We are excited to release our two latest videos as part of Season 2 of ASI’s Defining Human-Animal Studies video series. First, Julie Urbanik, Ph.D. is an independent scholar and a legal consultant. She is the co-founder of the Animal Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers. She is the author of Placing Animals: An Introduction to the Geography of Human-Animal Relations (Rowman and Littlefield, 2012) and co-editor of Humans and Animals: A Geography of Co-Existence (ABC-CLIO, 2017), among others. She is also the producer of the first animal geography-focused documentary Kansas City: An American Zoopolis.

The second video highlights Dr. Allison Sealey who has published extensively on a wide range of subjects, with an emphasis on the role of discourse in representations of the social world. She was co-investigator on the project ‘”People”, “products”, “pests” and “pets”: the discursive representation of animals’, funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2013-2017), and among her recent publications are ‘Translation: a biosemiotic/more-than-human perspective (Target. International Journal of Translation Studies), ‘Animals, animacy and anthropocentrism’ (International Journal of Language and Culture 5/2); ‘”What do animals mean to you?”: naming and relating to non-human animals’ (with Nickie Charles, Anthrozoos 26/4); ‘The Discursive Representation of Animals’ (with Guy Cook, The Routledge Handbook of Ecolinguistics). She continues to research the implications of the ways we talk about the non-humans with whom we share the planet.

If you haven't seen Season 1, you can catch up by clicking here.