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Human-Animal Studies Newsletter
July 2019
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
This month, the newsletter is out a bit early because I'm on my way to Kassel, Germany, to participate in, along with my colleagues Mieke Roscher and Andre Krebber, of the University of Kassel, and Ken Shapiro of ASI, the European Summer School: Interspecies Relationships . I am very excited about participating!

Ken and I also just got back from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne, where, along with Jane Desmond, Resident Director (of UIUC) and Kim Marra, of the University of Iowa, we participated in the third annual ASI-UIUC Summer Institute in Human-Animal Studies .

This year's program was terrific! We had terrific talks by Carrie Rohman, Bill Lynn, Juno Salazar-Perrenas, Saheed Aderinto, May Berenbaum, Deke Weaver, Maria Lux, and Chris Green, and the discussions and work generated during the week were incredibly generative. We will be updating everyone soon on some of the accomplishments of participants from previous years, and are excited to already start thinking about next year's program!
Funding and Job Opportunities
Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) announces an open call for proposals to investigate the therapeutic effects of horses on humans. The Foundation's broad research agenda includes basic research as well as clinical studies that will ultimately impact physical and mental health and quality of life for those engaged in equine-assisted activities/therapies (EAA/T). Deadline for submission proposals is August 1, 2019. Up to fifty thousand dollars in research funding will be offered through a rigorous application and review process. Grants are selected on a competitive basis, taking into account scientific merit, scientific and clinical significance and relevance. Preference will be given to investigators with solid credentials and research experience. All applications undergo a four-tier review process completed by the scientific review committee. The average grant award is $50,000 for up to a 1.5 year period. 
Information for applicants , including application materials, previously funded projects, review guidelines and more are available at . Accepting Applications until August 1 for Grants up to $50,000.
Animal Ethics is looking for a highly motivated PhD graduate who wants to do innovative work in the area of wild animal welfare. The duration of the grant is one year, to be paid in monthly payments of $2,500, totaling $30,000. Applications are open to researchers with doctorates from most nationalities and countries. The successful candidate will be expected to report to Animal Ethics regularly on their progress and submit a final financial report within 60 days of receiving the last grant payment. There are no restrictions on the location of the institution where the research will be carried out as long as OFAC compliance requirements are met. Application deadline: July 31.

NYU Animal Studies is thrilled to announce that we are now accepting submissions for a new award and workshop on ending factory farming. We invite graduate students and early career faculty (i.e., faculty within 5 years of graduation) in any field to submit new or recent (i.e., unpublished or published within one year of submission) work related to this topic. We will select up to three papers for a $1,000 award and funded travel to NYU for a workshop on ending factory farming. The NYU Animal Studies Workshop on Ending Factory Farming will be a one-day event in Spring 2020. Each selected author will present their work to an audience of NYU Animal Studies faculty, students, and community members. There will also be a keynote address and a dinner. This workshop will be an excellent opportunity for authors to discuss their research and meet other people working in this important and neglected space. We welcome papers in any field in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences that can contribute to our understanding about ending factory farming. Please email by September 1 with the subject heading “Award and Workshop Submission” and the following materials in PDF format: CV, short cover letter, and 8000 word paper draft.
HAS News
Hudson Valley Community College is offering a brand new certificate program in animal policy . This certificate program is designed for those who wish to pursue or maintain a career in the field of animal advocacy. The program is also designed for those who simply wish to increase their knowledge regarding the legal protection of animals. Some students may continue on to become advocates, while others want to work in other animal-related fields. Hudson Valley Community College is the only community college in the nation offering a certificate program in Animal Policy.

The University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce an exciting new initiative. Beginning this Fall 2019, Penn Vet will be launching our  Online Graduate Certificate in Animal Welfare and Behavior .   Our Certificate program is the  first  online academic program offered by the School. The certificate program is comprised of four graduate level courses, namely: Animal Welfare Science, Fundamentals of Animal Behavior, Applied Animal Welfare and Behavior and Animals and Society. The application deadline  is October 1
There is a new book series at Emerald Press called Animal Abuse Studies . From the publisher’s website: " In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in green criminology and animal studies. That said, the subject of animal abuse is still relatively neglected in the literature despite evident interest in the subject, demonstrated by its emergence as new conferences streams, networks, university courses and animal-centred journals such as Society and Animal s and Anthrozoos . As our knowledge of animals expands, we now know that many animals can feel and experience much of what we once considered to be ‘human’ emotions, awareness and cognition. This compels us to raise questions about our speciesist treatment of animals and their right not to be used and abused by us.
Animal abuse, in its broadest forms, sits squarely within criminological interests, but also spans many varied disciplines. This series provides, for the first time, a ‘home’ for advanced texts on specific types of animal abuse and on the themes that run through animal abuse studies.
New Books
Following are some of the books coming out that we are excited about!

Campbell, M. (2019). Animals, ethics and us . 5M Books.

Karkulehto, S., Koistinen, A. K., & Varis, E. (Eds.). (2019). Reconfiguring Human, Nonhuman and Posthuman in Literature and Culture . Routledge.

Tedeschi, P., & Jenkins, M. A. (2019). Transforming Trauma: Resilience and Healing Through Our Connections With Animals . Purdue University Press.
To read about them, visit this link!
New Research
Special Issue of Monash Bioethics Review on “Moral Duties to Novel Beings”
Guest Edited by: Julian Koplin (University of Melbourne) and Christopher Gyngell (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute). Scientific advances are making it possible to create new kinds of beings. Organisms that contain both human and animal cells (human-animal chimeras) have been created to model human disease, and might be used in the future to generate human organs for transplant. Human brain organoids (which resemble miniature in vitro human brains) are now used to study brain development and neurodegenerative disorders. Genome editing has been used to create monkeys with ‘humanised’ brains, revealing new insights into the genetics of human cognition. Synthetic embryos formed from stem cells are being used to study early human development. The brains of dead animals have been partially “revived” hours after the animal was slaughtered, potentially paving the way for brain resuscitation in humans. Submission Deadline: December 31. This Special Issue is planned for publication in the second half of 2020. We are seeking papers between 4,000 and 10,000 words. When submitting online (via the journal website below), please be sure to indicate that your submission is intended for this Special Issue on Moral Duties to Novel Beings.
For additional submission and formatting requirements, please see Instructions for Authors available via the Monash Bioethics Review website. If you have any questions or wish to discuss proposals and/or abstracts, please write to
The Journal of Sustainable Tourism is accepting submissions for a special issue on wildlife and tourism . This special issue will include theoretical and empirical papers exploring the impacts of tourism on wildlife. Manuscripts within the special issue will critically evaluate especially the impacts - positive and negative - of current forms and practices of wildlife tourism on the conservation status of wild species, and on the welfare of individual animals. It will establish correlates of good and bad outcomes in both captive and wild settings. The issue will also address tourists’ values and responsibilities, with respect to wildlife tourism, as well as the responsibilities and duties of institutions that act as gatekeepers to wildlife tourism experiences - including the provision of information on impacts to customers and ensuring distribution of benefits among local stakeholders and wildlife. The deadline for submissions is October 1 .

The interdisciplinary journal  Animals  invites submissions to a special issue on the following topic: Animal Ethics: Questioning the Orthodoxy. Guest editors: Herwig Grimm and Susana Monsó (Messerli Research Institute Vienna). Deadline for submissions: September 30 .
It has become commonplace to refer to the success of animal ethics and the animal turn in philosophy. Since Singer and Regan published their ground-breaking works more than forty years ago, animal ethics has become an institutionalised field of research. This is mirrored in the appearance of entire journals, book series, text books, BA, MA and PhD programmes, conferences, research institutes, etc. devoted to it. To use a metaphor, animal ethics is no longer a toddler, but a teenager, full of energy, beginning to question its heritage and its future. This Special Issue aims to channel this rebellious spirit in order to help lay down the foundations for a prosperous adulthood. Therefore, we invite submissions that call into question the orthodoxy in animal ethics. With this Special Issue, we aim to deliver an overview of new solutions to canonical problems and new problems that were previously unseen. We expect to map out new directions in the field of animal ethics and contribute to clarifying the self-understanding of the discipline. Please kindly note that for submissions to this special issue there is a word limit of 8,000 words (references not included). Further information can be found in this  link . Informal inquiries can be sent to:

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. 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 .
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!

APA Summit for Animals. August 8-11, Chicago.

Ph. D. SUMMER SCHOOL: Zoophthoria. The exploitation and destruction of animals. September 4-5, Milan. Email for more information:

Best Practices in Shelter Dog Welfare. September 7 - 8, Oakland University, Rochester, MI.

Beastly Modernisms . September 12-13, Glasgow, Scotland.

Animal Minds & Animal Ethics: Across Species, Across Disciplines. September 23, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. Participation is free, but if you plan to attend please register by sending an email to:
Canine Science Conference. October 18-20, Phoenix, AZ.

27 th Annual Animal Law Conference : “Representing Animals: Elevating Animal Status.” October 25-27, Portland, OR.

Embodied Equines. Nov. 13-15, Cal Poly Pomona. Any questions may be directed to .

Animals in Ethnography . November 21-22, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.

Rethinking Canid-Human Relations. November 21-22, Brock University.

British Animal Studies Meeting: 'Movements.' November 22-23, University of Leeds.
Calls for Papers: Conferences
CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘Movements’. November 22-23, University of Leeds.  
If you are interested in giving a paper addressing the topic ‘Movements’ 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 Friday 19 July 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. A poster of this cfp is available to download here .

CfP: Romance and the Animal Turn, at the 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies (2020). The animal turn has become hugely influential in medieval scholarship over the last decade. However, the contributions of ecofeminism and queer ecology have often been side-lined. Nevertheless, scholars are increasingly finding these modes of analysis to offer useful ways of exploring the role of the animal in medieval romance texts.
The Medieval Romance Society is hosting three sessions on romance and the animal turn at the 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies 2020, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. All papers must be presented in English; however, we welcome submissions on romances from any region in the Middle Ages. We invite papers that respond to ecofeminist and queer ecological literary criticism; papers that respond to posthumanist and related philosophical theories; and papers which do not take a theoretical approach. Please send abstracts of up to 300 words to Tim Wingard ( ) by September 1 .
nature ( Against Nature , Lorraine Daston, 2019; The Moral Authority of Nature , eds. Loraine Daston & Fernando Vidal, 2003), while feminist and queer studies have explored the relationship between sex(uality) and nature ( The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America , Greta LaFleur, 2018 ; Anthropocene Feminism , ed. Richard Grusin, 2017; Queer Ecology , eds. Catriona Sandilands & Bruce Erickson, 2010; Nature's Body: Gender in the Making of Modern Science , Londa Schiebinger, 2003). In this seminar, we aim to bring together these separate
discussions to investigate the ways in which literature explores concepts of sexual morality with reference to the natural and (non)human world. Is nature the model for perfect morality? Is it an abject and taboo force that needs to be tamed by human intervention? Or can we ‘queer’ thinking about moral natures by finding different ways for sexual morality to relate to nature and the non-human world? We are particularly interested in exploring how different
parts of nature – non-humans animals, plants, minerals, elements like water – are mobilized to inform concepts of sexual morality. This seminar also inquires how reference to morality and nature highlights the intersections of sex, gender and sexuality with race, whiteness, and indigeneity. In order to answer these questions and prompts, this seminar aims to bring together papers focusing on different literary traditions across historical periods. I nterested participants are welcome to email the seminar co-organizers Joela Jacobs ( ), Ina Linge ( ), and Katharine Mershon ( ) with questions. All participants will need to submit their
abstracts to the ACLA website between August 31 and September 23.
CALL FOR PAPERS: RETHINKING CANID-HUMAN RELATIONS. BROCK UNIVERSITY, NOVEMBER 21-22. Our relations with canids are particularly intense: we welcome some into our homes as family members but others are regarded as demonic creatures to be exterminated. What do these relations tell us about ourselves and our societies? What do our relations with canids mean for our relations with other animals? What efforts are being made to protect canids from exploitation? This conference focuses on wild and domesticated canids and their relationships and interactions with humans but we encourage contributions that consider implications for human relations with other animals generally. We encourage papers that take a critical perspective and consider trans-species social justice. Registration is free, the conference is open to all. Please submit a 250 word abstract to by September 30.
Institut für Christliche Philosophie: Thinking Species, Austro-Canadian Animal and Media Ethics Workshop, Innsbruck, December 6. Once a year scholars and academics from Canada and Europe meet in Innsbruck to discuss topics of Applied Ethics. This year’s subject will be the question of how the representation of non-human animals impacts the way we think of them and, consequently, treat them. Contributions should focus on the possibilities of representing the various species in the media, on the consequences of these representations with regard to different concepts of the human-animal-relationship or on what these observations have to do with ethics. The conference language is English. To leave time for discussion, the papers presented should not exceed 20 minutes. Participation is free. Travel costs cannot be covered. Submission of abstracts (300 words, until August 31 ):
Calls for Papers: Books
CALL FOR BOOK CHAPTERS for the volume Denialism in Environmental and Animal Abuse: Averting Our Gaze , in the Lexington Books series: Environment and Society (series ed. Douglas Vakoch). Editors: Dr. Tomaž Grušovnik (Faculty of Education, University of Primorska, Slovenia); Dr. Karen Lykke Syse (Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Norway); Dr. Reingard Spannring (Institute for Educational Studies, University of Innsbruck, Austria). Despite readily available facts and figures regarding human-caused natural degradation and often overwhelming scientific consensus on issues related to environmental pollution, we are still faced with the disbelief about the existence and extent of anthropogenic impact on the environment. The failure of the so-called Information Deficit Model, according to which public inaction and apathy are generally attributable to lack of relevant information, prompted natural and socials sciences as well as humanities to look for alternative accounts of passivity and inertia in the field of environmental education and awareness-raising. Thus, in the last two decades researchers increasingly focused on the concept of “denialism” as the more suitable explanation of the lack of significant environmental change. Several fields contributed to our understanding of the phenomenon, including anthropology, social psychology, philosophy, sociology, linguistics, ecocriticism, natural science and science communication. The proposed edited volume thus seeks to provide a clear and comprehensive contribution to our understanding of the “environmental denial” with chapters from researchers in natural and social sciences as well as humanities, disclosing the multifaceted appearance of the concept by approaching it from different perspectives. In somewhat similar fashion to environmental disciplines, animal ethics, critical animal studies, and related fields also stumbled on an analogous phenomenon when trying to account for our increasing meat consumption and lack of empathy for the animals slaughtered in the industries despite the efforts of educators, activists, and academia to raise the awareness of the harsh realities of “Animal-Industrial Complex.” The edited volume also aims to present the reader with recent insights into the denial of animal sentience, subjectivity, and agency in range of contexts, providing opportunity of both denialism debates – environmental as well as animal – to mutually shed light onto each other. Chapter proposal submissions are invited from researchers and academics on or before September 30 . Proposals should not exceed 1000 words, presenting main arguments of the chapter and explaining how they fit into the general theme of the volume. Proposals in Word or PDF formats (Times New Roman, 12, 1.5 spacing) should be sent to and on or before the specified date together with author’s CVs. Full chapters should be around 6000 words in length, following Lexington “ Production Guidelines." All chapters will be subject to peer-reviews. Once the chapters have been reviewed, final chapters will have to be submitted within 2 months from the date they are returned to authors. The volume is planned to be published in late 2020 or early 2021. For more information about the project please write to Tomaž Grušovnik and Reingard Spannring.
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