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The Human-Animal Studies Report

December 2022

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Happy Holidays and welcome to the Animals & Society Institute's Human-Animal Studies Report!

Again this month, the Human-Animal Studies (HAS) field is active and busy with this time an extraordinary wealth of podcasts, recorded seminars and calls for conference presentations.

Under the HAS News section, ASI has been busy publishing within our Brill Human-Animal Studies Book Series and two journals. Both Society & Animals and the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science passed significant milestones this year, with 30 and 25 years of publication respectively. In celebration, we and the publishers are happy to have made a series of key, influential articles over those years Free Access for several months.

Also check out the volume of calls for presentations for a wealth of diverse upcoming conferences. And as a personal reminder, proposals are due December 22 for the fifth biennial conferences: “Living with Horses Conference” which I organize, this time with Jeannette Vaught, and “Living with Animals Conference,” March 9-11 at Eastern Kentucky University. (See details in the Calls for Papers: Conferences section.) These two interdisciplinary conferences run in parallel, so there is plenty of productive cross-pollination between the two. I hope to see some of you in Kentucky at these inclusive and welcoming conferences!

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 and Brill are pleased to announce the winner of the third Early Career Research Prize, awarded annually for the best article published in Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies. The purpose of the award is to encourage scholars to join the field and to assist them in obtaining additional exposure for their work. The winning article is announced in the journal and is made available in Open Access for no charge. This year’s winner is: Geoffroy Legentilhomme for his article entitled, Animal Welfare Promotion as a Mechanism of Moral Certification: Microhistorical Evidence From the 19th Century SwitzerlandSociety & Animals, 2022, 30:5-6, 589-605. Read the abstract, and more about the ward eligibility HERE.

Developed by ASI Board President Ken Shapiro, information about and links to ASI programs “The AniCare Approach - The Identification, Assessment, and Treatment of Adults Who Abuse Animals” and “Behavior, Accountability, Responsibility, Knowledge Diversion Program (BARK)” have been added to the American Psychological Association’s Human-Animal Interaction section’s webpage.

Earlier this year, ASI published a Special Issue of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science on Human-Animal Relationships and Welfare in the Anthropocene: Pandemics, Climate Change, and Other Disasters. Edited by ASI Human-Animal Studies Director, Gala Argent, the issue’s articles are all Open or Free Access, and combined have received over 10,000 views. We are excited that the idea of recalibrating the investigative scope of animal welfare studies to include our relationships with other animal and the environmental issues we and they face has gained this much traction!


The ASI-managed Brill Human-Animal Studies Book Series has just published its 26th text, Animals Matter: Resistance and Transformation in Animal Commodification, edited by Julien Dugnoille and Elizabeth Vander Meer.

ABSTRACT: In this book, we reclaim the term “resistance” by exploring how animals can “resist” their commodification through blocking and allowing human intervention in their lives. In the cases explored in this volume, animals lead humans to rethink their relationship to animals by either blocking and/or allowing human commodification. In some cases, this results in greater control exercised on the animals, while in others, animals’ resistance also poses a series of complex moral questions to human commodifiers, sometimes to the point of transforming humans into active members of resistance movements on behalf of animals.

As announced previously, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ASI-managed journal Society & Animals, ASI and Brill are making ten previously published articles available Free Access for three months. Articles are selected 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. Here is the second batch of articles:

As part of the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the publication of the ASI-managed Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science (JAAWS) we are pleased to provide the full texts of selected important articles that have been published over the years. Below are the second set of articles which are now available Full Access for a four-month period. This set of articles concern the JAAWS content area of Companion Animals. Chiari Mariti, University of Pisa, Italy and Anne Carter, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom, the associate editors of this section, provide a brief text describing the history of research in that area HERE

The December LINK-Letter about animal cruelty’s intersections with child, elder and domestic abuse includes information about: a new bench guide that will help Virginia judges address animal abuse in juvenile and family violence cases; researchers are studying how pets can help domestic violence survivors heal; and two new resources are adding to a multi-disciplinary response to animal hoarding.

The American Psychological Association’s Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin has become the Human-Animal Interactions journal. Human-Animal Interactions is an open access interdisciplinary journal devoted to the dissemination of research in all fields related to interactions between non-human animals and their human counterparts. Editor-in-Chief Lori Kogan envisions the journal as a “cutting-edge resource for the advancement of the studies of human animal interactions and a catalyst for the expansion of dialog and collaboration amongst researchers, practitioners and students across disciplines and geographical borders.”

Announcing a new listserv for the new Animal Law and Science Project, which is part of the Animal Legal Education Initiative directed by Dr. Hessler at George Washington University Law School. The Project will be offering programs, webinars, courses, and other professional opportunities to students and scholars who want to bring together science and legal scholarship and practice to create stronger protections for animals in legislation, litigation, and policy. To subscribe, send a blank email (no subject or body) to

HAS Funding and Opportunities

Are you interested in teaching animal rights law? But does your university not offer any courses in this burgeoning field? Sean Butler and Raffael Fasel from the Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights Law are providing a five-day Law Lecturers' Workshop that gives you all the tools you need to design your own course. The Workshop is organized in collaboration with the Vermont Law & Graduate School's Animal Law & Policy Institute and will take place from 8-12 May 2023 in Burlington, VT. Preference will be given to candidates from US and Canadian schools, but the Workshop is also open to other applicants. Apply and become part of the next generation of animal rights law teachers. The deadline is December 23, 2022.  

The University of Amsterdam’s Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies (GPIO) welcomes applicants for a postdoctoral research position within the research project ANIMAPOLIS (“Political Animals: A More-than-human Approach to Urban Inequalities”), funded by a European Research Council Advanced Grant. We are recruiting a postdoc specialized in multispecies methods to develop a methodological toolkit, to be tested and finetuned in collaboration with the other researchers. The position starts April 1, 2023, and the deadline for applications is January 6, 2023.


Edge Hill University is accepting applications for a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) PhD Studentship in Communications, Cultural and Media StudiesThe closing date for applications is January 9, 2023.

Culture & Animals Foundation latest grant cycle is now open to scholars, performers, and artists to further the case for animal rights. Grants are given in three categories: researchcreativity, and performanceThe deadline is January 31, 2023.

The Cornell University Hospital for Animals, the core teaching facility for the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, is seeking a Veterinary Social Worker to develop and run social work programs for the Cornell University Animal Hospital clients, staff, house officers, faculty and DVM students. No deadline noted.

Podcasts, Webinars and Lectures

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

The Animals and Society Research Initiative is hosting talk on “Animal-Centric Storytelling in M’kmaw Social Research” with Dr. Margaret Robinson as a part of its Distinguished Lecture Series. The webinar will take place Friday, December 16 from 12-1 PM (US PST). Register here.

Can we think of plants as well as animals as "minded beings"? Join a free online conversation with professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Dr. Marc Bekoff, “On Respect for Plants.” The program is hosted by The Plant Initiative and will take place on Thursday, December 22, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CST (US Central Time). There will be time for questions from the audience following the discussion. The program will be livestreamed on Zoom with a link to be sent to participants before the event and will also be recorded and available for viewing online afterwards. Register here.

In the recorded webinar, “Wild Animal Sanctuaries as the New Face of Humane Education” Dr. Lori Marino talks with guests about the creative ways they are focusing on wildlife in their humane education programs, and how sanctuaries—including the coming Whale Sanctuary in Nova Scotia—are playing an essential role in driving education and cultural change.

The University of Exeter’s Anthrozoology as International Practice (AIP) Conference 2022 recordings are now available for viewing. 

In this podcast episode, academic philosopher Kyle Johannsen talks to Dr. Laura Jean McKay about her award-winning novel The Animals in that Country (Scribe US, 2020).

In Episode 95 of Sentientism, Helen Kopina discusses the topic, "The Sustainable Development Goals are all about us humans!”

The video recording of Corey Wren’s talk with the Humanist Association of Ireland—“Why should Humanists care about animal rights?”—is now available to stream on Youtube.

New HAS Books and Monographs

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

Irus Braverman, Ed. (2022). More-than-One Health: Humans, Animals, and the Environment Post-COVID. Routledge.

Carol Gigliotti (2022). The Creative Lives of Animals. NYU Press.

Margret Grebowicz (2023). Rescue Me: On Dogs and Their Humans. University of Minnesota Press.

Roberto Marchesini (2022). The Creative Animal: How Every Animal Builds its Own Existence. Palgrave McMillan.

Éric Baratay (2022). Historicized Animals: Why Situate Their Behaviors in Time and Space?Paris: Sorbonne Publishing. (in French)

Peter Sutoris (2022). Educating for the Anthropocene: Schooling and Activism in the Face of Slow ViolenceMIT Press. 

Martha C. Nussbaum (2023). Justice for Animals: Our Collective Responsibility. Simon & Schuster.

New HAS Articles and Book Chapters

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

A special issue of the journal Centaurus, Science at the Zoo: Producing Knowledge about Exotic Animals, is available, with all articles Open Access.

The latest issue of Anthrozoös, 35(6), is out.


Jamie Arathoon (2022). Towards a research agenda for animal and disability geographies: ableism, speciesism, care, space, and placeSocial & Cultural Geography.

Alexandre Azevedo, Leonor Guimarães, Joel Ferraz, Martin Whiting & Manuel Magalhães-Sant’Ana (2022). Understanding the Human–Reptile Bond: An Exploratory Mixed-Methods StudyAnthrozoös, 35:6, 755-772.

Bindi Bennett, Trevor G. Gates, Polly Yeung & Krystal Evans (2022). Inclusion of Animals in Allied Health Practice in Australia: A beginning Exploration, Social Work in Mental HealthSocial Work in Mental Health

Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (2022). The Ukrainian refugee crisis: Unpacking the politics of pet exceptionalismInternational Migration

Daphne Brouwer, Kendra Coulter, & Amy Fitzgerald (2022). Animal Protection Organizations and Public Policy: The Case of the NetherlandsPolitics and Animals, 8.

Maneesha Deckha (2022). The One Health Initiative and a Deeper Engagement with Animal Health and Wellbeing Moving away from Animal Agriculture. In: Irus Braverman, Ed. (2022). More-than-One Health: Humans, Animals, and the Environment Post-COVID. Routledge.

Greenall, J.S., Cornu, L, Maigrot, A-L, de la Torre, M.P., Briefer, E.F.. (2022). Age, empathy, familiarity, domestication and call features enhance human perception of animal emotion expressionsRoyal Society Open Science,  9: 221138.

M. Pinto-Marroquin, C. Castaño-Uribe, J .Pérez-Torres, et al. (2022). Potential conflict as an opportunity for coexistence: Cosmovision and attitudes of Arhuaco people towards jaguars. Ethnobiology and Conservation, 11.

Muller, S.M., & McNeill, Z.Z. (2021). Toppling the Temple of Grandin: Autistic-Animal Analogies and the Ableist-Speciesist Nexus. Rhetoric, Politics & Culture 1(2), 195-225. 

Guillaume Soucy (2022). What Can a Constructivist Say About Animal Ethics—Or Any Other Normative Question, for That Matter? Dialogue (2022), 1–17.

Chaitanya Suárez-Rojas, Carmelo J. León, Yen E. Lam-González, (2023). What drives you to the sea? Animal rights, environmental protection and sensation seekingMarine Policy, 147, 105348.

Tiamat Warda, Thomas Aiello & Kristine Hill (2022). Nonhuman Animals as Symbols in the #BlackLivesMatter Protests of 2020. Society & Animals.

Wauthier, L, Farnfield, S & Williams, JM (2022). The role of attachment in children’s relationships with pets: From pet care to animal harm. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin.

Deborah L. Wells, Megan A. Clements, Laura J. Elliott, Eimear S. Meehan, Cora J. Montgomery & Grace A. Williams (2022). Quality of the Human–Animal Bond and Mental Wellbeing During a COVID-19 LockdownAnthrozoös, 35:6, 847-866.

Calls for Papers: Journals and Chapters

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

MDPI is calling for submissions for the Special Issue of their journal, Animals, titled, Advances in Marine Mammal Cognition and Cognitive Welfare. For this Special Issue MDPIs welcome manuscripts that speak to issues regarding the cognitive abilities and/or cognitive well-being of any marine mammal species. The deadline for manuscript submissions is June 30, 2023. 

Calls for Papers: Conferences

The Animal Legal Education Initiative at The George Washington University Law School will be hosting its Inaugural Spring Symposium on March 24, 2023, titled, Animals and the Anthropocene: a Legal Scholarship Symposium. Submissions or paper proposals is open. The deadline for submission is December 15, 2022.


The Popular Culture Association (PCA) has established an "Animals and Popular Culture" interest area for inclusion in the organization's upcoming conference in San Antonio, TX, April 5-8, 2023. Submissions for paper proposals are now open. The submission deadline is December 20, 2022.

(Note: Two conferences are discussed here.) The fifth biennial “Living with Horses” Conference (LwH), organized by Gala Argent and Jeannette Vaught, is scheduled for March 10-11, 2023 in conjunction with the “Living with Animals” Conference at Eastern Kentucky University from March 9-11. The LwH conference takes an inclusive, multidisciplinary Human-Animal Studies approach to the human-equine interface, and seeks presentations from scholars and researchers from across the sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, and applied fields. See the full LwH call HERE. Address questions about "Living with Horses" to Gala Argent,, and Jeannette Vaught, jvaught@calstatela.eduThe deadline for submissions to either conference is December 22, 2022.

The Interdisciplinary, hybrid conference, Narrating the Multispecies World: Stories in Times of Crises, Loss Hope, will take place August 3-5, 2023 at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany. The call is for critical scholarly studies and artistic projects focusing on narratives dealing with the effects of the current crises on the more-than-human world, particularly those involving more than one single species. The scope of possible topics is wide and ranges from the extinction of species, the loss of biodiversity in the everyday lives, memories of former ecologies, historical experiences with extinction to present-day narratives about the returns of species and stories of the living together in emergent ecologies. Travel stipends are available. Send your proposal with your name and email-address until December 31, 2022 to

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) and The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) invite submissions for the Conference, “Reclaiming the Commons” to be held on July 9-12, 2023 in Oregon. The deadline for submissions is January 3, 2023

Helen Wadham (Manchester Metropolitan University)and Nora Schuurman (University of Turku) invite submissions for their panel on “Interspecies homescapes: Reimagining domestic spaces through human-animal relations” at the Association of Social Anthropologists conference, London, UK, April 11-14, 2023. This panel will aim to reimagine the concept of home from the perspective of interspecies spatiality and relationality. Specifically, by focusing on how it is shared between species, we might ultimately transform what a home is understood to be. The deadline is January 3, 2023.

The Philosophy of Animal Minds and Behavior Association (PAMBA) is holding its inaugural meeting in Madrid, Spain, April 2-28, 2023. Confirmed speakers include: Collin Allen (University of Pittsburgh), Kristin Andrews (York University), Jonathan Birch (London School of Economics), Ali Boyle (Cambridge University), Mike Dacey (Bates College), Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University), Susana Monsó (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia), and Richard Moore (University of Warwick). Proposals are invited on any topics in the field of philosophy of animal minds. Abstracts must be fully anonymized, no longer than 1000 words and submitted by January 15 to:

The fourth Equine Cultures and Organizations in Transition Conference will take place at Huron University, London, Ontario, Canada, June 23-25, 2023. Organized by Kendra Coulter, Nina Reid-Maroney and Martha Geiger, the themes of the in-person conference are solidarity, inclusion and sustainability. Deadline for submission: January 16, 2023. Please email with any questions. 

Wilson College and its Master of Humanities program invites submissions for the Wilson Humanities Conference on Saturday, February 25, 2023. This year’s topic is “The Animal Turn” and contributions from all disciplines of the humanities working with any kind of cultural product are welcome. Deadline for abstract submissions is January 16, 2023.

The 2023 International Multispecies Methods Research Symposium invites submissions for papers, presentations, posters and artistic works for a symposium May 8-12, 2023, online. The transdisciplinary symposium is for researchers, animal communicators and animal care providers who are, or may be, interested in conducting research on Intuitive Interspecies Communication (IIC): the exchange of information between humans and other animals without the need for cues normally associated with communication (e.g. sound, sight, smell, etc.). Abstract submission: January 20, 2023. You do not have to submit an abstract to attend.

Itai Beeri (University of Haifa), Orit Hirsch-Matsioulas (University of Haifa) and Yaara Sadetzki (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology) seek submission for their panel “Human-Wild Animal Interactions in the City” at the International Public Policy Association conference in Toronto, Canada, June 27-29, 2023. The call is open through January 31, 2023.

The International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) 2023 conference, “Anthrozoology: The Spectrum of Human- Animal Interactions and Relationships,” will take place at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland on June 15-18. Abstracts are due February 1, 2023. 

The eighth annual Students for Critical Animal Studies will take place as a free Zoom Webinar on Saturday, April 4, 2023. Submissions are due by February 15, 2023.

Conferences and Courses

The Institute for Human Education has created humane education graduate programs to support and deepen the work and impact of changemakers. The online programs with Antioch University explore interconnected issues of human rights, animal protection, and environmental ethics. Visit their website for more information or contact Mary Pat Champeau, Director of Graduate Programs: marypat@HumaneEducation.orgThe deadline for applying to Spring 2023 programs is December 15, 2022.

The in-person Human-Animal Interaction Conference with the theme of Animal Assisted Services: Focus on the Animal” will take place April 28-29, 2023.


Dr. Leslie Irvine and the University of Colorado at Boulder have three online courses as part of the Animals and Society Specialization: Animals, Self, and Society; Animals and Institutions; and The Changing Status and Perception of Animals.

Please Support Our Human-Animal Studies Efforts

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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