AASA 2017 – Animal Intersections – Exhibition call for artists

Conference: ‘Animal Intersections’ University of Adelaide, July 3 – 5, 2017

Exhibition venue and dates: TBC (expected run of a minimum of two weeks)

Exhibition curator: Victor J. Krawczyk

To intersect means to come across another being on their course, to occasionally even intercept this other. An intersection is the fact or action of crossing another or the place where two beings (or things) come cross each other. In our multispecies world, it is inevitable that animal and human life intersect, sometimes in rather calculated ways, sometimes in rather joyous ways and sometimes by a haphazard chance.

Taking the words ‘intersect’ and ‘intersection’ as concepts we can organize ourselves around for creative works and fruitful discussion, this important Australasian Animal Studies Association conference will include a curated exhibition of original work including (but by no means exclusive) of photography, paintings, video work, mixed media, prints, performance art and dance works.

Emerging and established artists will both be considered for this exhibition. In addition to this, some artists who are selected will be invited to provide an artist’s talk about their work at the exhibition opening or may submit an abstract for the art panel discussion that is associated with this event.

Expressions of interest are invited from artists to submit work that addresses one of the four focus concepts, which draw their inspiration from some of the themes in Conference Call for Papers (see further down):

  • Animal and human friendships
  • Animals industries in the age of global capitalism
  • The sacred animal, the profane animal
  • On not eating, wearing and using animals

Curated Exhibition: Expression of Interest

EOI must be received by email to animal.intersections.art@gmail.com no later than Monday the 23rd January, 2017 and should include:

  • A one-page CV/bio – please include your contact details (email & phone number)
  • A PowerPoint file or PDF showing 5 – 10 labelled examples of your work. Total file size should be no more than 10mb (you may use Dropbox to share these images if they are larger).
  • An artist’s statement of no more than 300 words
  • Details of work to be exhibited including subject matter, medium, approximate dimensions. These may be pre-existing or proposed works. If pre-existing, please ensure they are included in your PowerPoint/PDF.
  • Please document how you would like the work to be displayed, e.g., pinned on wall, positioned on a plinth, etc.

There is a very limited exhibition budget, along with limited space so please keep this in mind when proposing work. However, if you intend to present performance art and/or dance, there is a possibility that we might be able to find a theatre space for such work.

It is likely that artists will be responsible for the costs associated with freight and packing unless other funding is found. Artists may also need to pay the selected gallery a refundable security bond to exhibit the work and if an artist intends to sell their work, the gallery may require a commission from the sale.

Artist input in hanging and/or presenting the work would be ideal. Please consider being available onsite to help install your work, particularly if your work has special requirements. If your work is fragile and requires careful removal and packing at the exhibition’s end, please try to be present as well.

Art Panel Discussion: Call for Papers

There is a possibility that a distinct conference panel will be formed, possibility two panels depending on amount and quality of submissions, which focuses on animal and human intersectionality as related to the arts, to be followed by a round table discussion. Presenters would likely be artists, writers, art educators, art historians and other professionals in the arts that are considering animal lives in their work. Please refer to the General Conference Call for Papers (see below) for the themes or use themes for the exhibition itself (see above) as reference points for developing your abstracts.

If you believe that your work has a strong art focus and want to be considered as part of the panel discussion, you will need to do two things: (1) Please include the following in the header of your abstract: For consideration in the general stream and/or art discussion panel (2) At the end of your abstract, please include an 80-word biographic description about yourself. Send to: aasaintersectinganimals2017@gmail.com AND animal.intersections.art@gmail.com


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Call for Papers: AASA Conference 2017 ‘Animal Intersections’

July 3-5 at University of Adelaide, Australia

Increasingly, Animal Studies turns towards the question of intersections: where, how and why human and animal lives intersect. Intersectionality offers us a way to explore interconnectedness to advance our understanding of the complex ways we relate to and interact with other animals and each other.

Key note speakers are:

  • Professor James Serpell: Humane Ethics & Animal Welfare, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Professor Colin Dayan: Humanities and Law, Vanderbilt University
  • Associate Professor Annie Potts: Cultural Studies and English and co-director of New Zealand, Centre for Human-Animal Studies (NZCHAS), University of Canterbury
  • Professor Fiona Probyn-Rapsey: Humanities and Social Inquiry, University of Wollongong
  • Professor Rachel Ankeny: History and Philosophy of Science, The University of Adelaide
  • Dr Dinesh Wadiwel, Human Rights, Sociology and Social Policy, The University of Sydney


Presentations should be 20 minutes in length with an additional 10 minutes allocated for questions

Submissions in the form of 300 word abstracts should be submitted online to: http://aasa2017.com.au/ by Tuesday 31st January, 2017.

We invite proposals that address the following broad themes:

  • Health, wellness, illness, pathologies
  • The social lives of animals and humans
  • The intersections of species, race, gender, ablism and sexualities
  • Industrialism, capitalism, geographies and environments
  • Veg*n Studies
  • Religion, tradition and secularity
  • Culture, symbology and representation
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Call for Chapters/Short Stories: Radical Intimacies: A Multispecies Politics of Care and Kinship

Due: 1 December 2020

Editors: Yamini Narayanan (Deakin University) and Kathryn Gillespie (University of Kentucky)

Intimate forms of connection and care are ubiquitous in multispecies relationships, and they become legitimate forms of knowledge in fleeting moments of encounter as well as in the course of lifetimes lived together care-fully. This edited collection centers these latter forms of intimacy within a particular context: shared lives of care and rehabilitation that unfold after individuals of other species have been liberated from conditions of normalized and widely accepted forms of harm and violence – for instance, fugitives from farms, slaughterhouses, laboratories, global trade networks, and sites of extermination and expulsion. Intimacy offers multiple possibilities for knowledge-making; being in, and through intimate relationships of care, we come to know the lasting impacts of the harm other animals are subjected to within dominant structures of capitalism, colonialism, and anthropocentrism. These are ways of knowing that are not necessarily possible in contexts where a researcher drops into a field site to try to understand the multispecies dynamics unfolding there, or when animals are studied in contexts where their use and exploitation is taken for granted and normalized. Rather, these intimate relationships of care manifest new ways of knowing other species – outside of and beyond logics of commodification, instrumentalization, exploitation, and eradication – to bring into being-worlds. As such, in this collection, we aim to disrupt and reconfigure the kinds of knowledges that are possible through theorizing intimate stories of knowing animals differently.

Feminist geographers articulate the importance of an intentional focus on intimacy as a way of knowing and being in the world—what it means in our lives and work, how it arises or is mobilized in practice, and why intimacy should be taken seriously in feminist and in other fields of scholarship and knowledge-making (Moss and Donovan 2017). Feminists have worried about the appropriation of intimacy in stigmatizing women’s labor (such as sex work or surrogacy) (Lewis 2017), but also focused on its potential for radical reform and transformation of oppression (Wiegman 2010). Attention to multispecies intimacy likewise offers an opportunity to illuminate the intellectual and political potential for advocacy and change in multispecies relationships. Inspired by Wiegman’s (2010, 83) conceptualization of “knowledge practices as forms of intimacy,” we are interested in the new ways of knowing and knowledge-making in and past the point of rupture, wherein individual animals, liberated from sites and relations of exploitation and abstraction, find themselves in relations and sites of recognition and care.

Our project articulates with multispecies studies that aims to understand the fraught particularities of living and dying in the ruins of capitalism and colonialism (e.g., Kirksey 2014; Tsing 2015; van Dooren 2019); what it means to be entangled in relationships of love care and responsibility in a time of mass extinction and death (e.g., ParrenÞas 2018; Rose 2012); and how companion species are sites of uneasiness, kinship, violence, and vulnerability within these webs of relation (Dayan 2016; Haraway 2008). As Wadiwel (2018, 540) reminds us, it is “difficult to disentangle the ethics of these encounters,” particularly those embedded in capitalism, without “glossing over” the central relations of human domination in animal production. Much analysis on multispecies entanglements convey “something important about the world [but] they do not capture everything” (Giraud 2019, 2-3). In order to generate meaningful change for these animals, politicizing the “frictions, foreclosures, and exclusions” that determine the lived realities of these animals is critical (ibid). Activist and feminist labor of care become crucial in unveiling a fuller account of animal lives, and human-animal relatedness itself.    

Thus in this edited volume, we specifically attend to the deeply politicized forms of multispecies intimacy that explicitly and actively reject the use and exploitation of animals through mutual practices of care in lives lived intimately in relation. Caring for and with individual animals, and taking a position that wholly rejects the persistent forms of violence to which other species are subjected, not only disrupts the violating categorizations of species, but also engenders the possibility of other worlds and forms of knowledge-making. Tsing calls for an attention to “multispecies love,” a kind of “passionate immersion in the lives of [nonhuman others]” (Tsing 2011, 12). These relationships wrought in the wake of liberation from sites of exploitation, in fact, render possibilities for this kind of multispecies love that situates “care as a form of making and living in worlds of and for kin” (Desai and Smith 2018, 44).

One site where we see these transformative relationships of care and kinship unfolding is in the context of microsanctuaries.Microsanctuaries are sometimes focused on commonly farmed species, like chickens, turkeys, ducks, pigs, goats, sheep, and even cows, but also animals used in other sites of animal exploitation, such as rats, mice, fishes, ferrets, insects, and amphibians, to name only a few (MRC 2020a). A microsanctuary can comprise as few as just one rescued animal and onehuman carer. A core principle of the Microsanctuary Resource Center (a founding organization for the microsanctuary movement) is that, “our space and our resources, no matter how limited, often are still sufficient for us to provide sanctuary to individual animals RIGHT NOW in order to prevent them from ever again being used as commodities” (MRC 2020b, n.p.). An explicit vegan and anti-anthropocentric politics of care underpins the intimate care and political work that is performed in a microsanctuary.

What is the political function of such care in radically transforming human relations with these species? How can the radical potential of the home as a kind of microsanctuary – variously, normatively, even insidiously located in mainstream social geographies such as urban residences, suburban backyards, small shops and offices, and apartments, actively provide a counter to the commodified, superfluous, and expendable perception of these animals? How are personal encounters and relationships with individual or communities of animals shaped or influenced by the diversity of communities/microsanctuaries, and the broader political economic, and geographic contexts where they unfold? What lives and experiences make up the content and practice of intimate care and relationalities in these spaces that politicize these lives and experiences (e.g., human and nonhuman kin, veterinarians, extended multispecies communities)?

We recognize that intimate multispecies relationships can be characterized by ambivalent forms of care and control. Especially in contexts not explicitly attentive to undoing normative ideas about the subordinate positioning of nonhuman animals in society, human-animal relations in the home are sometimes (often?) rife with hierarchical relationships of care embedded with power, control, and dominance (Tuan 1984). Human caregivers are in the position of making decisions about animals in their care – from those surrounding restrictions on reproductive freedom, to what kinds of food or companionship are made available, to where and in what capacity they are allowed to move (Donaldson and Kymlicka 2015; jones 2014). The fraught nature of this decision-making is made to feel less problematic when adult animals are infantilized, thought of as ‘children’ or ‘fur babies’, and thus more easily made subjects of paternalistic power relations and decision-making (jones 2018; Rising 2016).

With these concerns in mind, we ask authors to “reflect critically on their desires for intimacy and to be aware of how those desires are utilized within power relations” (Morgensen 2013, 71). How best might the vulnerabilities of those kin, who might also be understood as interlocutors or research subjects, be protected, by being maximally attentive to their knowing practices, andchange possibilities for what and how we know? How might we imagine transformative ways of knowing with those with whom we might live in close relation but for whom intimacy is an impossibility? There is also much we cannot know across species and across bodies about the inner worlds and depths of someone with whom we live intimately; therefore, we are mindful of the “persistence and importance of difference even in the most intimate interspecies relationships” (Govindrajan 2018, 136). We acknowledge the ongoing possibilities for oppressive social relations embedded in intimate relationships of care, and are committed to exploring multispecies forms of relationality where radically different forms of sociality are unfolding – ones that insist on transforming and refusing oppression, violence, and anthropocentrism.

How may the blurring of categories between ‘human researcher’ and ‘animal subject’ (persistent in hegemonic research methodologies) re-theorize and re-politicize knowledge, or systems of social and political oppression of these (and other) species? How can close relationships with an individual hen liberated from an egg farm, a monkey diverted from the ‘exotic pet’ circuit, or a pig escaped from a truck destined to slaughter help us envisage alternative ways of being in a multispecies world altogether? How might they offer opportunities for thinking across different forms of embodiment, emotional engagement, and lived experiences? These relations of care are also hardly one-way (i.e., a human caring for an animal). The complex webs of emotional interdependence, embodiment, and attachment between humans and other animals, and the care, joy, and heartbreak that may be involved in caring for and with these animals, can likewise characterize humans’ experience of being recognized, loved, and indeed, also ‘rescued’ by them. What can we learn from intimate accounts of reciprocity, interpersonal conflict, grief, and human betrayal, as well as love, trust, and care in relations with other animals? What forms of knowledge emerge if we recognize those animals who are further along in their lifecourse than we ourselves are as elders who possess the cumulative wisdom that comes with age and life experience (jones 2018)? Above all, how might intimate ways of knowing help to envision more radically caring futures for humans, animals, and the environment?

Our aim in this edited book is to understand how both human and animal personal experiences – emerging from shared lives – can be instructive for intimate multispecies ways of knowing. We understand these intimate ways of knowing as a storytelling practice, and so we are interested in short reflective essays of approximately 4,000 words that illuminate ways of knowing with and about other species in intimate contexts, rather than exclusively theoretical/heavily theorized works.

To be considered for inclusion in this edited volume, please submit in the first instance a 250-word abstract, a tentative title, and 100-word bio to both Katie Gillespie (kathryn.a.gillespie@gmail.com) and Yamini Narayanan (y.narayanan@deakin.edu.au) for consideration by 1 December 2020. 


Dayan, Colin. 2016. With Dogs at the Edge of Life. Columbia University Press.
Desai, Shruti, and Smith, Harriet. 2018. “Kinship Across Species: Learning to Care for
Nonhuman Others.” Feminist Review 118 (1). 41–60.
Donaldson, Sue, and Will Kymlicka. 2015. “Farmed Animal Sanctuaries: The Heart of the Movement? A Socio-political Perspective.” Politics and Animals 1, 50–74.  
Giraud, Eva Haifa. 2019. What Comes after Entanglement? Activism, Anthropocentrism, and an Ethics of Exclusion. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Govindrajan, Radhika. 2018. Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India’s Central Himalayas. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Kirksey, Eben, ed. 2014. The Multispecies Salon. North Carolina: Duke University Press.
Lewis, Sophie. 2017. “Defending Intimacy against What? Limits of Antisurrogacy Feminisms.” Signs 43 (1): 97-125. 
Microsanctuary Resource Center (MRC). 2020a. “What is a Microsanctuary?” Accessed October 14, 2020.https://microsanctuary.org/what-is-a-microsanctuary/.
Microsanctuary Resource Center (MRC). 2020b. “Core Principles.” Accessed October 14, 2020. https://microsanctuary.org/core-principles/.
Morgensen, Scott Lauria. 2013. “Reflection: Fearlessly Engaging Complicity.” InFeminist Activist Ethnography: Counterpoints to Neoliberalism in North America, edited by Christa Craven & Dána-Ain Davis, 69-74. Lexington Books.
Moss, Pamela, and Courtney Donovan. 2017. Writing Intimacy into Feminist Geography. London: Routledge.
jones, pattrice. 2014. The Oxen at the Intersection. Brooklyn, NY: Lantern Books.
jones, pattrice. 2018. “Meet the Cow Who Jumped Over the Moon,” VINE Sanctuary News, May 27. Accessed October 14, 2020. http://blog.bravebirds.org/archives/3242.
ParrenÞas, Juno Salazar. 2018. Decolonizing Extinction: the Work of Care in Orangutan Rehabilitation. Durham: Duke University Press.
Rose, Deborah Bird. 2012. Wild Dog Dreaming. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.
Rising, Dallas. 2016. “Good Boys and Sweet Girls,” VINE Sanctuary News, March 23. Accessed October 14, 2020. http://blog.bravebirds.org/archives/3009.
Tsing, Anna. 2011. “Arts of Inclusion, or, How to Love a Mushroom.” Australian Humanities Review 50: 1-11.
Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt. 2015. The Mushroom at the End of the World: on the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Tuan, Yi-fu. 1984. Dominance & Affection: the Making of Pets. New Haven: Yale University Press.
van Dooren, Thom. 2019. The Wake of Crows: Living and Dying in Shared Worlds. New York: Columbia University Press.
Wadiwel, Dinesh. 2019. “Chicken Harvesting Machine: Animal Labor, Resistance, and the Time of Production.” The South Atlantic Quarterly 117 (3): 527-549. 
Wiegman, Robyn. 2010. “The Intimacy of Critique: Ruminations on Feminism as a Living Thing.” Feminist Theory 11 (1): 79–84. 

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Update from the AGM

The Australasian Animal Studies Association held it’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday 8 October.  The Committee said farewell to:

Melissa Boyde: AASA membership and the Committee formally extends its thanks to Melissa Boyde for leading the Association during the 2019/2020 year. Melissa has had a long association with AASA, and is one of the driving forces behind the success of the Association.  Melissa is one of the important voices in Australasian Animal Studies, not least because of her role as Chief Editor of the Animal Studies Journal, the journal she founded, which today is one of the most prominent animal studies publications of its kind. Thank you to Melissa for everything you have contributed to AASA. The Association has benefited immensely from your leadership, and we are looking forward to continuing to work with you in future years.

Natasha Fijn was nominated to the AASA Committee as a General Committee member in 2019. The Committee offers its gratitude for Natasha’s contribution to the Association over the last year. In addition to providing input into the governance of AASA, Natasha has been actively involved in shaping some of our future online events, and the Association very much looks forward to continuing to work with Natasha to produce these events.

Gonzalo Villanueva was nominated to treasurer of AASA in 2018 and served on the Committee in that capacity until early 2020. Over that time Gonzalo took on the task of managing the Association’s finances, preparing updates for the Committee and providing the annual financial report to the AGM. The AASA membership and the Committee formally extends its thanks to Gonzalo for his work for AASA.

Sharri Lembryk joined the Committee of AASA in 2018, serving as a General Committee member for a year before taking on the role of Membership Secretary in 2019. In addition, Sharri took on the role as representative of the AASA on the organising committee for the 2021 Sydney Animals in Climate Change Conference during 2019/ 2020. On behalf of the AASA membership and the Committee, thanks is offered to Sharri for her contributions to the Association.

Erin Jones was nominated to the position of General Committee member in 2019, and assisted with governance of the Association over the 2019 / 2020 year.  The AASA membership and the Committee formally extends its thanks to Erin Jones for her contribution to the Association.


We welcomed recent nominees Laura Jean McKay and Agata Mrva-Montoya to the Committee, as well as extending a formal welcome to Peter Chen who joined us as Treasurer/Membership secretary in early 2020.   You can see our current Committee here: http://animalstudies.org.au/about


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Tiny Beam Fund: Fellowships and Research Planning Grants

Tiny Beam Fund – a charitable foundation based in the U.S. – is pleased to announce a Call For Applications for fellowship awards and for research planning grants. 

Application dates: Opens September 30, 2020. Closes November 24, 2020.

Applicants’ topics: They must be relevant to the set list of of “burning questions” asked by leaders of NGOs tackling problems and concerns related to industrial food animal production in low- and middle-income countries (terrestrial and aquatic animals). These are questions that the leaders want to understand deeply and that matter most to them.

Please note that the list of questions has been updated and re-prioritized in Summer 2020. Some questions from the “old” list have been removed and new questions added. 

FELLOWSHIP AWARDS (given to individuals)

Amount: US$25,000 (for a team of 2-4), $20,000 (for a PhD holder), $15,000 (for a PhD student)


– Academic researchers (including independent scholars) with PhD/doctoral degree or are PhD/doctoral students working on their dissertations.
– No restrictions as to applicants’ place of residence or citizenship.
Duration: 4 months
RESEARCH PLANNING GRANTS (given to universities)
Amount of each grant: Minimum US$1,000. Maximum $10,000.
– Applicants (or the principal applicant if it is a team) must hold the PhD/doctoral degree or be enrolled in a PhD/doctoral program.
– Applicants (or at least one member of a team) should be enrolled in or employed by universities /academic research institutions that can receive these grants. Universities need not be located in the U.S.
Duration: 4 months

Read full description and instructions: http://tinybeamfund.org/burning-questions-initiative/research-planning-grants/

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Call for Papers: European Society for Environmental History Conference

The submission deadline is 31st October 2020.

European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) is hosting its biennial conference, themed “Same planet, different worlds: environmental histories imagining anew” at the University of Bristol, UK July 5-9, 2021. Proposals are invited that move from the premise of an entangled world: first and foremost enmeshed in a global pandemic, a shared ecological crisis and climate catastrophe, as well as cultural connections from past colonial and postcolonial histories.

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3 Year Research Position: Environmental Humanities

Deadline: October 15, 2020
The University of Oslo, Norway is offering a three-year research position in Environmental Humanities at the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities (OSEH), at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), starting January 2021. Applicants with research and teaching interests in interdisciplinary approaches to environmental humanities, including postcolonial and Indigenous approaches; multispecies and extinction studies; Anthropocene studies; environmental histories; blue (aquatic) humanities; or energy humanities are especially encouraged.

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Call for Papers: Sinophone Literature and the Environmental Humanities

Tamkang Review, Special Issue, June 2021.
Due 30 November, 2020.

In their introduction to The Environmental Humanities (MIT Press, 2017), the authors Robert S. Emmett and David E. Nye sum up the state of affairs of the planet. They repeat what many other environmentalist thinkers and activists are reporting and supporting with scientific evidence: species extinction is occurring at an alarming rate, the present “consumption of the earth’s resources” is unsustainable, and the notion that “humanity has a special place in creation that legitimizes the elimination of other forms of life” is a commonplace that should be jettisoned and relegated to the ranks of other notions that once were taken for granted and now are obsolete, idiosyncratic, or anachronistic (1).

This Call for Papers is part of the effort to confront and slow the attrition (and incarceration) of species—the overfishing of seas; the egregiously excessive slaughtering of animals; the routine dumping, aquatic and terrestrial, of megatons of plastic waste; the proliferation of nuclear waste; the primarily human-caused apocalyptic fires and floods—an effort that admittedly is up against seemingly insurmountable odds. Specifically, this Call for Papers focuses on these grave concerns by inviting scholars to contribute papers that address Sinophone literature and film from ecocritical and related points of view (e.g., critical animal studies, critical plant studies, indigenous studies, environmental history, and posthumanism).

Papers accepted for publication in response to this Call for Papers will add to and push in new directions the arguments made in such notable studies as:

Sheldon H. Lu and Haomin Gong’s edited Ecology and Chinese-Language Cinema (2020); Chia-ju Chang’s edited Chinese Environmental Humanities: Practices of Environing at the Margins (2019); Yu-lin Lee’s (李育霖) The Fabulation of a New Earth: Contemporary Taiwanese Nature Writing (擬造新地球) (2015); Sheng Wu’s Protecting Mother’s River: Diary on the Jhuoshuei River (守護母親之河: 筆記濁水溪) (2014); Mei-shiu Huang’s (黃 美秀) In Search of Bears: Stories about me and Taiwan Black Bears (尋熊記: 我與台灣黑 熊的故事) (2012); Shuyuan Lu’s (魯樞元) The Ghost of Yuanming Tao (陶淵明的幽靈) (2012); Mingyi Wu’s (吳明益) Exploration of Modern Nature Writing in Taiwan (台灣自 然書寫的探索) (2011); Mingyi Wu’s Taiwanese Nature Writers 1980-2002 (台灣現代自 然書寫的作家論) (2011); Mingyi Wu’s Nature Insight: From Nature Writing to Ecocriticism (自然之心:從自然書寫到生態批評) (2011); Mingyi Wu’s (吳明益) So Much Water So Close to Home (家離水邊那麼近) (2007); and Sheng Wu’s (吳晟) A Notebook on Jhuoshuei River (筆記濁水溪) (2002).

Studies that also merit notice in this Call for Papers include Peter I-min Huang’s Linda Hogan and Contemporary Taiwanese Writers: An Ecocritical Study of Indigeneities and Environment (2016); Chia-ju Chang and Scott Slovic’s edited Ecocriticism in Taiwan: Identity, Environment, and the Arts (2016); Simon C. Estok and Won-Chung Kim’s edited East Asian Ecocriticisms: A Critical Reader (2013); and Tsung Huei Hung’s (黃宗慧) Animals as Mirrors (2018).

This special issue also is inspired by the work of the editors of and contributors to the Journal of Poyang Lake (published by Jiangxi Social Science Institute), China’s most distinguished journal in the field of ecocritical theory and its applications.

Please submit an abstract of between 350 and 500 words to iris.ralph@gmail.com. The deadline for the abstracts is November 30, 2020.

Full length scholarly articles should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words and follow the most recent MLA guidelines. The deadline for submission of completed articles is January 31, 2021.

Book reviews should be between 1,000 and 3,000 words.

For further inquiries, please email Iris Ralph, Associate Professor, English Department,
Tamkang University, at iris.ralph@gmail.com.




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BASN Online Meeting: Animal Borderlands

BASN will be online for the meeting ‘Animal Borderlands’ –

Session 1 – ‘Living in the Borderlands’ – Friday 18th September

Session 2 – ‘Narrating, negotiating and performing border crossings’ – Friday 25th September

Session 3 – ‘The human-animal interface’ – Friday 2nd October

Register asap via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/british-animal-studies-network-basn-meeting-animal-borderlands-tickets-115343242744

Animal Borderlands

Borderland. n.

A district near the line separating two territories.
An area of overlap between two things.

Borderlands are places of meetings and of partings, of gatherings and divisions, as well as of edges, outsides and interiors. While dominated by a spatial imaginary, borderlands need not be limited by it: borderlands are also transitions, moments where things and phases mix, liminal states. Borderlands abut frontiers, which are often sites of persistent struggles.

Within animal studies, and amongst scholars in the social sciences and humanities who engage with the question of the animal, animal borderlands take many forms. Animals form the basis of metaphysical enquiries as to the nature and limits of the human, inspiring artistic interrogation and response; they can unsettle Western notions of nature as somehow distinct from the social, and bring into question familiar categorisations of species and spaces, domestic/wild, food/pet/pest, native/alien; they cross established political and regulatory limits in the form of invasive species and vectors of disease; they highlight but also question attributions of value, for example in the form of endangered, charismatic and keystone species; they bring into question our own value systems and the moral and ethical frameworks which underpin them; and they signal the limits of human and animal co-existence through ongoing processes of marginalisation and biodiversity loss.

In this meeting, we want to explore the many dimensions of animal borderlands, conceptually and empirically. While there is a long history of reflection on the boundary between human and animal, there are numerous other kinds of animal borderlands. We ask questions such as:

• How do animals and humans together live in, pass through, defy, shape, and constitute borders and borderlands?

• What kinds of animal borderlands are there, and what could a borderland experience be?

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Call for papers: Dreams and the Animal Kingdom in Culture and Aesthetic Media

23-25 September 2021 | Saarland University | Saarbrücken (Germany) 

International and Interdisciplinary Conference held by the Research Centre ‘European Dream-Cultures’, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

Animal dreams — dreams of animals, by animals, and inspired by animals — have concerned poets, mythographers, fabulists, dramatists, painters, musicians, choreographers, filmmakers, and writers of short fictions. Animal dreams have, in fact, become embodiments of the traversal of genres by thinkers, scientists, and writers whose fictions have been inspired by the possibilities of myth, fable, allegory, hybridity, monstrosity, and symbolic hallucination. Animal dreams span all the arts, and they also extend into the worlds of philosophy and even the borders of scientific metaphor. Dreams and dream-images of animals transcend cultures and are frequently taken as avatars, portentous spirits, or disguised divinities. Despite the prevalence of animal dreams across a panoply of genres, media, and cultures, the topic has so far been neglected even by those who have pioneered the emerging fields of animal studies and dream studies.

In accordance with the concept of Saarland University’s research centre ‘European Dream-Cultures’, which investigates the literary, aesthetic, media and cultural histories of the dream, this international conference will pursue the subject of ‘Dreams and the Animal Kingdom’ across different genres, cultural epochs, and aesthetic media. We invite proposals for papers (20 minutes plus time for questions and discussion), pre-constituted panels (three papers of 20 minutes each plus time for discussion), or workshops/roundtables (concentrating on more practical aspects such as research methods, creative practice, teaching) from researchers in the disciplines of art, theatre, film, media, music and literary studies, as well as history, philosophy and other related fields. Contributions should investigate cultural or aesthetic representations of dreams of/by mammals, aquatic fauna, insects, birds, serpents, hybrid mythological creatures, as well as fabulous, fantastical, or cryptozoological animals or other denizens of the animal kingdom, broadly conceived. In accordance with our desire to create a growing and collegiate network of dream-researchers, our aim will be to avoid parallel sessions at the conference, so that participants can hear all papers and take part in all discussions of their choosing.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • An author’s particular dreams about one or more animals
  • A single image involving a species interpreted variously in different cultural settings
  • Thematic approaches to dreams about various fauna
  • Representations of dreaming animals
  • The presence of animals in dream interpretation manuals
  • Media and multimedia sensitivity in artistic visions of animal dreams or dreaming animals
  • Dreams involving fabulous or mythic creatures
  • Historical or Art Historical consequences related to dreams about animals 

Please submit your proposal as a Word file to traumkulturen@uni-saarland.de no later than 15 January 2021. Please describe your project – in English, German, or French – in an abstract not exceeding 200 words and include a short, topic-appropriate CV. For proposals for panels, workshops, or roundtables, please include such a CV for each panellist/participant. 


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Call for Papers: Multispecies Heritage conference

Due: 23rd September 2020

November 26-27, 2020.
This conference, organized by the Multispecies Storytelling network,

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 23rd September 2020 to:Claire.parkinson@edgehill.ac.uk and Brett.Mills@uea.ac.uk

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CFP: “Therapies Incorporating Horses to Benefit People: What are They and How are They Distinct?”

30 November 2020

The Human Animal Interaction (HAI) Section of the American Psychological Association has issued a call for papers for a special issue covering “Therapies Incorporating Horses to Benefit People: What are They and How are They Distinct?” Please direct any inquiries (e.g., suitability, format, scope, etc.) about this special issue to the guest editor: Wendy Wood wendy.wood@colostate.edu. The deadline for manuscript submittal is November 30, 2020.

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