CFP: "Critical Aniaml Studies: Forging Alliances and Intersections"

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Call for Presentations, ICAS Oceania

Critical Animal Studies:  Forging Alliances and Intersections - Melbourne, Australia. 15 and 16 of July 2017 

Alliance building across social movement groups is an important aspect of social movement dynamics, contributing to their capacity to promote social change for both nonhuman and human animals. Within the Oceania region of the animal liberation movement, forging alliances and building an awareness of intersectionality is crucial, yet remains scarce within activist communities. No one group can achieve liberation on its own, or emancipate other oppressed communities, making alliance building vital. Understanding what inspires and facilitates collaboration of how movements form alliances, or fail to do so, is a crucial aspect of achieving social change at a broader level. This conference seeks to foster new discussions on how to forge alliances and raise awareness of intersectionality within a Critical Animal Studies framework.

The Institute for Critical Animals Studies (ICAS) Oceania conference organising collective are seeking panels, proposals, workshops and papers providing comparative engagement across countries and regions. Intersectional and transdisciplinary panels, visual art pieces and installations, and bilingual panels are encouraged. Non-academic and activist papers that explore grassroots movements are also sought.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

Forging alliances with other social movements
Intersectionality in theory and practice
Gender, class, race and CAS
Anarchism and CAS
Nonhuman animals and the law
The criminalisation of dissent and links with other movements
Critical Animal Pedagogy

In the first instance, submit a 250-300 word abstract and short bio to icasoceania@gmail.com with ‘ICAS Oceania 2017’ in the subject line, by May 28. Visit our website to see what we are about: http://www.criticalanimalstudies.org/oceania-conference/