“THINKING ABOUT ANIMALS” CONFERENCE - CALL FOR PAPERS
MARCH 1 & 2, 2018 AT BROCK UNIVERSITY, ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO, CANADA
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: JANUARY 12, 2018
Send abstract (approx. 250 words plus 3 keywords) to firstname.lastname@example.org
For the last two decades, the Department of Sociology at Brock University has promoted the field of Critical Animal Studies. Now, we invite activists and academics to join us for on March 1st-2nd, 2018 for another of our “Thinking About Animals” conferences. This time we will focus on two broad themes.
First, we ask participants to address “Structural Violence and Trans-Species Social Justice.” While capitalism did not create animal exploitation, it has intensified the effects and has made this into a system of total violence that threatens all life on the planet. We encourage participants to submit papers that analyze the social structural oppression of nonhuman animals within the entangled context of speciesism, capitalism, patriarchy, racism and militarism. We take up this theme in part to launch publication of two new books: David Nibert’s monumental 2-volume edited book Animals, Oppression and Capitalism and New Directions in Critical Animal Studies: Toward Trans-Species Social Justice, co-edited by Atsuko Matsuoka and John Sorenson.
Our second theme is “Resistance, Rescue and Sanctuary,” in which we pay attention to individual nonhuman animals who have managed to resist and survive their oppression and also celebrate the work of human activists who have dedicated themselves to the practical work of resisting oppression by helping other animals and advocating for their interests.
As with our past conferences at Brock, we invite both academics and activists to talk about their work as a way of further promoting animal rights, liberation and freedom from oppression. The conference is free but those who wish to have vegan meals (2 lunches, 2 dinners) provided may do so by sending a cheque, payable to Department of Sociology, Brock University. (Amount to be announced soon!)
Featured Speakers include:
Jenny Brown (Woodstock Farm Sanctuary)
Karen Davis (United Poultry Concerns)
Anita Krajnc (Toronto Pig Save)
David Nibert (Dept of Sociology, Wittenberg University)
Ian Purdy (Toronto Pig Save; Institute for Critical Animal Studies)
Chantal Theijin (Hobbitstee Wildlife Refuge)
Kate Spiegel, Brock University