New Directions in Animal Advocacy, Sydney, Australia
10-11 December 2018 - Call for Papers
The Human Animal Research Network of the University of Sydney invites participation in the New Directions in Animal Advocacy conference in late 2018.
Animal advocacy organisations have increasingly been developing networks to exchange practical and experiential lessons on advocacy, but often with the exclusion of scholarship. The study of human-animal relations has undergone a "political turn" in recent years with specific focus on linking ethical ideas to political practices and institutional. This has created an opportunity for animal rights, animal law and welfare policy-making to reconnect strongly with their roots in social movements and political practice.
The aim of this conference is to examine (re)new(ed) practices in the field of animal advocacy in Australasia and more broadly. The conference is a focused event, looking to enrich scholarship and link participants together. It will look at new:
forms of advocacy practice at the strategic and tactical levels
types of relationships in advocacy networks, and between different types of political actors
topics of concern for animal advocacy and the implications of these new subject areas for advocacy practice and human-animal relations more broadly
The event will form the basis for a collected work on the topic, to be published in 2019, and both scholars and practitioners are warmly invited to participate.
Invited Keynote Speakers
Associate Professor Carrie P. Freeman, Georgia State University and author of Framing Farming: Communication Strategies for Animal Rights.
Ms Glenys Oogjes, Executive Director, Animals Australia.
Dr Peter Chen, The University of Sydney and author of Animal Welfare in Australia: Politics and Policy.
Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to Dr Peter John Chen at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 27th July 2018
Sessions will consist of 20 minute presentations, with 10 minutes for discussion per paper.
Suggested themes include:
emerging animal advocacy issues
political analysis of existing animal advocacy campaigns
media and communication strategies
tactics and strategy
the politics of animal rights and welfare
social and multispecies justice
environmental justice and animals
intersectionality, and the politics of race
collaborations between animal advocacy and other social movements
feminist political approaches to animal advocacy
the politics of food – food sovereignty, food security and veganism
capitalism and markets
The Human Animal Research Network was formed in 2011 at the University of Sydney. It is a cross-faculty research group and an important contributor to the field of Animal Studies, both in Australia and internationally. This field of study serves as a bridge between the social sciences and sciences.