The co-evolution of humans and large carnivores and the interface between these species in contemporary societies.
The effects of large carnivores on processes of animal domestication, past and present.
Human-animal relationships in the intersection of sustainability studies, ecological thought and social change for sustainability.
Welfare conceptions of the thoroughbred industry and of animal protection organisations.
School of the Arts, English and Media, University of Wollongong
Animal Studies; modernist art and literature; critical and cultural theory with a focus on the lived experiences of non-human animals – particularly those in the cattle industries in Australia. Founder and chief editor of Animal Studies Journal
Course Coordinator of Master of Social Work Program
Queensland University of Technology
Heather Fraser is a critical social worker who uses visual methods and narrative research in the areas of violence and abuse (humans and animals), oppression and privilege, community organising and service delivery.
I am a fiction writer and see literature as a powerful, covert means to shape sociocultural conversations and individual world-views by exploring the complexity, ambiguity, and consequences of human experiences and understandings.
Through the exploration of the social worlds of greyhound racing and rescue I consider how animals and people can become entangled in contention as a result of different beliefs around human-animal relationships.
The cultural history of bats; animal art theory and criticism (colour theory, human-animal relations, theory for the Anthropocene, decolonisation); animal language; plant sentience; more-than-human perception
Vice-chair, Australasian Animal Studies Association
University of Melbourne
Dr lynn mowson is a sculptor whose practice is driven by the, often violent, entangled relationships between human and non-human animals, in particular agricultural animals and the biotech industries. Her sculptural research has been featured the books The Art of the Animal, Lantern Press, 2015, Carol J Adam’s Neither Man nor Beast, Bloomsbury, 2018, Animaladies, Bloomsbury Press, 2018. She has exhibited widely in Australia, and her artwork was included in SPOM: Sexual Politics of Meat at The Animal Museum, LA, in 2017. Currently her collaborative work ‘feeler’, focusing on the motherhood and consumption of Octopuses is touring Australia as part of Experimenta Life Forms.
Senior Researcher, School of Social & Policy Studies
Positive training, operant conditioning for companion, zoo, farm animals; animals and public health; impact and human control/management of introduced species; attitudes toward and policies on urban animals.
Bachelor of Sculpture and Spatial Practice, 3rd year
Victorian College of the Arts
I am a 24 year old artist and writer living in lutruwita/Tasmania. I am passionate about human/animal ethics, contemporary animal philosophy and visual art surrounding the topic of animals, to which my practice as a whole is devoted.
Research Officer, The University of Adelaide
Co-founder, International Association of Vegan Sociologists
Sociology & Animals Thematic Group Co-convener, The Australian Sociological Association
Book Review Editor, Society & Animals Journal
Dr Zoei Sutton is a sociologist interested in critical, nonhuman animal-centric research.
PhD Candidate, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM)
University of Sydney
Raising the importance of protecting existing wildlife populations in local urban planning; The relationship between front-line emergency responders and companion animal ‘owners’ or guardians in natural disasters