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 →

Animal Advocacy and the Politics of (Un)happiness

The following is a guest post by Sheffield Animals cofounder Dr Seán McCorry, and was initially presented as a conference paper at Academia and Affect 2016. We welcome contributors to our project blog. Please email s.mccorry@sheffield.ac.uk for more information. *** This blog article is my attempt to work through two related sources of discomfort (or, more productively, two sites of disruption) that I have encountered in my scholarly and activist work on behalf of nonhuman animals. The first of these concerns the place of animal studies in the academy, its legitimacy as an area…continue reading →

Research Seminar: Carrie Rohman on Dance and Animality, 16th June

You are warmly invited to the final Sheffield Animals Research Colloquium talk of 2015-16, which will be given by Prof. Carrie Rohman of Lafayette College. Carrie is both a semi-professional dancer and one of the foremost scholars of literary animal studies; she has published widely, including her first monograph Stalking the Subject: Modernism and the Animal and essays on Rebecca West, Rachel Rosenthal, J.M. Coetzee, Virgina Woolf and Italo Calvino. Her most recent work, a monograph titled Choreographies of the Living: Bio-aesthetics in Literature, Art, and Performance and is forthcoming with Oxford University…continue reading →