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The Human-Animal Studies Report

February 2023

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

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

The Human-Animal Studies (HAS) field is active and busy with this month a plethora of opportunities for students, scholars, faculty and those seeking employment is related areas. Check out the Human-Animal Studies Funding and Opportunities to see all that is available.

In this month in the ASI News section, we are pleased to highlight some results of ASI’s efforts both in our present activities, and in those resulting from our support in broadening the HAS field worldwide.

We will be busy next month too, with three of us presenting at the in-person Fifth Living with Animals/Living with Horses conferences, March 9-12 at Eastern Kentucky University. ASI Board President, Kenneth Shapiro, will speak at the Living with Animals conference in the session “To be Deprived by Death: Grievability, Mourning and Disenfranchisement” and, along with ASI’s former HAS Program Director, Margo DeMello, on a panel discussion “Whither the Animal Studies Major?” Additionally, ASI Board Member Thomas Aiello will present a paper, “Ferlinghetti’s ‘Dog” and Anthrozoological Reality.” And finally, I will be co-chairing the two-day Living with Horses Conference as usual, and heading up a roundtable discussion, “The Relational Horse Roundtable: Moving Equine Studies beyond Behaviorism to a Consideration of Equine Selves.” Registration to the conferences is now open, with more information in the Conferences and Courses section below. We hope to see some of you there!

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


Join ASI for the latest online colloquium in the Animals & Society Colloquium Series featuring Dr. Sarah May Lindsay who will present on the topic, “Service, Support, or Companion?: Species, Ability, and Care in Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Shelters.” The Animals & Society Colloquium Series is an ongoing collaboration between ASI and the American Sociological Association’s, Animals and Society Section. Registration is free, and recorded sessions are available for those who cannot attend live. The upcoming online colloquium will take place February 16, 2023 at 10:30am PT/1:30pm ET.  Register here.

We’re pleased to highlight the ongoing work of former ASI International Development Grant recipient Verónica Policarpo at the University of Lisbon. This month, the Human-Animal Studies Hub—ICS ULisboa is continuing its webinar series, The Post-Human Animal, by presenting a webinar with Maria Helena Saari and Anna Vladimirova from the University of Oulu entitled, Posthumanism and Critical Animal Studies in Dialogue: Perspectives on Climate, Justice, Multispecies Equity, and Transcorporeality. More information is available at the link above, and here is the link to join the webinar, which will take place February 23, 2023, 3 PM Lisbon/London time. (Check Start Time in your Time Zone.) You can also join the mailing list for this active and stimulating international group by emailing

Finally, we are pleased to point you to Episode 209 of the Knowing Animals podcast, in which ASI-UIUC Summer Institute Fellow, Liza Bauer, discusses Teaching Literary Animal Studies. In this talk, she exploers literary visions of human-animal relationships as thought experiments for novel political futures. Liza is a PhD candidate in literature as well as the manager of the Panel on Planetary Thinking project at the University of Giessen in Germany. 


The latest issue of the ASI-managed Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, Volume 26, Issue 1, January-March 2023, is now available online with the following articles:


Evaluation of Oral Transmucosal Administration of Pentobarbital for Euthanasia of Conscious Wild Birds

Sara Gardhouse, Hugues Beaufrere, Michelle G. Hawkins, David Sanchez-Migallon Guzman, Sarah Jajou & Joanne Paul Murphy

A Longitudinal Study of Parenting Conditions on Two Adult, North American River Otters’ (Lontra Canadensis) Repetitive Behavior

Heide D. Island, Brook Smith, Emmeline M. Winn, Kristen Newberry, Julia Manfredini, Rebecca J. Slyngstad & Sarah Strack

Behavioral and Physical Development of Captive–Born Eastern Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis michaeli) Calves

Michael J. Renner, Katelyn Kohn, June E. Olds & Kayla Freeman

Companion Animal 

Shelter Worker’s Experiences and Perceptions of Capacity for Care (C4C)

Samantha Hobson, Shane Bateman, Jason B. Coe & Michelle L. Oblak

Influence of full-time housing in vector-protected facilities on equine cortisol levels, heart rate, and behavior during the African horse sickness outbreak in Thailand

Weena Joongpan, Pongphon Tongsangiam, Chanoknun Poochipakorn, Ponlakrit Charoenchanikran & Metha Chanda

The impact of deferred intake as part of Capacity for Care (C4C) on shelter cat outcomes

Samantha J. Hobson, Shane Bateman, Jason B. Coe, Michelle Oblak & Lisa Veit


Work preferences and Animal Welfare Perception of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science Students in Northeastern Mexico

Ivonne Ceballos-Olvera, Sheila Tolentino-García, Sarahi Luna-Castro, Miguel Ruiz-Albarrán, Lorena Torres-Rodríguez & Luz Y. Peña-Avelino

Assessing Extensive Cow-Calf Welfare in Namibia: Feasibility of Adapting a New Zealand Beef Cow Welfare Assessment Protocol

Y. B. Kaurivi, R. A. Laven, R. Hickson, T. P. Parkinson & K. J. Stafford

Transportation of Cattle and Pigs between EU Member States 2014–2018 – Can Data from TRACES be used to Create Overview and Inform about Potential Welfare Consequences?

Kirstin Dahl-Pedersen & Mette S. Herskin

The February LINK-Letter about animal cruelty’s intersections with child, elder and domestic abuse covers: the U.S. Secret Service includes a history of animal cruelty in a report on mass shooters; new bills in legislatures would add pet protection orders in Nebraska and New Mexico, add cross-reporting of human and animal abuse in Missouri and New Jersey, and ban sex with animals in New Mexico. And three studies are examining how social workers can improve animal and human welfare.

The nominating process is now open for the Animals & Society Section of the American Sociological Association Section Awards. Awards include the Jane Goodall Award for Graduate Student Scholarship, the Award for Distinguished Article, the Award for Distinguished Book, and the The Clifton Bryant Animals & Society Course Award. Preference given to section members, but others, especially students, will be considered. Nominations are due February 22, 2023.

The Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Section of the American Psychological Association has an ongoing webinar series focused on animal-assisted interventions (AAIs). Any member of the HAI Section can attend, and anyone can be a member, for no cost. Join the section here.

Faunalytics has released a new original report, “Reforming Animal Agriculture Subsidies: A Guide for Advocates.” This report dives into how animal agriculture subsidies create an uneven playing field for advocates and plant-based producers. The study looks at successes and challenges in the fight to shift, reduce, or eliminate subsidies.

Those who are interested in indoor-only cats in the UK are invited to take part in a research study which looks at the public perception of indoor-only domestic cat management in the UK.


HAS Funding and Opportunities

The Department of Comparative Pathobiology, Purdue University, College of Veterinary invites applications for two faculty positions in Human-Animal Bond (HAB): (1) HAB faculty in human-animal bond; rank to be commensurate with experience, and departmental appointments to align with candidate's expertise and interests, and (2) HAB-AMR faculty with a research focus in infectious diseases with antimicrobial resistance (AMR) at the human-animal interface.Review of applications will begin February 15, 2023 and will continue until the positions are filled. 

Carroll College invites applications for a one-year full-time Visiting Professor of Anthrozoology with a focus on canine science, canine behavior, and canine training, with an emphasis on learning theory to start August 2023. The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching classes in Canine Science and Canine Training and mentoring undergraduate students in the broader field of Anthrozoology. The deadline is March 1, but the positions will remain open until filled.

The Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University is seeking candidates for one PhD position in Social Anthropology with a focus on biological diversity. The research project, BIOrdinary: Biodiversity Dilemmas in Ordinary, Places, will investigate biodiversity dilemmas with emphasis on species mobility, imperial histories, and place marked by human activityClosing date is March 24, 2023.

The University of Denver’s Institute for Human-Animal Connection is hiring. Are you or someone you know looking to pursue a career in social science research or program evaluation in the human-animal-environment interactions field? IHAC's Research Fellowship may be the right fit. This is a two-year post-master's position with a summer start date, ideal for individuals with a demonstrated interest in research, project management, and human-animal-environment interactions. Applications are due by March 31, 2023. 

Our Special Friends, a UK-based charity dedicated to “promoting, preserving and providing the power of animal companionship” has a permanent position for the role of Animal Companionship CoordinatorNo deadline given.

The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Arizona is seeking a Research Scientist IV. The research scientist will develop, design, and oversee operations of a successful psychology and human-animal research group, the Organization for Human-Animal Interaction Research and Education (OHAIRE). Position will be open until filled.

Podcasts, Webinars and Lectures

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

The Culture and Animals Foundation's six-part audio documentary on the enactment and legacy of the Cruel Treatment of Cattle Act, sponsored by Richard “Humanity Dick” Martin, and passed into law 200 years ago, is now complete. Martin’s Act led directly to the founding of the first SPCA, and kickstarted the animal advocacy movement in the West. This site contains 20 interviews with historians, philosophers, cultural critics, and activists.

Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights Law—Talking Animals Series is presenting Michaël Lessard (Visiting Researcher, Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights Law and SJD candidate at the University of Toronto) who will discuss Beyond Sentience: The Possibilities of Agency and Sociability Legal Recognition on February 28, 2023. Visit the website or direct register for this event

Hear the latest from Corey Wrenn, Interview with Sociologist Corey Lee Wrenn about Vegan Feminism, Sexism in the Animal Movement, and the Intersections of Social Justice Issues, in this recording on Always for Animal Rights.

In Episode 210 of Knowing Animals, Dr. Jeff Sebo is a Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at New York University, discusses his most recent book, Saving Animals, Saving Ourselves: Why Animals Matter for Pandemics, Climate Change, and other Catastrophes.

In Episode 20 of the Anthrozoology Podcast, the challenges facing captive elephants and mahouts working in tourism within the small country of Nepal are discussed. 

The podcast, The Deal with Animals, is about Anthrozoology: the study of interaction and connection between humans and nonhuman animals. 

New HAS Books and Monographs

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

Carol J. Adams, Alice Crary, and Lori Gruen (Eds.) (2023). The Good It Promises, The Harm It Does: Critical Essays on Effective Altruism. Oxford University Press, USA.

Clifford Warwick, Phillip C. Arena and Gordon M. Burghardt (2023). The Health and Welfare of Captive Reptiles (2nd ed.). Springer.

Christine Daigle and Matthew Hayler (Eds.) (2023). Posthumanism in Practice. Bloomsbury.

Jane Mummery and Debbie Rodan (2023). Imagining New Human-Animal Futures in Australia. Peter Lang Publishing.

Wrenn, C. L. (2023) Animals in Irish Society: Interspecies Oppression and Vegan Liberation in Britain’s First Colony. State University of New York Press. 

New HAS Articles and Book Chapters

Following are some recent articles and book chapters of interest to the field of Human-Animal Studies.

A new issue of the journal Global Environment: A Journal of History and Natural Social Sciences, 16(1), 2023 is out with the theme, New Geographies in Animal History.

Y Bender, J Bräuer, SR Schweinberger (2023). What Makes a Good Dog-Owner Team?–A Systematic Review about Compatibility in Personality and AttachmentApplied Animal Behaviour Science, 260.

Milan Büscher, Lea Stein, María Elisa Durán, María-Elena Cazar, Philip Hillebrand, Susanne Schlünder, and Florian Fiebelkorn (2023). Ecuadorian Children’s Willingness to Protect Endangered Species – Identifying Behavioral Predictors in a Biodiversity Hotspot. Society & Animals. (pre-pub).

Jessica Murray (2023). Using Critical Animal Studies to Read Climate Change Fiction: Literary Reflections and ProvocationsEnglish Academy Review: A Journal of English Studies. (pre-pub)

J Räsänen (2023). Should vegans have children? Examining the links between animal ethics and antinatalismTheoretical Medicine and Bioethics. (pre-pub)

Amy Kate Rehn, Victoria Rose Caruso, and Saravana Kumar (2023). The effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: A systematic review. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 50.

Natacha Lamounier Ribeiro (2023). Building a Post-Human: Analysis of the Bio-artwork ‘May the horse live in me.’ TABOO TRANSGRESSION TRANSCENDENCE in Art & Science, 202.

V Wijngaarden (2023).  Interviewing Animals Through Animal Communicators: Potentials of Intuitive Interspecies Communication for Multispecies Methods. Society & Animals. (pre-pub)

Wrenn, C. L. (2023). Building a Vegan Feminist Network in the Professionalised Digital Age of Third-Wave Animal Activism. In: E. Cudworth and D. Turgoose (Eds.), Feminist Animal Studies, 235-248. Routledge.

Calls for Papers: Journals and Chapters

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 MDPIs welcome 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

MDPI is calling for submissions for the Special Issue of their journal, Animals, titled, Advances in Marine Mammal Cognition and Cognitive Welfare. For this Special Issue MDPIs welcome manuscripts that speak to issues regarding the cognitive abilities and/or cognitive well-being of any marine mammal species. The deadline for manuscript submissions is June 30, 2023. 

Calls for Papers: Conferences

and Workshops

The virtual European Association for Critical Animal Studies Animal Futures conference will take place June 16-17, 2023, with the theme of Animal Advocacy against the Grain: Traditions and Transformations in and around the MovementAbstracts are due February 28, 2023.

The Third International Student Symposium on Animal Behaviour and Cognition will take place in Mexico City on June 21 – 23, 2023. Abstract submission is now open with a deadline of March 5, 2023

The Center for Advance Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is hosting an Animal Studies Summer Institute for graduate students and early career scholars, July 9-15, 2023. The institute is designed to support participants’ individual research in human-animal studies (HAS) as well as to promote interdisciplinary exchange. The deadline for applications is April 10, 2023.

The sixth Anthrozoology Symposium, Multispecies Communities and Narratives, will take place online on November 2-4, 2023. This year’s Symposium focuses on both exploring the facts, the multispecies collectives that exist, or are being built, and the histories, namely the narratives that support them and teach us how we can or should envisage a multispecies future. The deadline is May 31, 2023.

Conferences and Courses

Join IHAC’s Director of Equine Programs Nina Ekholm Fry for the latest updates on horses in therapy and learning services in this 60-minute webinar on February 23, 2023

The Emerging Voices for Animals in Tourism Virtual Conference will take place on March 8-10, 2023

Registration is now open to the fifth biennial Living with Animals/Living with Horses conferencesMarch 9-12, 2023, in-person at Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY, USA. This year’s theme is “Home and Habitat.” 

My Dog is My Home’s Third Annual Co-Sheltering Conference, which will be held virtually onMarch 21-23, 2023. This year’s theme is “Changing Systems. Changing Lives. Creating a world with equitable access to homes for people and their animals.” 

The Animal Legal Education Initiative at The George Washington University Law School, the GW Law Environmental and Energy Law Program, and the GW Law chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) will host their Inaugural Spring Symposium, Animals and the Anthropocene: A Legal Scholarship Symposium. The Symposium will take place on March 24, 2023.

The Association of Social Anthropologists will host An Unwell World? Anthropology in a Speculative Mode Conference at SOAS University of London on April 11-14, 2023.

The in-person Human-Animal Interaction Conference with the theme of Animal Assisted Services: Focus on the Animal will take place April 28-29, 2023.

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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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