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 →

Reading Group: Dinesh Wadiwel’s The War Against Animals

Join us for our first reading group session looking at the Introduction from Dinesh Wadiwel's The War Against Animals.  In The War Against Animals, Dinesh Wadiwel draws on critical political theory to provide a provocative account of how our mainstay relationships with animals are founded upon systemic hostility and bio-political sovereign violence. _ Please find an online version of the Introduction here. _ The reading group is due to take place from 3pm on Tuesday, 6th December at 9 Mappin Street, 9MS-G14.continue reading →

Research Seminar: Jill Atkins, ‘Building an ark of emancipatory extinction prevention mechanisms of accounting and accountability’, 29th November

The Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre warmly invites you to our next research seminar in the series. We are delighted to welcome the University of Sheffield’s own Jill Atkins to deliver a talk on: ‘Building an ark of emancipatory extinction prevention mechanisms of accounting and accountability’. Jill has recently co-edited a book on The Business of Bees: An Integrated Approach to Bee Decline and Corporate Responsibility as part of a long-term project investigating the role of accounting and responsible investment in preserving biodiversity and addressing the impacts of climate change on business. The seminar takes place…continue reading →

Research Seminar: Sune Borkfelt, ‘Sensing the Animal in Slaughterhouse Fictions’, 15th November

The Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre is delighted to invite you to attend our next research seminar in the series. We are very pleased to welcome Sune Borkfelt to the University of Sheffield to deliver a talk on ’Sensing the Animal in Slaughterhouse Fictions'. Please find the abstract attached to this email. The seminar takes place from 3pm on Tuesday, 15th November 2016 in Firth Court, Seminar Room F02a. An abstract of the talk can be found here. _continue reading →

Research Seminar: Susan McHugh, ‘Honeybee Fictions and Indigenous Frictions’, 18th October

The Sheffield Animals Research Colloquium was delighted and incredibly fortunate to welcome Professor Susan McHugh to speak on ‘Honeybee Fictions and Indigenous Frictions’. The seminar took place at 3pm on Tuesday 18th October 2016 at the University of Sheffield. Prof. McHugh is the author of Animal Stories: Narrating across Species Lines (2011), a volume in the University of Minnesota Press's Posthumanities series, as well as Dog (2004), a volume in Reaction Books' groundbreaking Animal series. She has delivered keynote lectures and invited talks in Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, the…continue reading →

BASN: Conserving programme, 18-19th November

British Animal Studies Network Conserving 18th and 19th November 2016 Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield  For registration visit: http://onlineshop.shef.ac.uk/ Early Bird rate £40 waged/£20 unwaged until 17/10/16 Full rate £50 waged/£25 unwaged  Plenary speakers: Rosaleen Duffy (University of Sheffield); David Farrier (University of Edinburgh); Helen Tiffin (University of Wollongong) Draft Programme  Friday 18th November 12.00-1.00: Registration and coffee 1.00-2.00: Introduction and Keynote 1 Helen Tiffin (University of Wollongong) Conservation and Animal Welfare 2.00-2.15: Comfort Break 2.15-3.15: Panel 1: Urban Conservation Samantha Hurn (University of Exeter) Street Dog Conservation Beth Savage (Practicing Artist) Sites…continue reading →

Call for Submissions: Writing Meat: Flesh-Eating and Literature Since 1900

The conversion of animal bodies into flesh for human consumption is a practice where relations of power between humans and nonhuman animals are reproduced in exemplary form. From the decline of (so-called) traditional animal husbandry to the emergence of intensive agriculture and, more recently, the biotechnological innovation of in vitro meat, the last hundred years have seen dramatic changes in processes of meat production, as well as equally significant shifts in associated patterns of human-animal relations. Over the same period, meat consumption has risen substantially and incited the emergence of new forms of…continue reading →