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  • Animal Studies Journal
    • The new online scholarly journal of the Australian Animal Studies Group, provides a forum for current research in human-animal Studies. ASJ publishes international cross-disciplinary content with a particular, but not exclusive, interest in Australian, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific scholarship. The journal, which is published twice yearly, is fully refereed (double-blind peer reviewed) and open access. ASJ publishes inquiring and critical academic work by both new and established scholars whose work focuses on animals and human relationships with other animals. The journal aims to be a leading international forum for the dissemination and discussion of animal studies research and creative work.
    • Submission requirements
  • Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture
    • Over its first two years of activity, Antennae has become an influential resource of academic relevance within the fast growing field of animal and environmental studies, acting as receiver and amplifier of relevant topics, as expressed by the connections between the subject of nature and the multidisciplinary field of visual culture.
    • Submission requirements
  • Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the Interactions of People and Animals
    • Anthrozoös is a quarterly, peer-reviewed publication whose focus is to report the results of studies, from a wide array of disciplines, on the interactions of people and animals. Academic disciplines represented include anthropology, archaeozoology, art and literature, education, ethology, history, human medicine, psychology, sociology and veterinary medicine.
    • Submission requirements
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Ethics and the Environment
  • Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin
    • Announcing the new open access, online, peer-reviewed Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin(HAIB), devoted to the dissemination of research in the field of the interaction between non-human animals and their human counterparts. The mission of the Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin  is to bring together researchers, academicians, clinicians/practitioners, and scholarly students working in different areas for the advancement of the human-animal interaction field.
    • Submission requirements
  • Human Ecology Review
    • Human Ecology Review (ISSN 1074-4827) is a refereed journal published twice a year by the Society for Human Ecology. The Journal publishes peer-reviewed research and theory on the interaction between humans and the environment and other links between culture and nature (Research in Human Ecology), essays and applications relevant to human ecology (Human Ecology Forum), book reviews (Contemporary Human Ecology), and relevant commentary, announcements, and awards (Human Ecology Bulletin).
    • Submission requirements
  • Humanimalia: A Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies
    • The study of human/animal relationships is connected to questions ranging from postcolonial politics (land struggles among Western “animal tourists,” indigenous people in underdeveloped areas, and the endangered species), through philosophy (acknowledging how “the animal” has functioned as the other to “the human,” both historically malleable and politically charged categories), to the study of art and literature (examining how the animal image expresses cultural assumptions). As editors of Humanimalia, we believe there is a need for a journal that brings together scholarship on these questions from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives, and creates opportunities for further exchanges of ideas. We believe also that our knowledge about the intricate relationships among human and non-human animals should not be rigidly restricted to established conventions of scholarly study and polemical argument, conventions that in their exclusive claims to validity have contributed to the objectification of relationships in which human observers are profoundly implicated.
    • Submission requirements
  • Journal of Animal Ethics
  • Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law
    • The Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law seeks to explore the legal and public policy issues surrounding animals and natural resources at all levels of government: local, state, national, comparative national and international. All perspectives are welcome. The Journal will be web-published in its entirety, but hard print copy shall also be available.
    • Submission requirements
  • Journal of Critical Animal Studies
    • JCAS was designed to both develop the activist’s consciousness of animal liberation history, practice, theory and politics, while also encouraging Critical Animal Studies scholarship, one of the most progressive and dynamic modes of theory in the academy today. To this end, JCAS, a free online journal, accepts manuscripts and other materials that promote the fundamental notions of critical animal studies, and which reject and subvert assumptions linked to animal studies and research.  We are also interested in research using an intersectional analysis of social justice issues related to other marginalized and oppressed groups in relation to race-ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, disability, geography, age, and spirituality.  To ensure the highest standards of academic integrity, our submissions are peer-reviewed by members of the JCAS Review Board.
    • Submission requirements
  • Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences
    • The Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences offers a venue where relevant interdisciplinary research, practice and public policies can be recognized and evaluated. Increasingly, environmental studies integrate many different scientific and professional disciplines. Thus the journal seeks to set a rigorous, credible standard for specifically interdisciplinary environmental research. The Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences is the official publication of the newly formed Association of Environmental Sciences and Studies (AESS).
    • Submission requirements
  • Organization and Environment
  • Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism
    • Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism is a peer-refereed open access journal of trans-anthropocentric ethics and related inquires. The main aim of the journal is to create a professional interdisciplinary forum in Europe to discuss moral and scientific issues that concern the increasing need of going beyond narrow anthropocentric paradigms in all fields of knowledge. The journal accepts submissions on all topics which promote European research adopting a non-anthropocentric ethical perspective on both interspecific and intraspecific relationships between all life species – humans included – and between these and the abiotic environment. 
    • Submission requirements
  • Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies
    • Since 1993 and in conjunction with the internationally recognized Brill, ASI produces Society & Animals, published six times per year and containing peer reviewed studies concerning nonhuman animals from psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science and other social sciences and history, literary criticism, and other disciplines of the humanities. Recent articles suggest the scope of the journal: Dolphins in Popular Literature and Media; More than a Furry Companion: The Ripple Effect of Companion Animals on Neighborhood Interactions and Sense of Community; and An Investigation into the Association between the Witnessing of Animal Abuse and Adolescents' Behavior toward Animals.
    • Submission requirements

Special Editions

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

Conferences and Programs

  • Call for Applications: Animals and Society Institute and Wesleyan Animal Studies, "2015 ASI-WAS Human-Animal Studies Fellowship" (Middletown, Connecticut; June 1-30, 2015)
    • The Animals and Society Institute and Wesleyan Animal Studies invites applications for the ninth annual summer fellowship program for scholars pursuing research in Human-Animal Studies. This interdisciplinary program was started by the Animals and Society Institute (ASI) in 2007 and enables 6-8 fellows to pursue research in residence at Wesleyan University at the College of the Environment. In 2010, ASI began a partnership with Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, which now hosts the fellowship. The fellowship is designed to support recipients’ individual research in human-animal studies as well as to promote interdisciplinary exchange among the fellows. Fellows are expected to participate in a weekly discussion group as well as ongoing scholarly exchange with other fellows. Fellows should expect a diversity of approaches, projects, and commitments to animal protection issues. The fellowships are open to scholars from any discipline investigating a topic related to human-animal relationships. This year, we especially encourage applications that deal with dogs, public policy, feminism, and animal experimentation. Please submit a cover page, abstract, proposal, CV, and two letters of recommendation to fellowshipapplication[at]animalsandsociety[dot]org.
    • The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2014.
  • Call for Papers: University of North Texas, Denton, "Moral Cultures of Food: Access, Production, and Consumption from Past to Present" (Denton, Texas; April 2-4, 2015)
    • Panel presentations, workshops and public discussions will address the historical dimensions of food ethics and to provoke new avenues of interdisciplinary research in the field of food studies. The conference will be hosted by Jennifer Jensen Wallach and Michael Wise, co-founders of UNT's Initiative in Food Culture and Environment. Special guests will include Carol J. Adams (author of The Sexual Politics of Meat) and James McWilliams (author of Just Food). Proposals (up to three pages) should indicate how the project approaches and interprets the conference theme in addition to describing the research to be presented. Email proposals and brief CVs to Jennifer Wallach and Michael Wise.
    • The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2014.
  • Call for Papers: Eastern Kentucky University, "The 2nd Biennial Conference on Living with Animals: Interconnections" (Richmond, Kentucky; March 19-21, 2015)
    • This event is a reprise of the first "Living with Animals" conference that took place at Eastern Kentucky University in 2013. EKU began offering the first undergraduate degree in Animal Studies in 2010. This time, the organizers are hoping to retain the strong arts and humanities perspectives from the first conference, as well as including more scientific and applied perspectives for general audiences. The conveners are looking for interconnections, not only between and across diverse humans and diverse animals, but also between and across disciplines and nations. Abstracts of 200-400 words should be sent to livingwithanimals[at]eku[dot]edu. The first line of the abstract should be the title of the talk, and the next line(s) should be the authors' names, positions, affiliations, and email addresses. Following this should be a blank line, followed by the text of the abstract, all single-spaced. Please also indicate if you would like your presentation to be a talk or a poster, or if you are offering a panel. Include a one-page CV of your most relevant work and experience.
    • The deadline for submissions is December 12.
  • Call for Papers: Palermoscienza, ""Feeding Animals/Eating Animals: Theories, Attitudes, and Cultural Representations of Nutrition in the Ancient and Medieval World" (Palermo, Italy; February 27, 2015)
    • According to ancient biological theories, nutrition is, along with reproduction, one of the functions of the soul shared by men, animals and plants. At the same time, however, eating habits are among the starting points on which differences between humans, animals and plants are culturally built. This means that a transversal biological praxis can be used as an anthropological device, in order to to fix and identify specific boundaries and thresholds, either symbolic or theoretical, between both animality and vegetality on the one hand, and zoosphere and  anthroposphere on the other hand. In light of this framework, the issues which contributors are invited to reflect on are the following: 1) The ways in which symbolic and theoretical boundaries and thresholds are constructed in Greco-roman and medieval texts and cultures; 2) The theories of nutrition in the framework of the ancient animal (and human)  'psychology' (e. g., in Aristotle,  in ancient medicine, in the Presocratics, in Roman and medieval encyclopedists); 3) The cultural polarity between vegetarianism and sarcophagy in ancient and medieval cultures; and 4) The ancient and medieval ethologies of nutrition. Please submit an abstract (400 words) to Pietro Li Causi.
    • The deadline for submissions is December 18, 2014.
  • Call for Papers: Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, "Second Oxford Summer School on Animal Ethics" (Oxford, England; July 26-29, 2015)
    • In 1947, Oxford don C. S. Lewis commented that it was “the rarest thing in the world to hear a rational discussion of vivisection”. This Summer School intends to provide just that: a rational discussion of the ethics of using animals in research. Papers are invited from academics world-wide on any aspect relating to the ethics of animal experimentation, including philosophical and religious ethics, historical, legal, psychological, and sociological perspectives, the morality of various types of research, the use of alternatives, the confinement of animals in laboratories, and the effectiveness of current controls and future legislation. The Centre will be producing its own review of the ethics of the use of animals in research, which should be published in the Autumn of 2014. Contributors are asked to consider responding to the methodology and conclusions of the review in their contributions to the Summer School. Please submit an abstract (300 words) to Clair Linzey.
    • The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2015.
  • Call for Papers: Institute for Critical Animal Studies, "14th Annual ICAS North American Conference" (Binghamton, New York; April 17-19, 2015)
    • The 2015 Institute for Critical Animal Studies North America Conference is inviting papers, presentations, and workshops from scholars, activists, and artists working on ethical and political issues concerning non/human animals alongside the socioeconomic concerns that impact human populations. This year’s venue in Binghamton, NY offers a unique opportunity to investigate the intersections of oppression in a community with a rich history of campaigning for social justice for both non/human and human alike. Critical Animal Studies as a field has become a powerful canopy for many convergent arenas of thought, politics, scholarship, and activism. In partnership with Binghamton University’s nationally ranked speech and debate program, the conference will seek to explore how the law has both served as an impetus and a hindrance to advancing the cause of social justice. The conference also aims to explore the tactics, strategies, and theories that exist outside legal instruments for change. The goal is to create an effective dialog and collaboration between people with differing viewpoints and opinions and not to create an echo chamber for a single-sided viewpoint on how non/human liberation can be achieved. We welcome presentations, panels, and workshops from a variety of academic and non-academic fields, including but not limited to: Activism and advocacy, Aesthetic are artistic expressions of liberation theory, Anarchism, Biopolitical thought, Bioscience and biotechnology, Critical legal studies, Critical race theory, Cultural studies, Disability studies, Ecology and environmentalism, Ethics (applied and/or philosophical), Feminist theory, Film and media studies, Intersectional streams of thought, Literary theory, Marxism, Non/human liberation, Pedagogical approaches to teaching liberation, Political economy, Politics of incarceration, Postcolonial studies, Poststructuralist theory, Queer theory, and Theology. Please submit an abstract (500 words) and short bio (150 words) to icasnorthamerica[at]gmail[dot]com.
    • The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2015.
  • Call for Papers: Eastern Michigan University, "4th Annual Ecojustice and Activism Conference: Art, Activism, and Ecojustice Education" (Ypsilanti, Michigan; March 19-21, 2015)
    • EcoJustice Education is an approach that analyzes the deep cultural roots of intersecting social and ecological crises, focusing especially on the globalizing cultural, economic and political forces of Western consumer culture.  EcoJustice scholars and educators also study, support, and teach about the ways that various cultures around the world actively resist these colonizing forces by protecting and revitalizing their commons—that is, the social practices and traditions, languages, and relationships with the land necessary to the healthy regeneration of their communities. By emphasizing the commons (and its enclosure or privatization), EcoJustice perspectives understand social justice to be inseparable from and even imbedded in questions regarding ecological well-being. This conference was organized to engage activists, educators, students, and scholars in deep and meaningful discussion around what we can do together to address and organize actions aimed at alleviating and/or eliminating current social and environmental injustices occurring in our local, national, and international communities. This year’s theme, Art, Activism, and EcoJustice Education, aims to explore the ways the arts can focus public attention and responsibilities toward developing eco-ethical consciousness and action that challenges devastating social and ecological degradation occurring both locally and globally. We encourage a wide range of critical perspectives from within artistic, scholarly, and activist traditions and groups. These could include presentations, performances, or exhibitions around site specific art, insurgent art education, place-based art education, performance art, radical and guerrilla art, eco-art education, sustainable art, indigenous arts, anarchist arts and more. We also welcome related presentations on animal welfare, environmental philosophy, climate change, ecofeminism and other gender studies, critical race theory, eco-pedagogy, eco-ability, post-humanism, anarchist studies, place-based education, critical animal studies, critical cultural studies, political ecology, peace studies, critical geography, indigenous studies, indigenous education, post/anti-colonial studies, critical literacies, critical pedagogy, urban studies, eco-philosophy, eco-democratic reforms, EcoJustice education, and critical disability studies. Please submit a proposal to Rebecca Martusewicz.
    • The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2014.
  • Call for Papers: British Animal Studies Network, "Tasting" (Glasgow, Scotland; May 15-16, 2015)
    • I'm delighted to announce the details of the first BASN meeting of 2015. It is titled 'Tasting' (continuing our journey through the five senses in our late spring meetings) and will be held at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow on 15 and 16 May 2015. The CFP has been issued and can be found on the network website:
    • The deadline for submissions is January 30, 2015.
  • Call for Papers: Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth, "Symbiotic anthrozoology: cultivating (or advocating?) ethics of coexistence" (Exeter, England; April 13-16, 2015)
    • Anthrozoological (multi- or trans-species) interactions have received considerable anthropological attention. Debates have focused on how to understand the lives of other-than-human beings, and the methodological and theoretical challenges raised. Far less attention has been paid to the ethical dimensions of these encounters. Human-animal interactions are frequently based on inequalities, raising the question: whose 'voice' or experience should take priority? And what should be done in situations where animals might be 'suffering' from their enrolment in human social lives? Scholars from disciplines such as critical animal studies have been more pro-active in speaking up for the plight of some creatures, but why are anthropologists so reluctant to act as advocates here? Are scholars working on the human-nonhuman interface guilty of 'speciesism' by prioritizing the interests of those others deemed most 'like us' (e.g. other primates) at the expense of those less charismatic families (e.g. arachnids)? Moreover, categories 'animal' or 'other-than-human' are amorphous and heterogeneous, and like the units of Linnaean taxonomy are human constructs with significant implications for how these others are defined and treated. Anthrozoological scholarship has a great deal to contribute not just in advancing theoretical debates but also in terms of improving animal welfare and mitigating trans-species conflict in 'real world' situations yet few anthropologists working in this field take steps to apply their work outside of academia, or to advocate on behalf of their other-than-human informants. This panel urges those scholars working on trans-species encounters to consider the myriad ethical dimensions and wider impacts of their work.
    • The deadline for submissions is ongoing.
  • Call for Papers: Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth, "Unnatural Selection and the Making of Nonhuman Animals" (Exeter, England; April 13-16, 2015)
    • We invite contributions to a pannel which will explore how the lifeworlds of nonhuman animals are shaped by practices of exclusion and inclusion, such as breeding, immigration regulations, and contagion. We invite papers that consider what effects our concepts of racial purity and contagion have on other species. What effects can our concepts of race, classification, and taxonomy have on other species? Animal studies in anthropology have convincingly demonstrated that both the hierarchies inherent in racial classification and the distinctions we draw between humans and non-humans seep into the ways in which we imagine human Others. But how do these concepts affect non-human Others? Other species may not be aware of, or able to reflect on, the categories we impose on them, but racialised thinking still shapes their worlds. For example, how are concepts of race and ethnicity incorporated into breeding practices, and how do they affect the physiology, biology, and well-being of other creatures? Are the movements of different species restricted by the same fears and regulations which surround immigration? How do seemingly 'natural' boundaries between different species shape the ways in which we imagine the spread of disease and contagion? In this panel we seek to explore an ethics of co-existence which is shaped by practices of sorting and selection in multi-species communities.
    • The deadline for submissions is ongoing.


  • Internal
  • External
    • Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation
      • The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation seeks to demonstrate that our relationship with pets and animals make the world a better place by significantly improving human health and quality of life. HABRI does this by advancing the growing body of evidence about the positive roles that companion animals play in the integrated health of individuals, families and communities. HABRI is calling for research proposals to investigate the health outcomes of pet ownership and/or animal-assisted activity or therapy, both for the people and the animals involved. HABRI is interested in proposals that involve a variety of pet species (i.e. dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, small animals). Approximately $200,000 will be available for multiple grants. It is expected that between five and ten grants will be awarded. Proposals should focus on innovative approaches to studying the health effects of animals on humans within the following broad categories: Child Health and Development; Healthy Aging; and Mental Health and Wellness.
      • The deadline for applications is December 1, 2014.
    • Culture and Animals Foundation
      • The Culture and Animals Foundation funds academic and artistic projects that raise public awareness about concern for animals, awarding grants in three categories: Research (scholarly projects about animal advocacy and its cultural roots and impact); Creativity (original work by artists and thinkers that expresses positive concern for animals); and Performance (public performances and exhibitions to raise awareness of animal advocacy). Preference is given to applicants who do not depend on other sources of external funding.
      • The deadline for applications is January 31, 2015.
    • 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
    • Queen's University, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Animal Studies
      • The Department of Philosophy at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, invites applications for a one-year, nonrenewable Postdoctoral Fellowship in Animal Studiesthat begins July 1, 2015. 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. The recipient will be expected to reside in Kingston, teach a course in animal studies, and help organize a workshop or conference in the field. 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 teaching a half-course in animal ethics or a cognate subject. For more information, click here or contact Prof. Will Kymlicka.
      • The deadline for applications is January 15, 2015.
    • Detroit Zoological Society, Animal Welfare Internships and Resedencies
      • The Detroit Zoological Society's Center for Zoo Animal Welfare (CZAW) is accepting applications for animal welfare interns and residents. CZAW is a resource center for captive animal welfare knowledge, research and best practices; a convener and forum for exotic animal welfare science, practice and policy discussions; and a center conducting research and training, and recognizing advances in exotic animal welfare. The research conducted through the Center represents two key areas of interest: developing additional measures of animal welfare and the effects of captive environments and management practices on welfare. Although broadly applied across species, focus is on several taxa/animal groups. The CZAW animal welfare internships and residencies are unpaid opportunities. Interns and residents will learn the processes used by researchers in the field of animal welfare while assisting in data collection and database management. If you are currently enrolled in a college or university and can receive credit, you will be considered for an internship. If you are a recent college graduate (no more than three years between graduation and start date), you will be considered for a residency.
      • 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. More information is available here.
      • 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. For more information, click here or contact Dr. Maggie O'Haire.
      • The deadline for applications is ongoing.
    • University of Roehampton, PhD Studentship
      • The University of Roehampton is seeking a fully-funded PhD Studentship for an anthropologist (or similar disciplinary area) to conduct an ethnographic study of chicken cultures in Spain's Canary Islands. This position will form part of a multidisciplinary research project on human-chicken relationships. For details of the project, click here or contact Garry Marvin.
      • The deadline for applications is ongoing.
    • University of Saskatchewan, Human-Animal Research Opportunity
      • I am looking for strong grad students who are interested in pursuing human-animal or human-nature communication for both a 2015 (May or September) and 2016 start. We have conducted a very successful pilot study in teaching/learning mind-to-mind (telepathic) animal communication this past August, and wish to build on that project. The purpose of our work is not to prove that this kind of communication is real, but to more deeply understand the importance and implications of knowing that it is. The research is being conducted with the guidance of First Nations Elders and a professional animal communicator. Students can approach this work from a wide range of angles. Interdisciplinary approaches are highly encouraged. The graduate School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan is a dynamic and supportive academic unit that draws excellent graduate students from around the globe.
      • The deadline for applications is ongoing.
    • Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, Senior Research Scientist Position
      • The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition is seeking a Senior Research Scientist in their behavior capability team. For more information, click here.
      • 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 info[at]animalhistorymuseum[dot]org.
  • First 100 Chimps and Last 1,000 Chimps
    • First 100 Chimps and Last 1,000 Chimps track individual chimpanzees from use in biomedical and behavioral research in the US to retirement.  The working group tasked with exploring how to implement the conclusions of the IoM committee report suggest ending most chimpanzee research. First 100 Chimps serves as a memorial to chimpanzees who have been used in research, and Last 1,000 Chimps is forward looking. The websites' creator will be tweeting updates on the status of individual chimpanzees at Lori Gruen @last1000chimps.
  • Viral Pandas
    • The Sneezing Pandas Project is looking for contributors. An anthrozoologist and an artist have launched an ongoing and interactive online project looking at animals in the ether. What goes viral and what doesn't? What responsibilities, if any, do we have for these animals we choose to share online? These are the opening questions, but they are in no way prescriptive for the course of the research. Viral Pandas is based on a central blog:, but runs for a week from an art gallery producing physical artistic responses to the ideas, as well as running online across different social networks including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, Digg, and G+ for the foreseeable future. Your input is welcomed. If you'd like any further information, email us at viralpandas[at]gmail[dot]com.
  • Voices for Biodiversity
    • Voices for Biodiversity is a nonprofit ezine with a goal of providing a multimedia platform where citizen eco-reporters around the globe can share their stories about biodiversity and their relationships to other species and the ecosystems that support us all. The project hopes to awaken humanity to the reality that we must move away from an anthropocentric toward an eco-centric worldview to prevent the massive die-off of other species.
  • ZooScope: The Animals in Film Archive
    • Animals have played a crucial role in the development of film as an artistic medium, from the literal use of animal products in film stock to the capturing of animal movement as a driver of stop-motion, wide-screen and CGI film technology. The wish to picture animals’ lives, whether naturalistically or playfully, has led to the establishment of key genres such as wildlife film and animation. ZooScope looks at and beyond these major aspects of animals in film, covering animals’ role in film genres and styles; the range of literal and symbolic ways animals appear in film; animals in the film star-system; animal lives and the ethics of film-making; adaptation and the different challenges of filmic and literary representation of animals and human-animal relations. ZooScope is a research resource for the animal studies and film communities produced by students and academics. In addition to the open call for submissions, we are seeking partnerships with academic colleagues whose students could contribute to ZooScope. Academic partners would act as sub-editors of the site, with their students producing ZooScope entries, for example, as formal assessments (with marking and feedback taking the professional form of editorial review and assessment completion coinciding with publication). This is how the archive has developed so far, as a research collaboration between undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff at the University of Sheffield and York University in Canada. Work on ZooScope challenges students and inspires creativity, enthusiasm, scholarly rigour and professionalism. If you're interested in submitting, please contact Robert McKay.


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