Australasian Animal Studies Association

Leane, Professor Elizabeth

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Professor of Antarctic Studies, School of Humanities

School of Humanities, College of Arts, Law and Education, University of Tasmania

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I work at the border of English and Antarctic studies, and often bring Animal Studies into this mix. I have written, among other things, about the politics of penguin films; huskies in Antarctic cinema; the consumption of dogs during the Australasian Antarctic Expedition; the significance of the dairy cows who travelled with Byrd’s second Antarctic expedition; the charisma of krill; and animals in travel writing. I often collaborate with colleagues in other disciplines, from musicology to marine biology. I also supervise postgraduate projects in Animal Studies.


I am a co-editor, with Carol Freeman and Yvette Watt, of the collection Considering Animals (Ashgate 2011), and the co-author of its introduction and a chapter. I have Animal Studies work published in the journals Kunapipi, Anthrozoos, Australian Humanities Review and The Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, as well as book chapters in Cinematic Canines (2014), Screening Nature (2014), Engaging with Animals (2014) and the Routledge Research Companion to Travel Writing (2019)