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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
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
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!
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.
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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
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
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.
HAS GRADUATE PROGRAMS
The Anthrozoology Master's program at Canisius College is
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
for their Fall 2020 class. The program is
on a rolling basis through February 21, 2020
. You can learn more about NYU Animal Studies
, and you can learn more about the NYU Animal Studies M.A. Program
. 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 (
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
. For questions, email
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 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
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
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.
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.
January 2020 Articles:
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.
Bell, C.; Rogers, S.; Taylor, J.; Busby, D. (2019). Improving the Recognition of Equine Affective States.
Caruna, L. (2020. Different religions, different animal ethics? Animal Frontiers, 10(1), January 2020, Pages 8-14.
Hart, K. (2019). Istanbul’s intangible cultural heritage as embodied by street animals.
History and Anthropology,
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,
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,
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.
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.
, 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
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.
, Volume 10, Issue 1, January 2020, Pages 21–28.
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.
, 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
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
Calls for Papers: Journals
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Robert Booth (University of Liverpool)
Andy Holland (University of Liverpool)
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
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
Animal Therapies Ltd (ATL)—devoted to advancing the understanding, acceptance and accessibility of animal-assisted services for those in need—is holding a
Animal-Assisted Services Sector Conference
at the Parkroyal Melbourne Airport, Australia, on February 20-21, 2020.
Vegetarian Epiphanies. From Realization to Changing Eating Habits. April 16-17, 2020,
,France, and May 28-29, 2020,
, California, USA.
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
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