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 →

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 →