Research Seminar: Simon P. James – ‘Hypotheses, Hermeneutics and the Interpretation of Animal Behaviour’ – 16th May 2017

The Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre is delighted to welcome Dr. Simon P. James from the University of Durham - 4pm next Tuesday, 16th May 2017. The seminar is entitled 'Hypotheses, Hermeneutics and the Interpretation of Animal Behaviour' and is due to take place in Lecture Theatre 7 in the Arts Tower, University of Sheffield. Simon's work engages with a wide range of issues in environmental philosophy, from Buddhist approaches to wildlife conservation to our moral relations with rock formations, and from the (so-called) problem of animal minds to the virtue ethical question of whether a good life…continue reading →

Research Seminar: Dr Wahida Khandker – Beyond the Animating Principle: On Methodologies for Rendering ‘Lived Time’

The Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre is please to announce a seminar by Dr Wahida Khandker (MMU) on Beyond the Animating Principle: On Methodologies for Rendering ‘Lived Time’ at 4pm on Tuesday 30th May in the Arts Tower, Lecture Theatre 8. Wahida's research explores concepts of organic life in the histories of philosophy, biology and medicine.  She is currently working on a project under the title of 'Transmutation: Process-philosophical speculations on the nature of creativity and change in the history of biology'. Please find an abstract below: Dr Wahida Khandker (MMU) Beyond the Animating Principle: On Methodologies for Rendering…continue reading →

Research Seminar: Professor John Ó Maoilearca – “Postural Mutations: On Thinking Alongside the Nonhuman Animal” – 25th April

  The Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre is delighted to announce a seminar by Professor John Ó Maoilearca on Postural Mutations: On Thinking Alongside the Nonhuman Animal, taking place at 4pm on Tuesday 25th April in the Arts Tower, Lecture Theatre 7. John's work explores variations of 'non-standard-philosophy', arguing that philosophy is a subject that continually shifts its identity through engaging with (supposedly) 'non-philosophical' fields such as film. He is currently working on a book-film project dealing with the representations of animals in film and philosophy. Please find an abstract below: According to Cary Wolfe, 'Just…continue reading →

Fully-funded PhD studentship in Theories of Loss in Cultural Representations of Extinction starting 2017-18

Announcing a fully-funded three-year PhD studentship: Theories of Loss in Cultural Representations of Extinction.The Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre (ShARC) and the School of English at the University of Sheffield are pleased to announce a fully-funded three-year full-time PhD studentship on the topic of Theories of Loss in Cultural Representations of Extinction. The project will be supervised by Robert McKay (principal supervisor) and Stefan Skrimshire (Theology and Religious Studies, University of Leeds).This studentship will explore contemporary literary and other cultural portrayals of species extinction (including the extinction of the human animal). It will interpret them in the context of critical-theoretical approaches to loss—for example beliefs about death and the afterlife; life, vitalism and biopolitics;…continue reading →

CFP: Animals in Public: Care, Charisma and Knowledge – Science in Public, 10th-12th July 2017

Animals in Public: Care, Charisma and Knowledge CFP for a panel at Science in Public (10th-12th July, 2017): Panel submission deadline, 18th April 2017 This panel focuses on questions of how knowledge about animals is communicated, constituted and utilised in the public sphere. Animals have often played significant yet under-examined roles in engagements between science and wider publics. From ongoing historical traditions of amateur-professional collaboration, to the contemporary spectacles of natural history filmmaking, a mutual fascination with animals and their worlds has brought scientists and publics together since before the professionalization of the…continue reading →

Northern Animals

 _ The Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre (ShARC) is pleased to announce a one-day event for MA and PhD students in the field of animal studies. The event, entitled Northern Animals, is designed to bring together animal scholars in the north of England and will comprise the following events: a research seminar by Dr Jonathan Saha, a talk on publishing in animal studies by Ben Doyle (senior editor for Palgrave), a workshop on applying for PhD and post-doctoral positions, and a session on drawing animals at a local museum. There will also be a…continue reading →

Tom Regan, 1938 – 2017

            On Friday 17th February 2017 we received word that Tom Regan, professor emeritus of philosophy at North Carolina State University, had passed away, aged 78. The author of a great many number of papers, articles and books, Regan was a versatile philosopher with a keen eye for detail. He specialised in the works and philosophy of G. E. Moore, and through the late 20th century offered substantial contributions to the then-understudied area of animal moral philosophy. For many, myself included, his 1983 book The Case for Animal…continue reading →

Work in Progress: Robert McKay, ‘Animal Studies and The Concept of Representation’

The Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre is please to invite you to a talk by the University of Sheffield's own Dr Robert McKay. The talk is a work in progress towards an essay on the meanings and uses of the concept representation, to appear in a book called Critical Terms in Animal Studies. After setting out a range of reasons why the notion of representation is tricky and important for the field, Dr McKay looks to argue that implicit tensions amongst various vexed senses of representation  — as making present again by standing for, as advocacy…continue reading →

Research Seminar: Dinesh Wadiwel, ‘Pro-Animal Politics – Do we Need a Concept of Ideology?’, 2nd February

The Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre warmly invites you to attend our first research seminar of 2017. We are delighted to welcome the University of Sydney's Dinesh Wadiwel to Sheffield to deliver a talk on 'Pro-Animal Politics - Do We Need a Concept of Ideology?' The seminar is due to take place from 10am on Thursday, 2nd February 2017 in Art Tower, Room AT-LT05. An abstract of the talk can be found here. _continue reading →

Conserving Conference Q&A : Helen Tiffin and Rosaleen Duffy

During our 'Conserving' Conference at the University of Sheffield earlier this month, we were extremely lucky to have the chance to talk with two of the keynote speakers about what the theme of this year's conference meant to them: Helen Tiffin 1) How does your research engage with the theme of 'conserving'? My current research is on the (unfortunately, and in some ways insoluble) vexed relationship(s) between animal welfare proponents and environmentalists. Though their interests should be united, in persuading a generally uncaring majority to consider the interests of the "more than human world" (Philosopher Val Plumwood's term),…continue reading →