Animal Studies Journal CFP: Animal Sanctuaries edition Deadline extended to April 21, 2017

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Animal Studies Journal CFP: Animal Sanctuaries edition
Deadline extended to April 21, 2017
Call for Papers: Special Edition of the Animal Studies Journal ‘Animal Sanctuaries’
Guest Editor: Elan Abrell
We seek articles that consider animal sanctuaries as unique sites of human-animal
interaction that both influence and are influenced by the way animals are treated and
understood in larger contexts. How do animal sanctuaries contribute to the broader
animal protection movement, what limits and challenges do they face, and what sorts
of new models for living with and caring for captive animals might they provide?
Papers might consider:
· What constitutes a sanctuary?
· What do concepts like care, rescue, captivity, agency, freedom, and flourishing
mean in the sanctuary context, and how might these concepts vary across different
kinds of sanctuaries?
· How might sanctuaries differ in their approach to animal care, both
philosophically and in relation to the specific kinds of animals they cater to?
· How do sanctuaries balance the physical and psychological needs of animals
against the material and spatial constraints of captivity?
· How do sanctuaries differ from (or what do they have in common with) other
forms of animal captivity, such as zoos, aquariums, farms, and circuses?
· What are the goals of sanctuaries beyond the immediate care of animals? And
how are these goals affected by animal needs? For example, how might the
positioning of animals as ambassadors for animal advocacy affect their care?
· How effective are sanctuaries at animal advocacy?
· What unique ethical dilemmas might sanctuaries face, and what kinds of different
approaches to animal ethics inform their missions?
· How do sanctuaries foster or restrict animal autonomy? For example, how do
they address issues related to animal reproduction or spatial segregation of animals
that may be at risk of harm or pose a danger to others?
· What new knowledge about animal care, consciousness, and behavior might arise
in the sanctuary context? For example, what contributions to veterinary science might
sanctuaries provide?
· How do sanctuaries respond to issues related to animal death, including
euthanasia, external predators, and the feeding of sanctuary carnivores?
· What possible visions for animal futures might sanctuaries provide?

Submissions due by 21st April 2017. Please see guidelines and submit online at:

Contact Elan Abrell for more info: