Australasian Animal Studies Association

The 2023 Conference of the Australasian Animal Studies Association was held in-person at the University of Sydney on the 27th and 28th of November 2023.

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.

Keynote speaker: Professor Emerita Carol Gigliotti

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Call for Papers (closed)



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
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