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The Human-Animal Studies Report

September 2022

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

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

I hope all faculty and students have settled into this semester amid the new realities the COVID-19 pandemic continues to foist upon us.

This month, the HAS field is active and busy with a wealth of funding and job opportunities, and new publications. And speaking of publications, take note in the ASI News section, below, of the Brill 50% off sale. As this applies to all texts in the Brill Human-Animal Studies Book Series we manage, it’s a great time to flesh out your Human-Animal Studies library!

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


Brill, publisher of the ASI-managed Human-Animal Studies Book Series, is currently hosting a Summer Sale which offers 50% off all titles until September 30, 2022. The HAS Book Series includes both classic HAS texts and new work that explore the relationships between human and nonhuman animals from the perspective of various disciplines. 

2018 ASI-UIUC Summer Institute Fellow Dr Maisie Tomlinson has successfully piloted a three-day course, Adventures in Multi-Species Ethnography, at Goldsmiths, University of London, exploring how theoretical ideas about MSE can be translated into practical methodologies. The workshop uses a unique blend of studio practice, lectures, workshops and outdoor fieldwork in local green spaces. Topics covered include collaborating with scientific experts, sensory ethnography, and using visual methods to (dis)orientate normative assumptions. Anyone interested in hosting this work for 2022-23 do get in touch with Maisie at or on Twitter @maisie_tom. 


ASI’s managed Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, Volume 25, Issue 4, October-December 2022 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online. This new issue contains the following articles:

Companion Animal 

Why Let the Dogs Out? Exploring Variables Associated with Dog Confinement and General Characteristics of the Free-ranging Owned-Dog Population in a Peri-urban Area

Francisca Astorga, Daniela Alejandra Poo-Muñoz, John Organ & Gonzalo Medina-Vogel

Pages: 311-325 | DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2020.1820334

Detailed Assessment of Pet Ownership Rates in Four Underserved Urban and Rural Communities in the United States

Sloane M. Hawes, Tess M. Hupe, Jaci Gandenberger, Maria Saucedo, Amanda Arrington & Kevin N. Morris

Pages: 326-337 | DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2021.1871736

Health Status of 'Community Cats' Living in the Tourist Area of the Old Town in Onomichi City, Japan

Aira Seo, Yoshihide Ueda & Hajime Tanida

Pages: 338-354 | DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2021.1874952


Aquarium Tank Design Is Integral to the Elimination of Mantle Abrasion in the Captive Curled Octopus (Eledone cirrhosa): A Case Study at Macduff Marine Aquarium

Lauren E. Smith, Christopher Rowe, Frazer Mackay, Claire Matthews & Christopher G. G. Matthews

Pages: 355-361 | DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2020.1856105

Assessing Preference in a Paired-Stimulus Arrangement with Captive Vultures (Aegypius Monachus)

Sarah K. Slocum & Kristen L. Morris

Pages: 362-367 | DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2020.1857253

Assessing the Effects of a Cognition-Based Education Program on Attitudes of Villagers Toward Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus) in Conflict-Prone Areas

Radhika N. Makecha, Sagarika Phalke & Yoshie Nakai

Pages: 368-381 | DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2021.1902812


Visitors’ Self-Reported Knowledge and Attitudes about an Animal-Free Exhibit on Animal Welfare

Marisa Erasmus & Jeffrey Rollins

Pages: 382-395 | DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2021.1880905

The Effect of Epicatechin-(4β-8)-Catechin on Some Biomarkers of Fatigue in Packed Donkeys (Equus Asinus) during the Dry Season in Northern Nigeria

Folashade Helen Olaifa, Joseph Olusegun Ayo, Tangang Aluwong & Peter Ibrahim Rekwot

Pages: 396-409 | DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2021.1895789

Surgical Castration Changes Struggle Behavior and Vocalizations in Male Piglets

Maria Lou, Beth Ventura, John Deen & Yuzhi Li

Pages: 410-417 | DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2021.1916938


Predictors of Long-Term Social Compatibility in Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta) Housed in Research Settings

Melissa A. Truelove, Perrin O. Smith, Allison L. Martin & Mollie A. Bloomsmith

Pages: 418-426 | DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2021.1992768

A Psychological Aversive Condition Does Not Change Individual Zebrafish Preference For Background Color Or Artificial Plant Enrichments

Caroline Marques Maia, Gilson Luiz Volpato & Victoria Anne Braithwaite

Pages: 427-438 | DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2021.1980726

The September issue of the National Link Coalition LINK-Letter covers news about animal abuse’s Links with human violence, including information on the long-awaited bill—the Animal Violence Exposes Real Threat of Future Violence (the AVERT Act) and the Providing for Unhoused People with Pets (the PUPP Act)—that has been introduced in Congress. The game-changing bill represents the most widespread federal recognition of how animal abuse is Linked with human violence. It would direct the U.S. Attorney General to order the National Institute of Justice to conduct a $2,000,000 study on the underlying factors that contribute to people committing acts of animal cruelty and an analysis of animal cruelty as a predictor of future violence against humans. It would also authorize $10,000,000 for the Stop Future Violence Grant Program to assist local governments and tribes, courts, and organizations “to develop and strengthen effective detection strategies, and early intervention or diversion resources, to stop acts of animal cruelty and rehabilitate offenders.” 

Recently published by Faunalytics, the article “Spotlighting BIPOC-Companion Animal Relationships” highlights the fact that people of all races have similar relationships with their companion animals, and takes a closer look at the relationships between BIPOC animal guardians and their non-human companions.

HAS Funding and Opportunities

Eckerd College seeks an Assistant Professor of Animal Studies with a specialty in qualitative investigations of global human animal encounters, looking at spheres of study that intersect with animals and practices or categories of human-animal relations that can include all time periods and all locations of human animal encounters. Applications must be complete by October 7, 2022. 

The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH), in partnership with the British Council, has just launched its EARTH Scholarships. On offer are up to 10 scholarships for current or recently graduated PhD students from any non-UK institution to study in Scotland for up to three months, undertaking personal research or participating in an existing research project in a HEI in Scotland in spring 2023. The deadline for the full application is 12pm GMT on Monday November 7, 2022.

Waltham Petcare Science Institute is calling for applications to fund 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


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.

We Animals Media (WAM) looking for a Fundraising Manager to oversee the growth and stewardship of their donor base. This role will work closely with their Founder & President and Communications Director to develop campaigns that increase their monthly and one-time donations to support animal photojournalism. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Podcasts, Webinars and Lectures

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

Charlotte Blattner, Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Faculty of Law, University of Berne in Switzerland, will give the second 2022 Tom Regan Memorial Lecture on "Transitional Justice and Animal Rights” on Monday, October 17, at 3:00 p.m (CET) and 9:00 a.m. (EDT).

In Tune to Nature is an eco- and animal-protection weekly radio show broadcast from Atlanta on Radio Free Georgia Wednesdays from 6:30-7pm EST on and 89.3FM. About 23 minute podcasts featuring interviews with activists, scientists, and authors who help us protecting living beings and our shared habitats. Hosted by Carrie Freeman or Sonia Swartz.

Episode 3 of Culture and Animal Foundation's ongoing audio documentary on 200 years of animal advocacy following 1822's "Cruel Treatment of Cattle Act," sponsored by the Irishman Richard "Humanity Dick" Martin, is now available. (Listen to episodes 1 here and 2 here.)

New HAS Books and Monographs

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

Baratay, E. (2022). Animal Biographies: Toward a History of IndividualsUniversity of Georgia Press.

Beeler, K. and Beeler, S. (2022). Animals in Narrative Film and Television: Strange and Familiar Creatures. Rowman & Littlefield. 

Bruce, D. and Bruce, A. (eds) (2022). Transforming Food Systems: Ethics, Innovation and Responsibility. Wageningen Academic Publishers.

Crary, A. and Gruen, L. (2022). Animal Crisis: A New Critical Theory. Polity.

Jones, R. T. and Wanhalla, A. (2022). Across Species and Cultures: Whales, Humans, and Pacific Worlds. U Hawai’I Press.

Silberstein, E. (2022). Animality and Humanity in French Late Modern Representations of Black Femininity. Routledge.

Vakoch, D. A. (2022). Routledge Handbook of Ecofeminism and Literature. Routledge. 

New HAS Articles and Book Chapters

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

Andreou, E., Vasiou, A., Xafakos, E., & Korona, A. (2022). Animal Abuse and Bullying/Victimization in a Community Sample of School-Age ChildrenSociety & Animals (preprint 2022). 

Burger, A. (2022). Beneath the Surface Lies the Future: Narrative, Characterization, and the Natural World in seaQuest DSV’s Darwin. In Beeler, K. and Beeler, S. (eds). Animals in Narrative Film and Television: Strange and Familiar Creatures. Rowman & Littlefield.

Davies, E. and Rodriguez, Z. (2022). Pandemic Pets: How The Demand For Dogs Affects In-Home Domestic Violence During COVID-19. PREPRINT (Version 1) available at Research Square. 

Fitzpatrick, A. (2022). Gesturing Beyond Bones: Proposing A Decolonized ZooarcheologyAnimal Archaeology [online]. 

Flower, Emily K., Burns, Georgette Leah & Jones, Darryl N. (2021). How Tourist Preference and Satisfaction Can Contribute to Improved Welfare Standards at Elephant Tourism Venues in ThailandAnimals 11(4), 1094.

Freeman, Carrie P. & Zimmerman, Allen (2022). “Take Extinction off Your Plate”: How International Environmental Campaigns Connect Food, Farming, and Fishing to Wildlife ExtinctionEnvironmental Communication

Ionescu, A., & Al-Khalaf, H.A. (2022). A Twitch, a Twitter, an Elastic Shudder in Flight: Kinesthetic Empathy in D. H. Lawrence's Bat PoemsSubStance 51(2), 21-37.

Lee, C. G. (2022). Racist Animal AgricultureCity University of New York Law Review, (25)2. pp: 199-240.

Message, R. (2022). Animal welfare chauvinism in Brexit Britain: a genealogy of care and controlBioSocieties.

Mezza, F., et al. (2022). Process Evaluation of Animal Assisted Therapies with Children: The Role of the Human-Animal Bond on the Therapeutic Alliance, Depth of Elaboration, and Smoothness of SessionsMediterranean Journal of Clinical Psychology, 10(2). 

Riley Koenig, C. M., & Koenig, B. L. (2022). Primate Documentaries: A Critical Analysis of Their HistorySociety & Animals (preprint 2022). 

Rocha, Y. da S. G. da.; Galdioli, L.; Alencar, A. L. F.; Ramos, M. G.; Matuda, N. da S.; Lucco, R. C.; Garcia, R. de C. M. (2022). Characterization and Analysis of the Association Between Animal Abuse and Violence Against Women in the City of Pinhais, Paraná, Brazil. Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 11(11).

Springer, S. (2022). Check Your Anthroprivilege! Situated Knowledge and Geographical Imagination as an Antidote to Environmental Speciesism, Anthroparchy, and Human Fragility. In Paul Hodge, Andrew McGregor, Simon Springer, Ophélie Véron, and Richard, J. White (eds). Vegan Geographies. pp:129-371. Lantern Publishing & Media. 

Straka, T. M., Bach, L., Klisch, U., Egerer, M. H., Fischer, L. K., & Kowarik, I. (2022). Beyond values: How emotions, anthropomorphism, beliefs and knowledge relate to the acceptability of native and nonnative species management in citiesPeople and Nature, 00, 1–15. 

Young, J., Oxley, J.A., Montrose, V.T. & Herzog, H. (2022). Peticide: An Analysis of Online News Media Articles of Human Suicide Involving Pet AnimalsAnthrozoös.

Calls for Papers: Journals and Chapters

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 MDPI welcomes 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 Cine-Zoonosis: Screening Human/Animal Pollinations and Contaminations anthology calls for chapter proposals for essays of approximately 5,000 words in length. Proposals should be 250-300 words and are due on September 30, 2022. For more information and to submit abstracts, contact the book’s editors: Benjamín Schultz-Figueroa (, Jaimie Baron (, and Priya Jaikumar (

The Emerging Voices for Animals in Tourism Virtual Conference is inviting 15-minute papers (to be presented live via Zoom) which explore the experiences of animals who appear in tourism contexts. The Conference will take place on March 8-10, 2023, and the deadline for abstract submissions is October 31, 2022

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:

Conferences and Courses

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. 

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

The first Ecocide/Speciesism: Legislating Hierarchy, Interdependence, Death Symposium will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2022. 

The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s virtual/hybrid Animal Law Symposium will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2022. All Symposium sessions will be hosted in-person at the Crystal gateway Marriot in Arlington, Virginia, and will be available via livestream. 

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. 

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, Oregon and live online on November 4-6, 2022. Ticket registration is open and can be purchased 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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