Call for Papers: AASA Conference 2023 – Animal Cultures

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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

Submit paper and panel proposals via:

  • Submissions open: Friday 26 May 2023
  • Submissions close: Friday 30 June 2023
  • Notification of results: Friday 28 July 2023

All proposals for papers and panels are welcome where they are aligned with the Vision and Mission of the Association.

Questions to: Dr Peter John Chen at

Download a poster of the CFP at:

Download a social media image pack for the Conference at:

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