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The Human-Animal Studies Report

August 2022

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to the Animals & Society Institute's Human-Animal Studies Report. This month, the HAS field is active and busy with an extraordinary wealth of funding and job opportunities, and conferences and courses.

In the ASI News section, below, take note of the 30th anniversary of Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies, arguably the longest-lived and most influential academic journal fostering the field of Human-Animal Studies. In honor of this celebration, ASI is making key articles from S&A hrough the years Open Access.

Also, I mentioned last month that I’d be sharing with you some of the HAS projects that we accomplished over the months the HAS Report was on hiatus. This month, we are pleased to announce the publication of a new volume within the Brill Human-Animal Studies Series, co-edited by myself and Jeannette Vaught. See the HAS News section for more information, including Open Access chapters and 50% off.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our Human-Animal Studies efforts. Stay healthy and safe, and do what you can to protect those you can.



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.

Please send your comments, suggestions, and submissions to:, and if possible include a URL link to your project or announcement.


ASI is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies with all of our supporters. On the occasion of this anniversary, we are selecting ten articles that (1) demonstrate the expansion of the field to an increasing number of interfacing disciplines, (2) suggest changes in policy and practice involving human-animal relationships, and/or (3) make important conceptual advances in the field. The full texts of the ten selected articles will be made available for a limited time in Open Access. Their release will be spaced out and timed with the publication of this issue and the following two issues that complete this year’s volume.

Here are the first group of articles that will be available for three months from the date of the publication of this issue of the journal:

Acampora, R. (2005). Zoos and Eyes: Contesting Captivity and Seeking Successor Practices, Society & Animals, 13(1), 69–88.

Cao, D. (2020). Is the Concept of Animal Welfare Incompatible with Chinese Culture?, Society & Animals, 30(3), 284–296.

Elder, G., Wolch, J., & Emel, J. (1998). Race, Place, and the Bounds of Humanity1, Society & Animals, 6(2), 183–202.

Wilkie, R. (2015). Academic “Dirty Work”, Society & Animals, 23(3), 211–230.

The following articles appear in the 30th issue itself, including the Introduction which discusses the importance of S&A to the field of Human-Animal Studies:

Celebrating 30 Years of Society & Animals

Kenneth Shapiro, Ivy Collier 

The Changing Wildlife Tableau of Hunting Magazine Covers

Erica von Essen 

Role of Moral Values in Evaluation of the Use of Nonhuman Animals in Research

Maria Botero, Donna Desforges 

Effects of a Court-Ordered Service Dog Training Program with U.S. Veterans: A Qualitative Study

Terry Crowe, Victoria Sanchez, Chardae Durden, Margarita Ortega y Gomez, Melissa Winkle, Jill Felice 

Engaging Disenfranchised Youth through an Equine Assisted Activities Program: Understanding Psychosocial Benefits of Horse-Human Interactions

Michael Francis Norwood, Ali Lakhani, Elizabeth Kendall, Simone Fullagar, Annick Maujean 

Effect of Tranquil and Active Video Representations of an Unfamiliar Dog on Subjective Mental States

Natalie Ein, Maureen J. Reed, Kristin Vickers 

Protecting Interests of Animals in Custody Disputes: Italian Caselaw Outpaces Italian and European Union Legislation

Paola Fossati 

The Strange Case of Henry Bergh’s “Declaration of the Rights of Animals”

Darcy Ingram 

A New Interpretation of Animal Ethics

Nathan Nobis 

Books Received

Recently published by Springer, the book Animal Maltreatment Evaluation Basics for Mental Health Practitioners, Students, and Educators provides a brief introduction to the growing field of animal maltreatment evaluation and treatment, with a special emphasis on clinical training from a forensic psychology perspective. In Chapter 4, titled, Animal Maltreatment Evaluations, the authors draw on the work of ASI’s AniCare® program. 


We are excited to share the recent publication within the ASI-managed Brill Human-Animal Studies Book Series of the collection, The Relational Horse: How Frameworks of Communication, Care, Politics and Power Reveal and Conceal Equine Selves. Edited by Gala Argent and Jeannette Vaught, the anthology showcacses an international and interdisciplinary set of authors addressing human-equine relationships at various levels of scale. Using theoretical framing from tenets from the field of Human-Animal Studies, the volume provides not only case studies, but also theoretical models of ways to explore the  perspectives and lived experience of members of one nonhuman animal species, horses, within those relationships. This approach should be of interest to both scholars and practitioners working within human-equine studies and, more broadly, human-animal studies.

As part of the launch, Brill and ASI have made two of the book’s chapters Open Access: “Introduction: Humans and Horses in the Relational Arena,” and “Can You Hear Me (Yet)?—Rhetorical Horses, Trans-species Communication, and Interpersonal Attunement.” Also, from now through September 30, 2022, you can purchase this and all titles within the Brill Human-Animal Studies Book Series at 50% off the list price for e-books and print during the Brill Summer Sale.

You can be a part of the Dog Aging Projectan innovative initiative that brings together a community of dogs, owners, veterinarians, researchers and volunteers to carry out the most ambitious canine health study in the world helping scientists to understand what happens to memory and cognition in old age. 

The July-August issue of the National Link Coalition LINK-Letter is an extended double issue with extra news about animal abuse’s Links with human violence, including: more information on mass shooters with histories of animal abuse; a new Link initiative is under way in Portugal; military bases are concerned about domestic violence and animal abuse; and judges, prosecutors and police are getting Link training.

HAS Funding and Opportunities

The University of Lincoln is calling for applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Human Animal Interactions. The deadline for applications is August 22, 2022. For more information, click here

Multispecies Justice is calling for art submissions for an exhibit to accompany the publication of a new book, The Promise of Multispecies Justice. Initial submissions, including a 500-word project description, or images, and a 1-page CV are due by September 1, 2022. Find more information here

ASPCA research-related grants are available for research, including Access to Veterinary Care, Applied Animal Behaviour, Cruelty Research, and Psychological Trauma. Grants are available to investigators and/or research teams affiliated with a public or nonprofit entity, such as a university, college, veterinary hospital or clinic, or other institution. The deadline for applications is September 1, 2022.

Also available is the new ASPCA Open-Access Publishing Fund (OAPF) 2022, a research funding program that accepts applications on an ongoing basis to cover the costs of open-access publishing.

Waltham Petcare Science Institute is calling for applications to fund a high quality innovative research into Human-Animal Interaction (HAI). This grant is part of Waltham’s continued support into high quality, evidence-based research critical to better understanding the beneficial relationship between people and companion animals. The deadline for applications is November 15, 2022. Find more information here


Carroll University in Wakesha, WI, USA, seeks to hire two Adjunct Instructors of Animal Behavior for Fall 2022. They are also searching for a full-time Assistant Professor, Canine Training in the Animal Behavior program, to begin January 1, 2023. Find more information here by searching “canine.” No deadline given.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund will award three $25,000 scholarship packages to first or second year students at Howard University School of Law, North Carolina Central University School of Law, and Florida A&M College of Law. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. For more information, click hereNo deadline given.

Podcasts, Webinars and Lectures

This section includes both upcoming live events, and past events that were recorded.

The Culture and Animals Foundation (CAF) has launched the six episodes of “Martin’s Act at 200,” an audio documentary that explores the origins and legacy over two centuries of the Cruel Treatment of Cattle Act, sponsored by Richard “Humanity Dick” Martin, which was signed into U.K. law on July 22, 1822, and is widely considered the first piece of animal welfare legislation from a modern democracy. The aim is to present the history of animal advocacy in the Anglophone world in a way that's engaging, informative, and provocative—for students, teachers, and citizens. You can access the trailer and all episodes on seven platforms here.  

The “Martin’s Act at 200” audio documentary is the initial stage of CAF’s two-year project called chart2050. Chart2050 asks communities to look three decades into the future and construct their own animals’ charter, to coincide with the bicentenary in June 2024 of the first Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

In Episode 198 of Knowing Animals podcast series, Dr Lizzie Wright talks about her paper ‘The aurochs in the European Pleistocene and Early Holocene: Origins, Evidence and Body Size’, which was published in Lockwood Press’s 2022 collection Cattle and People: Interdisciplinary Approaches to an Ancient Relationship. 

New HAS Books and Monographs

Following are some recent books published of interest to the field of Human-Animal Studies.

Knight, A., Phillips, C. & Sparks, P., 2022. Routledge Handbook of Animal Welfare. Routledge.

Pyne, L., 2022. Endlings: Fables for the Anthropocene. University of Minnesota Press.

Sebastian, M., 2022. Streicheln oder Schlachten: Warum unser Verhältnis zu Tieren so kompliziert ist – und was das über uns aussagt. Kösel.

Tallberg, L. and Hamilton, L., 2022. The Oxford Handbook of Animal Organization Studies. Oxford University Press. 

New HAS Articles and Book Chapters

Following are some recent research articles and book chapters published in the field of Human-Animal Studies.

The latest issue of the Animal Studies Journala Special Issue “Flourish," is now available.

The latest issue of Human Ecology Review:(27)1 is Open Access and available for download. DOI

Knight and, A. and Zemanova, M.A. (2022). Animal use in veterinary education. In B. Kipperman and B.E. Rollin (eds). Ethics in Veterinary Practice, Hoboken, NJ, US: Wiley.

Knight A (2022). The weight-of-evidence position on vegan diets. Vet Times 52(21), 23.

Knight A, Huang E, Rai N, Brown H (2022). Vegan versus meat-based dog food: Guardian-reported indicators of health. PLoS ONE 17(4): e0265662.

Calls for Papers: Journals and Chapters

The University of Windsor is calling for 500-word abstracts to be submitted for the Special issue of Human Ecology ReviewInnovations in Human Ecology - Looking Back and Moving Forward. Abstracts can be submitted to with the subject headline of “[Last Name of First Author] - INNOVATIONS IN HUMAN ECOLOGY”. The deadline for submission is August 25th, 2022.

The career book, "Careers in One Health: Social Workers’ Roles in Caring for Humans and their Animal Companions" is at the intersection of social work, veterinary medicine, and the human animal bond, and is looking for contributions from passionate social work professionals. Chapter applications (including a 2-3 sentence description) can be submitted via this survey and will be accepted until Aug 31, 2022.

The special issue of Philosophy and Global Affairs invites contributors who would address the spirit of Eduardo Kohn’s provocative book, How Forests Think, evaluatively, generatively, and critically. Articles of various kinds are welcome. They may, for example, address how How Forests Think has transformed discourses or what it would mean to think with Kohn beyond Kohn or place Kohn’s intellectual frameworks into their genealogical context or put the text’s ideas in critical-generative conversation with other thinkers and scholarly traditions or with otherwise worlds. Please send inquiries and abstracts to both and by September 1, 2022.

MDPI is calling for submissions for the Special Issue of their journal, Animals, titled, Live Animal Transportation: A Risk for Animal and Human Health and Welfare. This Special Issue invites colleagues working in animal welfare science, in particular, in animal transportation, and aims at collecting a series of articles that may help to enhance the regulation of animal transportation worldwide. The deadline for manuscript submissions is October 25, 2022. Find more information here.

Editors Eva Spiegelhofer and Elizabeth Tavella call for book chapters for a new volume titled, Animated Wor(l)ds: Language and Relationality for Multispecies Kinship. For this volume, contributions that seek to cultivate multispecies kinship by encouraging alternative ways of relating to, thinking about, and entering into conversation with the animate world are invited. The deadline for abstract submission is November 30, 2022. For more information, click here

MDPI is calling for submissions for the Special Issue of their journal, Animals, titled, Animal Welfare from a Cross-Cultural Perspective. For this Special Issue MDPIs welcome manuscripts that address animal welfare from a cross-cultural perspective, including more-than-human cultures. The deadline for manuscript submissions is March 23, 2023. Find more information here

Calls for Papers: Conferences

The University of Exeter’s Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics (EASE) working group is inviting current and prospective students to participate in their second annual conference: Anthrozoology as International Practice: A Student Conference in Animal Studies (AIP2022). The conference will take place online on November 11-12, 2022. Proposals can be submitted here. The deadline for submission is August 31, 2022.


The Messerli Research Institute is hosting an in-person conference February 22-24, 2023 in Vienna, Austria, on Animal Morality. Over the last decade, the potentially moral lives of nonhuman animals have received increasing scientific as well as philosophical attention. This conference aims to continue the interdisciplinary exploration of morality in nonhuman animals by bringing together scholars from the philosophy of animal minds, animal ethics, comparative cognition, psychology, conservation, biology, and related fields. Confirmed speakers are Kristin Andrews, Steve Cooke, Simon Fitzpatrick, Lori Gruen, Susana Monsó, Don Ross, and Mark Rowlands. Send a 200-500 word abstract to <> The deadline for submission is August 31, 2022.

Conferences and Courses

The University of Lisbon’s HAS Hub is accepting applications for the second edition of their Postgraduate course, Animals and Society. This course is for candidates who are interested in studying the relationships between humans and non-human animals. Applicants who work directly in the area of ​​human-animal relations, or whose activity and interests intersect with the theme, are also welcome to apply. Applications are open until August, 26 2022 and can be submitted here.

The International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations’ (IAHAIO) 30th anniversary conference ‘Changing Perspectives on the Human-Animal Relationship’ will take place online on September 3-4, 2022. For more information and registration details, click here

The first symposium organized by the Global Research Network’s Think Tank on Animals & Biodiversity program on “Animals in Wars & Disasters” will take place on September 3-4, 2022,from 3pm to 7pm BST. The symposium aims to address the plight and the inconsistencies in the prevention, protection, and rescue of non-human animals from wars, and natural and anthropogenic disasters. Find out more and register for this free symposium here.

The International Society of Applied Ethology (ISAE) will host their 55th Congress of the International Society of Applied Ethology ‘Animal Behaviour and Beyond’ on September 4-8, 2022. To attend the in-person Conference in Ohrid, Macedonia, register here.

Faunalytics will host the remote symposium, Fauna Connections: Using Data to Help animals, for animal advocates on September 8, 2022. Registration to attend is open and can be found here.

This year’s Society for Companion Animal Studies’ (SCAS) Conference, ‘Pet Friendly Housing: How can we keep people and pets together?’ will focus on the challenges of pet restrictive housing and potential solutions. The Conference will take place online on September 18, 2022. Register here

The 4th annual Canadian Animal Law Conference will take place on September 16-18, 2022. Presented by Animal Justice, the in-person conference will bring together animal lawyers, scholars, advocates, and students to reflect on the conference theme of Animal Law: Peril and Progress. 

Dr. Steve Cooke, Associate Professor of Political Theory at the University of Leicester is hosting a free Animal Rights PhD Researcher Networking Workshop on Tuesday September 27, 2022.The workshop will take place online at 10:30 – 14:40 BST. For more information and registration details, click here.

The 30th Annual Animal Law Conference, co-presented by the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Center for Animal Law Studies, will take place in-person in Portand, Orgegon and live online on November 4-6, 2022. Ticket registration is open and can be purchased here.

The Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) will host their 2022 Convention ‘Post-Now’ on November 17-20, 2022 in Minneapolis. The Convention will hold the panel “Animals in Literature and Film” that will explore the theme, “Animals of a Different Color: Animals and Race in Literature and Film”. For more information and registration details, click here

As you can see, ASI is promoting a tremendous amount of activity in the field of Human-Animal Studies. 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 ASI's Human-Animal Studies efforts!

Gala Argent, PhD
Human-Animal Studies Program Director

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