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Human-Animal Studies Newsletter
December 2018
Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the current issue of the Animals & Society Institute's Human-Animal Studies e- newsletter. I hope that this issue has information that is of use to you. Please let me know what you'd like to see! For future editions of this newsletter, please send submissions to .
ASI News
The Animals & Society Institute is excited to announce the call for proposals for the sixth annual Human-Animal Studies International Development Project (HASIDP) . The purpose of this competitive program is to provide one non-American university per year the resources to build its own human-animal studies program. Human-Animal Studies (HAS) programs have proliferated at universities in some countries. Still, a great many universities have faculty and students who are interested in developing such programs, but lack the resources to create them on their own. This program fills that gap by providing the financial and knowledge-based resources that such scholars, students, and universities need to build their own HAS programs. Application Deadline: January 15, 2019. The amount of the award will range from $10-$15,000, depending on the budget submitted by the applicant. As part of the award, the winner may choose to have a visiting senior HAS Fellow visit the university for up to one week in the year after the award is given, to provide logistical and pedagogical support (these costs will not be taken from or included in the financial award).

The Animals & Society Institute and the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invite applications for the third annual Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute program for advanced graduate students and early career scholars pursuing research in Human-Animal Studies. This interdisciplinary program, inaugurated in 2017, is focused on graduate students and those in the first few years post-Ph.D. or other terminal degrees like M.F.A., M.S.W., D.V.M., or J.D., and will enable 20-30 participants to work on their dissertations or publications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign hosted by the Center for Advanced Study, for one intensive week. The 2019 Institute will take place from July 14-21, 2019, inclusive. Find out more here.
Funding and Job Opportunities
The  Department of Philosophy  at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada invites applications for a  Postdoctoral Fellowship in Animal Studies . This is a one-year non-renewable 12-month fellowship, supporting a researcher with demonstrated expertise in animal ethics, law and public policy. While we interpret animal ethics, law and public policy broadly, and welcome applications from various disciplines that study human-animal relations including political science, law, philosophy, sociology, geography, and environmental studies, we are particularly interested in research that critically examines the moral, legal and political dimensions of how human-animal relations are governed. The recipient of the Fellowship is expected to be actively involved in the day-to-day life of the Department, to teach a University course in animal ethics, to participate in the activities of our animal studies research group ( ), and to help organize a workshop or conference in the field. The Fellow will work under the supervision of Prof. Will Kymlicka. The 2019-20 fellowship will start on July 1, 2019. Applicants must have submitted their doctoral dissertation by that date, and must be within five years of having received their doctorate. The salary for the postdoctoral fellowship will be $40,000, which includes remuneration for teaching a half-course in animal ethics or a cognate subject. Applications are due by February 1, 2019 . For more information, visit or contact Prof. Kymlicka ( ).
Harvard Law School's Animal Law & Policy Program is now accepting Visiting Fellow applications for the 2019-20 Academic Year. The deadline to submit applications is  February 15, 2019 . The Animal Law & Policy Visiting Fellowships provide opportunities for outstanding scholars from a range of disciplines and legal practitioners to spend from three months to one academic year undertaking research, writing, and scholarly engagement on academic projects in the field of animal law and policy. Fellows devote their time to scholarly activities in furtherance of their research agendas and to contributing to the community of the Animal Law & Policy Program. Fellows will be expected to participate in Program activities, contribute to the intellectual life of the Program, and are encouraged to organize one or more academic events related to their fellowship project. Fellows also have the opportunity to mentor students and contribute to the Animal Law & Policy Program’s broader presence. Fellows have access to a wide range of resources offered by Harvard University, are provided office space at HLS, and receive a monthly stipend in an amount consistent with other Fellowship programs at HLS. We welcome applicants with a J.D., LL.M., S.J.D., Ph.D. or other comparable degree. We also welcome applicants from all disciplinary backgrounds, including the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, provided that the applicant’s research agenda relates to animal law and policy. Applicants will be evaluated by the quality and significance of their research proposals, and by their record of academic and professional achievement.  For more information on Animal Law & Policy Visiting Fellowships and the application process, click  here .

The Culture & Animals Foundation (CAF) is now accepting applications for our 2019 grants. We fund academic and artistic projects that raise public awareness about 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). Grant applications are due on or before January 31 2019 . Past recipients are welcome to apply again for funding of a new endeavor or continued development of a previously funded project, although priority will be given to new grantees. You can find the grant application here . (Please make sure to read the instructions carefully.) Past grantees can be found here . If you have any questions, check out our FAQs or email us at .
The Latham Foundation for the Promotion of Humane Education is inviting academic researchers, nonprofit and other organizations to apply for its first round of grants which will support humane education outreach programs or research into the efficacy of humane education. The foundation is especially interested in receiving proposals for research. The awards, which will range from $5,000 - $10,000 for a one-year grant and up to $15,000 for a two-year grant, will support Latham’s goals of promoting kindness to animals as the first step in encouraging kindness to one another, our country, other nations, and the world. Applications should demonstrate how the proposed research or program achieves those objectives, as depicted in the “steps” illustration on the Latham Foundation website. The deadline for applying is Dec. 28.
HAS News
For those wishing to incorporate Japan into their courses, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) offers an annual JAPAN STUDIES INSTITUTE for faculty without prior experience in Japanese Studies, to encourage them to include Japan in their courses. The next institute will take place June 3-16, 2019, on the campus of San Diego State University; most of the cost of attending is covered by grant funding. Information is online at .
New Books
Following are some of the books coming out that we are excited about!

Coe, S. and Eisenman, S.F. (2018). Zooicide: Seeing Cruelty, Demanding Abolition . AK Press.
Erwin, B. J. (2018). Zöopedagogies: Creatures as Teachers in Middle English Romance . Routledge.
Gillespie, K. (2018). The cow with ear tag# 1389 . University of Chicago Press.
Morin, K. M. (2018). Carceral space, prisoners and animals . Routledge.
Porter, N., & Gershon, I. (Eds.). (2018). Living with Animals: Bonds Across Species . Cornell University Press.

To read about them, visit this link!
New Research
Following are some of the latest research articles in the field of human-animal studies:

The latest edition of  Animal Studies Journal  is now online, presenting research related to the dairy industry. The papers cover a range of perspectives, from the uses of female bodies and the mystification of milk, to the fate of calves, to the social coding of milking and of milk itself. This issue includes articles by Carol J. Adams, Melissa Boyde, lynn mowson, Deidre Wicks, Taija Kaarlenkaski, Vasile Stănescu, Iselin Gambert and Tobias Linné, and Lynley Tulloch.
The editors are organizing a Special Issue on the psycho-social impact of human-animal interactions (HAIs) on health in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health . The venue is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. The study of HAI has received an enormous amount of multidisciplinary interest over the past few decades, including research on therapy and service animals. Our relationships with nonhuman animals is now being examined in more depth to understand the physiological and psycho-social benefits of these interactions throughout the lifespan. Additional attention has been given to investigating the role of animals in supporting the lives of vulnerable populations, including the elderly and persons with disabilities. This Special Issue, guest edited by Aubrey Fine, is open to any subject area related to the psycho-social benefits of human-animal interactions. The listed keywords suggest just a few of the many possibilities.
Manuscripts should be submitted online at  by  registering  and  logging in to this website . Once you are registered,  click here to go to the submission form . Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. Please visit the  Instructions for Authors  page before submitting a manuscript. The  Article Processing Charge (APC)  for publication in this  open access  journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's  English editing service  prior to publication or during author revisions. Deadline for manuscript submissions:  September 30, 2019.

Guest Edited by Thomas David DuBois, the Summer 2018 issue of Pakistan Journal of Historical Studies on “ Animals Without Border s” is now out. The semiannual scholarly journal is published by Indiana University Press, USA. The field of animal studies cannot be contained by discipline or phenomena. Animals are our friends and our food. They live in our homes and in our dreams. They stare down at us from temple walls, and call out to us as victims of our intentional and unintentional cruelty. This issue of the Pakistan Journal of Historical Studies explores the relationship between animals and humans. Four original articles explore the imagined and symbolic significance of animals in religious literature and social movements, the place of animals in the courts of kings, and the ways that animals bridge the limitations in our own brief lives. This issue includes articles by Shivani Kapoor, Huaiyu Chen, Muhammad A. Kavesh, Grace Pundyk, Teresa Segura-Garcia, and Rusha Sanyal.

The Journal Social Sciences will be publishing a special issue, with the theme of: "We are Best Friends": Animals in Society, edited by Leslie Irvine. Friendships between humans and non-human animals were once dismissed as sentimental anthropomorphism. After all, who could claim to be friends with a being who did not speak the same language? Animals’ emotions were also questioned. However, decades of research on the emotional and cognitive capacities of animals have made it possible to recognize human-animal friendships as true relationships involving mindedness on both sides. Friendships with animals manifest many of the same characteristics as friendships between humans. Both parties understand the other as having interests, preferences, and other aspects of subjective experience. Both enjoy the shared presence that friendship entails, with its moments of intersubjectivity that comes with knowing another being. Both friends develop ways of communicating, apart from or in addition to spoken language. Having an animal as a best friend often takes the form of companionship understood as the “pet”, but the relationship comes in other forms, too. People who work with animals often characterize their non-human partners as friends. People who work with search-and-rescue dogs, herding dogs, or police dogs develop, and even depend on, the closeness of best friendship. The same holds for equestrians of all sorts, as horses and riders must understand each other’s bodies and movements intimately. In some situations, animals provide the sole source of affection and interaction in people’s lives. Homeless people who live on the streets with animal companions often develop best friendships largely through 24/7 togetherness. In this light, this Special Issue on humans and animals as best friends seeks to explore the various forms these friendships take. Moreover, it aims to shed light on what these friendships mean for society, broadly construed. In short, how do human-animal friendships, and best friendships, in particular, expand the existing interdisciplinary knowledge of the roles of animals in society? The editor encourages researchers from all disciplines and all methodological and theoretical approaches to submit contributions. Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2019. Find out more here.

The journal Religions will be publishing a special issue on the subject of animals in world religions, to be edited by Dr. Anna Peterson.  In recent decades, nonhuman animals have become an important focus of scholarly work in the humanities and social sciences. Anthropologists, literary scholars, historians, philosophers, and others have examined diverse issues including the significance of animals in art and literature, the role of real animals in economics, politics, and war, human moral attitudes toward animals, and a host of other issues. Animals play an important role in almost all religions, including world religions as well as smaller native traditions. Religious studies scholars have addressed topics such as animal sacrifice, animals in sacred stories and myths, symbolic animals such as totems, animal deities, and animals as moral exemplars or villains. The literature has grown in recent years, but it remains small and scattered. This special issue on animals in world religions aims to explore important and interesting contemporary scholarship on the topic. Our scope is deliberately broad – we hope to receive articles that examine many different religious traditions, in different historical periods and geographic regions. We prefer articles that focus on concrete questions and arguments, rather than on broad surveys or overviews. We also prefer studies that look at the place, treatment, and experiences of real animals in religious communities and practices. Studies of symbolic or mythical animals are also welcome, but we are especially interested in those that add a new dimension to the literature, either by employing innovative theoretical and methodological approaches or showcasing unfamiliar topics. In all cases, the goals are to expand scholarly understanding and knowledge of the important place of nonhuman animals in religious thought and practice.The journal issue will provide a valuable complement to the existing literature, by extending the range of religious traditions addressed, by encouraging innovative approaches, and by focusing on studies of real rather than purely symbolic or mythical animals. Deadline for submissions: March 31, 2019. Find out more here.
Upcoming Meetings
Are you going to a conference this year? If so, we would love your help with distributing ASI flyers to promote our human-animal studies programs! If you’d like to help, please email . Thank you!

Graduate Workshop: Knowing Through Animals : The Animal Turn in History of Science. February 2, 2019, Center for Science and Society, Columbia University. For more information, email

Public Values in Conflict with Animal Agribusiness Practice. February 23, 2019, UCLA Law School.

Canadian Animal Policy Symposium , March 1, 2019, Vancouver, BC.

Living with Animals /Living with Horses . March 21-23, 2019, Eastern Kentucky University.

Animal/Language: An Interdisciplinary Conference . March 21-23, 2019, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. Please submit all questions to .

British Animal Studies Network Meeting: Emotion . April 26-27, 2019, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
Maritime Animals: Telling Stories of Animals at sea . April 26-27, 2019, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, UK.

ANIMAL REMAINS: Biennial Conference of The University of Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre (ShARC). April 29-30th, 2019, Humanities Research Institute, The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.

Animals and the Home. May 1, 2019, Institute of Historical Research, London, UK.

6th Conference of the European Association for Critical Animal Studies (EACAS): “Rethinking revolution: Nonhuman animals, antispeciesism and power. May 22-24, 2019, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.


Decolonizing Animals: AASA 2019.  June 30 — July 3, 2019, Ōtautahi/Christchurch, Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Animal Rights and Animal Politics in Asia: International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS 11). July 16-19, 2019, University of Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands.

APA Summit for Animals. August 8-11, 2019, Chicago.
Calls for Papers: Conferences
This year’s annual meeting  of The Society for the Study of Social Problems  (SSSP)  will emphasize the “social in social problems.” The divisions on  Conflict, Social Action, and Change  and  Labor Studies  are co-sponsoring a panel titled “Organizing Labor.” Panel participants will include activists and scholars interested in a critical dialogue related to labor organizing and paid/unpaid care work. Instead of the traditional focus on human care, the panel will incorporate animal care and its dimensions. Care workers like veterinarians, farmers, and sanctuary workers, both witness and experience intersecting forms of structurally-based violence. Social problems like food insecurity, domestic violence, unaffordable healthcare, and hyper-exploitation of racial, ethnic, and gender minorities are amplified in care work. As such care workers are a powerful voice in labor organizing, which has almost entirely excluded animal care labor. If your work is rooted in research, teaching, and/or activism related to this important and powerful demographic group, please consider submitting an abstract. The conference will be held in New York City on August 9 th -11 th  and the  deadline for submitting abstracts  is January 31 st . Email Erin Evans directly with questions at .
The International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) 2019 conference, Animals in the Public Eye: Interactions and Perceptions of Animals , will be held on July 1-4, 2019 in Orlando, Florida, USA. The conference will be an examination of the observed societal shift in our perceptions of multiple species with an emphasis in the areas of entertainment, exhibitry, cultural norms, and human education. Abstract submissions are currently being accepted. All submissions are due by Friday, February 8, 2019. Click here to preview a PDF of the submission form to see the information needed for submission. Submit abstracts online here: abstract submission form . For more information, visit
RECASTING ANIMALS AND INTERSPECIES RELATIONS: CONTESTING ANTHROPOCENTRISM ACROSS DISCPLINES . May 15, 2019, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia. The Animals & Society Research Initiative at the University of Victoria is hosting a one-day Writing Workshop for graduate students aimed at preparing their animal-related works-in-progress for eventual publication. We warmly invite applications from graduate students (or those in professional or undergraduate programs who are in their second degree and pursuing research) in any discipline and Faculty to present works-in progress that apply an anti-speciesist, anti-anthropocentric or animal-centered lens to any topic in human-animal relations. Works-in-progress that explore the anthropocentric discourses, practices, and norms of academic disciplines and the academy itself are also invited. Both traditional academic papers and creative research outputs are very welcome. Format: The Writing Workshop is intended to be an interdisciplinary forum where students can receive close attention to their animal-centered work and benefit from productive feedback. Students whose work-in-progress is selected will have the opportunity to present their draft paper or creative output at the Writing Workshop and receive constructive feedback from a faculty member familiar with their topic, theoretical framework, methodology and/or discipline. The faculty member, as well as all other student and faculty workshop attendees, will have read/reviewed the student’s paper/creative research output in advance. After the student has presented their work and the faculty member has provided feedback, other participants will also be invited to give comments. Approximately 45-60 minutes will be dedicated to the discussion of each student participant’s workin-progress. At the end of the day, publication/knowledge sharing strategies and publication options will also be discussed. The Workshop will include a catered light breakfast, snacks, and lunch. Please send a detailed abstract of your work-in-progress (should be around 500-600 words) or draft of work to be presented by January 7, 2019. Please also include a biography (should be around 300-400 words). Please send both to Maneesha Deckha at Applicants will be notified as to whether their proposal has been accepted by February 7, 2019. Drafts of papers or creative outputs will be due by April 17, 2019. Questions may be directed to Professor and Lansdowne Chair Maneesha Deckha, Faculty of Law, at or (250) 721-8175.
British Animal Studies Network Meeting: Emotion . April 26-27, 2019, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. If you are interested in giving a paper addressing the topic ‘Emotion’ from whatever disciplinary perspective please submit your title, with an abstract of no more than 200 words and a brief biography (also of no more than 200 words). These should be included within your email – i.e. not as attachments. Please send them to . The deadline for abstracts is January 18, 2019. Presentations will be 20 minutes long and we hope to include work by individuals at different career stages. Sadly we have no money to support travel, accommodation or attendance costs. The organizers would welcome papers that deal with such issues in contemporary and historical settings, and would especially like to see papers that address these issues from contexts outside the UK, including the Global South. Papers are welcomed from across animal studies, including disciplines such as (but not limited to) geography, anthropology, sociology, literary studies, art history, classical studies, history, science and technology studies, ethology, philosophy, psychology, behavioural sciences and ecology.
The ‘Animals and the Home’ conference will explore the relationship between animals, humans and the home in diverse forms. The study of the home is an important area in geography, history and anthropology but, as some animal studies scholars have remarked, animals figure in it infrequently. Animal presence is rarely mentioned in studies of idealised homes, domestic practices or family relationships. In recent decades studies of human-animal relationships have also developed and diversified, and a large body of scholarship now explores animal-human histories. While the cultural, economic and social significance of pet animals has been an important theme in this literature, discussions of these animals are sometimes abstract and removed from the everyday spaces and places they inhabited. Less attention has also been paid to the role of utility animals and household pests. This conference aims to bring home and animals together – thinking about the relationship between animals and ideas and emotional understandings of home, but also home as a lived experience. Proposals are invited from scholars working on all periods and geographical areas, bearing in mind that understandings of home often varied at different times and in different places. While the conference focuses on the past, we welcome interest from scholars in all disciplines. The AHRC Pets and Family Life Project invites research proposals for the conference which will be held at the Institute of Historical Research on Wednesday May 1st 2019. Please submit 200-300 word abstracts with a short biography and contact details by January 7 2019 to Elle Larsson at the following email address:
As you can see, there is a tremendous amount of activity and progress going on today in the field of human-animal studies, and we always invite your input and participation. Your donation to the Animals & Society Institute will enable us to continue to expand the field in many more ways and work in conjunction with others around the world who share these goals.

Thank you for supporting our Human-Animal Studies efforts!

Margo DeMello
Human-Animal Studies Director