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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to the current issue of the Animals & Society Institute's Human-Animal Studies
e-newsletter. Moving into the new decade it's great to see there is no dearth of new and exciting HAS-related dream jobs advertised, publications out, and conferences planned!

This HAS e-newsletter is structured as follows: For b ooks and articles I have included, where possible, links to access them directly from this email. Because publication reference styles vary by source, they might not always be consistent or pretty, but they will get you there. Jobs, grants, and calls are ordered chronologically by deadline dates , with the earliest first, and will continue to be posted until the deadlines expire.

Please send your submissions to: , and include a URL link to your project or announcement if at all possible. I welcome your announcements, comments and suggestions for the e-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. The 2020 Institute will take place from July 12-19, 2020, inclusive.

The latest issue of the  Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science , 23(1), January–March 2020, is out, with the following articles!

JAAWS  may be ordered directly from the  Taylor & Francis website  for $98 USD per year for personal subscription which includes both print and online access. The discounted ASI member price is $42 USD and includes both print and online access. Once you become an ASI member, contact us at  for how to access your discount!  JAAWS  is published four times per year.)

A Survey of Dog Owners’ Attitudes toward Treats
By G. Morelli, G. Marchesini, B. Contiero, E. Fusi, M. Diez, and R. Ricci

Investigation of Physiological and Behavioral Responses in Dogs Participating in Animal-Assisted Therapy with Children Diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 
By Ashley L. Melco, Larry Goldman, Aubrey H. Fine, and Jose M. Peralta

Anthrozoology in Action: Performing Cognitive Training Paths in a Garden Shelter to Make Dogs More Suitable as Pets 
By Valeria Vitulli, Laura Zanin, Roberto Trentini, and Pia Lucidi

Free-Roaming Cat (Felis Catus) Management and Welfare Policies in Two University Campuses in Beirut, Lebanon: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Opportunities 
By Gareth Davey and Xiang Zhao

Assessing the External Validity of Successive Negative Contrast – Implications for Animal Welfare
By Sarah L. H. Ellis, Stefanie Riemer, Hannah Thompson, and Oliver H. P. Burman

Using radio frequency identification for behavioral monitoring in little blue penguins 
By Kathryn L Kalafut and Rickey Kinley

Hypoxia by Altitude and Welfare of Captive Beaded Lizards (Heloderma Horridum) in Mexico: Hematological Approaches 
By Sonia S. Guadarrama, Hublester Domínguez-Vega, Hector M. Díaz-Albiter, Alejandro Quijano, Elizabeth Bastiaans, Porfirio Carrillo-Castilla, Javier Manjarrez, Yuriana Gómez-Ortíz, and Victor Fajardo

Effects of Overcheck Use on Stress Parameters and Welfare Implications in Driving Horses
By K. Bennett-Wimbush, Suagee-Bedore J., M. Amstutz, and M. Duthie

Extensive human presence and regular gentle handling improve growth, survival and immune competence in ostrich chicks 
By Pfunzo T. Muvhali, Maud Bonato, Anel Engelbrecht, Irek A. Malecki, and Schalk W.P. Cloete

Compliance with OIE animal welfare standards in slaughterhouses in Tehran Province, Iran: An introductory survey 
By Hamid Khaneghahi Abyaneh, Atieh Dabaghian, Mohammadreza Rezaeigolestani, and
By Davoud Amanollahi

Effects of Calf Horn as Chews on the Behavior of Laboratory Dogs 
By Daphne A. Ketter, André Klima, Helmut Küchenhoff, Britta Dobenecker, Jörg Schmidt,
Michael H. Erhard, and Dorothea Döring

Veterinary ethics: Navigating tough cases
By Zenithson Ng

HAS News and Opportunities
This month’s  LINK-Letter  from the National Link Coalition—the National Resource Center on The Link between Animal Abuse and Human Violence—looks back at a record 21 new laws that were passed last year affecting how the abuse of people and animals are Linked, looks ahead to new bills being introduced, and covers other items about the link between animal abuse and human violence

The 2019 International Animal Rights Conference, Luxemburg  has released videos of 33 presentations from the conference .

The  College & Research Libraries News  has released an  Introduction to animal law: Resources for online research and study.  The open access publication includes animal law LibGuides, programs of study, case law sources, open access animal law journals, state animal law rankings, and sources on Federal and State cruelty statutes.

Professor Jane Desmond, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has published a timely OpEd article in  The Hill, Presidential candidates should talk about animals .”  

Antennae has released  two special print editions , Issues #47 and #48, dedicated to the rise of interest in art and science collaborations. Available for a limited press run of 300 copies each. Issue #47, “Experiment,” and Issue #48, “Interface,” total almost 500 pages of full-color images, essays, interviews and artist portfolios. These collections feature original contributions from authors and artists representing the vanguard of art and science.

Animals Across Discipline, Time & Space ,   a new exhibition at the McMaster Museum of Art in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, runs January 4 – March 21, 2020. The exhibition uses art to explore the role of animals in the Anthropocene era by bringing together works by five North American artists who use animal imagery to critically address how animals—including humans—interact with the world around us.  Animals Across Discipline, Time & Space  includes sculptural installations inside and outside of the museum by Mary Anne Barkhouse, the interactive  Urban Wild Coyote Project  installation by Kathryn Eddy, large scale drawings by Erica Gajewski, a video installation by Hamilton-based artist Derek Jenkins and selected photographs by Colleen Plumb from her series  Animals Are Outside Today .

Nominations for the  International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) Early Career Scholar Award are now open, with  applications due January 31, 2020.   The ISAZ Early Career Scholar Award recognizes outstanding scholarly accomplishments in Anthrozoology/Animal Studies by an ISAZ member who is early in his/her career. To be eligible for the Award, individuals must be current ISAZ members and must be within ten years of having received their terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M., or equivalent). Nominations can be made by any member of the society. Self-nominations are allowed. Other award and fellowship applications and nominations are open as well on the organization’s website.

The Anthrozoology Master's program at Canisius College is  accepting applications  for Fall 2020 admissions through  February 1, 2020 . The admissions committee strives each year to build a cohort of students that represents a variety of backgrounds and perspectives on human-animal interactions. Our students and alumni include animal shelter managers and staff, college professors, service dog trainers, animal-assisted interventions specialists, IT professionals, laboratory animal technicians, nurses, educators, researchers, animal advocates, zoo keepers, veterinarians, and vet techs. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Christy Hoffman ( ).

The New York University Animal Studies M.A. Program is currently  accepting applications  for their Fall 2020 class. The program is  accepting applications  on a rolling basis through February 21, 2020 . You can learn more about NYU Animal Studies  here , and you can learn more about the NYU Animal Studies M.A. Program  here . If you have any questions, or if you want to receive updates, email .

Funding and Job Opportunities
The Jane Goodall Institute is looking for a  Communications Coordinator/Officer, Roots & Shoots Program  based in their Vienna, VA US-HQ. The Institute’s mission is to understand and protect chimpanzees, other apes, and their habitats, and to work towards creating an informed and compassionate citizenry who will help to create a better world for people, other animals and our shared environment. The Roots & Shoots Program is a youth empowerment program which develops compassionate traits and vital skills in order to foster sustainable decision-making and action in this and the next generation.

The ASPCA is seeking a full-time  Director of Research  to join our Strategy & Research team—a thoughtful and mission driven team working on often novel or groundbreaking research.( Posted mid-December 2019; no deadline given. ) This position will center on collaborating with departments within the Policy, Response & Engagement division of the ASPCA, specifically those focusing on empowering communities to prevent, identify, and respond effectively to animal cruelty. The Director is responsible for identifying the goals of proposed research projects or program evaluations, as well as their scope and timeline. This is a remote-based position that can be performed from a home office anywhere in the country (USA).

Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA is recruiting for  an Assistant Professor, Human-Animal Interactions  in the Animal Behavior program with a Ph.D. or equivalent in Human-Animal Interactions, Animal Behavior, Anthrozoology, or a related field, or D.V.M. with expertise in these areas. The position will start September 1, 2020. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and teach or co-teach some combination of the following courses: The Science of Animal Behavior (with lab); The Human-Animal Bond; Animal Assisted Interventions; Introduction to Canine Care, Behavior & Training (with lab); Advanced Skills in Canine Management & Training (with lab); Animal Assisted Interventions Capstone. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled . Contact Susan Lewis .

There is a 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. Inquiries may be sent to Dr. Lauren Highfill ( ).

The  Culture & Animals Foundation  (CAF) is now accepting grant applications, due on or before  January 31 2019 .   They 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 . For questions, email .

The  Department of Philosophy  at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada invites applications for a  Postdoctoral Fellowship 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 University of Nottingham, UK, has posted for a  Research Associate Fellow/Senior Research Fellow  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 ( ). If appointed, you will work closely with Dr Hobson-West to contribute to the project on ‘ People and Professions’

The University of Liverpool, UK is advertising for a  funded PhD Project  (European/UK Students Only), “Using human-behaviour change principles to improve canine obesity and exercise levels,” with an  application deadline of Sunday, February 9, 2020 . The position would suit an applicant with qualifications and experience in an area of veterinary or animal health sciences, social sciences, or human behaviour change. 

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

Cambridge University, UK is seeking  two Postdoctoral Research Associates  to explore Urban Ecologies: governing nonhuman life in global cities, funded by an European Research Council (ERC) Horizon 2020 Starting Grant.  The closing date is February 23, 2020.  This interdisciplinary project examines how the urban is governed by regulating nonhuman life. Those with an interest in posthumanism and more-than-human geographies of heath and metabolism are especially encouraged to apply.

The Tiny Bean Fund  Spring 2020 Research Planning Grants applications  for projects related to problems and negative impacts of industrial food animal production—terrestrial as well as aquatic (a.k.a. factory farming) especially in low- and middle-income countries.  Deadline is March 13, 2020.  Address questions to: .

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

Fischer, B. (2019). The Routledge Handbook of Animal Ethics . Routledge.

Gimenez Candea, M. 2019.  Transición animal en España .

Newkirk, I. and Srone, G. (2020).  Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries About Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion . New York: Simon & Schuster.

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

Special Issues:
Mamzer, H., Ed. (2019).  An animal as a subject. An animal as an object.   Society Register , 3(3). 

January 2020 Articles:
Amici, F., Waterman, J., Kellermann, C.M.  et al.  (2019). The ability to recognize dog emotions depends on the cultural milieu in which we grow up.  Sci Rep  9,   16414.

Aulet, L. S., Chiu, V. C., Prichard, A., Spivak, M., Lourenco, S. F., & Berns, G. S. (2019). Canine sense of quantity: evidence for numerical ratio-dependent activation in parietotemporal cortex.  Biology letters 15 (12), 20190666.

Bell, C.; Rogers, S.; Taylor, J.; Busby, D. (2019). Improving the Recognition of Equine Affective States.  Animals 9 , 1124.

Brucks, D. and von Bayern, A.M.P. (2020). Parrots voluntarily help each other obtain food rewards.  Current Biology

Caruna, L. (2020. Different religions, different animal ethics? Animal Frontiers, 10(1), January 2020, Pages 8-14. 

Griffin, J.A., Hurley, K. and McCune, S. (2019). Human-Animal Interaction Research: Progress and Possibilities.  Frontiers in Psychology

Hart, K. (2019). Istanbul’s intangible cultural heritage as embodied by street animals.  History and Anthropology,  30(4). 

Horton, J. and Merritt, J. (2019). “Show me yours horse and I will tell you who you are”: Brexit, a chance to acknowledge animal sentience in law.  Denning Law Journal,  31, 5-20.

Hvitved, A.N. (2019). Engaging Ethicists in Animal Research Policymaking. ILAR Journal. ILAR Journal, ilz023,

Klenner, C.L. and McNamara, K.A. (2019). Deep Ecology and Ecofeminism: Social Work to Address Global Environmental Crisis.  Affilia

Pickering, P.; Hockenhull, J. (2020). Optimising the Efficacy of Equine Welfare Communications: Do Equine Stakeholders Differ in Their Information-Seeking Behaviour and Communication Preferences? Animals,  10 (1), 21.

Rajesh, K. and  Rajasekaran, V. (2019). The Limitations of Normative Ethics: Anthropocentrism in Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312.  Humanities & Social Sciences Reviews , 7(6), 1040-1047.

Rollin, B.E. and Hickey, M.s. (2019) Commentary: On the Moral Foundations of Animal Welfare.  Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics , 29(1).

Rizzuto, S., Evans, D., Wilson, B. and McGreevy, P. (2020). Exploring the Use of a Qualitative Behavioural Assessment Approach to Assess Emotional State of Calves in Rodeos.  Animals , 10, 113;

Russell, E. (2019). Modern Violence: Animal Studies, Speciesism, and the Writings of John James Audubon. ESQ : A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, 65 (3), 470-510.   doi:10.1353/esq.2019.0012 .

Stache, C. (2019). Conceptualising animal exploitation in capitalism: Getting terminology straight.  Capital & Class .

Thompson, P.B. (2020). Philosophical ethics and the improvement of farmed animal lives.  Animal Frontiers , Volume 10, Issue 1, January 2020, Pages 21–28.

Vitale, K.R., Behnke, A.C. and Udell, A.r. (2019). Attachment bonds between domestic cats and humans.  Current Biology,  29(18).
Wadham, H. (2020). Horse matters: Re‐examining sustainability through human‐domestic animal relationships.  Sociologia Ruralis: Journal of the European Society for Rural Sociology .

Walker, R.L. and Eggel, M. (2020). From Mice to Monkeys? Beyond Orthodox Approaches to the Ethics of Animal Model Choice.  Animals , 10, 77. doi:10.3390/ani10010077

Weil, K. (2019). The Animal Novel that Therefore This Is Not? In: Baumbach, S. and Neumann, B. (Eds).,  New Approaches to the Twenty-First-Century Anglophone Novel , 117-135.

Yuan, J. and Dong, N. (2019). Rethinking the origins of animal domestication in China.  Chinese Archaeology

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 .  

Calls for Papers: Journals
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  Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University  is again hosting two summer programs—a four-day “Foundation in Bioethics” will run from June 9-12 and a seven-week Summer Institute in Bioethics from June 8-July 25.  Admissions are rolling until the classes are full. Students have a wide range of choices for seminar topics including Medical Ethics, Ethics of Climate Change, Policy Analysis for Bioethicists, Medical Humanities (often offered in both Spanish and English), Bioethics and the Law, Public Health Ethics, Military Ethics, Animal Ethics, Moral Reasoning, Ethics of Information, Tech-Ethics, and many more. Contact us at  to discuss the program. 

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:

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 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 .

The conference  Toward an Understanding of Nonhuman Minds: From Animal to Artificial Agency  will take place in at the   Universität Zürich, Switzerland invites papers from a variety of disciplinary perspectives (including, but not limited to, anthropology, history, human-animal studies, literature, and sociology). The workshop offers a platform for collaboration and the exchange of ideas by reassessing the possibilities, boundaries, and capacities of addressing nonhuman agency.  The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2020.

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

The European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, University of Innsbruck, August 26 – 28, 2020 includes a panel, Ecofeminism In/And The Anthropocene, with a CfP s ubmission deadline of February 1, 2020.  Contact:  Chair:  Robert Booth (University of Liverpool) Co-chair:  Andy Holland (University of Liverpool)

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 February 1, 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

The Faculty of Kinesiology of the University of New Brunswick is hosting a two-day conference on Sport, Animals, Ethics, May 26-28, 2021. Paper proposals will be welcomed from all disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Watch for the Call for Abstracts in October 2020. For more information, contact Gabriela Tymowski-Gionet  and Sam Morris .

The Minding Animals  Animals and Climate Emergency Conference  (ACEC) conference and events will be held over 22 to 29 July, 2021, in Sydney, Australia, in a central Sydney city venue. A conference registration website and the call for abstracts will appear mid-year. In the meantime, please see  for further information. For information, please contact Rod Bennison at

Upcoming Meetings
Below are upcoming meetings and conferences for which the submission deadlines have passed, or for which submissions were not requested. 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). 

Animal Therapies Ltd (ATL)—devoted to advancing the understanding, acceptance and accessibility of animal-assisted services for those in need—is holding a  two-day  Animal-Assisted Services Sector Conference   at the Parkroyal Melbourne Airport, Australia, on February 20-21, 2020. 

The  Therapy Animal Expo: Animal-Assisted Therapy Symposium  will take place March 7, 2020 at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville.

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 Age 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