Research Seminar: Dr Jonathan Skinner, ‘Ethno Plunderphonics: On Some Mockingbird Transcriptions’ – 3pm, Tuesday 12th December 2017

We are thoroughly delighted to welcome Dr Jonathan Skinner to our next ShARC research seminar to deliver a talk on 'Ethno Plunderphonics: On Some Mockingbird Transcriptions’. _ Jonathan is Associate Professor at the University of Warwick and teaches on the English and Comparative Literary Studies program. His interests include Contemporary Poetry and Poetics; Ecocriticism and Environmental Studies; Ethnopoetics; Sound Studies; Critical Theory; and Translation. He is founder and editor of ecopoetics, a journal which features creative-critical intersections between writing and ecology. _ The seminar will be held in collaboration with the Centre for Poetry and Poetics…continue reading →

Gove promises that UK law will recognise animal sentience – but …

The following is a post by ShARC co-founder Dr Alasdair Cochrane, Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Sheffield *** Michael Gove released a statement on Thursday confirming that after Brexit, animals will continue to be recognised as sentient beings: that is, as individuals capable of feeling pain and emotion. The statement emerged after a furore this week over MPs' decision to reject Caroline Lucas's amendment to include this formal recognition of animal sentience in the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. Campaigners argued that the decision of the UK marked a significant step…continue reading →

Event Report: Utopian Protein, or Eating Well in the World to Come – a talk by Dr John Miller, University of Sheffield

The following is a guest post by Mira Lieberman, who is a PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield, funded by the Grantham Centre for Future Sustainability, and a member of ShARC. *** Utopian Protein, or Eating Well in the World to Come – a talk by Dr John Miller, University of Sheffield, reported on faithfully by Mira Lieberman The first description of protein molecules by Gerardus Johannes Mulder in 1838 marks a crucial turning point for societal relationships with animals as a primary source of protein ‘providers’. However, the human relationship with…continue reading →

Film Review: Okja

Last week ShARC held a screening of the Netflix original movie, Okja. Okja is about a 14 year old girl Mija and her relationship with Okja, the ‘super pig’. The film opens in what appears to be a rundown warehouse, where CEO of Mirando Corporation, Lucy Mirando, reveals to the media that her organisation has discovered a new pig-like species in Chile, which they intend to put into production for meat starting 10 years from the present day, 2007. Lucy claims that this new species is superior to all others in existence, as…continue reading →

Event report: Animal and Disability Liberation at iHuman’s Animal-Human-Machine

This is a guest post by ShARC cofounder Dr Seán McCorry on behalf of the ShARC Blog Team. *** Disability rights activists and animal liberationists have not often found themselves working towards common goals in political coalitions. From the assertion of shared humanity, which has been a crucial strategy in disability activism, to the frequently problematic way in which disability has been invoked by prominent animal rights philosophers, it is probably fair to say that relationships between zoocentric and anti-ableist thinkers have been characterised by an amount of mutual suspicion. More recently, though,…continue reading →

ShARC Blog

Welcome to the ShARC Blog! The Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre (ShARC) is the home of animal studies at the University of Sheffield.  Sheffield has an unusually large number of scholars and students from different disciplines working on the broad theme of human-animal relations. The purpose of this blog is twofold: to provide a platform for some of the research we are undertaking; but also to offer our scholarly thoughts on all things animal studies – whether they be events, workshops, news stories, legal changes, movies, documentaries, and so on. The ShARC Blog…continue reading →

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 →