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Human-Animal Studies Newsletter
June 2019
Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the current issue of the Animals & Society Institute's Human-Animal Studies e- newsletter. I hope that this issue has information that is of use to you. Please let me know what you'd like to see! For future editions of this newsletter, please send submissions to .
ASI News
I just got back from Lisbon where I participated in the International Summer School in Human-Animal Studies , held at the University of Lisbon, and hosted and organized by Verónica Policarpo (Lisbon), Nora Schuurman (Turku) and David Redmalm (Upsalla). This event was just one of multiple such events happening around the world this year, including of course ASI's Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute, held with our partners at the University of Illinois. Keep an eye on our website for information about all these events!

We are so excited about how Season 2 of our Defining Human-Animal Studies video series is coming! So far, we have released the following incredible videos:

1.        Theory of Mind by Alexandra Horowitz, Adjunct Associate Professor, Psychology Department, Barnard College
2.        Anthropocentrism by Helen Kopnina , Assistant Professor, Sustainable Business, The Hague University
3.        The Animal Turn by Harriet Ritvo , Professor of History, MIT
4.        The Link by Lisa Lunghofer , Human-Animal Programs Director, Animals & Society Institute

Visit to see more of the videos from Season 1 and Season 2, and to see what great videos we have in the queue!

Also! We are constantly updating our list of courses in HAS. Please let me know if you are teaching a course that is missing from my listings, or if I do have you listed, but have incorrect information, please let me know that as well.
Funding and Job Opportunities
Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) announces an open call for proposals to investigate the therapeutic effects of horses on humans. The Foundation's broad research agenda includes basic research as well as clinical studies that will ultimately impact physical and mental health and quality of life for those engaged in equine-assisted activities/therapies (EAA/T). Deadline for submission proposals is August 1, 2019. Up to fifty thousand dollars in research funding will be offered through a rigorous application and review process. Grants are selected on a competitive basis, taking into account scientific merit, scientific and clinical significance and relevance. Preference will be given to investigators with solid credentials and research experience. All applications undergo a four-tier review process completed by the scientific review committee. The average grant award is $50,000 for up to a 1.5 year period. 
Information for applicants , including application materials, previously funded projects, review guidelines and more are available at . Accepting Applications until August 1 for Grants up to $50,000.
The Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Texas Tech University is seeking job candidates for an Assistant Professor of Companion Animal Science (Tenure-Track) in either (1) Human-Animal bond (2) Behavior or (3) Nutrition and health/well-being. To Apply for this Position, visit this link.

Animal Ethics is looking for a highly motivated PhD graduate who wants to do innovative work in the area of wild animal welfare. The duration of the grant is one year, to be paid in monthly payments of $2,500, totaling $30,000. Applications are open to researchers with doctorates from most nationalities and countries. The successful candidate will be expected to report to Animal Ethics regularly on their progress and submit a final financial report within 60 days of receiving the last grant payment. There are no restrictions on the location of the institution where the research will be carried out as long as OFAC compliance requirements are met. Application deadline: July 31.

Eckerd College invites applications for a one-year visiting position in Animal Studies to start in Fall 2019. Candidates should have an M.S. or Ph.D. in animal studies or a related field of study with emphasis on animals, and a commitment to the liberal arts. We seek an applicant committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching. Teaching load is seven courses per academic year (3-1-3), including sophomore/junior level courses in animal-focused classes (which might fall in the areas of society, culture, humanities, science, and animal electives) to contribute to our newly developed, interdisciplinary program in Animal Studies. Eckerd College, the only independent national liberal arts college in Florida, has a tradition of innovative education and teaching/mentoring excellence. Submit letter of application, vita, recent teaching evaluations, statement of teaching interests and philosophy, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and contact information for three references so that letters of recommendation can be requested via . Inquiries should be sent to Lauren Highfill .

NYU Animal Studies is thrilled to announce that we are now accepting submissions for a new award and workshop on ending factory farming. We invite graduate students and early career faculty (i.e., faculty within 5 years of graduation) in any field to submit new or recent (i.e., unpublished or published within one year of submission) work related to this topic. We will select up to three papers for a $1,000 award and funded travel to NYU for a workshop on ending factory farming. The NYU Animal Studies Workshop on Ending Factory Farming will be a one-day event in Spring 2020. Each selected author will present their work to an audience of NYU Animal Studies faculty, students, and community members. There will also be a keynote address and a dinner. This workshop will be an excellent opportunity for authors to discuss their research and meet other people working in this important and neglected space. We welcome papers in any field in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences that can contribute to our understanding about ending factory farming. Please email by September 1 with the subject heading “Award and Workshop Submission” and the following materials in PDF format: CV, short cover letter, and 8000 word paper draft.
HAS News
On 8-12 August 2019, the 127th APA Convention in Chicago includes a bold new "Summit for Animals." This one-hour poster session will bring together over 25 presentations, on diverse aspects of Animal-Human Relations. This session is hosted by APA Divisions 32 (Humanistic), in cooperation with Divisions 17 (Counseling), 48 (Peace), and 24
(Theoretical/Philosophical). This is followed by a conversation hour with snacks on "animal
issues" on Saturday at 6-7 pm in the Division 32 suite in the Marriott, to mingle with the 5 co-chairs and other presenters. For any details, contact
The University of Liverpool offers an online Module at Masters level called " Animals and Society ” which will commence 2nd September 2019 for the term and is open to anyone. The aim of this course is to introduce the role of social sciences in the study of animal health and of the impacts of animals in society (focusing on contemporary issues in Europe and Africa). It covers key concepts and qualitative research methods related to the application of social sciences to animal health issues. It also explores issues related to the roles of animals in different societies, differing scientific paradigms and the role of research in policy and decision-making. The teaching and learning strategy allows students to study at a distance in an online forum that encourages interaction between professional peers as well as the teaching staff, while maintaining flexibility to be available to working professionals on a part time basis. The module comprises introductory lectures and tutorials that enable debate and reflection and uses guided and self-directed preparatory reading. Assessment is through contribution to tutorials, the online learning log, and an essay. E-mail for more information:

The next cohort for the University of Denver’s Canine-Assisted Intervention Specialist (CAIS) certificate begins August 1. There’s still time to join the limited number of student “seats” in the CAIS classroom. The CAIS curriculum is a hybrid of face-to-face and on-line curricula. It starts with a two-day Experiential Laboratory in Denver, then continues with three on-line courses. Fieldwork with multiple canines takes place in the student’s city. This unique model allows students to practice their canine skills, benefitting both canines and the student.  This distinctive certificate focuses on information about canines for human-health and -services professionals wishing to provide Animal-Assisted Intervention services that are informed and ethical for canines as well as human clients. It carries 222 contact hours and 21 CEUs on a University transcript. To learn more, email .

The Bild Museet at Umea University in Sweden is hosting an art show called Animalesque / Art Across Species and Beings , from June 14-October 20. Animalesque brings together an outstanding selection of artworks - film and video, drawing and sculpture, installation and sound art - that invite museum visitors to rethink the human position in the world, its relationship to all other life forms and to the various complex ecologies that bond beings together. Participating artists are Allora & Calzadilla (USA/Cuba), Pia Arke (Greenland), David Claerbout (Belgium), Marcus Coates (UK), Mary Beth Edelson (USA), Simone Forti (Italy/USA), Luca Frei (Switzerland/Sweden), Pierre Huyghe (France), Carsten Höller (Germany/Sweden), Joan Jonas (USA), Annika Larsson (Sweden), Louise Lawler (USA), Britta Marakatt-Labba (Sweden), Amalia Pica (Argentina/UK), Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore) and Paloma Varga Weisz (Germany).

A Ph. D. Summer School will be held at the University of Milan on September 4-5; it is open to Ph. D. Students, Doctors of Philosophy or research fellows whose research concerns antispeciecism, animal rights, animalism and, in general, Philosophy as an instrument to think and fight against animal exploitation. To participate you must submit your application by June 30 , by sending an e-mail to stating First and Last Name, University of origin, Topic of the current research, with brief description (max. 500 words), and Personal motivation for participation. Applicants will be able to read in advance the abstracts provided by the speakers and, therefore, prepare for a better experience of listening and discussion. The first day will be dedicated to our guest speakers, while on the second day the selected candidates will have about 15’ each to present their research project and discuss it with the aforementioned speakers. No registration fee is required. At the end of the Summer School, participants will obtain a Certificate of Attendance. All participants will be offered lunch on September 4 and in each of the three sessions there will be a coffee break at the expense of the University.
Registration is open for the Animal Law Summer Program at  Lewis & Clark Law School . Professor Kathy Hessler, along with Professors Steven Wise, JD, and Paul Locke, JD, DrPH, will be leading courses on Aquatic Animal Law, Animal Rights Law & Jurisprudence, and The Law & Ethics of Animal Testing, respectively. Students from all over the world can enroll, thanks to two of the three courses being offered this summer entirely online.
New Books
Following are some of the books coming out this month that we are excited about!

Alfero, T. (2019). The Wolf Connection: What Wolves Can Teach Us about Being Human . Atria/Enliven Books.
Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles, A., Malone, K., Barratt Hacking, E. (Eds.) (2019). Research Handbook on Childhoodnature: Assemblages of Childhood and Nature Research. Springer.
Donaldson, B. and King, A. (2019). Feeling Animal Death: Being Host to Ghosts. Rowman and Littlefield.
Huemer, M. (2019). Dialogues on Ethical Vegetarianism . Routledge.
Li, C. H. (2019). Mobilizing Traditions in the First Wave of the British Animal Defense Movement. Palgrave.
McDonald, T., & Vandersommers, D. (2019). Zoo Studies: A New Humanities. McGill-Queens University Press.
Schmidt, T. and Pahlitzsch, J. (Eds). (2019). Impious Dogs, Haughty Foxes and Exquisite Fish: Evaluative Perception and Interpretation of Animals in Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean Thought . DeGruyter.
Scholtz, W. (Ed.) (2019). Animal Welfare and International Environmental Law . Edward Elgar Publishing.
Sorenson, J. and A. Matsuoka. (2019). Dog’s Best Friend? Rethinking Canid-Human Relations. McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Spengler, B. and B.B. Tischleder, (Eds). (2019). An Eclectic Bestiary: Encounters in a More-than-Human World. Transcript.

To read about them, visit this link!
New Research
The latest issue of the Journal for Applied Animal Welfare Science (JAAWS) is now out! Vol. 22, No. 3 includes the following articles:

The interdisciplinary journal  Animals  invites submissions to a special issue on the following topic: Animal Ethics: Questioning the Orthodoxy. Guest editors: Herwig Grimm and Susana Monsó (Messerli Research Institute Vienna). Deadline for submissions: September 30 .
It has become commonplace to refer to the success of animal ethics and the animal turn in philosophy. Since Singer and Regan published their ground-breaking works more than forty years ago, animal ethics has become an institutionalised field of research. This is mirrored in the appearance of entire journals, book series, text books, BA, MA and PhD programmes, conferences, research institutes, etc. devoted to it. To use a metaphor, animal ethics is no longer a toddler, but a teenager, full of energy, beginning to question its heritage and its future. This Special Issue aims to channel this rebellious spirit in order to help lay down the foundations for a prosperous adulthood. Therefore, we invite submissions that call into question the orthodoxy in animal ethics. With this Special Issue, we aim to deliver an overview of new solutions to canonical problems and new problems that were previously unseen. We expect to map out new directions in the field of animal ethics and contribute to clarifying the self-understanding of the discipline. Please kindly note that for submissions to this special issue there is a word limit of 8,000 words (references not included). Further information can be found in this  link . Informal inquiries can be sent to:

The editors are organizing a special issue on the psycho-social impact of human-animal interactions (HAIs) on health in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health . The venue is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. This Special Issue, guest edited by Aubrey Fine, is open to any subject area related to the psycho-social benefits of human-animal interactions. The listed keywords suggest just a few of the many possibilities. Manuscripts should be submitted online at  by  registering  and  logging in to this website . Once you are registered,  click here to go to the submission form . Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. Please visit the  Instructions for Authors  page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this  open access  journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions. Deadline for manuscript submissions:  September 30 .
Upcoming Meetings
Are you going to a conference this year? If so, we would love your help with distributing ASI flyers to promote our human-animal studies programs! If you’d like to help, please email . Thank you!

Decolonizing Animals: AASA 2019.  June 30 — July 3, Ōtautahi/Christchurch, Aotearoa/New Zealand.

ASI-UIUC Summer Institute in Human Animal Studies. July 14-21, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

European Summer School “Interspecies Relationality ." July 28-August 4, University of Kassel.

Animal Rights and Animal Politics in Asia: International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS 11). July 16-19, University of Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands.

APA Summit for Animals. August 8-11, Chicago.

Ph. D. SUMMER SCHOOL: Zoophthoria. The exploitation and destruction of animals. September 4-5, Milan. Email for more information:

Beastly Modernisms . September 12-13, Glasgow, Scotland.

27 th Annual Animal Law Conference : “Representing Animals: Elevating Animal Status.” October 25-27, Portland, OR.

Embodied Equines. Nov. 13-15, 2019, Cal Poly Pomona. Any questions may be directed to .

Animals in Ethnography . November 21-22, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.

British Animal Studies Meeting: 'Movements.' November 22-23, University of Leeds.
Calls for Papers: Conferences
The British Animal Studies Network's upcoming meeting, 'Movements,' will be held at the University of Leeds on November 22-23, under the direction of Lourdes Orozco, Jonathan Saha and Tom Tyler. If you are interested in giving a paper addressing the topic ‘Movements’ from whatever disciplinary perspective please submit your title, with an abstract of no more than 200 words and a brief biography (also of no more than 200 words). These should be included within your email – i.e. not as attachments. Please send them to . The deadline for abstracts is July 19 . Presentations will be 20 minutes long and we hope to include work by individuals at different career stages. We would welcome papers that deal with such issues in contemporary and historical settings, and would especially like to see papers that address these issues from contexts outside the UK, including the Global South. Papers are welcomed from across animal studies, including disciplines such as (but not limited to) geography, anthropology, sociology, literary studies, art history, classical studies, history, science and technology studies, ethology, philosophy, psychology, behavioural sciences and ecology.
Calls for Papers: Books
Animals and Society Institute, editors of the Brill Academic Human-Animal Studies Book Serie s invites scholars to submit book proposals for consideration for publication in the series. The purview of the book series includes any topic that allows exploration of the relation between human and nonhuman animals in any setting, contemporary or historical, from the perspective of various disciplines within both the social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science) and humanities (e.g., history, literary criticism). Among the broad areas included are: 1. applied uses of animals (research, education, medicine, agriculture), 2. animals in the popular culture (entertainment, companion animals, animal symbolism), 3. wildlife and the environment, 4. socio-political movements, public policy and the law. To date, 22 titles have been published. Proposals should include table of contents, introductory and one other chapter, supporting letter providing information about audience, need, competing titles. Pre-proposal inquiries are welcome. For more information, contact  
Kenneth Shapiro, editor,

CALL FOR BOOK CHAPTERS for the volume Denialism in Environmental and Animal Abuse: Averting Our Gaze , in the Lexington Books series: Environment and Society (series ed. Douglas Vakoch).
  • Dr. Tomaž Grušovnik (Faculty of Education, University of Primorska, Slovenia)
  • Dr. Karen Lykke Syse (Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo,
  • Norway)
  • Dr. Reingard Spannring (Institute for Educational Studies, University of Innsbruck, Austria)

Despite readily available facts and figures regarding human-caused natural degradation and often overwhelming scientific consensus on issues related to environmental pollution, we are still faced with the disbelief about the existence and extent of anthropogenic impact on the environment. The failure of the so-called Information Deficit Model, according to which public inaction and apathy are generally attributable to lack of relevant information, prompted natural and socials sciences as well as humanities to look for alternative accounts of passivity and inertia in the field of environmental education and awareness-raising. Thus, in the last two decades researchers increasingly focused on the concept of “denialism” as the more suitable explanation of the lack of significant environmental change. Several fields contributed to our understanding of the phenomenon, including anthropology, social psychology, philosophy, sociology, linguistics, ecocriticism, natural science and science communication. The proposed edited volume thus seeks to provide a clear and comprehensive contribution to our understanding of the “environmental denial” with chapters from researchers in natural and social sciences as well as humanities, disclosing the multifaceted appearance of the concept by approaching it from different perspectives. In somewhat similar fashion to environmental disciplines, animal ethics, critical animal studies, and related fields also stumbled on an analogous phenomenon when trying to account for our increasing meat consumption and lack of empathy for the animals slaughtered in the industries despite the efforts of educators, activists, and academia to raise the awareness of the harsh realities of “Animal-Industrial Complex.” Indeed, several papers in recent decades have focused on consumers’ cognitive dissonance as the vehicle for ignorance, as well as on the drastic consequences of the denial, including Perpetration-Induced-Traumatic-Stress that occurs in workplaces demanding repeated exposure to violence. As the research shows, more than hundred and fifty billions of animals killed annually by the industries are hardly a consequence of our ignorance and lack of empathy; to the contrary, withdrawal of compassion for the suffering animals can be seen as a product of socialization into carnistic societies. The edited volume thus also aims to present the reader with recent insights into the denial of animal sentience, subjectivity, and agency in range of contexts, providing opportunity of both denialism debates – environmental as well as animal – to mutually shed light onto each other. Chapter proposal submissions are invited from researchers and academics on or before September 30, 2019. Proposals should not exceed 1000 words, presenting main arguments of the chapter and explaining how they fit into the general theme of the volume. Proposals in Word or PDF formats (Times New Roman, 12, 1.5 spacing) should be sent to and on or before the specified date together with author’s CVs. Authors will be notified about the potential acceptance of their chapters by October 31, 2019. Full chapter submissions will be due by January 31, 2020. Full chapters should be around 6000 words in length, following Lexington “ Production Guidelines." All chapters will be subject to peer-reviews. Once the chapters have been reviewed, final chapters will have to be submitted within 2 months from the date they are returned to authors. The volume is planned to be published in late 2020 or early 2021. For more information about the project please write to Tomaž Grušovnik and Reingard Spannring to the above addresses.

Animals and Race -- Edited collection, by Jonathan W. Thurston
When Iago informs Brabantio that “a black ram is tupping your white ewe” (I.i.87-88) in Shakespeare’s Othello, he is doing more than identifying the two protagonists’ races. He is referring to the early modern agricultural fact that black wool was undesirable, as per Leonard Mascall, and that black rams would threaten the livelihood of shepherds by decreasing the profitability of a flock of sheep. In this way, the black ram becomes a metaphor not just for interracial taboo but for generational corruption and loss of social capital due to racist structures of power. The study of nonhuman animals and the study of human race are often quite distinct for scholars across disciplines. However, perhaps there is more overlap than one would think. In what ways has race formation been tied to animals? Why do animals often become implicated in racial slurs? What does it mean for there to be a black panther representing a black political group or even standing in as the token black superhero? What does it mean to have a mostly black cast of voice actors in the original The Lion King, except its star role? This collection will look closely at the ways that critical animal studies and critical race studies intersect, tracking the blurring of concepts like race and breed. It will ask how race has always been tied into questions of the animal–human divide. How has knowledge of animals informed our knowledge of race, and vice versa? How have codes of animal behavior affected our racial discourse and our race thinking? And how have these two seemingly disparate approaches danced with each other in academia? These are only a few of the questions this book will attempt to tackle. I invite chapters that approach animals and race from a wide array of cultures, periods, and disciplines. Topics that are not anglocentric and are before the twentieth century are welcome. Send abstracts of around 250 words and a brief academic biography to Jonathan W. Thurston ( ) by July 1. The chapters themselves (5,000-8,000 words) will be due in January 2020. Book proposal will be sent first to Routledge’s Human-Animal series.
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!

Margo DeMello
Human-Animal Studies Director