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Weekly Round Up – March 15, 2010 (Beware the Ides of March)

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I know this is late, blame daylight savings time. Also, this is going to be a short one.


  • Global Animal: An Animal Studies Conference. September 27-28th 2010, University of Wollongong NSW Australia. More details here.
  • Ocean Past III. Trinity College, Dublin. November 18-20th, 2010. More details here.
  • A call for manuscripts for the new Critical Animal Studies book series. More details here, just in case you missed them.


  • The New York Post had a good article on children becoming vegetarian. Though Erik Marcus is right, why are they still letting Nina Planck act like an expert?
  • Scu made a post on the weirdness of the argument that being for animals means you are somehow against humans. That resulted in a series of interesting responses. In this case, Levi Bryant has a great post up, and Peter Gratton has three posts. See here, here, and here.

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March 15, 2010 at 12:41 am

Call for Book Proposals

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Call for Book Proposals

We are pleased to invite proposals for a new book series, Critical Animal Studies, to be published by Rodopi Press, one of Europe’s premiere academic presses. The main goals of the series, which differentiates it from the pre-existing series in the field of animal studies, are that we are particularly looking to publish works that:

(a) focus on ethical issues pertinent to actual animals (as opposed to animals as only metaphors, tropes, or philosophical concepts); i.e. work with a certain normative value;

(b) adopt a broad critical orientation to animal studies, including (but not limited to) work that investigates and challenges the complex dynamics of structural, institutional, and discursive power formations that organize life conditions, relations, and experiences of animals, humans, and the environment alike; work that explores diverse forms and sites of human/animal resistance; work that contributes to current global debates by contextualizing critical animal issues within, for instance, processes of globalization, climate change, and biotechnology; work that intervenes in the animal economy of the production, science, service, experience, and culture industries; as well as work that critically analyzes ideologies, practices and effects of the current animal welfare movement;

(c) bridge boundaries between academic/activist knowledge, between theory/practice, as well as between existing disciplines. Based on this commitment to interdisciplinarity, all work published must be in language that is as clear and accessible to as wide an audience as possible;

(d) contribute to creative, bold, innovative, and boundary shifting knowledge development in critical animal studies.

If we can be of any further help or assistance in discussing projects please do not hesitate to contact either of us via email. Further information and submission guidelines are found on the book series website:

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Helena Pedersen
Senior Co-Editor

Malmö University

Vasile Stănescu
Senior Co-Editor

Stanford University

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March 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Weekly Round up, Feb. 21st, 2010

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Blogs, Newspapers and Journals

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February 21, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Weekly Roundup, February 7, 2010

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Special issue of Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies on “animal studies and ecocriticism,” including a couple articles on J.M. Coetzee’s The Lives of Animals.

The most recent issue of Law, Culture and the Humanities has articles from Cary Wolfe, Gary Francione, Marie Fox, and Tamie L. Bryant.

Trying Leviathan: The Nineteenth-Century New York Court Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature by D.G. Burnett is now available (and on sale via PUP).

David Cassuto “Owning What You Eat: The Discourse of Food,” forthcoming this fall in Democracy, Ecological Integrity and International Law, is available for download at SSRN.

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February 7, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Weekly Round up, January 31, 2010

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Instead of the usual list, this week has been all about interesting discussions.

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January 31, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Weekly Roundup – January 24, 2010

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  • Following AUFS, the three of us here at The Inhumanities have each made a post explaining what the most influential books for us have been. Craig, Scu, and Greg.We’d like to encourage other bloggers to do the same.


  • The 9th Annual North American Conference for Critical Animal Studies will be help at SUNY-Cortland on April 10, 2010. Full cfp here.
  • The first annual European Conference for Critical Animal Studies will held April 23, 2010. Full information here.
  • A special panel call for papers on British Romantic Period Animals entitled “Pets and Meat”, for NASSR, in Vancouver on Aug 18-22, 2010. Full details here.

Newspapers and Blogs:

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January 24, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Weekly Round Up, January 18th, 2010

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A weekly round up that is both a day late and rather short. Blame the holiday. Better yet, celebrate the holiday by thinking of how we are all going to get liberated.

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January 18, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Weekly Roundup – January 10, 2010

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  • David Cassuto outlines the broader legal implications and history of the dismissal of a suit brought upon Ringling Brothers Circus on behalf of their elephants on the basis of lack of standing.
  • Vegans of Color continue to highlight the lack of connection between the animal abolition movement, and the prison abolition movement with a recent move by PeTA (though I guess one would say that PeTA is not an abolitionist movement).

Newspapers and Magazines:

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January 10, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Weekly Roundup – December 20, 2009

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  • Foucault and Animals, a book to be edited by Matthew Chrulew and Dinesh Wadiwel. Abstracts due 28th February 2010.
  • Litterature & Animalite, conference at Johns Hopkins April 15-16th, 2010. Submissions due Feb. 01, 2010.


Blog Note:

  • Most likely nothing new will happen on this blog until after the new year, including probably canceling next week’s roundup. So, enjoy yourselves.

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December 20, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Weekly Roundup – December 6, 2009

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December 6, 2009 at 1:30 pm