-evolved together. Both species can only be understood in their dependency on one another and through a relational historiography. Bruno Latour’s actor-network theory, developed in the 1990s, also proved to be extremely influential for Human-Animal Studies with regard to Latour’s view of societies as relational networks. Human and non-human animals are permanently situated in relation to one another and are mutually defined as the ‘other’. If this referral to the other is not only comprehended as an abstract relationship, but rather analyzed in its concrete cultural and social manifestations, the term ‘encounter’ becomes crucial. In the modern world, in which, as John Berger famously observed, ‘real’ animals increasingly disappear, encountering the non-human other is not granted. An encounter, in its emphatic sense, requires e.g. an openness for the other, a special attunement (Heidegger) as well as the ability to respond (Derrida). In Entangled Empathy Lori Gruen has recently argued for an alternative ethics of human-animal-relations, which focuses on the needs of individual animals and their entanglement with human lives. However the arts and literature as well as cultural and scientific practices like zoology or ethology abound with manifold human-animal encounters, whose significance as constitutive entanglements have already been noticed (see e.g. Tyler/Rossini 2009, van Horn/Aftandilian 2014), but not systematically and exhaustively analyzed for the cultural sciences. What happens in an encounter of self and other, human and non-human animals? The notion of an encounter between humans and animals which creates a contact zone of becoming-with is crucial to Donna Haraway’s concept of ‘companion species’. In her seminal text When Species Meet she writes: „To knot companion and species together in encounter, in regard and respect, is to enter the world of becoming with, where who and what are is precisely what is at stake.“ The Belgian philosopher and psychologist Vinciane Despret also conceives the encounter of humans and animals as transformative for both species involved. She analyzes the anthropo-zoo-genetic practice of the animal experiment, or of ethology, but also in the mundane life of humans, who live with animals. Despret holds that the exchange between human and non-human animals is constitutive for the encounter and makes them enter a becoming-with, engendering new identities. For Despret this involvement of creatures is a form of agency, which for her is always interagency or shared agency, creating a fully functioning agent only in their togetherness. The subject of the conference invites contributions from the literary, historical, visual, film, media and musical sciences as well as from animal philosophy and animal theory, which examine cultural, social, and historic manifestations and practices that can be read with an emphatic understanding of ‘encounters’ and inquire into the structure, possibility and the meaning of encounters between humans and animals. Possible topics are: - Places/contact zones of encounters Home, ‘wilderness’, urban space, zoos, laboratories, slaughterhouses, hunting, animal keeping - Modes of encounters Respect, attentiveness, friendship, courtesy, hospitality, caring, love, respons(e)ibility; but also according to the etymology of the term ‘encounter’ (from Old French encontrer = to fight, reject, confront s.o.) defense, exclusion, confrontation, contention, competition etc. - Rhetorics/aesthetics and figures of text Gaze, touch, epiphany, affect, transformation, immanence, processes of becoming, anthropomorphization etc.

      Please send an abstract of max. 300 words for a 20-minute paper together with short biographical notes by April 15, 2016 to Conference languages are German and English. The conference is hosted by the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg in cooperation with Nuremberg University of Music and Minding Animals International Incorporated and is organized by Alexandra Böhm and Jessica Ullrich.



  • 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
    • 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 ( 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. 

    • Illegal wildlife trade remains a leading threat to global biodiversity. The contemporary "poaching crisis" that faces species such as elephants, tigers and rhinos has spurred renewed debate over the most effective and appropriate policy responses. Wildlife farming (also known as captive breeding, ranching, cultivation, aquaculture) is one proposed strategy through which to reduce pressures on wild populations, while continuing to satisfy consumer demand with legal, sustainably farmed alternatives. However, wildlife farming has been subject to little scrutiny, and experiences to date seem to have
      yielded mixed conservation and livelihood outcomes. Related debates are increasingly contentious, and are at the forefront of global fora, including the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) that governs international wildlife trade.
      To enable more evidence-based decision-making, this research will explore the impacts of wildlife farming on (a) biodiversity conservation, particularly harvesting of targeted wild populations, (b) other species (e.g., feedstock), (c) broader habitats (e.g., rangelands for farmed taxa), and (d) local community livelihoods and rights. Research will involve meta-analysis of diverse taxa subject to wildlife farming, including flora and fauna, different types of wildlife use (e.g., luxury, medicinal) and scales of trade (e.g., domestic, international). Because detailed data on many important parameters do not exist, research will draw on expert knowledge - notably IUCN taxa specialist groups - to evaluate many of these impacts. This will involve interviews/questionnaires and quantitative social science methods such as Delphi iterative process and Qualitative Comparative Analysis. The project will also include field-based research on a target species to ground observations (e.g., with local expert knowledge, socio-economic, attitudinal, and possibly ecological data). The case study taxa and types of data will be selected based on access/data availability, the student's prior travel, research and language skills, and might include Panthera tigris, Andrias davidianus, Orchidaceae, Ursus thibetanus, Salmo salar, Pecari tajacu.
      What’s in it for you
      Inform global policy. The policy community remains deeply divided on wildlife farming, and this study has a clear opportunity to inform policy debates via NGOs, IUCN and CITES.
      Network with leading conservation agencies. This project involves collaboration with the University of Queensland, International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN), and TRAFFIC the wildlife monitoring network, and will engage a wide range of taxa experts. As a result, it presents ample opportunities to establish professional ties with leading practitioners globally.
      Field and desk-based experience. The project involves both desk and field-based work, and different types of data, allowing for a range of experiences and skill development.
      Both hands-on supervision and independence. This project will involve close collaboration with the supervisors and partner organisations, while also allowing ample scope to shape the project direction/methods, develop additional lines of enquiry, and contribute/develop individual skills.

      Who should apply
      We are seeking applications from graduates, or those who expect to graduate in 2015, with a good Masters degree in a relevant field. Candidates should have a demonstrated interested in conservation, experience with quantitative methods, and an interest in expanding their quantitative social science skills and engaging in policy dialogues. Candidates should ideally have experience writing scientific publications and with field research in the tropics.
      The small print
      Studentship funding: Full studentships (UK/EU tuition fees and stipend (£14,057 2015/16 [tax free])) for
      UK/EU students for 3.5 years or full studentships (International tuition fees and stipend (£14,057 2015/16 [tax free])) for International students for 3 years.
      Academic Requirements: First-class or 2.1 (Hons) degree, or Masters degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject.
      Deadline for applications: 14 February 2016
      Provisional Interview Date: [tbc] Week Beginning 29 February 2016
      Start Date: October 2016
      For further information or informal discussion about the position, please contact Dr Jacob Phelps (
      Application process: Please upload a completed application form (download from assets/documents/lec/pg/LEC_Funded_PhD_Application_Form.docx) and a covering letter outlining your background and suitability for this project at LEC Postgraduate Research Applications,
      You also require two references, please send the reference form (download from assets/documents/lec/pg/LEC_PG_Reference_Form.docx) to your two referees and ask them to email it to Andy Harrod (, Postgraduate Research (PGR) Co-ordinator, Lancaster Environment Centre by the deadline.
      Due to the limited time between the closing date and the interview date, it is essential that you ensure references are submitted by the closing date or as soon as possible.
    • 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.


  • Animal and Humane Studies Summer Retreat Program
    • The 300-acre Camp Muse at Shin Pond, Maine, is the site of a summer retreat program for writers, scholars, artists, educators, and other cultural producers and knowledge workers focusing on animals and/or their humane treatment.  The program, operated by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), invites all interested parties to apply for a residency at the property, which is open from July 1 to early October each year. Camp Muse, a wooded retreat at the edge of a pristine and peaceful pond just ten miles from the northern entrance to Baxter State Park, offers an idyllic atmosphere for research, contemplation, writing, and other creative work.  The purpose of the program, operated through the generosity of longtime HSUS board member K. William Wiseman and his wife Madge, is to encourage scholarly, cultural, and practical projects relating to animals, and to provide a site for enhanced productivity on such projects.
  • Animal History Museum
    • The museum is actively seeking individuals interested in developing content for our initial permanent and rotating exhibits. The museum is also actively seeking individuals with general museum experience to help as as-needed consultants, those with WordPress experience to help with our evolving website, individuals with contracting experience to help physically construct our exhibit space, as well as those who would like to help create and run all types of fundraising events, either online or around the greater Los Angeles area in private homes, at complementary venues and/or perhaps jointly with other animal-related 501(c)(3) organizations. Again, there are lots of possibilities! If you would like to get involved, please email us at
  • First 100 Chimps and Last 1,000 Chimps
    • First 100 Chimps and Last 1,000 Chimps track individual chimpanzees from use in biomedical and behavioral research in the US to retirement.  The working group tasked with exploring how to implement the conclusions of the IoM committee report suggest ending most chimpanzee research. First 100 Chimps serves as a memorial to chimpanzees who have been used in research, and Last 1,000 Chimps is forward looking. The websites' creator will be tweeting updates on the status of individual chimpanzees at Lori Gruen (@last1000chimps).
  • Viral Pandas
    • The Sneezing Pandas Project is looking for contributors. An anthrozoologist and an artist have launched an ongoing and interactive online project looking at animals in the ether. What goes viral and what doesn't? What responsibilities, if any, do we have for these animals we choose to share online? These are the opening questions, but they are in no way prescriptive for the course of the research. Viral Pandas is based on a central blog:, but runs for a week from an art gallery producing physical artistic responses to the ideas, as well as running online across different social networks including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, Digg, and G+ for the foreseeable future. Your input is welcomed. If you'd like any further information, email us at
  • Voices for Biodiversity
    • Voices for Biodiversity is a nonprofit ezine with a goal of providing a multimedia platform where citizen eco-reporters around the globe can share their stories about biodiversity and their relationships to other species and the ecosystems that support us all. The project hopes to awaken humanity to the reality that we must move away from an anthropocentric toward an eco-centric worldview to prevent the massive die-off of other species.
  • ZooScope: The Animals in Film Archive
    • Animals have played a crucial role in the development of film as an artistic medium, from the literal use of animal products in film stock to the capturing of animal movement as a driver of stop-motion, wide-screen and CGI film technology. The wish to picture animals’ lives, whether naturalistically or playfully, has led to the establishment of key genres such as wildlife film and animation. ZooScope looks at and beyond these major aspects of animals in film, covering animals’ role in film genres and styles; the range of literal and symbolic ways animals appear in film; animals in the film star-system; animal lives and the ethics of film-making; adaptation and the different challenges of filmic and literary representation of animals and human-animal relations. ZooScope is a research resource for the animal studies and film communities produced by students and academics. In addition to the open call for submissions, we are seeking partnerships with academic colleagues whose students could contribute to ZooScope. Academic partners would act as sub-editors of the site, with their students producing ZooScope entries, for example, as formal assessments (with marking and feedback taking the professional form of editorial review and assessment completion coinciding with publication). This is how the archive has developed so far, as a research collaboration between undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff at the University of Sheffield and York University in Canada. Work on ZooScope challenges students and inspires creativity, enthusiasm, scholarly rigour and professionalism.


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