CFP – Under Western Skies 3 (September 9 – 13, 2014)

Call for Proposals and Panels
Closing Date:  January 10, 2014

Intersections of Environments, Technologies, and Communities

Mount Royal University
Calgary, AB Canada Continue reading

FINAL CALL – ISEE at the Pacific APA, April 16 -20, 2014, San Diego, CA, USA

Submissions are invited for the International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) sessions at the 2014 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA).  The upcoming meeting will be held in San Diego, CA, USA from Wednesday, April 16th to Sunday, April 20th at the Westin Gaslamp Hotel. Continue reading

CFP – Animals and Their People: The Fall of the Anthropocentric Paradigm?

Animal Studies PolandMiędzynarodowa konferencja Zwierzęta I Ich Ludzie

12-14 March 2014
Warsaw, Poland
The Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Science

Interest in animal studies has been growing in the recent years, especially within contemporary culture studies.  “Animals and their People” answers the need, just beginning to be articulated in Poland and Central Eastern Europe countries, to analyze these transformations within the broader non-anthropocentric perspective of culture transitions, focusing on philosophical and literary texts in their reference to actual animal problems.  Poland has numerous texts that pose the question of the animal and ask about human-animal relations that need to be analyzed and interpreted from the perspective of animal studies.  Taking an animal studies approach also enables scholars looking at the literature, art, philosophy, and attitudes of older cultures before animal studies becomes established in academic institutions.

At the conference we would like to raise questions about the status of the animal and the relation between human and non-human animals as a part of deeper culture transformation.  In creating a theory or thinking about animals we are reminded about real animals, their situation in the world now and in the past.  This is one of the reasons why the ethical context is not only difficult to avoid but crucial for animal studies.  While the conference is interdisciplinary, philosophical approaches and eco-critical interpretations are sorely missing.

We would like, then, to ponder changes that are visible in culture in relation to animals, and question whether and if so, how we can speak of the fall of anthropocentric paradigm.

To Submit

Deadline for submitting papers in Polish or in English (about 1500 words) is October 31, 2013.  Abstracts of 20 minutes presentations and short biographical note (400-700 words) should be send to the following address animalstudies.pl@gmail.com.

Publication

The result of the conference and exhibition will be a bilingual Polish-English conference publication, designed as a combination of articles with the catalog of the exhibition.

More Information

Detailed information about the conference can be found on the Animal Studies PL website.

JOB – Asst. Prof., Animal Studies, NYU

nyu animal studiesJob opening at NYU:
Assistant professor/faculty fellow
Animal Studies Initiative,
Environmental Studies Program
Arts and science

The Animal Studies Initiative invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow. The appointment will be for one year beginning September 1, 2014, renewable annually for a maximum of three years, pending administrative and budgetary approval. The successful applicant will contribute to the education of undergraduates minoring in Animal Studies, teaching three courses per year, and serving as the advisor to the minors. In addition, the successful candidate will help organize and actively participate in an initiative directed towards developing Animal Studies as a rigorous field of academic inquiry. We welcome candidates from a broad range of academic backgrounds. Primary academic training need not be in Animal Studies, but there must be demonstrable evidence of a sincere and substantive commitment to working in this field. We have special interests in ethics and animals, and animals in science. Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. no more than three years before the application date.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2013, and will continue until the search is complete. To learn more and apply, see the NYU Animal Studies Initiative web site at http://animalstudies.as.nyu.edu/page/employment

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
http://history.brookes.ac.uk/staff/prof.asp?ID=729

Robert McKay, Read Meat: Species Exceptionalism in Michel Faber’s Under the Skin
http://www.shef.ac.uk/english/people/mckay

Anat Pick, Criminal Animals: Animality, Vulnerability, and the Biopolitics of Film.
http://filmstudies.sllf.qmul.ac.uk/people/anat-pick

Alastair Hunt, The Politics of Personification
http://www.english.pdx.edu/faculty/hunt_a.php

Time:   12.30pm to 5.00pm
Place:  Harcourt Hill Campus, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, OX2 9AT, United Kingdom
More information, including abstracts: http://www.history.brookes.ac.uk/conferences/2013/exceptional-animal/
Contact: Tom Tyler (ttyler@brookes.ac.uk)