Events

2022

Seminar 3 – To register for the 3rd seminar in our 2022 series ‘Animal grief: emotions and conceptualisations, an overview’ (Dr. Teya Brooks Pribac, Australia) – Thursday 9th June 2022 1000-1130 BST. (1900-2030 Sydney, AUS) please follow this link You will be sent a zoom link shortly before the talk. An abstract for this talk will appear here soon.

Abstract for the talk:

Grief is essentially an organismic reaction to loss. At this level the emotion is comparable across species, and differences will manifest on an individual not species level. Grief, as a response to loss, is rooted in the intrinsically relational nature that is characteristic of animals. The reason humans can experience grief is because we are animals, not despite the fact that we are animals.

Most humans recognise that other animals have the capacity to experience grief when they lose a close person. However, without an adequate understanding of the role and power of attachment relations, the potential intensity of grief, following a loss, in other animals can be undervalued. It can also be further obscured by uncritically introducing into the equation satellite questions of a more interpretative, conceptual nature (e.g. do other animals understand mortality? do they view death the way we do? etc.), or by relying too heavily on behavioural cues, and related assumptions.

This presentation will begin by discussing some of these issues and assumptions, then move on to examine more closely the function and potency of attachment relations and how that may aid our insight into grief.    

Seminar 2 – To register for the 2nd seminar in our 2022 series ‘Why climate crisis rhetoric is not helping animal advocacy’ (Professor Nuria Almiron, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain) – Thursday 7th April 2022 1500-1630 BST. please follow this link You will be sent a zoom link shortly before the talk.

Abstract for the talk:

This talk will explore whether animal advocacy is losing momentum and strength by using, focusing or merging with the climate crisis action and rhetoric. The climate focus, it will be argued, is not only failing to speed up animal liberation but may be actually disempowering the animal defence movement. To support this view, the author will draw on three main resources: First, results from a research project she coordinated for almost five years about climate change denial and obstructionism; Second, updated thoughts on an examination conducted regarding the effectivity of the environmental frame for animal defence; Third, her current investigation on what triggers compassion, a moral emotion essential for taking action. One of the main concerns addressed by the talk will be the fact that climate action rhetoric has become mainstream empty speech in current tecno-financialised capitalism, which leads to solutions that may just backfire on sentient animal interests.

Seminar 1 – To register for the first in our seminar series ‘Pavlov and the kingdom of dogs: telling different human-animal stories’ (Dr. Matthew Adams, University of Brighton, England) – Wednesday February 23rd 2022 1600-1730 GMT. please follow this link You will be sent a zoom link shortly before the talk.

Abstract for the talk:

The growth of Human-Animal Studies and critical variations, multi-species and posthuman scholarship reflects an ‘animal turn’ offering important theoretical, ethical and methodological challenges to humanities, science and social science disciplines, though psychology, in particular, has been slow to engage with these developments. This talk applies the conceptual lens of the ‘animal turn’ to physiologist-cum-psychologist Ivan Pavlov’s (1849-1936) ‘classical conditioning’ experiments with dogs. Pavlov and his co-workers conducted experiments with thousands of dogs in his St Petersburg laboratory complex (which one visitor referred to as the ‘kingdom of dogs’) over a fifty-plus year career. The presentation will draw on historical and biographical sources to create a portrait of the lives of these dogs. Inspired by the work of Donna Haraway, Vivienne Despret and others, it will highlight the various, shifting dimensions of the human-nonhuman animal entanglements at the core of a fascinating experimental assemblage – incorporating bodies and bodily fluids, technologies, relationships, propaganda and secrets, against a backdrop of enormous social, political and scientific upheaval. This portrait is contrasted with contemporary retellings of Pavlov’s experiments which ignore or are indifferent to the complexities of that relationship. Paying attention to nonhuman others that constitute animal experimentation in psychology, historically, today, and in retellings, is argued to be an important step, not least for psychology itself. It prompts a radical shift in the way it might approach the lives of nonhuman animals, more in keeping with promising developments in other disciplines.

Seminar series poster
Seminar series poster

2021

On February 25th CfHAS Co-Director Richard Twine is a speaker at the following online symposium and book launch event – you can register for free here

In June 2021 CfHAS will host the biennial conference of the European Association for Critical Animal Studies (EACAS). This conference will be wholly virtual owing to the on-going pandemic and for reasons of sustainability. Abstract are due by end of February 2021 – for more info see here

2020

Call for Papers: Multispecies Heritage

Dates: 26 and 27 November 2020

Multispecies approaches have recently developed as important interdisciplinary connections between the arts and humanities and the natural sciences. The term ‘multispecies’ is used to characterise a varied set of critical perspectives that are connected in their commitment to non-anthropocentric ways of thinking. Multispecies studies consider communities of living beings, their shared histories and interrelationships in ways that bring ‘diverse bodies of knowledge into conversation … pushing them in new directions’ (Van Dooren et al, 2016: 2).

One of the imperatives of multispecies approaches is to interrogate and challenge anthropocentric approaches and emphasise interrelationships with other forms of life. In multispecies research, participants extend the understanding of value to include the perspectives of the more-than-human world. As an important shift away from the traditions that normalise human-centred thinking about ‘nature’ and ‘the natural world’, multispecies approaches can help to identify alternative ways of responding to questions about place, interspecies ethics, and land use.

This conference, organised by the Multispecies Storytelling network, asks how multispecies approaches can be used to understand more-than-human heritage and explore the epistemological, methodological and policy implications of such thinking.

We invite proposals from various disciplines including media studies, communication studies, cultural studies, geography, history, philosophy, literature, sociology, art, and anthropology. As well as ‘traditional’ papers, we welcome creative works that engage with the conference themes.

15-minute papers are invited on topics including but not limited to:

  • Imagining multispecies heritage
  • Multispecies heritage and landscape
  • Multispecies heritage and place
  • Ethics and multispecies heritage
  • More-than-human landscapes
  • Land use and more-than-human perspectives
  • Multispecies methodologies and epistemologies

This event will take place online and will be free to attend. To be as inclusive as possible, the conference will take place across two days and the organisers intend to arrange presentations that take into account participants’ time zones.

Please submit abstracts of 250 words, a brief biographical note, institutional affiliation, and time zone by 23 September 2020 to:

[email protected] and [email protected]


‘Multispecies storytelling: more than human narrative about landscape’

Date: Friday 17 January 2020, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Location: Creative Edge building, CE225
Symposium: ‘Who speaks on behalf of nature?’

This symposium is the inaugural event of the UKRI AHRC funded network: ‘Multispecies storytelling: more than human narratives about landscape’. The event brings together a range of participants to consider who is enabled to speak on behalf of nature and which narratives are privileged or ignored as a consequence.

Invited speakers:

Professor Mara Miele (Cardiff University)
Dr Danielle Sands (Royal Holloway)
Dr Alex Lockwood (University of Sunderland)
Dr Robert McKay (University of Sheffield)
Dr Jos Smith (Nature Writing Archive, University of East Anglia)
Dr Alex Aisher (University of Sussex)
Network PI is Professor Claire Parkinson (Co-Director, Centre for Human Animal Studies). Network Co-I is Professor Brett Mills (University of East Anglia).


2019

The Beast & The Sovereign: Jacques Derrida and Other Animals

Date: Thursday 19 September 2019
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: Liverpool Quakers Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT

Registration: This event is free and open to the public – booking is essential. To book your space, please email [email protected]

In collaboration with the Institute for Creative Enterprise

At a time when sovereignty is a massively legible issue in the public realm and the prospects for planetary extinction are keenly debated, this one-day event responds to Jacques Derrida’s 2001-03 seminar series The Beast and the Sovereign. It will read the published seminar volumes, alongside the wider writing of Derrida, and the field of human-animal studies to ask how rethinking of our relations with animals can create meaningful social, policy, environmental, ethical and cultural change.

We will be joined by the following speakers during this one day event:

Prof Claire Parkinson (Edge Hill University)
Prof John Ó Maoilearca (Kingston University)
Prof Martin McQuillan (Edge Hill University)
Dr Zayneb Allak (Edge Hill University)
Prof Simon Morgan Wortham (Kingston University)
Prof Tom Cohen (SUNY, Albany)
Prof Nicholas Royle (University of Sussex)


Professor Claire Parkinson to give the opening keynote at the European Summer School in Human-Animal Studies at the University of Kassel in July 2019.


Professor Claire Parkinson delivered a keynote at the European Association for Critical Animal Studies (EACAS) Conference in May 2019 in Barcelona. Dr Richard Twine and Abi Masefield also presented, and Donelle Gadenne attended.


Dr Richard Twine gave two invited talks in Helsinki in January 2019. One, a public talk, entitled ‘Understanding the significance of Critical Animal Studies’ presented at the Oodi Library on January 16th 2019, the second, a talk to the Department of Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki, entitled ‘Anthropocene, Androcene, or ‘Anthropo’cene? From scientism to intersectionality’ on January 15th.

2018

Dr Richard Twine delivered keynote speech at the ‘In the Name of…International Conference on Animal Studies’, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, October 25/26, 2018.

  • ‘This is not the Anthropocene – A Critical Animal Studies perspective on Climate Change’

Professor Claire Parkinson to deliver keynote speech at 2018 International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) Conference, Sydney, Australia 2nd – 5th July 2018

  • ‘Animals on screens: Thinking critically about animals, audiences and empathy’

Dr. Richard Twine is giving two talks in Gothenburg, Sweden in June 2018:

  • ‘Where are the animals in the Sociology of Climate Change?’, to be presented at Gothenburg University, Sweden, June 13th 2018. 11am Room B3 335, Pedagogen building B.
  • ‘The limitations of being ‘vegan for the animals’ ‘, to be presented at the Frilagret Cultural Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden, June 13th 2018. from 6pm

By invitation of the Gothenburg University Network for Critical Animal Studies.


Edge Hill University Festival of Ideas

Date: 18 May 2018

Challenging Climate Change, and the Animal-Industrial Complex: From Education to Empathy


2017

CfHAS Conference 2017 – Animals and Social Change

Date: 29 – 30 June 2017
Location: Liverpool, UK

CfHAS will host a conference on the theme of animals and social change in June 2017. We invite submissions that address these questions:

  • What constitutes effective social change for other animals?
  • How do particular framings of animal ethics and veganism shape strategies for intervention and change?
  • How do the worlds of animal advocacy and academic research on human-animal relations speak to each other? Could more come from those interactions?
  • What role do visual media, the online vegan community and documentary film-making play in effecting social change?
  • How do different communities imagine progressive social change for animals taking place?

We are interested in receiving submissions of academic papers (20 minutes), short films (any genre) and poster presentations. This conference will include paper and poster presentations, film screenings and a workshop session focused on strategies for social change involving dialogue between academics, activists and advocates. The conference is designed to facilitate time and space for discussion.

This conference will be of interest to those working in critical animal studies, advocacy, grassroots activism, animal media and the vegan business community.

Please submit abstracts to: [email protected]

Closing date for abstracts: 1 March 2017

2014 – 2016

Film and the Environment

Date: 6 May 2016

Global climate change and environmental hazards are significant threats to the future of life on Earth. Recent scientific observations have shown the impact of anthropogenic activity on climate and highlighted the severity of projected changes on the environment. Effects will be felt through increases in weather extremes (storms, floods, landslides and droughts), compounded by the expansion of human populations into marginal ‘at risk’ areas.

This cross-disciplinary symposium focuses upon the intersection of film and environmentalism. Using the term ‘film’ in its broadest sense, to refer to moving image works that can be viewed via cinema, television or computer screens, we aim to foster knowledge exchange and generate dialogue between academics from the arts and humanities, philosophy, social and political sciences, and environmental sciences disciplines.


Centre for Human Animal Studies Inaugural Conference and Launch

Date: 25 October 2014

Reflecting the expansion and intellectual vibrancy in the fields of animal studies, Critical Animal Studies, human-animal studies, and the science of animal emotion and cognition, this conference will have three broad but intersecting thematic strands: ethics, sustainability and sentience.


Pre-Conference Events

Date: 24 October 2014

Book launch: Growl: Life Lessons, Hard Truths, and Bold Strategies from an Animal Advocate. Includes a reading and Q&A with the author, Kim Stallwood. And Pre-Conference Dinner.


II International Conference Art and Nature

Dates: 28-30 April 2014
Sao Paulo, Brazil


BSA Animal/Human Studies Group Roundtable

Date: 23 April 2014
University of Leeds

The Science of Animal Thinking and Emotion Conference | 17-18 March 2014
The Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet Univ. 800 Florida Avenue, NE Washington, District of Columbia 20002 United States

Green Party Conference | 1 March 2014
Transcript of talk by Professor Claire Molloy given at the Green Party Conference, 1 March 2014. Hosted by the Vegan Society, this talk was given as part of the ‘Policy for health, social justice and sustainability Conference Fringe debate. The talk was transcribed by the Vegan Society and can be downloaded as a pdf here: