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Human-Animal Studies Newsletter
April 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
We are excited to announce the publication of the newest book in ASI’s Brill Human-Animal Studies series! The book is:

Animal Experimentation: Working Towards a Paradigm Change
Edited by Kathrin Herrmann and Kimberley Jayne, with a forward by Peter Singer and an afterward by John P. Gluck
Animal experimentation has been one of the most controversial areas of animal use, mainly due to the intentional harms inflicted upon animals for the sake of hoped-for benefits in humans. Despite this rationale for continued animal experimentation, shortcomings of this practice have become increasingly more apparent and well-documented. However, these limitations are not yet widely known or appreciated, and there is a danger that they may simply be ignored. The 51 experts who have contributed to Animal Experimentation: Working Towards a Paradigm Change critically review current animal use in science, present new and innovative non-animal approaches to address urgent scientific questions, and offer a roadmap towards an animal-free world of science.
To celebrate the publication of the book, there will be a book launch party and workshop held on June 14-15, at the Munich Center of Ethics, which will bring together selected authors of the book, representing various disciplines, who will talk about their work. In addition, there will be a panel discussion with scientists and representatives of the competent authorities on ways to move towards to political goals of reduced animal experimentation and improved healthcare research. The event is free of charge, but registration is required at:
Funding and Job Opportunities
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and early career faculty (i.e., faculty within 5 years of graduation) in any field to submit new or recent (i.e., unpublished or published within one year of submission) work related to this topic.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
Harvard University will again, through its Summer School ( ), offer an online Animal Studies course. The 2019 course, which carries the title “The Animal-Human Divide,” is offered through the Anthropology department (ANTH S-1625 (33537)). This seminar-style course, which is conducted entirely online, meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30PM beginning June 25. Registration closes May 20 . A copy of the syllabus for the course can be downloaded at , or you can write Paul Waldau at  to get a copy of the course syllabus and discuss the course’s details.
The Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights Law, the UK's first academic centre of competence dedicated to the study of animal rights law, will officially be launched on 26 April 2019 at the Faculty of Law of the University of Cambridge (The David Williams Building, 10 West Rd, Cambridge CB3 9DZ). To kick off the Centre, Dr Sean Butler (Director) and Raffael Fasel (Executive Director) will give an overview of its mission, and four of the world's leading thinkers in the field of animal rights law will deliver presentations on the event's theme: Animal Rights Law: Present and Future. The launch event is free and open to the public. To register, visit: . For more information, visit , or contact Raffael Fasel , Executive Director of the Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights Law.
New Books
Following are some of the books coming out this month that we are excited about!

Elias, A. (2019). Coral Empire: Underwater Oceans, Colonial Tropics, Visual Modernity . Duke University Press.
Fitzgerald, A. J. (2018). Animal Advocacy and Environmentalism: Understanding and Bridging the Divide . John Wiley & Sons.
Jayne, K. (2019). Animal Experimentation: Working Towards a Paradigm Change . K. Herrmann (Ed.). Brill.
King, S., Carey, R. S., Macquarie, I., Millious, V., & Power, E. (2019). Messy Eating.
Laszloffy, T., and Twist, M.L.C., Eds. (2019). Eco-Informed Practice: Family Therapy in an Age of Ecological Peril . Springer.
Nyman, J. (2019). Equine Fictions: Human–Horse Relationships in Twenty-First-Century Writing . Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Tobias, M. C. The Hypothetical Species: Variables of Human Evolution . Springer.
To read about them, visit this link!
New Research
We are excited to announce that the latest issue of Society & Animals , Volume 27, Issue 2, is now out! Here are the terrific new articles that are now available!

Emily Blair Pfoutz
Situational Underreporting of Meat Consumption by Women
Hank Rothgerber
Michael J. Lynch
Estela M. Díaz
Logan Natalie O’Laughlin
Kimberly Socha
Hilda Kean
International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
Special Issue Call for Papers: Towards a critically posthumanist sociology
Guest Editors:
Erika Cudworth
Richard J White  
Will Boisseau
The growing interest in the social relations of the more-than-human world has continues to spread apace across the social sciences. This interest has led to radically questioning and re-thinking key foundations of Western modernity, not least with regard to how the conceptual separation of ‘the human’ from other creatures and the ‘natural’ world has been foundational in how ‘we’ understand ourselves and the world we inhabit. This Special Issue considers some of the ways in which some social scientists have responded to the implications of the Anthropocene and the huge questions it raises. We are currently witnessing an era of disastrous human generated climatic change and the mass extinction of myriad other species. Can the planet survive capitalism? Will humans join other Great Apes already on the critically endangered list? What does it mean to appreciate that we live in a multi-species world of co-dependencies in which other beings and things may have a point of view? What might it mean to ‘be’ and ‘do’ the human when the boundaries between ‘ourselves’, other creatures and various forms of matter are characterised by uncertainty, porosity and challenge? "Towards a critically posthumanist sociology" considers some of the ways in which some social scientists have responded to the implications of the Anthropocene and the huge questions it raises. We are currently witnessing an era of disastrous human generated climatic change and the mass extinction of myriad other species. Can the planet survive capitalism? Will humans join other Great Apes already on the critically endangered list? What does it mean to appreciate that we live in a multi-species world of co-dependencies in which other beings and things may have a point of view? What might it mean to ‘be’ and ‘do’ the human when the boundaries between ‘ourselves’, other creatures and various forms of matter are characterised by uncertainty, porosity and challenge? Please Send 250-300 word abstracts to the Guest Editors directly by May 5 .
Animal Studies Journal 's new issue (Volume 8, Number 1) is now out. Check out the issue here!

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!

Animals and the Home . May 1, Institute of Historical Research, London, UK.

6th Conference of the European Association for Critical Animal Studies (EACAS): “Rethinking revolution: Nonhuman animals, antispeciesism and power. May 22-24, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

Recasting Animals and Interspecies Relations: Contesting Anthropocentrism across Disciplines. May 15, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia.

Sex and Nature: 1800-2018. June 10-11, University of Exeter.

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.

Beastly Modernisms . September 12-13, 2019, Glasgow, Scotland.

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 November 22-23.
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 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.

On the 10-year anniversary of the publication of ​ Sistah Vegan , Dr. A Breeze Harper and Lantern Books have chosen Black VegFest founder and author Omowale Adewale as the editor to its companion, Brotha Vegan ​. Lantern editor-in-chief Martin Rowe writes: "Sistah Vegan was a landmark publication for us, and we see Brotha Vegan in the same light. Omowale’s stature and breadth of interests within the vegan community are well known, and we’re thrilled that he and Breeze are spearheading this project." "Omowale was able to orchestrate and bring together thousands of Black vegans and allies to his groundbreaking event in 2018, Black VegFest in New York City. It only seems like a natural fit for him to do the same, with the companion volume, Brotha Vegan. ​I have confidence that Adewale can bring a rich tapestry of perspectives from men within the global Black vegan community​,"​ said Breeze. Brotha Vegan will feature Black men delving into vegan intersectionality during this bizarre and hostile political climate, while also examining the "wokeness" of the Black community. "I feel deeply honored to follow up Breeze's work with honesty, integrity, and keen insight. This feels right and timely. My hope is to center the conversation around veganism and the need for a more radical movement," said Omowale. Brotha Vegan is requesting critical essays, short stories, poems, research papers, and play scripts from Black vegan men. Writings may explore transformative radical change that intersects veganism. Topics may include a wide-range of discussions about Black Africa, fatherhood, politics, battling illness, popular culture, spirituality, and love. Brotha Vegan is intended to allow Black vegan men a space to speak to the world without being held to society's traditional narratives of sex and gender identity. Please send all submissions t o All works are limited to 3,000 words. Submissions will be reviewed within 6–8 weeks. Please note that only selected works are guaranteed a response. If you are selected, you will be offered $200 for your work. All inquiries and correspondence will be handled by email. The submission deadline is 5:00PM on May 3.
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