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Re-presenting animals: In conversation with Debra Merskin

Debra Merskin is professor of media studies in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon, US. Her research focuses on how the media and popular press represent nonhuman animals, resulting in species stereotypes, and how these … Continue reading

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Inside the Grass Library

Inside the Grass Library David Brooks with Christine Townend, Blue Mountains Writers Festival, August 2019 David Brooks’s new book, The Grass Library (Brandl & Schlesinger) was released in early August 2019. The publishers describe the book as ‘a philosophical and … Continue reading

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Nonhuman animal legal personhood – Sakshi Aravind

“The animal has secrets which, unlike the secrets of caves, mountains, seas, are specifically addressed to man.”         – John Berger, About Looking (2015) Although I have been thinking and writing about nonhuman legal personhood for a few years now, the … Continue reading

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Intertwinements: Writing about birds; writing about the planet by Dr Joshua Lobb

My novel is about many things. I’ve called it “a novel in twelve stories” for a reason. To give you the simplest framework: It’s made up of 12 related stories. Each story describes an encounter with a different species of … Continue reading

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Report on the Melbourne Knowing Animals Reading Group in May 2019

Melbourne Knowing Animals Reading Group, 27 May 2019 In May, the Melbourne Knowing Animals Reading Group read Marti Kheel’s analysis of the psychological, ethical and spiritual dimensions that are culturally associated with hunting, sparking a far-reaching conversation (1996). Our discussion … Continue reading

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All Things Fishy – In Conversation with Dr Jonathan Balcombe

Zhuangzi and Huizi were strolling along the bridge over the Hao River. Zhuangzi said, “The minnows swim about so freely, following the openings wherever they take them. Such is the happiness of fish.”  Huizi said, “You are not a fish, … Continue reading

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Report on the Melbourne Knowing Animals Reading Group in April 2019

Melbourne Knowing Animals Reading Group, 29 April 2019 The Melbourne Knowing Animals Reading Group recently engaged with Carol Adams’ work with the animal industrial complex, a term coined by Barbara Noske and elaborated upon by Richard Twine. There has been … Continue reading

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In Conversation: with Nik Taylor. Companion Animals and Domestic Violence: Rescuing You, Rescuing Me

Prepared by Teya Brooks PribacImages: Mawson Lake Photography Club Nik Taylor is Associate Professor at the University of Canterbury, NZ. She is also, one could say, one of those people who are not afraid of difficult conversations. I first came … Continue reading

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Book Review

Yunker, John (ed). 2018. Writing for Animals: New Perspectives for Writers and Instructors to Educate and Inspire.  Ashland, Oregon: Ashland Creek Press. Review by Emma Hardy April 2019 Two years ago, I went out to the Great Barrier Reef with … Continue reading

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Report on the Melbourne Knowing Animals Reading Group in March 2019

The Melbourne Knowing Animals Reading Group continued our exploration of early animal studies scholarship, curated by lynn mowson, with Lori Gruen’s work on “Dismantling Oppression” (1993). Broadening the focus from ‘single issues’ is, Gruen argues, the only way to avoid … Continue reading

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