International conference ANIMALS AND THEIR PEOPLE

Conference partners are:
Le Centre de civilisation française et d’études francophones (CCFEF) de l’Universit&...

Ecce Animalia

During the third day of the conference will be held an optional excursion to the Museum of Contemporary Sculpture in Oronsko to visit the exhibition:

Ecce Animalia

Museum of Contemporary Sculpture, Centre of Polish Sculpture in Oronsko
8th  March – 15th June 201...


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International conference ANIMALS AND THEIR PEOPLE

International conference ANIMALS AND THEIR PEOPLE

Conference partners are:
Le Centre de civilisation française et d’études francophones (CCFEF) de l’Université de Varsovie

Polish Academy of Sciences
Faculty of “Artes Liberales” at the University of Warsaw
Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko
Minding Animals International

Animals and Society Institute
Institute for Critical Animal Studies

German Tierstudien CFP - Zoo

German Tierstudien are collecting abstracts for the issue Zoo that will be published next year in April.

The abstracts in German (not longer than 2000 characters) should be sent to Jessica Ullrich, an editor:

The deadline for the articles is 1 December 2014.

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Reading Animals CFP

Reading Animals

An International English Studies Conference

School of English, University of Sheffield, UK
17–20 July, 2014
Abstract deadline: 19 December, 2013.

Keynote Speakers:
Tom Tyler, Erica Fudge, Laura Brown, Kevin Hutchings, Cary Wolfe, Susan McHugh 

Reporting in the journal PMLA on the emergence and consolidation of animal studies, Cary Wolfe drew attention to the role of the Millennial Animals conference, held in the School of English at the University of Sheffield in 2000, as a formative event in this interdisciplinary field. Seeking now to focus the diverse critical practice in animal studies, a second conference at Sheffield seeks to uncover the extent to which the discipline of English Studies now can and should be reimagined as the practice of reading animals

This conference seeks to reflect and to extend the full range of critical methodologies, forms, canons and geographies current in English Studies; contributions are also most welcome from interested scholars in cognate disciplines. Reading Animals will be programmed to encourage comparative reflection on representations of animals and interspecies encounters in terms of both literary-historical period and overarching interpretive themes. As such, seven keynote presentations are planned; each will focus on how reading animals is crucial in the interpretation of the textual culture of a key period from the middle ages to the present. The conference will also feature a plenary panel of key scholars who will reflect on the importance when reading animals of thinking across periods and in thematic, conceptual and formal terms.

Abstracts for 20 minute papers (300 words) or pre-formed 3-paper panels (1000 words) are welcome by 19 December, 2013 from researchers at any stage of their career, including early career scholars and postgraduates. Please send by email to

3rd EU conference for critical animal studies


3rd European Conference for Critical Animal Studies:
Technoscientific developments and Critical Animal Studies

Karlsruhe, Germany

Conference Program


Thursday 28th of November


8:45–9:00 Registration – Please notice that we ask you to pay conference fees per bank transfer (no cash)
9:00–10:00 Welcome Greetings and address by Arianna Ferrari, Anthony Nocella; Message from Minding Animals International.
10:00–11:15 Plenary Speach by Helena Pedersen: “Abattoir Blues: Technologies of violence in animal science education”
  Coffe break – exhibition by Hartmut Kiewert
11.45–12:45 Continental Perspectives Literary Critical Animal Studies
  Martin Huth: Criticizing the Current Treatment of Animals with Phenomenology Micha G. Edlich: Animal Man and the Question of the Animal
  Conny Johnston: What’s in a face? Animal science encounters Levinas Anne F. Pusch: The Adams and Eves versus technoscientific developments. A critical study of Atwood’s ‘The Year of the Flood’
  Lunch break – short presentation of the exhibition by Hartmut Kiewert
14:15–15:45 Human dominance Sustainability and welfare
  John Sanbonmatsu: Reification as the highest stage of speciesism Tami Torossonen: A History of Sellfare
  Roberto Marchesini: “Anthropo-decentralizations” Nonhuman alterities and the post-human project Livia Boscardin: Our Common Future? The Missing Animal in Sustainability Policy Discourse
  Matthew C. Cole: ‘It’s love in a box!’ Digital media and the socialization of human species-dominance in childhood Richard Twine: Are ‘sustainable diets’ a Trojan Horse for animal advocates?
  Coffe break – exhibition by Hartmut Kiewert
16:15–17:15 Military uses Biotechnology
  Colin Salter:Animals and War: dominionism, commodification and technoscience Paola Sobbrio: The invisibility of GM animals inside the European regulations
  Sean McCorry: Radiation Anxiety – Humanism, Nuclear Culture and Animal Life Samuel Camenzind: On “genetic copy” – A misleading metaphor in the ethical debate on SCNT-cloning
17:30–19:00 Projection of the movie “Maximum tolerated dose” and discussion with the film-maker (Karol Orzechowski)

Friday 29th of November

9:00–9:15 Registration
9:15–10:45 Meat Experimenting
  Marcel Sebastian: Coping with violence – Working in the meat industry Juliet MacDonald: The Art of the Diagram – modes of depicting apparatus used in Comparative Psychology experiments
  Julia Gutjahr: The Reintegration of Animals and Slaughter in Discourses of Meat Eating Kirsten Persson: An evil fairy in the woods – What we can learn from experimental philosophy regarding our intuitions about the moral status of non-human animals
  Alma Massaro: Ritual slaughter – legal and theological inconsistencies Sarah O’Brien: Experimentation – Testing Animals and Film Form
  Coffee break – exhibition by Hartmut Kiewert
11:00–12:45 Rountdtable: “Towards the end of animal experiments: CAS in conversation with other positions
  Moderation: Kathrin Herrmann; Participants: Dr. Martin Balluch, VGT, Austria; Dr. Arianna Ferrari, KIT/ITAS, Germany; Dr. Andrew Knight, University of St Kitts, Carribean Islands (video contribution); Claudio Pomo, Coordinamento Fermare Green Hill, Italy; Tereza Vandrovcová, Department of Sociology, Czech Republic
  Lunch break – short presentation of Chimara Arbeitskreis; exhibition by Hartmut Kiewert.
14:15–15:45 Technoscience and power Critical perspectives
  K. Forkasiewicz: Technoscience in the Flesh: A Case Against the Reification of Experience Magdalena Dabrowska: Paradoxes of beauty – purebred dog shows in Poland
  Agnieszka Kowalczyk: Can Non-human Animals and Machines Produce Value? Beyond Marx’s Dichotomy of Living and Dead Labour Simon Anhut: Animal experiments exhibition with toy animals
  Gregor Wolbring: Ability privilege describes the advantages enjoyed by those who exhibit certain abilities Marisa Pushee: To be announced.
  Coffee break – exhibition by Hartmut Kiewert
16:15–17:15 Plenary Speach by Anat Pick: “Impossible Creatures: Animals in the Cinematic Machine”
20:00 Conference dinner in town (facultative)

Saturday 30th of November

9:00–9:15 Registration
9:15–11:00 Roundtable: “Politics of nature
  Participants: Dr. Elisa Aaltola, University of Eastern Finland, Finland; Dr. Kay Peggs, University of Portsmouth , UK; Dr Katherine Perlo, author of Kinship and Killing: The animal in world religions, UK; Dr. John Sanbonmatsu, Worcerster Polytechnic Institute, USA.
  Coffee break
11:15–12:15 Critical ethology Activism
  Robert Thomas: Darwinian Ethology – An Anthropomorphic Approach of the Animals Aiyana Rosen: The German Animal Liberation Movement – Formation and Framing, 1980–1995
  Elisa Aaltola: Skepticism, empathy and ethology Jessica Groling: Appropriating a moral panic – the British fox-hunting lobby and the urban fox
12:15–13:00 Final discussion & Conclusions

Plenary speakers

We are pleased to announce the plenary speakers on the conference Animals and their people. The fall of the anthropocentric paradigm? in Warsaw 2014:

Steve Baker (University of Central Lancashire, UK)
Monika Bakke (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland)
Przemysław Czapliński (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland)
Izabela Kowalczyk (University of Humanities and Journalism, Poznań, Poland)
Dominique Lestel (Ecole normale supérieure, Paris, France)
Robert McKay (University of Sheffield, UK)
Jessica Ullrich (
University of Nürnberg and Kunstpalais in Eralngen, Germany)

Anna Barcz & Dorota Łagodzka