SYMPOSIUM – The Exceptional Animal, Oxford Brookes (UK)

exceptional animalThe Exceptional Animal
A symposium at Oxford Brookes University, UK
Friday 6 September 2013
Free, open to everyone, no registration required

Much has been said concerning the exceptional nature of the human being, and these celebrations have, in turn, attracted considerable criticism.  But what, exactly, is “human exceptionalism”–a term of very recent coinage–and how does it articulate with broader forms of anthropocentric thought?  How has this exceptionalism manifested, and been contested, within literary and cinematic texts, particularly those concerned with nonhuman animals and their treatment?  And what are the ethical, political and personal stakes involved in any engagement with questions of human exceptionalism.  This one day symposium will bring together new work on these matters by Alastair Hunt (Portland State University), Robert McKay (University of Sheffield), Anat Pick (Queen Mary, University of London) and Tom Tyler (Oxford Brookes University).

Tom Tyler, The Exception and the Norm: Dimensions of Anthropocentrism

Robert McKay, Read Meat: Species Exceptionalism in Michel Faber’s Under the Skin

Anat Pick, Criminal Animals: Animality, Vulnerability, and the Biopolitics of Film.

Alastair Hunt, The Politics of Personification

Time:   12.30pm to 5.00pm
Place:  Harcourt Hill Campus, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, OX2 9AT, United Kingdom
More information, including abstracts:
Contact: Tom Tyler (

MOVIE SCREENING – “Terriens”, Montreal, 24 & 25 August

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Two free screenings of the movie “Earthlings” (French version) in Montreal, Canada on August 24 (Parc Lafontaine) and August 25 (Parc Laurier):

« Terriens »
(Version française de “Earthlings”)
Narration de Georges Laraque

« Terriens » est un documentaire qui traite de la dépendance économique absolue qu’entretient le genre humain avec les animaux. Des séquences inédites, tournées avec des caméras cachées, démontrent les pratiques quotidiennes de plusieurs.

Date: le samedi 24 août 2013
Souper: 17h à 19h30 BBQ Vegan (La Cuisine du Peuple)
Film: 20h
Coût: gratuit
Où: Parc Lafontaine (entrée sur la rue Rachel)
Avec Patricia Tulasne (comédienne, auteure)

Date: le dimanche 25 août 2013
Heure: 20h
Coût: gratuit
Où : Parc Laurier (entrée sur la rue Laurier)

Carl Saucier-Bouffard (professeur en éthique animale à Dawson; chercheur-associé au Centre sur l’éthique animale de l’Université d’Oxford) présentera le film.

En première partie: Carl Saucier-Bouffard et Chuck Pepin présenteront une capsule vidéo de leur projet de mini série documentaire sur l’éthique animale. Ils animeront une discussion après la projection du programme principal.

Avertissement: certaines séquences risquent de choquer les jeunes enfants et les personnes sensibles.

N.B.: Remis au mois de septembre en cas de pluie.

CONFERENCE – The Lives of Human Animals

THE LIVES OF HUMAN ANIMALSThe University of Memphis __ Welcome __ University of Memphis

32nd annual Spindel Conference
September 26-28, 2013
University of Memphis


The problem of personal identity is one of the most bewitching puzzles in all of philosophy. Until very recently, most philosophers subscribed to the view first advocated by the 17th-century British philosopher, John Locke. Locke held that our fundamental nature is given by our status as self-conscious, rational agents (“persons”) and that the conditions under which we persist through time and change are thus to be accounted for in terms of psychological continuity. The main topic of the 32nd annual Spindel Conference will be an anti-Lockean view that has recently gained support amongst philosophers. According to this view, known as “animalism,” our fundamental nature is given not by our psychological capacities, but by our biological constitution: we are primates (Homo sapiens), and like all organisms, we persist just in case we continue living.

The overarching aim of this year’s conference is to provide a forum in which metaphysicians and philosophers of mind working on animalism are brought together with those who are presently engaged in pertinent debates in other areas of philosophy—including philosophy of biology, metaphysics, ethics, philosophical psychology, and philosophy of religion. So, besides animalism in its own right, among the topics to be explored are the nature of organic life, the metaphysics and ethics of death, issues in animal cognition, the possibility of the afterlife, animal interests, etc.


  • John Dupré (University of Exeter)
  • Paul Snowdon (University College London)


  • Colin Allen (Indiana University)
  • Sam Baron (University of Sydney)
  • Carl Gillett (Northern Illinois University)
  • Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University)
  • Steven Luper (Trinity University)
  • Robert Lurz (Brooklyn College, CUNY)
  • Neil Manson (University of Mississippi)
  • Eric Olson (University of Sheffield)
  • Marya Schechtman (University of Illinois, Chicago)
  • David Shoemaker (Tulane University)
  • Christina van Dyke (Calvin College)


Matteo Andreozzi Publishes a Book and Launches a Journal

MATTEO ANDREOZZIISEE member and Italy representative Matteo Andreozzi (Università degli Studi of Milan) recently edited the book Etiche dell’ambiente. Voci e prospettive, which includes contributions from Ralph Acampora, Carol Adams, Matthew Calarco, J. Baird Callicott, Warwick Fox, Greta Gaard, Holmes Rolston III, Peter Singer, and numerous Italian scholars.  A brief introduction to the book, in English and Italian, can be found at the Relations: Beyond Anthropocentrism website.

Relations, Beyond AnthropocentrismMatteo has also just launched the journal Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism, a peer-reviewed journal focusing on trans-anthropocentric ethics and related topics.  Using Marc Bekoff’s The Emotional Lives of Animals (2007) as a starting point, the first volume focuses on animal emotions, offering examples of the intersection of scientific attitudes and ethical concerns toward nonhuman animals.  In the first issue of the volume, the authors describe the consequences of the recognition of animal lives on laws and policies, while the second issue will concentrate on the application of the idea of the emotional lives of animals.

Matteo can be reached at His website is

CFP – Workshop on Animal and Environmental Philosophy

BGSU LogoNovember 15-16, 2013
Bowling Green, OH, USA

The Philosophy Department of Bowling Green State University invites submissions to its inaugural Graduate Student Workshop in Animal and Environmental PhilosophyApplied Philosophy.  The aim of the workshop is to bring together graduate scholars working in applied philosophy topics to encourage constructive discussion and debate.  Each presenter will be given an undivided audience, a commentator and at least 20 minutes for questions.

This Year’s Theme: Animal and Environmental Philosophy

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should include two separate documents: A cover page that includes the title of the paper and contact information for the author; a paper, not to exceed 4000 words, should be included in a separate document and prepared for blind review.  Please submit all documents in .doc/.docx or .pdf format to by August 30th, 2013.

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CALL FOR PAPERS – “Current Developments on Animal and Food Ethics”, PhaenEx


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Call for papers for a special issue of PhaenEx. The Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture (EPTC/TCEP) on “Current Developments in Animal and Food Ethics”/ “Récents développements en éthique animale et en éthique alimentaire”

We are looking for papers related (but not limited to) the following:
→ veganism and carnism
→ animal rights and welfare (as well as the recent political shift in animal ethics)
→ critical perspectives on mainstream representations of animals
→ feminist perspectives and relational ethics
→ critical analysis of food imagery and discourses (i.e. advertising campaigns, clichés, etc.)
→ legal and practical difficulties of exposing the conditions in which animals live and die in farming, zoos, circuses and laboratories
→ the welfarist/abolitionist debate
→ the recent ag-gag law in the US
→ ecofeminism and environmentalism

Deadline is July 1st 2013 and all papers will be peer-reviewed.

Send papers to Christiane Bailey and Chloë Taylor:

More info:

Call for papers (PDF):


Voici un appel de texte de PhaenEx, revue de théorie et culture existentialistes et phénoménologiques (EPTC/TCEP) pour un prochain numéro “Current Developments in Animal and Food Ethics”/ “Récents développements en éthique animale et en éthique alimentaire”

Propositions liées aux sujets suivants sont bienvenues (et sujets connexes):
→ au véganisme et au carnisme
→ à l’éthique animale (et au récent tournant politique des droits des animaux)
→ aux perspectives critiques sur les représentations populaires des animaux (campagnes publicitaires, clichés, etc.)
→ aux perspectives féministes et à l’éthique relationnelle
→ aux difficultés légales et pragmatiques de dénoncer les conditions de vie et de mort des animaux dans les élevages, les zoos, les cirques et les laboratoires
→ au débat abolitionniste-welfariste
→ aux lois visant à limiter l’accès aux élevages aux États-Unis (“ag-gag” laws)
→ environnementalisme et écoféminisme

La date limite est le 1er juillet 2013 et les articles seront soumis à une évaluation à l’aveugle par les pairs.

Envoyez vos articles à Christiane Bailey et Chloë Taylor: