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                            OCTOBER 2008: Number 4

         1.   Recent Meetings and Conferences
         2.   Publications
         3.   Forthcoming Conferences and Events
         4.   Other News

Welcome to the fourth BSA Animal/Human Study Group (AHSG) newsletter.

For general enquiries about the group please contact              Dr   Rhoda Wilkie
( or visit our website at

1)       Recent Meetings and Conferences

        Nordic Workshop on Human-Animal Relations, Centre for Gender
         Research, Uppsala University, Sweden 9-10th June 2008

The Centre for Gender Research at Uppsala University hosted a two day workshop on
Human-Animal Relations in Science, Culture and Work. The aim of the workshop was
to continue the building of a sustainable interdisciplinary network of Nordic
researchers within the area of animal studies, and to draw up plans for new research
collaborations and project applications. Keynote speaker was Lynda Birke, with over
twenty speakers from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and the UK in a range of
sessions including ´Scientific Animals‟, „Human-Animal Cultures‟ and „Thinking with

With funding from the Swedish Research Council the Centre for Gender Research
currently runs the research programme GenNa: Nature/Culture and Transgressive
Encounters and hosts the Nordic Animal Studies Network, Nordic HAS, which is for
researchers active in the field of human-animal studies. The network is intended for
discussions and exchange of information regarding conferences, seminars and other
academic events within the multidisciplinary area of human-animal studies and to
facilitate research cooperation among its participants. For more information about the
network, please contact Måns Andersson (

A further conference is planned at the centre in May 2009 with the theme „Meet
Animal Meat‟ based upon human and animal embodiment through processes of
„feeding‟ and „In/Corporating‟. More details to follow.

      The Health and Welfare of the Manufactured Animal, Friday 19
       September 2008

This one-day workshop organised by the Centre for the History of Science,
Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester brought medical and
veterinary historians together with sociologists and geographers interested in the
historical animal. The workshop sought to move beyond the analysis of
representations of animals in order to explore the question of animal agency and the
extent to which historical analysis might reveal how animals have not only been
determined by, but have also determined, the environments, contexts, knowledge
claims, and wider networks within which they exist. Papers were organised into three
themes: the laboratory, the farm, and the home.

Theme 1: Lives in the laboratory

10:30 - Stephanie Eichberg (Durham University)
"Pets and Scientific Subjects": Considering the animal body in different

11:05 - Rob Kirk (CHSTM, University of Manchester)
Living Spaces: Environment and welfare in the lives of laboratory animals.

11:40 - Gail Davies (UCL)
Making Mice, Making Space: Tracing the geographies of transgenic mice welfare.

Theme 2: Animal Machines? The animal in agricultural production

13:15 - Richie Nimmo (Independent Researcher)
Animal Mediations: Cows as contingent actors, co-producers and machines in the
early 20th century British dairy industry.

13:50 - Abigail Woods (Imperial College London)
"No room for passengers!": The construction of the fertile cow, 1930-50.

14:25 - Karen Sayer (Leeds Trinity & All Saints)
Battery Birds: The animal in the machine.

Theme 3. Domesticated animals: Between patient and person?

15:30 - Andrew Gardiner (University of Edinburgh)
How Small Animals Made their Medicine.

16:05 - Mick Worboys and Neil Pemberton (CHSTM, University of Manchester)
Breeding, Feeding, Leading: Making the modern dog in Britain, 1870-1910.

2)       Publications

        Charles N and .Davies C A (2008) 'My family and other animals: pets as
         kin'. Sociological Research Online, Volume 13, Issue 5

        Cole, Matthew (2008) „Asceticism and hedonism in research discourses
         of veganism‟, British Food Journal, Vol.110, No.7, pp.706-716.

        Cole, Matthew (2008) “Growing Vegatopia: The role of stockfree
         organics in the utopian vision of veganism”, in Growing Green
         International, no.21, Summer 2008, pp.16-17.

        Cole, Matthew & Morgan, Karen (2008) “Show me the way to
         Vegatopia!” in The Vegan, Summer 2008, pp.20-21.

        Holloway L and Morris C (2008) Boosted bodies: genetic techniques,
         domestic livestock bodies and complex representations of life. Geoforum

        Johnston, C (2008) Beyond the clearing: towards a dwelt animal geography,
         Progress in Human Geography 32 (5) pp633-649

        Morris C and Holloway L 2009 Genetic technologies and the
         transformation of the geographies of UK livestock agriculture. Progress
         in Human Geography forthcoming.

        Nimmo, Richie 'Auditing Nature, Enacting Culture: Rationalisation as
         Disciplinary Purification in Early Twentieth Century British Dairying', in
         Journal of Historical Sociology, Vol. 21, No. 2/3, June/September 2008,
         pp. 272-302.

3)       Forthcoming Conferences

        BSA Annual Conference 2009, 16 th - 18th April 2009, Cardiff City Hall

The BSA Annual Conference 2009 (and also 2010) will be organised in a different way
than in previous years. Designed to be less theme-led, and to encourage the widest
participation for presenters and attendees, it will have streams around core areas of
sociological research and enquiry. While there is a core team, (led by John
Holmwood from Birmingham) each stream will have its own convenor(s) who will
select the papers, symposium and panels to go into that stream and so our call for
papers this year requires potential presenters to nominate streams for their
presentations. This is somewhat similar to the ISA‟s form of organisation. The aim is
to have a sub-plenary within each stream.

There is a conference theme: The Challenge of Global Social Inquiry, which will be
addressed in both the main plenary sessions and the sub-plenary sessions in each
discipline. In this way we hope that more established figures in a number of fields will
be represented at the conference. There will also be Open Streams, in recognition
that not everyone‟s field of interest is covered by the main stream titles. Plenary
speakers have now been confirmed as: Patricia Hill Collins (University of Maryland,
USA) and Boaventura de Sousa Santos (University of Coimbra, Portugal and
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA).

Abstract deadline has been extended to 31st October 2008

.Please see for more details

        The Animal Gaze: Contemporary Art & Animal/Human Studies
         An international symposium at London Metropolitan University:
         November 20-21, 2008

Call for Delegates

2009 is the bicentenary of the birth of Darwin, whose work established the
continuum of human and animal existence, acknowledged the emotional status of
animals and advocated the humane approach. To celebrate Darwin's stance,
reaching as it does across the academic disciplines, London Metropolitan University
has organised an international symposium and exhibition on contemporary art and
animals, as part of a continuing programme of practice-led research into theory and
praxis in art today.

This two-day symposium proposes a think-tank for a new cultural approach to
animals and allows interested parties - artists, academics and commissioners from
across the world - to gather for informal networking.

The number of delegate places at the symposium is limited. All delegates are invited
on the first evening to the Private View for The Animal Gaze. This is a concurrent
exhibition of contemporary art around animals, involving over 40 artists from across
the world, later touring to 5 galleries in Plymouth and Exeter. The 2-day
symposium is scheduled for Thursday/Friday, giving delegates the option of staying
in London that weekend. Vegetarian/vegan lunch and refreshments are included in
the delegate fee.

Themes addressed in the symposium (

      The representation of animals is subject to change and Zeitgeist. This
       university event seeks to uncover such change, ignores conventional
       anthropomorphisms to examine new ones through paradoxes in conservation,
       absences of animals, animal surfaces, animals in self-portraiture and
       experiments in Deleuze & Guattari's 'becoming-animal'.
      Art and ethics. Some art has offended animal welfare campaigners recently,
       creating political flashpoints - Evaristti and goldfish in liquidisers; Vargas and
       a street dog starved in a Nicaraguan gallery; Abdessemed's videos of animal
       slaughter by bludgeoning. The symposium is a forum for debating ethics and
       aesthetics around the animal as subject in art today; transgressions, shock
       art, consumerism and animal rights.
      Theory and praxis. Marcus Coates, Jo Longhurst and the collaboration
       Snaebjornsdottir/Wilson, all contemporary artists noted for their work
       around animals, talk about their different art practices and how their s ubject
       has altered the way they work.
      Animal/human studies. This field has recently flourished throughout the
       humanities and among the sciences. Art is no exception to this phenomenon.
       Proposed cross-disciplinary projects look at developing art specifically for
       other animals, using digital media, pheromones, sonic and haptic art; at the
       same time, the emerging field of zoosemiotics examines art among animals,
       evinced through dissimulation, play and aesthetic decision.

Keynote speakers at The Animal Gaze symposium are Steve Baker, Emeritus
Professor of Art History at UCLAN and Dario Martinelli, Docent of Semiotics and
Musicology at the University of Helsinki. A summary and overview will come from
Professor Kate Soper of London Metropolitan University (Institute for the Study of
European Transformations).

Beside the artists Coates, Longhurst and Snaebjornsdottir/Wilson, other speakers

David Wood, Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt, USA
Clive Adams, Director, Centre for Contemporary Art & the Natural World, Exeter;
Ron Broglio, Professor of Literature at Georgia Institute of Technology, USA;
Dr Hilda Kean, Acting Dean at Ruskin College, Oxford;
Matthew Fuller, Reader in Digital Media at Goldsmiths;
Emily Brady, University of Edinburgh;
Rikke Hansen of Tate Britain;
Giovanni Aloi, Editor of Antennae, the Journal of Nature in Visual Culture;
Matthew Poole, Programme Director at the Centre for Curatorial Studies, University
of Essex.

For the delegate booking form, please see link here, and further details, please see
the website

      Knowing Animals: Cross-fertilisation between natural and social
       sciences for understanding the quality of life of animals Florence,
       Italy, Palazzo dei Congressi (Villa Vittoria) 5-6th March 2009

International Conference Promoted by the Welfare Quality Project

How we represent animals and interact with them, the conditions in which we
study them, and the capacities for sentience and an emotional life that we
attribute to them, all influence our views on how animals should be treated and
what constitutes a good life for them. The various ways of knowing animals are
nonetheless embedded both in different science practices and varied cultural
and practical relationships and encounters. In this conference, we look at one of
these human -animal encounters, namely animal farming and at how we study
and represent the lives of the animals kept for food production. Such encounters
are highly mediated by the farming and meat industry, the apparatus of food
safety and animal welfare science and regulation, as well as an increasingly
sophisticated process of qualification enacted by the food industry. Through a
two day discussion, around five specific themes, we aim at establishing what we
believe is an increasingly necessary dialogue and cross-fertilisation of ideas and
perspectives between animal scientists and social scientists to reflect upon the
practices of knowledge production and the understanding of animals, their
agency and the quality of their lives that such practices generate.

Keynote Speakers:
David Fraser, Professor in Animal Science, UBS, Vancouver, Canada
John Law , Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK
John Webster, Professor of Animal Husbandry, Bristol University, UK

Adrian Franklin, Professor of Sociology, University of Tasmania, Australia
Joy A. Mench, Professor of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, USA.
Erica Fudge, School of Humanities and Cultural Studies at Middlesex University,
Lindsay Matthews, AgResearch Ltd., Ruakura Research Centre, Hamilton, New
Lawrence Busch, Professor of Sociology, Michigan State University, USA.

Themes of the conference
Theme n.1 Naturality: cowness, pigness, chickenness;
Theme n.2 Designing for welfare;
Theme n.3 Zoomorphisms and anthropomorphisms;
Theme n.4 Standards as a mode of Animal Welfare Governance;
Theme n.5 Animal Welfare and Food Quality.

Proposals for papers or posters, which must address one or more of the above
themes, should be sent by email to Mara Miele at
by 2nd November 2008. Proposals should not exceed 250 words and should
identify the principal theme(s) they address. Notification of acceptance of
abstracts will be made by November 30th 2008. Further information on

      The British Animal Studies Network 2007- 08 (Director: Erica Fudge,
       Middlesex University)

Held approximately every two months. There is no charge for attendance at any
meeting, but prior registration is required. Please register for each meeting at least
1 week in advance by emailing Sally Borrell at stating which
meeting you are registering for.

All meetings will be held in the Clore Management Centre, Torrington Square, London

Dates for your Diary:

Saturday 25 October 2008: „Animal Futures‟
Speakers: Steve Baker, Sarah Franklin, Susan McHugh
Discussant: Simon Glendinning

Saturday 6 December 2008: „The Place of Animals‟*
Speakers: Steve Hinchliffe, Lewis Holloway, Chris Wilbert
Discussant: David Demeritt

Saturday 21 February 2009: „The Future of Animal Studies‟
Speakers: Erica Fudge, Donna Haraway, Tom Tyler
Discussant: Erica Fudge

Details of readings and when and where to send questions/comments will be
circulated via the mailing list which can be joined by emailing Sally Borrell at

     The International Academic and Community Conference on Animals and
Society: Minding Animals, 13-19th July 2009, Newcastle, Australia

The University of Newcastle and the Society and Animals (Australia) Study Group is
hosting the 2009 International Academic and Community Conference on Animals
and Society. Subtitled Minding Animals, the Conference is bound to be a benchmark
event in the study and interpretation of human nonhuman animal interrelationships.
It will be held between 13 and 19 July, 2009, at Newcastle in Australia.

The 2009 Minding Animals Conference will bring together a broad range of
academic disciplines and representatives from universities, non-government
organisations and the community, industry and government from across the planet.
Conference delegates will examine the interrelationships between human and
nonhuman animals from a cultural, historical, geographical, environmental, moral,
legal and political perspective.

Further, the conference will bring together an unheralded number of leading
scientists, philosophers and social theorists, academics and community leaders,
many committed to environmentalism or animal protection or both, but never having
all met at the one event. Our confirmed dinner and plenary speakers alone
(alphabetical order, and the number is not yet exhausted) will provide you with an
idea of breadth of knowledge and importance of this conference:

• Professor Carol Adams
• Professor Emeritus Marc Bekoff
• Professor J Baird Callicott
• Nobel Laureate Professor JM Coetzee
• Professor Dale Jamieson
• Professor Val Plumwood

• Professor Emeritus Tom Regan
• Distinguished Professor Bernard Rollin
• Dr Andrew Rowan
• Professor James Serpell
• Professor Peter Singer
• Professor Emeritus Michael Soulé
• Professor Paul Waldau
• Professor Jennifer Wolch

The conference will have six major themes and objectives:

• To reassess the relationship between the animal and environmental movements in
light of climate change and other jointly-held threats and concerns
• To examine how humans identify and represent nonhuman animals in art,
literature, music, science, and in the media and on film
• How, throughout history, the objectification of nonhuman animals and nature in
science and society, religion and philosophy, has led to the abuse of nonhuman
animals and how this has since been interpreted and evaluated
• To examine how the lives of humans and companion and domesticated nonhuman
animals are intertwined, and how science, human and veterinary medicine utilise
these important connections
• How the study of animals and society can better inform both the scientific study of
animals and community activism and advocacy
• And how science and community activism and advocacy can inform the study of
nonhuman animals and society

An extensive list of subjects is being developed that will be allotted concurrent
sessions. These subjects will greatly expand on our conference themes. A tentative
list is provided on the conference website. Some of the academic disciplines
covered by the conference include:

• Conservation biology and biodiversity conservation
• Environmental history and history of animals
• Animals in religion
• Animal liberation, rights and welfare
• Environmentalism and political science
• Veterinary science
• Animal geography
• Animals and sociology
• Animals and the law
• Anthrozoology, zooanthropology and zooarchaeology
• Animals and gender studies
• Animals in literature, music, and the arts
• Media and communications
• Ecotourism
• Zoo science

    • Animals and assisted therapies
    • Animal behaviour, psychology and cognitive ethology

    For more information please see website
    Abstract submissions are now open

           Minding Animals Pre´- Conference Lectures

   New York, 14 November 2008, 12-6pm Hunter College

   London, 5 December 2008, 12-6pm, Menzies Centre of Australian Studies, Kings
    College, Waterloo. Speakers include Prof Richard Ryder, Kim Stallwood, Prof Donald
    Broom, Dr Hilda Kean, Dr Andrea Gavinelli, Dr Erica Fudge, Dr luccile Desblache and
    Prof Richard Garner

   Geneva, 18 December 2008, 12-5pm, Universite de Geneve

    For more information and registration please email

            Antipodean Animal Conference, 7-8 July 2008, Menzies Centre, King's
             College, London

    CALL FOR PAPERS on Animals and Animality in Australian or New Zealand
    literature, theory, film, television, philosophy, history, and culture.

    Possible topics: animality, animal-becoming, totemic animals, animals and
    Indigenous Knowledge, anthropomorphism, Social Darwinism, stamps and coins,
    plague, the post-human, bestiality, pastoralism, domestic and working animals,
    animation, religion.

    Send abstracts to Dr Ian Henderson ( by 28 March 2008

       4)     Other News

           Vegetopia Project

This summer has been an exciting beginning for the vegatopia project (the website, was launched on 25th March 2008), we have received
enthusiastic interest from many vegan academics and activists about the site and its
potential and we've been busy preparing talks and researching and writing papers
stimulated by the site and the interest that it's generated. We are very keen to
expand the site and particularly to add content from new contributors, be they
established academics, early career researchers, postdocs, postgraduates or
undergraduates. Please contact us if you have any recent or forthcoming
publications related to veganism or animal rights, or any essays, polemics,
references, internet resources, or anything else that you think would be of use and
interest to the vegan community and we would love to add it to the site. If you know
of vegans working or studying in any other disciplines, please encourage them to get
in contact with us too.

We would also be very grateful for any offers of practical voluntary help with
maintaining the site, including any or all of the following: web design skills; updating
our bibliography (using Endnote software); researching new vegan-related sources
from academia and / or newspaper and other media sources. Finally, if anyone has
suggestions for possible sources of funding for the website, please let us know.

      New Journal: Humanimalia: Statement of Purpose and Call for

Humanimalia: A Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies

( is a peer reviewed, interdisciplinary
journal published by DePauw University and edited by Ralph Acampora, Lynda
Birke, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr., Joan Gordon, Tora Holmberg, Susan
McHugh, and Sherryl Vint. Our editorial advisory board includes Jody Berland
(York University), Jonathan Burt, (London, UK), Matthew Calarco (California
State University - Fullerton), Una Chauduri (New York University), Etelka de
Laczay (Greencastle, USA), Erica Fudge (Middlesex University), Donna
Haraway (University of California - Santa Cruz), N. Katherine Hayles (Duke
University), China Miéville (London, UK), Alyce Miller (Indiana University),
Harriet Ritvo (MIT), David Rothenberg (New Jersey Institute of Technology),
Barbara Hernnstein Smith (Duke University/Brown University), and Cary Wolfe
(Rice University).

Humanimalia has three aims: to explore and advance the vast range of
scholarship on human/animal relations, to encourage exchange among
scholars working within a variety of disciplinary perspectives, and to promote
dialogue between the academic community and those working closely with
animals in non-academic fields.

We invite innovative work that situates these topics within contemporary culture

via a variety of critical approaches, including but not limited to feminism, queer
theory, critical race studies, political economy, ethnography, ethnozoology,
literary criticism, science and technology studies, and media studies. Ideally,
we seek papers that combine approaches, or at the very least draw upon
research in other disciplines to contextualize their arguments. As much as
possible, we seek papers that connect their analyses of animals and
human/animal interactions to existing material practices related to animals or
the discourse of animality.

We publish articles of 5000-9000 words and seek both broad, theoretical
submissions that have a conceptual focus and intervene in the field of animal
studies, and also more particularly focused works that situate their arguments
within more specific fields, debates and examples. Articles are blind peer

We also invite concise, thematically contained short essays that provide insight
into current developments and debates surrounding any topic related to animal
studies (1,500-2,500 words).

Humanimalia also reviews items of interest in the fields of animal studies,
including books, new journals, DVDs, and conferences. Reviews should involve
a description of the item's content, an assessment of its likely audience, and an
evaluation of its importance in a larger context (1,500–2,500 words). Review
submissions undergo editorial review.

      Call for papers - Special issue of Journal of Advanced Composition

Special Issue of JAC: In the context of the widespread intoxication with digital
technology, JAC plans a special issue that reconsiders what Jacques Derrida
calls "the question of the animal." As we become persuaded by the ways in
which "human being" and human existence are forever altered by digital
technologies, the time has come to pose the animal question and develop a
more rigorous understanding of the myriad ways in which nonhuman animals
historically have served to define what it means to be "human."

We invite full-length theoretical articles that address a wide range of topics
related to the animal question, especially the human-animal relation and its
cultural, rhetorical, and political implications. We are particularly interested in
articles that explore the various rhetorics at work in the representation of animals
and the human-animal relationship in literature, film, and popular culture. We are
also interested in historical articles that examine the discourses of modernity,
especially the interdependence of discourses of race and racism, patriarchy,
heterosexism, colonialism, and animality. Also of interest are articles that

examine the rhetorical function of animals in political discourse, postmodern art,
philosophy, and poststructuralist theory. Other topics of interest include the
rhetoric of the animal rights movement, including recent legal efforts to define
some species of animals as "persons"; the relation of animal cruelty to human
violence against humans, including serial and mass murder, terrorism, and
genocide; the history and practice of domestication as a rhetoric of domination;
the cultural function of zoos in a postcolonial world; the rhetorical and political
uses of anthropomorphism; the ethics and politics of animal industries, especially
factory farming and pet industries; and the complexities of our relationships with
nonhuman animals and our ethical obligations to them.

Articles should be conceived as theoretical contributions both to the emerging
interdisciplinary field of animal studies and to the interdisciplinary field of
rhetorical theory, broadly conceived. We are not interested in sentimentalized
personal narratives detached from scholarly and theoretical conversations about
the human-nonhuman animal relation.

Deadline for submissions: August 1, 2009. Send inquiries and
submissions to Lynn Worsham, Editor, JAC at; or to
Campus Box 4240; Illinois State University; Normal, IL; 61704.

      Feminism & Psychology Special Issue “Feminism, Psychology, and the
       Nonhuman Other”Edited by Annie Potts


Feminist psychology analyzes how certain marginalized groups and individuals have
been (mis)represented, exploited and „othered‟ within traditional psychological
models and discourses. To date, much less attention has been paid to the ways in
which nonhuman others have been similarly subjugated and exploited within
psychology (and its various sub-disciplines), and also within feminist theory and
politics. This Special Issue concentrates on the question of the nonhuman animal
within feminism and psychology.

Contributions are invited from feminist and other critical scholars on the following

   Anthropocentric and gendered assumptions about nonhuman animals within
psychological and/or feminist models and theories

  The use of nonhuman animals in psychology education and research laboratories

  Constructions of animality and humanity (also nature and culture, the „primitive‟
and the „civilized‟) in evolutionary psychology and/or natural history (including wildlife
documentaries, natural history museums, zoological exhibitions etc)

   Gender and primatology

  Animals, gender and sexuality

  The link between animal abuse and social violence

   Gender and vegetarianism (and/or gender and meat-eating)

   Anthropocentrism and species-ism

   Gender and animal advocacy (or animal rights)

For this Special Issue we seek:
Scholarly articles of 5000-8000 words (including references)
Shorter observations and commentaries, addressing issues and experiences from
research or activism. Normal length: 2,000 words (including references)

All articles will undergo the usual peer review process. Authors are advised to
consult the 'Notes to Contributors' (online at or on the inside
back cover of the journal). Please contact Annie Potts with any queries. Manuscripts
should also be sent by email to:

Annie Potts
Co-Director, New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies
University of Canterbury
P.B. 4800
Christchurch, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Closing date for submissions: 28 February 2009

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