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Human-Animal Studies Newsletter
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to the current issue of the Animals & Society Institute's Human-Animal Studies e- newsletter, and Happy Holiday to all. There's a lot going on as we wrap up the year! Please send your submissions to: , and let me know what you'd like to see in future editions of this newsletter.

With the  application deadline of February 28, 2020 , there is still plenty of time to apply to the Animals & Society Institute and the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fourth 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 2020 Institute will take place from July 12-19, 2020, inclusive.

The Institute is designed to support participants’ individual research in Human-Animal Studies as well as to promote interdisciplinary exchange. The program will offer a shared space of critical inquiry that brings the participants’ work-in-progress to the attention of a network of influential HAS scholars and provides the participants with the guidance and feedback to develop their work. At the heart of the program are daily morning seminars devoted to discussion of participants’ work, followed by afternoon plenary lectures by distinguished speakers. These will be complemented by special workshops and field trips to on- and off-campus locations which highlight different aspects of the human-animal relationship. Participants should expect a stimulating intellectual environment reflecting a diversity of approaches, projects, disciplinary backgrounds, and ethical positions on animal issues. All fellows must be in continuous residence for the duration of the program.

The latest double issue of  SOCIETY & ANIMALS , 27(5-6), is out, with the following articles!

Deprivation as Un-Experienced Harm?   A Critical Analysis of Tom Regan’s Principle of Harm
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Full and Brief Versions
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An Exploratory Study of Veterinary Students’ Perspectives
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By:  Erica Fudge
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ANIMAL ATTITUDES SURVEY FOR STUDENTS Help us see the impact of our HAS courses!
With the Spring semester right around the corner, we’d like to ask for your assistance.   If you teach a human-animal studies, animal studies, anthrozoology or related course, we are interested in collecting information on the impact of your courses on students’ attitudes towards animals. This anonymous survey, based on Hal Herzog’s Animal Attitudes Scale, will help ASI acquire that information. 

ASI works to promote human-animal studies by supporting the development of courses and degree programs in colleges and universities worldwide. By raising students’ awareness of human-animal relationships we aim to fundamentally change the way animals are viewed and ultimately treated. We’re pleased to announce that we have evidence that  our efforts are working !

The survey can be accessed (or printed) from ASI’s  Animal Attitudes Survey for Students page, and consists of only 20 items. We ask for your help in moving this project forward by setting aside time to administer the pre-course survey at the very beginning of the course, and post-course survey and at the end of the course. For more information contact:

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 1-14, 2020, on the campus of San Diego State University; most of the cost of attending is covered by grant funding.  The application deadline is February 28, 2020.

ASI’s HAS Executive Committee member, Robert Mitchell, notes, “I attended several years ago, and it was helpful in developing material related to Japan for my Introduction to Animal Studies class. It’s a fun time learning about Japan, and even though it’s not devoted only to animals, you get two weeks learning about a fascinating culture in a beautiful locale.”

HAS News and Opportunities
The MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ANIMALS AND PUBLIC POLICY  (MAPP)  program at Tufts University will be holding its annual  Open House  on  Monday, January 13, 2020.  You're invited to meet MAPP faculty, current MAPP students, and MAPP alumni. Hear from program faculty, alumni and staff on topics such as CAPP and MAPP’s History, Values Structure, and Curriculum, Application and Admission, Financial Aid, Housing, Research and Externship Opportunities, attend a current Animals & Society class with current students, get a campus tour, and attend a discussion panel with MAPP alumni. 

This month’s  LINK-Letter  from the National Link Coalition—the National Resource Center on The Link between Animal Abuse and Human Violence—shines a special spotlight on our neighbors to the North, with exciting news about programs, legislation and research across Canada. 

The Institute for Humane Education has released an open-access  Solutionary Guidebook  which provides a clear process with examples and resources that any teacher can use to develop the research, systems analysis, and critical and creative thinking skills that young people need to become solutionaries.”

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Kate Fenner and Paul McGreevy ( E-BARQ ) request horse owners to complete the EQUINE BEHAVIOR ASSESSMENT AND RESEARCH QUESTIONNAIRE. E-BARQ recognizes that owners know their horses better than anyone else and that pooling and sharing that knowledge can help horses all over the world. E-BARQ is a University of Sydney study that explores how horse training and management interact with behaviour. It will reveal invaluable information on how our training and management affects behaviour and how, in turn, behaviour affects horse welfare. Beyond the immediate and direct research outcomes, E-BARQ also has great benefits to horse owners, riders and trainers. You can access E-BARQ  here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kate Fenner and Paul McGreevy at .

Funding and Job Opportunities
POSTDOC POSITION  at Tallinn University,  deadline for applications January 5, 2020 . (From the sound of this, there might be room for addressing nonhuman animals within the urban setting.) The research group at Tallinn University "human-nature interactions in the city" is looking for a postdoctoral researcher from abroad within the Mobilitas+ framework. 

New  TENURE-TRACK ANIMAL STUDIES POSITION  at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL: Animal Studies (Animal Behavior) with  application deadline of January 31, 2020 . Assistant Professor of Animal Studies with a specialty in Animal Behavior, to start in September, 2020. Ph.D. in Animal Behavior, Biology, Primatology, Psychology, or related-field required. We seek an applicant committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching and research. Teach seven courses per academic year (3-1-3), including Animal Behavior, Statistical Methods, and Introduction to Animal Studies. Also, as needed, offer Practicum in Animal Studies, Senior Capstone, or an elective in area of specialty to contribute to courses for a newly developed, interdisciplinary program in Animal Studies. Inquiries may be sent to Dr. Lauren Highfill ( ).

The  Culture & Animals Foundation  (CAF) is now accepting applications for our 2019 GRANTS. Grant applications are due on or before  January 31 2019 .   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). 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 .

The  Department of Philosophy  at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada invites applications for a  POSTDOCTORAL DELLOWSHIP IN ANIMAL STUDIES .   Applications are due by February 1, 2019 . 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 Fellow will work under the supervision of Prof. Will Kymlicka. 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. Contact Prof. Kymlicka ( ).

The University of Nottingham, UK, has posted for a  RESEARCH ASSOCIATE FELLOW/SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW  in the School of Sociology and Social Policy (SSP).  Deadline: February 3, 2020.  The purpose of this role is to carry out research as part of the Animal Research Nexus Programme, an ambitious five-year project which is funded by the Wellcome Trust ( ). The programme involves collaboration between the University of Exeter (Professor Gail Davies), University of Oxford (Dr Beth Greenhough), University of Manchester (Dr Rob Kirk), University of Southampton (Dr Emma Roe) and the University of Nottingham (Dr Pru Hobson-West).
If appointed, you will work closely with Dr Hobson-West to contribute to the project on ‘ People and Professions’ . More specifically, you will focus on the role of professionals in the laboratory, especially the Named Veterinary Surgeon, who has responsibility for animal care and welfare. Tasks will include the analysis of existing in-depth qualitative interview data, and writing up this analysis for publication in peer-reviewed journals. You will also take part in integrative activities within the wider Animal Research Nexus Programme. 

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. 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.  Find more information on Animal Law & Policy Visiting Fellowships and the application process,  here .

New Books
Following are some of the books out this month that we are excited about!

Barnard, T. (2019).  Imperial Creatures: Humans and Other Animals in Colonial Singapore , 1819-1942.  National University of Singapore Press.

Böhm A., Ullrich J. (Eds.). (2019)  Animal Encounters.  Cultural Animal Studies, vol 4. J.B. Metzler.

McIntyre, R. (2019). The Rise of Wolf 8: Witnessing the Triumph of Yellowstone's Underdog. Greystone Books.

McMillan, F. (Ed.). (2019)  Mental Health and Well-Bring in Animals.  2 nd  ed. CABI.

Oehlar, A. and Varfoloneeva, A (Eds.). (2019).   Multispecies Households in the Sayan Mountains: Ecology at the Russia-Mongolia Border . Lexington Books. 

Ropa, A. and Dawson, T. (2020).   The Horse in Premodern European Culture . Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture 70. De Gruyter.

Walraven, E. (2019).  Wild Leadership: What Wild Animals Teach Us About Leadership . New Holland.

New HAS Journal Articles and Chapters
Following are some of the research articles published this month in the field of Human-Animal Studies.

Now available:  Animal Studies Journal,  8(2), 2019. (Open access)

Check out these FIVE recent special journal issues covering HAS-related topics!

Escalera, R. and Cortés, C. (2019).  Special Issue: Animals and Art History Boletín de Arte .

Landry, D and Mansell, P., Eds. (2019).  Special Issue: Horses  and Courts: The Reins of Power. The Court Historian . Volume 24(3).

Nimmo, R., Ed. (2019).  Special Issue: Animals, Science and Technology: multispecies histories of scientific and sociotechnical knowledge-practices HoST - Journal of History of Science and Technology .

Calls for Papers: Books
Flann O'Brien & the Nonhuman: Animals, Environments, Machines  (eds. Katherine Ebury, Paul Fagan, John Greaney).  Deadline February 1, 2020.   
Recent years have seen a remarkable rise in studies dedicated to the nonhuman turn in Irish literary and modernist contexts. Yet this proposed collection posits that the writing of Brian O’Nolan (pseud. Flann O’Brien, Myles na gCopaleen) constitutes a significant gap in these critical conversations. This is a body of writing acutely suited to the concerns of animal studies, ecocriticism, ecofeminism, object-oriented ontology, cyborg theory and posthumanist approaches, but which remains conspicuous by its absence in these debates. This volume of essays addresses and corrects this critical lacuna. Please send bios and abstracts of no more than 500 words and direct enquiries to , and .  

Nonhuman Animals, Climate Crisis and the Role of Literature  is a collection that calls for considerations of new interventions by literature in relation to these pressing questions and debates.  Deadline December 31st, 2019.  We are seeking chapters which present cases of literature attempting such intervention, theoretical considerations of the role of literature in these debates, and questions about the efficacy of such a project. We seek diverse voices and perspectives, hoping to see the impact that stories about the issue, and speculating about solutions, can have in shifting debates toward real life concerns. Please send all queries and proposals to editors, Sune Borkfelt, Aarhus University   and Matthias Stephan, Aarhus University . The editors are happy to discuss ideas prior to the deadline.

Calls for Papers: Journals
Over recent decades, the multidisciplinary field of human-animal studies has encouraged researchers to move beyond geographical, methodological, and disciplinary boundaries and to understand, explain and analyse human and non-human animals within shared social, cultural, economic, political, and ecological spaces. Despite a growing body of exciting research on human-animal encounters in other parts of the world, studies focusing on the relations between humans and non-humans in the Middle East have remained fragmentary. With a few exceptions, researchers have been slow to embrace the ‘animal turn’ and recognize the significance of human-animal interactions in the Middle East. This special issue of Diyâr – Journal of Turkish, Ottoman, and Middle Eastern Studies aims to address this gap by focusing on papers that consider human-animal relations in the Middle East from the past to the present day.

Manuscripts can be in German, English and French. A typical manuscript for this special issue should be (60,000 characters, including spaces and footnotes). Please send your abstract of 500 words to . For further details, please visit the journal’s  Guidelines for Authors : Special Issue Editors: Onur İnal ( ) and Yavuz Köse (

The  Journal of Vertebrate Biology   is pleased to announce an upcoming Special Issue, “Dogs and conservation: current and emerging considerations,” with Guest Editors Dr. K. Whitehouse-Tedd (Nottingham Trent University, UK), Dr. N. Richards and Dr. M. Parker (both from Working Dogs for Conservation, USA).  The deadline is March 31, 2020.

The issue will focus on the role of dogs in applied conservation efforts, including (but not limited to) anti-poaching, detection (wildlife scat, poison, illegal substances and animal parts), livestock guarding and innovative conservation- and environmental remediation-related applications. 

The journal is open access with no publication charges, provides rapid reviewing, has no formatting requirements for initial submission, and provides assistance with English correction for non-native speakers .

Abstracts and contact informatio n:  and CC the Editor-in-Chief (Prof. Carl Smith; ). Please state that the submission is for consideration in the Special Issue “Dogs and conservation: current and emerging considerations” and briefly describe how the manuscript addres ses one or more of the themes, and provides a novel and timely contribution to the field. 

Calls for Papers: Conferences and Workshops
The deadline for submissions has been extended to  December 20, 2019  for the  Animal Advocacy: Insights from the Social Sciences , June 24-26 2020, at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. The conference  brings together researchers from different fields in the social and behavioral sciences, and animal activists and advocates from around the world. 

Workshop on Organisms and Capitalism, Harvard University Animal Spirits: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Creatures of Capitalism. 27–28 April 27-28, 2020. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.  Deadline by January 1, 2020 . The Weatherhead Center at Harvard University invites submissions to a two-day workshop on the study of organisms within capitalism (and possibly post-capitalism). All disciplinary, geographical, and temporal specialties are welcome. We are especially interested in studies drawing on Marxism, anarchism, disability studies, heterodox economics, radical liberalism, Afro-pessimism and other critical frameworks. Potential topics include slaughterhouses, the Sixth Extinction, the intertwined history of ecology and economics, commodity traders (e.g., Glencore), domestication, industrial agriculture, activism, biotech, bioethics, bio-prospecting, GMOs, early-modern agrarian capitalism, enclosures, seed banks, biodiversity offsets, synthetic biology, colonial botany, pets, etcetera. We are interested in how capitalism changes the bodies and behaviour of organisms, capitalism’s relationship to nature and science, and labour’s role in the interface between nature and society. 

The purpose of this conference is to offer feedback for those in the midst of writing. The aim will be to publish some of the papers in a collection or special issue. We hope to receive applications from scholars of all career stages and disciplines, and we are especially keen to host scholars from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities and underrepresented communities. Please send an abstract (300 words) and CV to Troy Vettese ( ). We can offer most participants assistance for travel and lodging, but it is appreciated if scholars can come with their own institutional support.

The  Animals & Society Research Initiative  at the University of Victoria is delighted to invite submissions for its  Emerging Scholars Workshop in Law, Animals, and Society  from law students, graduate students, and early-career scholars focused on socio-legal analyses aimed at producing positive interventions for animals in law and society. The program is May 26-27, 2020, the University of British Columbia-Okanagan (UBCO), Kelowna, British Columbia.  Application deadline January 2, 2020.

The Workshop is intended to be a premier socio-legal and critical animal forum where emerging scholars can receive close attention to their animal-centered work and benefit from productive feedback in view of publication from experienced scholars in the field. The Workshop is also designed to be a forum to enable participants to engage closely with the work of their peers and interact with senior scholars in a smaller setting. It is an event aimed at nurturing the next generation of socio-legal scholars and scholarship in animal rights, law, and policy through inspiring conversations and connections and generating scholarly community. Some travel support is available. Questions may be directed to Professor and Lansdowne Chair Maneesha Deckha, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria at  or (250) 721-8175.

British Animal Studies Meeting: 'Violence'  April 24-25, University of Strathclyde.  Deadline Jan 10, 2020. 

The Seventh Oxford Summer School on Animal Ethics’ theme this year is  Animals and Public Policy: Embodying, Implementing, and Institutionalising Animal Ethics . The summer school is coordinated by the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics invites public policy advisers and academics, educationalists, ethicists, historians, lawyers, criminologists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, social scientists, and others from around the globe to participate and present. We aim to produce a pioneering book volume that breaks new ground.  The deadline for receipt of abstracts is January 15, 2020.

The European Association of Social Anthropologists is hosting its 16th EASA Biennial Conference, with the theme “ New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe ,” 21-24 July 2020 in Lisbon, with a  deadline of January 20, 2020  for proposal submissions. Relevant  panels  include:
  • Other species on the horizon: Transformative potentials of more-than-human methods and approaches 
  • Amazonian Pets: Strange Kin, Anomalous Animals
  • Being Kind towards Nonhumans: Perspectives from Child Socialization
  • Animate Mobilities: Troubling Social, Ecological and Biological Boundaries

Animal Rights: Advocacy and Academia,  15 - 16 May, 2020, National University of Ireland Galway.  Deadline is January 21, 2020.  This symposium will address the academy’s comparatively recent focus on animal rights and consider the relationship of that academic interest to the practice of advocacy for nonhuman animals. With the aim of investigating how animal advocacy and animal scholarship can support and inform each other we will explore the kinds of questions that we could (and perhaps should) ask of the tradition of animal studies, think about the limits and responsibilities of a pedagogy of animal studies, and examine the relationship between scholarship and animal advocacy.

We seek abstracts of scholars at any career stage from any discipline addressing questions of how moral issues around the use of nonhuman animals have been regarded both within and without academia, and how those issues connect with veganism. Abstracts no longer than 250 words should be submitted to .

Third  Equine Cultures in Transition Conference - Past, Present and Future Challenges , June 16-18, 2020, has issued a  call for papers  with a  deadline of January 31, 2020 . Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala and Swedish Equestrian Centre of Excellence at Strömsholm, Sweden.

The  Aotearoa Animal Rights Conference, AARC2020 "Together for Animals"  is seeking submissions from people wanting to share their ideas, experiences and methods for making the world a better place for animals.  Submission deadline is 01 February 2020.

The  Third International Equine Welfare and Wellbeing Conference  will take place May, 29-31, 2020, in. Barcelona, Spain. Abstract deadline extended to  February 1, 2020 . (Description in Spanish  here .)

ISAZ 2020: One Health, One Welfare: Wellbeing for all in human-animal interactions.   June 29 – July 3, 2020, Liverpool, UK. The  call for abstracts   will close on February 3, 2020

Zeitschrift für Kritische Tierstudien is an inter- and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that is  calling for submissions , with a  deadline of May 31, 2020 . The third volume will be published in December 2020. Authors include both junior researchers and established specialists in Human Animal Studies, as well as activists of the Animal Liberation and Total Liberation Movement, who are pursuing an emancipatory, abolitionist, critical, non-reformist approach. Zeitschrift für Kritische Tierstudien aims to proceed, together with other liberation movements, intersectionally against existing systems of power and any form of suppression.
Zeitschrift für Kritische Tierstudien is a german medium that also accepts contributions in english. In order to maintain scientific standards, submitted articles are assessed in an anonymous peer review process.

Accepted contributions submitted by May 31 will be published in December of the same year. Manuscripts with a volume of up to 50,000 characters can now be submitted as .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .odt files under the email address . Dr. Daniel Lau (Editor).

Upcoming Meetings
Below are upcoming meetings and conferences for which the submission deadlines have passed. 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 . Thanks!

Feminist Canine Ethnography: Unraveling human-dog relationships from a gender perspective  all-day workshop is happening January 17, 2020, CEDLA (Roetersstraat 33, Amsterdam). 

The International Conference on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence  will take place April 1-3, 2020 at Oxford University, UK, with short courses March 30-31 leading up to the conference. 

Environmental Justice in Multispecies Worlds: Land, Water, Food.  March 6-8, 2020.  University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Winged Geographies: Birds in Space and Imagination . April 16-17, 2020, University of Cambridge. 

Vegetarian Epiphanies. From Realization to Changing Eating Habits. April 16-17, 2020,  Rennes ,France, and May 28-29, 2020,  Santa Barbara , California, USA.

Animaterialities: The Material Culture of Animals (including Humans).   Sixteenth Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars. April 24–25, 2020, University of Delaware.

ANIMALS ON THE MIND 4.0:  Humane Communities: Diversity, inclusion and welfare in human-animal-environment interactions , May 14-15, 2020, University of Denver, Colorado. 

The Inaugural Conference of the North American Association for Critical Animal Studies (NAACAS) with the theme “ Critical Animal Studies in an Ager of Mass Extinction ” will take place May 27-29, 2020, University of British Columbia Okanagan.

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!

Gala Argent, PhD
Program Director