The Australasian Animal Studies Association (AASA) is the preeminent association for animal studies in the region.
Welcoming activists, academics, researchers and interested peoples, AASA provides a hub for research, opportunities and robust discussion in the field of animal studies.
To activate a community of animal studies scholars, scientists, creative artists and animal advocates. To encourage cross-national and disciplinary exchange and, more particularly, to promote work that has animals and human-animal relations in Australasia as a focus.
For animals and their relationships with humans and environments to be at the forefront of humane and rigorous scholarly, scientific and artistic enquiry. And for this cross-disciplinary intellectual and creative work to inform and influence the treatment and understanding of animals in national, state and local educational institutions, industries and decision making forums.
The objectives of the Australasian Animal Studies Association are to:
- To foster the development of Animal Studies as a field of academic research in Australasia and elsewhere.
- To activate and support a community of Animal Studies scholars, artists and advocates.
- To encourage approaches to Animal Studies that foreground and respect the interests, perspectives and rights of nonhuman animals.
- To encourage and support the production and publication of scholarly, creative and community work in the field.
- To promote the work of AASA members both within Australasian academic contexts and internationally.
- To inform members of local and international Animal Studies events.
- To achieve these objects by activities which may include, but are not limited to, promoting a biennial Australasian Animal Studies Association Inc. conference, maintaining strong online presence, supporting the scholarly journal Animal Studies Journal, hosting and disseminating strategic communication among members.