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The Human-Animal Studies Report
July 2021

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to the Animals & Society Institute's Human-Animal Studies Report. 

As we move into the latter part of summer, Human-Animal Studies scholars and related organizations have been active and engaged. This month we’ve been inundated with news about new HAS funding opportunities, new publications, and calls for contributions for publications and conferences. Because of this and in order to keep this HAS Report a manageable length, I am forgoing the Animal & COVID section this month. Look for its return next month. I hope you enjoy seeing the range and scope of HAS-related activities as much as I have while compiling this month’s Report.

I hope you and those you care about continue to weather the changes brought about by the pandemic, and that you all stay healthy and safe.


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 president Ken Shapiro and human-animal studies program director Gala Argent have just completed the 2020-2021 ASI-University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Summer Human-Animal Studies Institute for doctoral and early career scholars. This year’s Institute—which was put off last year due to the pandemic—was conducted virtually, with no loss of enthusiasm. We at ASI want to thank our UIUC resident director Jane Desmond and co-director, Kim Marra, and congratulate this year's fellows! The week spent discussing the fellows’ work and getting to know one another was inspiring, and the connections built will carry forward to further the HAS field. 


We at ASI would like to send out a hats-off to ASI member Carrie Freeman and photojournalist Jo-Anne McArther. Carrie’s book promoting critical animal & media studies and environmental communication, The Human Animal Earthling Identity: Shared Values Unifying Human Rights, Animal Rights, and Environmental Movements (UGA Press, 2020), was just awarded "book most likely to save the planet" by the Independent Book Publisher Awards (IPPY Awards—it tied for this gold medal). The Human Animal Earthling Identity book was also awarded the top Environmental book in another independent book competition, the National Indie Excellence Awards for this year. (Also see below under “Podcasts…” for Carrie’s talk on the book.) Many of the photos in Carrie's book were from Jo-Anne McArthur of We Animals Media—a stock photography platform of excellent, if disturbing, photo-and video-journalism with the mission of mission to documenting the stories of animals in the human environment—those used for food, fashion, entertainment, and experimentation—and connecting those stories to the individuals and organizations who can amplify their reach. Work on the website is made available for free to anyone working to inspire compassion, conversation and change, and ASI has taken advantage of work from We Animals Media toward that goal. Jo-Anne is also the co-author of the other book that tied for the gold medal: Hidden: Animals in the Anthropocene, a photojournalism expose' of behind the scenes images of animals routinely exploited and killed for profit by human business and industry, and provided images to the book she co-created with Martin Rowe, The Animals Are Leaving Us, out this month. 

This month’s LINK-Letter from the National Resource Center on The Link between Animal Abuse and Human Violence covers: Florida child protection and animal control officers now have to cross-report animal and child abuse; Hawai’i now requires veterinarians to report suspected animal abuse, and is the 48th state to outlaw bestiality; and Missouri has enacted a comprehensive law granting protection to the pets of adult and child victims of domestic violence.

The University of Chester (UK) in collaboration with the Professional Development Foundation is offering two new distance learning programs in Professional Development Human Animal Interaction: a PG Certificate (60 credits) and a Master of Arts degree (180 credits). The program looks at the strong connection and benefit of human-animal interactions and relationships and considers how these can be mutually beneficial to both humans and nonhuman animals. The program takes seriously respect and consent of nonhuman animals when participating in animal-assisted activities. Learners will consider the ethics of collaborating with nonhuman animals, look directly at these relationships across cultures, and be encouraged to self-reflect on their own responses and intuition throughout their time in the program. For information, contact Carole Morley at

Participants are needed for a new research study on adolescents, social interactions, their pet dogs. Researchers from Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University are seeking teenagers ages 14-17 years old who have a pet dog. Initial screening can be completed online in less than 10 minutes. If you or your teenager are interested in participating, please contact the research team at or 1-508-887-4543.

HAS Funding and Opportunities

The Animal Advocacy Careers Job Board focuses on a narrow sub-section of these opportunities: roles at highly impact-focused animal advocacy nonprofits.

Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) is funding a PhD scholarship on the topic of Interspecies care work in theory & practice: From shared marginalisation to mutual flourishing. Care work is an interspecies matter. However, the significant role of animals – particularly domestic animals like dogs and cats – in taking care of others is often overlooked (Coulter 2016). The project will address this gap by taking a relational and interspecies approach to explore how care is understood and experienced by elderly people, care workers and companion animals within both home-based and residential settings. The application closes July 30, 2021.

A full-time research position (36 months) is available in the project Figurations of Interspecies Harmony in Literature, Film and Other Cultural Texts of the English-Speaking Sphere, from the mid-19th to the 21st Centuries led by Justyna Włodarczyk, funded by National Science Centre Poland (NCN) in the Sonata BIS scheme. The place of employment is going to be the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw, ul. Hoża 69, 00-681, Warsaw, Poland. All inquiries regarding the position should be directed to Justyna Włodarczyk, Closing date for applications: July 30, 2021.

Faunalytics—a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that empowers animal advocates with access to research, analysis, strategies, and messages that maximize their effectiveness to reduce animal suffering—has two open positions. Faunalytics is now accepting applications for a Communications Manager and Philanthropy OfficerApply by July 31, 2021.

Eckerd College's Animal Studies program is conducting a search for a tenure-track faculty position (Assistant Professor of Animal Studies with an emphasis on social sciences/human animal interactions) with a start date of August 2022. Please see the attached link for the full job ad description. Applications must be complete by October 15, 2021. Inquiries may be sent to Dr. Erin Frick (

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has several funding opportunities for Human-Animal Interaction research. The next deadline is November 30, 2021.

Purdue University’s Organization for Human-Animal Interaction Research and Education is recruiting for a Lab Manager to join their human-animal interaction research team. The successful candidate will manage the operations of a human-animal interaction research lab. Duties will include, among others, the day-to-day management of a nationwide clinical trial of military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). No deadline given. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Maggie O’Haire at

Podcasts, Webinars, Lectures, and Courses

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

The co-director of UPF CAE, Núria Almiron, talks to Dr.Carrie Freeman, Associate Professor of Communication at Georgia State University in Atlanta about shared values unifying human rights, animal rights, and environmental movements in this YouTube recording.

Hosted by The Global Research Network Think Tank Programme on Animals & Biodiversity, Animal Law Reform South Africa and Lawyers for Animal Protection in Africa are hosting a free online event The Past, Present, and Future of Wildlife Trade Regulation, with Juan Carlos Vasquez from CITES UNEP. Juan Carlos Vasquez, Chief of Legal Affairs and Compliance at CITES UNEP will be giving a keynote speech on the efficacy of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, followed by comments and responses by academics and NGO representatives. This will be followed by a discussion involving the audience, to reflect on key concerns related to wild animals and biodiversity. The event will take place on July 28 at 6:00 pm (London time). Register for the event at the above link.

Indian Animal Studies Collective will present a discussion with Dr Sundhya Walther, The University of Manchester on her new book Multispecies Modernity: Disorderly Life in Postcolonial Literature which discusses iconic spaces of disorderly multispecies living in modern India to chart human-animal relations. Time: July 30, 2021 04:00 pm in Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi. Register for the Zoom at the above link.

The UK Centre for Animal Law is holding a webinar, Enforcing Against Animal Cruelty; Prosecution and Beyond, on August 12, 2021, 18:00-19:30 BST. The webinar will feature speakers, Edie Bowles from Advocates for Animals and Jacob Llyod from Animal Protection Services.

Hosted by The Global Research Network Think Tank Programme on Animals & Biodiversity, is hosting a free online event, The Ground and Future of Ecofeminism: An Animal Conversationwith Lori Gruen, Wednesday, August 18 at 9:30 AM US CDT. Register at the above link.
Roundtable: Addressing Individual Animal Interests within the Zoo is set for August 21, 2021, 12:00-13:30 (London, UK time). The program will be online via Zoom and YouTube Live Stream. This roundtable unites a diverse panel of specialists from zoos, animal rights groups, and the social, ethological and natural sciences who have thought about the status, needs, and interests of individual non-human animals residing in zoological parks. 

The next British Animal Studies Network session, Loss, will take place September 7-9, 2021.Pre-recorded papers will be shared in advance on the BASN Youtube channel, and the following discussion sessions, keynote lectures and poetry reading will take place via Zoom. Please register for free for the conference, and to receive links to the recordings, here.

New HAS Books and Monographs

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

Leslie Irvine, 2021. Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters. Temple University Press.

Martin Rowe & Jo-Anne McArthur, 2021. The animals are leaving us. Lantern.

Anna-Kaisa Salmi & Sirpa Niinimäki, 2021. Archaeologies of Animal Movement. Animals on the Move. Springer.

Caroline Schuppli & Carel P. van Schaik, 2019. Animal cultures: how we've only seen the tip of the iceberg. Cambridge 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.

All articles in a special issue, Animal domestication: From distant past to current development, in the journal Animal Frontiers are OPEN ACCESS. 

Andrianova, A., 2021. To Read or Not to Eat: Anthropomorphism in Children’s Books. Society & Animals (published online ahead of print 2021). doi:

Dalmacito A Cordero Jr, Dogs detect the virus: understanding Christian animal ethics vis-à-vis screening method for COVID-19 in humans, Journal of Public Health, 2021;, fdab289,

Emmrich, T., 2021. Anthrozoology, or: World Literature and the Translation Conundrum.
Journal of World Literature (published online ahead of print 2021). doi:

Hal Herzog, 2021. Women Dominate Research on the Human-Animal Bond. WellBeing International.

Helen Wadham, 2021. Agency as Interspecies, Collective and Embedded Endeavour: Ponies and People in Northern England 1916–1950. Journal of Historical Sociology OPEN ACCESS.

Calls for Papers: Journals and Chapters

A call is out from the Nesir Journal of Literary Studies for papers on Animal Studies in LiteratureAugust 1, 2021 deadline.

A call is out for articles in a special issue of Social Sciences, dealing with "Human-Animal Interactions and Issues in Criminal Justice: Toward a Humane Criminology." Guest editors Kimberly Spanjol, Cathryn Lavery, and Heath Grant, seek broad contributions of original research of application and theory of human–animal interactions in Criminal Justice. This includes issues that impact companion, wild, and farmed animals. The deadline for manuscript submissions is August 31, 2021.

A Call for Papers is out for a Special issue of the Journal of Social Psychology, “The Social Psychology of Vegetarianism and Meat Restriction: Implications of Conceptualizing Dietary Habit as a Social Identity.”  Authors who have questions about this special issue, including questions about the appropriateness of a specific submission are encouraged to contact John Nezlek ( When asking questions about a specific submission, please provide an abstract or summary of the paper. Papers are due September 1, 2021.

A call is out for contributions to an edited volume, Life and the Construction of Reality, with an element addressing such questions as: What evidence do we have that animals literally construct reality? What can it mean for human-animal relations, if both humans and other animals are able to construct reality? What methodological opportunities and limitations exist in understanding non-human reality construction? For more information, contact: and  Submissions accepted through September 30, 2021.

A Special Issue of the journal Animals, "Wildlife Conservation and Ethics" is open for submission. The deadline for submission of manuscripts is September 30, 2021, but it can be eventually extended on request.

You are invited to contribute a scholarly essay on the topic “Communication in Defense of Nonhuman Animals During an Extinction and Climate Crisis,” to the 2022 special issue we are editing for the open-access international journal Journalism and Media. (The Article Processing Charge (APC) for open access publication in this Special Issue will be waived, which means that you have the privilege to publish your paper free of charge in an open access scholarly journal. The submission deadline is October 31, 2021.

A Special Issue of the journal Religions is out on the topic “Religions, Animals, and X,” where “X” be other critical categories connected with social movements like coloniality, gender and sexuality, queerness, or race; topical areas of broad social concern like anti-Black racism, anti-immigrant racism, climate change, factory farming, hunting, and pandemics; new areas of religion scholarship like affect, disability, ecology, migration, monsters, plants, and science fiction; critical terms in religious studies like belief, body, grief, life, mourning, person, sacrifice, and scripture. Direct questions to Katherine Mershon, kmershon@wcu.eduThe deadline for manuscript submissions is November 15, 2021. 

Call for papers: Special issue of the APA Human-Animals Interaction Bulletin (HAIB) is focusing on animal hospice/ palliative care, euthanasia, and grief/loss related to companion animals. Direct inquiries to the guest editor: Phyllis Erdman: perdman@wsu.eduPaper submissions are due January 13, 2022.

Guest editor Kendra Coulter has a call out for a Special Issue of Animals covering “Frontiers of Animal Protection.” This Special Issue will assemble high-quality social science research that considers the social, legal, political, and employment dimensions of animal protection. Despite its importance for protecting diverse kinds of animals from human harm and the complementary benefits for vulnerable people and public safety, the animal protection landscape remains underexamined. Deadline for manuscript submissions: March 31, 2022. 

Calls for Papers: Conferences
and Workshops

The Centre for Privacy Studies (University of Copenhagen) and the Kent Animal Humanities Network (University of Kent, UK) are planning an online workshop in November 2021, ANIMAL / PRIVACY: Historical and Conceptual Approaches, exploring the intersections between Privacy Studies and Animal Studies. Proposals (250-300 words) for a 20-minutes paper to contribute to the workshop are due July 31, 2021.

The ASPCA, in partnership with the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (AAWA), requests abstracts for the online ASPCA-AAWA Research Forum to be held Wednesday, November 3, 2021. The Research Forum will explore the results of new research studies relating to community and shelter animal welfare. The event will be free for all participants. Submissions are due August 1, 2021.
A call is out for abstracts for the international conference, “Humans and animals: paradoxes of mutual relationships,” St Petersburg (Russia), November 29-30, 2021. The organizers are proceeding with planning for an in-person and online conference at the same time. The interdisciplinary conference would like to involve scholars of various disciplines (genetics, archaeozoology, zoology, archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, ethnography, anthropology, linguistics, folklore, ethnomusicology, etc.), creating a platform for the exchange of practical and theoretical approaches to the problematics in order to achieve a new interdisciplinary perspective on studying human-animal relationships. The official languages of the conferences will be English and Russian. For English submissions contact: humansanimals@ismeo.euSubmittal deadline is August 10, 2021.

The Society for Companion Animal Studies is calling for posters to be presented at its virtual conference, Animal-Assisted Interventions: Research Meets Practice, Sunday, September 19, 2021, 9 am – 5 pm.  The poster should address the theme of the conference and be submitted to by August 31, 2021. Download the full conference agenda here.

A Call for Papers is out for a conference, Animal Minds, February 17-18, 2022 hosted by the Institute for Practical Ethics and Department of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego. Keynote speaker bio: Kristin Andrews is the author of The Animal Mind (Routledge, 2015. In addition to Andrews’ keynote the workshop will include 10 papers by philosophers and/or philosophically informed researchers in other disciplines. Most are expected to focus directly on philosophical issues related to animal minds, but a smaller number may address issues at the intersection of animal cognition and animal ethics. Questions about the workshop can be directed to Andy Lamey at alamey@ucsd.eduAbstracts are due by 5:00 pm PST Wednesday September 1. 2021.

The University of Warsaw and via Zoom worldwide conference, Re-Thinking Agency: Non-Anthropocentric Approaches, will take place February 3-5, 2022. The conference will feature a keynote lecture by Karen Barad (University of California, Santa Cruz). Deadline for abstract submission: November 15, 2021.

Upcoming Conferences 

Registration is now open for the (virtual) public conference, Interspecies Conversations, July 31, 2021. The day will feature speakers such as Clare Brooks, Creative Curator and Producer at Google Arts & Culture; Markus J. Buehler, MIT Professor of Engineering; Pratyusha Sharma from Project CETI and a special keynote from film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, artist, and environmentalist, James Cameron. The event will host a multidisciplinary group of practitioners in the areas of animal cognition and communication, neuroscience, anthropology, AI and computer sciences, philosophers, artists and musicians. Contributors will share and debate research, thoughts and ideas about interspecies communication and approaches to deciphering the signals of other animals. Register on the page linked above.

2021 Centers for the Human-Animal Bond Conference organized by Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will take place November 4, 2021. Bringing together a diverse set of national and international academic Human-Animal Interaction centers and institutes, this conference will serve as a platform for interdisciplinary conversation with opportunities for the exchange and discussion of new ideas for future research in regards to animal-assisted interventions and additional dimensions of the human-animal bond. The conference is virtual and free.

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
Human-Animal Studies Program Director