Welcome to the Animals & Society Institute's monthly Human-Animal Studies Report.
As we at ASI prepare to celebrate our 40thanniversary, it is worthwhile to note just how far the organization and the field of HAS have come. A key gauge of this growth is that this may well be one of the most full, and thus longest, and Human-Animal Studies (HAS) Reports yet!
As noted below, ASI is making its mark with programs and initiatives having global impact on both scholarship and the broader awareness of our effects—positive and negative—on nonhuman animal welfare and wellbeing.
Growth in the HAS field itself is apparent in the wealth of job and funding opportunities, and books and articles from HAS-related and other diverse publishers and journals show that interest in our relationships with nonhuman animals are very much at the fore. And if one good thing has come out the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the profusion of HAS-related material now being shared in the format of podcasts and webinars.
Your ongoing support of ASI and our Human-Animal Studies efforts continue to enable us to have these positive results.
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Editor’s note: The HAS e-newsletter is organized as follows: Jobs, grants, and calls are ordered chronologically by deadline dates, with the earliest first, and will continue to be posted until the deadlines expire. Books and articles include, 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. To read more about the topics discussed, click the bold hyperlinks for source material and additional information.
As ASI looks to celebrate our 40th anniversary year starting Fall 2023, this is a time of change and opportunity. With that being said, ASI’s Board of Directors are pleased to welcome Elijah Brice-Middleton as our new Executive Director. Elijah joins us from Plainfield Area Humane Society and was previously a fellow at Metro Denver CAT and the lead admissions counselor at the Animal Care Centers of NYC.
ASI is also pleased to welcome Susan McHugh as Editor-in-Chief of our managed journal, Society & Animals. Susan assumes the position after serving as the Humanities Managing Editor for the journal. She is a Professor of English at the University of New England, where she teaches writing, literary theory, and animal studies. She is the author of Love in a Time of Slaughters: Human-animal Stories Against Extinction and Genocide (2019) and Animal Stories: Narrating across Species Lines (2011) and a large number of co-edited volumes and scholarly articles. Dr. McHugh would like authors interested in having their recently published books considered for review in Society & Animals to have a copy sent to: Susan McHugh, SAH, Marcil Hall, University of New England, 11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford, ME 04005 USA.
ASI Board President Kenneth Shapiro presented on ASI’s BARK Diversion Program at a "Lunch and Learn" session with Counseling for Change, in New York, on April 5, 2023. ASI offers a number of resources for professionals in law enforcement as well as social workers, mental health providers, and others interested in reducing violence towards animals and people to promote the human-animal bond. Find information onBARK (Behavior, Accountability, Responsibility, and Knowledge: An Intervention Program for Animal Maltreatment Offenders)™ and other resources from mental health practitioners here.
Our upcoming Animals & Society Colloquium Series presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 10:30am PT / 1:30pm ET / 6:30pm BST, and is entitled, “Animal Cultures: A Paradigm for Determining What Matters to Animals.” Presenting this colloquium will be Isabella Clarke, whose work explores animal cultures and critical aspects of animals’ existence. In this presentation, Clarke argues that, while humans may never be able to speak for animals, we can learn to speak with them, and suggests ways we can seek to better embrace and support nonhuman animals. Register at the link above.
ASI’s 2019 International Development Program grant awardee, The University of Lisbon’s HAS-Hub, will co-host an international seminar alongside the Envisioning Sustainability Hub titled, “Multispecies Justice, Resilience, and Sustainability.” The seminar will take place on June 1, 2023 and will feature a discussion from Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Jeff Sebo.
The Society & Animals article “Horse Riders’ Perceptions of Communication with Horses and How it Translates to Communication with Family” by A. M. Scholtz, V. Koen and C. M. Oosthuizen is now available free access for a limited time. The study’s findings “reveal similarities between the communication that takes place between the participants and horses, and between the participants and their family members. These similarities make it possible for the communication in one context (with horses) to be translated to the other context (with family members), and the findings suggest that such a translation is possible and is supported by the systems theory.”
Dr. Lisa Kemmerer’s recent book, Vegan Ethics: AMORE—Five Reasons to Choose Vegan, is currently available for free on Amazon as a Kindle edition e-book. The book explores the many reasons why the number of vegans grows each year—animal well-being, human health, human oppressions (world hunger, labor, sexism, racism, classism, ableism, ageism, homophobia, and trans aggression), religious commitments, and the health of the planet.
The first global census of wild mammal biomass, conducted by Weizmann Institute of Science researchers reveals the extent to which our natural world—along with its most iconic animals—is a vanishing one. The new report shows that the biomass of wild mammals on land and at sea is dwarfed by the combined weight of cattle, pigs, sheep, and other domesticated mammals.
The ASPCA is accepting speaker abstracts (due May 12) for the 3rd annual virtual Research Forum, to be held November 1 in partnership with the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement. If your research has direct, practical implications for improving the welfare of animals in shelters and/or communities, please consider submitting your proposal for a 30-minute live virtual presentation plus Q&A. Click the “Submit a proposal” link on the event page above.
If you would simply like to attend (which is free, and open to all), you can sign up on the event page to be notified when registration opens later this year.
The ASPCA has announced $390,000 in grant funding that will be available to U.S. and Canadian organizations to support research that either directly or systemically has the potential to benefit animals, with a focus on projects that examine access to veterinary care, applied behavior, cruelty, and psychological trauma. The deadline for proposals is July 31, 2023.
The ASPCA Open-Access Publishing Fund, designed to support the broad dissemination of high-quality research in animal welfare by covering article processing costs in open-access journals. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.
Tiny Beam Fund - a small US-based charitable foundation - is offering fellowship and research planning grant funds to academic researchers interested in drivers and negative impacts of large-scale, industrial animal agriculture, especially concerning LMICs (low- and middle-income countries). Applications should address the “Burning Questions” list. The deadline for applications is June 8, 2023.
Eckerd College invites applications for a visiting Assistant Professor position in Animal Studies to start in Fall 2023. This position is for one year, but there is the possibility a similar tenure track position will become available. Applications will be reviewed starting April 1, 2023, but the position will remain open until filled.
The Department of Comparative Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University invites applications for two faculty positions in Human-Animal Bond(HAB): 1) HAB faculty at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor in human-animal bond; rank to be commensurate with experience, and departmental appointments to align with candidate's expertise and interests, and 2) HAB-AMR faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor with a research focus in infectious diseases with antimicrobial resistance at the human-animal interface. Review of applications began February 15, 2023 and will continue until the positions are filled. For more information please contact Dr. Hsin-Yi Weng at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carroll College invites applications for a one-year full-time Visiting Professor of Anthrozoologywith a focus on canine science, canine behavior, and canine training, with an emphasis on learning theory to start August 2023. The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching classes in Canine Science and Canine Training and mentoring undergraduate students in the broader field of Anthrozoology. The deadline is March 1, but the positions will remain open until filled.
Saint Francis University, located in Loretto, PA, is searching for an adjunct instructor to teach in a new fully online minor: Animal-Assisted Health and Education. Courses are to be taught asynchronously, over 8-week modules in the fall and spring semesters. Candidates should have experience with the delivery of animal-assisted interventions and with online asynchronous teaching. Master’s degree or higher in a related field is required. Please send a letter of interest, a CV and an official transcript to: email@example.comNo deadline given.
Podcasts, Webinars and Lectures
This section includes both upcoming live events, and past events that were recorded.
The Center for Animal Law Studies will host a webinar titled, “The Global Impact of your Advanced Degree in Animal Law” on April 20, 2023 at 12pm PT. This webinar will discuss ways in which international students can use their advanced degrees in animal law to make an impact in their home countries.
Episode 52 of Knowing Animals’ Protecting Animals series interviews activist and Managing Director of Mercy for Animals, AJ Albrecht.
In Episode 099 of Transforming Trauma, Philip Tedeschi, clinical professor and Founder of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection, shares how his path originally started in the veterinary field with a passion for animals, and explores ways to enhance our well-being through the human-animal connection.
In Episode 21 of The Anthrozoology Podcast: Discussing Humanimality, Therese Lillesköld discusses the issue of animal hoarding and research she has conducted on animal hoarding in Sweden.
Episode 92 of Always for Animal Rights interviews Richard White about vegan anarchist geographies, veganism as prefigurative praxis, and Critical Animal Studies.
Just Wondering’s recent animated video release, Into the Planthroposcene- together with the the photosynthetic ones, explores the relationships we have with the photosynthetic ones - those being thanks to whom we can breathe, and thus, be alive, and pushes us to explore other ways of being human and thus disrupt colonial and anthropocentric understandings of what plants are.
Raffael Fasel & Sean Butler (2023). Animal Rights Law. Bloomsbury. (The companion websiteprovides access to briefs on the latest developments in this fast-changing area, and gives readers the tools to investigate their own legal systems with a list of key references to the latest cases, legislation, and jurisdiction-specific bibliographic references.)
Corey Wrenn invites submissions to an interdisciplinary Special Issue of the Journal of Appalachian Studies, Animals and Appalachia: Introducing Critical Appalachian Animal Studies. Submissions are that center Nonhuman Animal experiences, analyze intersectional relationships between humans and other animals, interrogate speciesism, or otherwise speak to the core principles of Critical Animal Studies in the context of Appalachian studies. Author information for submissions to the Journal of Appalachian Studies can be found here. Please submit a title and abstract (or brief description of topic area) to Corey Wrenn (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than April 16th, 2023.
The Plant and Animals in Latin American Cultures calls for abstract submissions. This volume edited strives to show the profound interspecies entanglements and especially welcomes proposals with a transhistorical and interdisciplinary approach to critical plant and animal studies. The deadline for submission is April 30, 2023.
A new volume of the journal, Transpositiones, calls for papers that speak to the thematic focus of ‘Queer Animalities’. Proposals comprising a 250-word abstract in English and a brief biographical note should be sent to:email@example.com June 15, 2023.
A Call for Papers is out for a Special Issue of Qualitative Research in Psychology, Qualitative methods in psychology after the animal turn: human-animal and multi-species relations. The key aim of this special issue is to showcase how qualitive methods in psychology can make nuanced, insightful and critical contributions to our understanding of the relations between human and nonhuman animals, other species, and aspects of nature. The editor invites explorations of any human-animal or multispecies domains in or relevant to psychology informed by qualitative methods; as well as reflections on adapting existing qualitative methods to meet the challenges of studying human-animal relationships. Qualitative methods here includes visual creative and arts-based approaches. Deadline for submission of full paper (6000-8000w): November 15, 2023. Initial, informal discussion of potential proposals is encouraged, and should be sent with abstract draft to Dr. Matthew Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 1st 2023.
A call is out for chapter contributions to a volume Reclaiming historically silenced voices of the natural world, Volume 2: Animals. This volume will be part of a five-volume series, “Gender, Colonialism, and Science: A Cross-Cultural Compendium of Primary Sources” (General Editors: Donald L. Opitz and Banu Subramaniam) from Routledge. Collectively, the volumes aim to offer a readily-accessible compendium of primary source materials that span geographies and cultural perspectives, during a period when understandings of nature by women, queer, non-binary, two-spirit and/or transgender persons, became increasingly visible and important, and yet all the more contested. More details on the project are available here. Submissions and questions go to volume editors Samantha Muka (email@example.com) and Ariehn Matamonasa (firstname.lastname@example.org). No deadline given.
Calls for Papers: Conferences
PATH International calls for abstracts for the 2023 annual conference in Charlotte, NC on October 26-28, 2023. The association is especially interested in receiving abstracts from presenters with information relevant to the field of equine-assisted services (EAS), describing innovative programs, research or other related information. The deadline for submission is March 22, 2023.
The University of Liverpool calls for abstracts for the hybrid workshop, Animals, Streets, and Health. The workshop will be hybrid, with expenses covered for those attending in person from the UK. Papers will be considered for inclusion in a journal special issue. This interdisciplinary workshop will take place on June 15, 2023. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2023.
The Center for Advance Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is hosting an Animal Studies Summer Institute for graduate students and early career scholars, July 9-15, 2023. The institute is designed to support participants’ individual research in human-animal studies (HAS) as well as to promote interdisciplinary exchange. The deadline for applications is April 10, 2023.
A call is open for the Critical Animal Studies Graduate conference, Zoopolitics of Life and Death, October 17-18 2023. Papers will be selected for publication after the conference closure. The conference has no registration fee, and will take place in person and online in Venice and in Lüneburg at the same time. Address inquiries to Chiara Stefanoni (Leuphana University) and Federica Timeto (Ca’ Foscari University) at email@example.com. The deadline for submission is April 30, 2023.
The third (Un)Common Worlds conference on Human-Animal Studies calls for abstract submissions for the 2023 conference themed, Navigating and Inhabiting Biodiverse Anthropocenes. The conference will take place at the University of Oulu (Finland) and online from the University of Derby (UK) on October 4-6, 2023. The deadline for submission is May 31, 2023.
The sixth Anthrozoology Symposium, Multispecies Communities and Narratives, will take place online on November 2-4, 2023. This year’s Symposium focuses on both exploring the facts, the multispecies collectives that exist, or are being built, and the histories, namely the narratives that support them and teach us how we can or should envisage a multispecies future. The deadline is May 31, 2023.
The International Association of Vegan Sociologists calls for submissions for the 2023 online conference, Vegan Intersectionality. The conference will take place on October 7-8, 2023 and will showcase research related to veganism, animal rights, and theories of intersectionality. The deadline for submission is June 1, 2023.
The NYU Wild Animal Welfare Program invites graduate students and early-career faculty or researchers to submit current or recent work on this topic for the 2023 NYU Wild Animal Welfare Workshop. The deadline for submission is June 15, 2023.
The Equine History Collective invites proposals for the fifth annual conference themed, Close Encounters of the Equine Kind. The conference will take place at Roger Williams University on September 29 – October 1, 2023. The deadline for submission is June 15, 2023.
The 2ndInternational Multispecies Methods Research Symposium will take place online on May 8-12th, 2023 with online access beginning April 8th. Recordings will be available. This symposium is a unique academic-practitioner event that brings together scholars, artists, Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, animal care providers, and animal communicators to share knowledge, ideas, and build a multi-sectoral and multispecies research community. Registration is currently open.
The ISAZ organizing and host committee announces the program of the 32nd International Society for Anthrozoology Conference to be held in-person from June 15-18, 2023 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The ISAZ 2023 theme is “Anthrozoology: The Spectrum of Human-Animal Interactions and Relationships.” You can access the full ISAZ 2023 website here.
The Universities Federal for Animal Welfare online Animal Welfare Conference 2023 will take place June, 20-21, 2023. Keynote speakers are Dr. Beth Ventura (University of Lincoln, UK), “Animal welfare: The elephant in the room is us” and Professor Lars Chittka (Queen Mary, University of London, UK), Bee sentience and its welfare implications. If you have questions about this event, please contact Dr Stephen Wickens at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Animal Advocacy Conference: Insights from the Social Sciences will take place in person, June 22-24, 2023, at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. The conference will bring together researchers from different fields in the social and behavioural sciences, and animal activists and advocates from around the world. Campus accommodation is available to book during the registration process.