The 2023 Conference of the Australasian Animal Studies Association will be held in-person at the University of Sydney on the 27th and 28th of November 2023, as part of the Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
The Conference theme – Animal Cultures – encompasses emerging scientific and philosophical considerations of culture in non-human animal communities, as well as culturally-informed human views of other animals. Cultural transmission has been observed in a wide array of species (Whiten 2021), facilitating the acquisition of social and ecological knowledge and behaviours that influence biological and social wellbeing (Brakes et al. 2019).
Applying a cultural focus can be problematic, as it considers non-human animals through an anthropocentric construct. Animal Cultures will address the affordances and complexities of “culture/s” within animal studies.
In addition to the wide array of topics presented by scholars at AASA’s Conferences, we are interested exploring Animal Cultures from perspectives, including but not limited to:
- New interpretations of non-human animal culture and knowledge
- Indigenous knowledges of animal cultures
- Cross cultural and multicultural approaches to animal life
- Global animal networks
- Non-human animals and environmental protection
- Political organisations
- Transmissions of knowledge through space, time, sound, bodies, and dance
- Symbiotic animal cultures
- Cross-species cultures
- The culture of Animal Studies
- Submissions open: Friday 26 May 2023
- Submissions close: Friday 21 July 2023
- Notification of results: Friday 4 August 2023
All proposals for papers and panels are welcome where they are aligned with the Vision and Mission of the Association.
The Call for Papers has now closed. The Organising Committee may consider late additions to the program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a late proposal.
Download a social media image pack for the Conference at: http://animalstudies.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/AASA23_socials.zip
Brakes, Philippa, et al. 2019. Animal cultures matter for conservation. Science 363(6431), 1032—1034, doi: 10.1126/science.aaw3557
Whiten, Andrew. 2021. The burgeoning reach of animal culture. Science 372(46), doi: 10.1126/science.abe6514