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 5, Number 2 (2016)

This issue sees the continuation of our ‘Provocations from the Field’ series. Our rationale and vision for this series is to provide the opportunity to hone discussion around crucial concerns in Animal Studies scholarship that, given the field’s interdisciplinarity, can reverberate out to the various disciplines that converge upon it. Ralph Acampora provides this issue’s provocation. This is followed by a varied and exciting issue covering aesthetics, ethics and other important topics in human-animal studies. There are also reviews of three recently published books in the field. We hope you find this issue stimulating, and provocative.


Ralph Acampora [Provocations from the Field]:  Epistemology of Ignorance and Human Privilege

Kathie Jenni:  Empathy and Moral Laziness

Teya Brooks Pribac:  Someone not Something: Dismantling the Prejudicial Barrier in Knowing Animals (and the Grief which Follows)

Rachel Carr: 100% Pure Pigs: New Zealand and the Cultivation of Pure Auckland Island Pigs for Xenotransplantation

Trish Adams:  European Honeybee: Interconnectivity at the Edge of Stillness

Mike King:  Killing and Feeling Bad: Animal Experimentation and Moral Stress

Dan Wylie:  Anne Sexton’s Environmental Animality

Sam Cadman:  Reflections on Anthropocentrism, Anthropomorphism and Impossible Fiction:  Towards a Typological Spectrum of Fictional Animals

Hayley Singer: Writing the Fleischgeist

John Drew: Rendering Visible: Animals, Empathy, and Visual Truths in The Ghosts in Our Machine and Beyond

Mike Grimshaw: [Review] Donovan O. Schaefer. Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2015

Christine Townend: [Review] Patricia Sumerling. Elephants and Egotists: In Search of Samorn of the Adelaide Zoo. Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 2016

Kirsty Dunn: [Review] Animal Horror Cinema: Genre, History and Criticism. Katarina Gregersdotter, Johan Höglund and Nicklas Hållén (eds). Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

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

Assoc. Professor Phillip Armstrong, New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies, University of Canterbury
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
Assoc. Professor Annie Potts, New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies, University of Canterbury
Assoc.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