Animal Studies Journal, the online scholarly journal of the Australasian Animal Studies Association, provides a forum for current research in human-animal Studies. ASJ publishes international cross-disciplinary content with a particular, but not exclusive, interest in Australian, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific scholarship. The journal, which is published twice yearly, is fully refereed (double-blind peer reviewed) and open access. ISSN: 2201-3008 (Online)

Current Issue:  Volume 6, Number 1 (2017)

This edition of Animal Studies Journal begins with an emphasis on extinction and de-extinction. The ‘Provocation from the Field’ is by Rick De Vos who provides a poignant reflection on how extinct animal species and their histories become selectively framed within human histories, and on alternative ways in which we might ‘encounter’ extinction. This is followed by four articles addressing different aspects of the ethics of de-extinction – the possibility of recovering currently extinct species through biotechnology – by members of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies at the University of Canterbury.  The papers in the next section turn towards lived human-animal interactions in three very different contexts. This issue concludes with Nigel Rothfels’ review of Peta Tait’s latest book Fighting Nature: Travelling Menageries, Animal Shows, and War Shows (2016) and Will Kymlicka’s review of The Political Turn in Animal Ethics, edited by Robert Garner and Siobhan O’Sullivan (2016).


Provocations from the Field: Rick De Vos
Extinction, Encountering and the Exigencies of Forgetting

Henrietta Mondry
Selecting Candidates for De-extinction and Resurrection: Mammoths, Lenin’s Tomb and NeoEurasianism

Carolyn Mason
The Unnaturalness Objection to De-Extinction: A Critical Evaluation

Douglas Campbell
On the Authenticity of De-extinct Organisms, and the Genesis Argument

Rosie Ibbotson
Making Sense? Visual Cultures of De-extinction and the Anthropocentric Archive

Marcus Baynes-Rock and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
We Are Not Equals: Socio-Cognitive Dimensions of Lion/Human Relationships

Madeleine Boyd
Painting with Horses towards Interspecies Response-ability: Non-human Charisma as Material Affect

Malcolm Caulfield
The Australian Animal Use Industry Rejects Anthropomorphism, but Relies on Questionable Science to Block Animal Welfare Improvements

Will Kymlicka
Review: Robert Garner and Siobhan O’Sullivan (eds). The Political Turn in Animal Ethics.

Nigel Rothfels
Review: Peta Tait. Fighting Nature: Travelling Menageries, Animal Acts and War Shows.


Editor: Dr Melissa Boyde, University of Wollongong
Associate Editors:
Dr Michael Griffiths, University of Wollongong
Assoc Prof Philip Armstrong, New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies, University of Canterbury
Assoc Prof Annie Potts, New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies, University of Canterbury
Copy editor: Dr Sally Borrell


Editorial Advisory Board

Professor Steve Baker, University of Central Lancashire
Dr Georgette Leah Burns, Griffith University
Professor Una Chaudhuri, New York University
Dr Matthew Chrulew, Curtin University
Professor Deidre Coleman, University of Melbourne
Professor Barbara Creed, University of Melbourne
Elizabeth Ellis, University of Wollongong
Professor Adrian Franklin, University of Tasmania
Professor Erica Fudge, University of Strathclyde
Professor Donna Haraway, University of California, Santa Cruz
Dr Susan Hazel, University of Adelaide
Dr Andrew Knight, University of Winchester
Professor Amanda Lawson, University of Wollongong
Professor Susan McHugh, University of New England
Dr Alison Moore, University of Wollongong
Dr Cecilia Novero, University of Otago
Professor Fiona Probyn-Rapsey, University of Sydney
Dr Denise Russell, University of Wollongong
Professor John Simons, Macquarie University
Professor Peta Tait, La Trobe University
Professor Helen Tiffin, University of Wollongong
Dr Tom Tyler, Oxford Brookes University
Professor Cary Wolfe, Rice University
Dr Yvette Watt, University of Tasmania
Assoc. Professor Linda Williams, RMIT University
Professor Wendy Woodward, University of the Western Cape