Veganism as Engaged Anthropological Theory

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Call for Papers
May 1, 2019
Massachusetts, United States
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Social Sciences, Human Rights, Cultural History / Studies, Animal Studies

Engaging Anthropology Conference
University of Massachusetts Amherst
October 3-6, 2019
Amherst, MA

Session: "Veganism as Engaged Anthropological Theory”

Human domination over all global systems in the anthropocene has impacted nonhuman animal lives in diverse and wide-reaching ways, from the mass consumption of meat to the devastation of natural ecosystems. Carol J. Adams, through her feminist-veg critical theory, has exposed the “sexual politics of meat” and its ongoing perpetuation by the patriarchy.1 The meat and dairy industries are sustained by reproductive control and the objectification of female bodies. Achieving universal gender equality must necessarily involve the dissolution of these exploitative industries. In addition, the increasing quantity of meat eaten in the United States is a runaway byproduct of the ideological legacies of colonialism and imperialism. Among the forms of resistance to this is a new grassroots Afro-Vegan movement that reclaims traditional foodways and employs “veganism as a tool to overcome systemic race-based oppression.”2 Veganism can therefore be a performative feminist and de-colonizing stance that rejects and bears witness to both human and nonhuman animal injustices.

What are the ways in which systems of oppression present in human societies are reflected in our interactions with nonhuman animals? How can a vegan theoretical lens help us imagine and make alternative worlds possible? I welcome papers from various disciplines that seek to address these and related questions, productively exploring the interface between human culture and nonhuman animal lives.

To be considered for this organized session, please send a short abstract (200 words) of your proposed paper and a brief biographical statement by May 1, 2019 to Danielle Raad, Feel free to reach out if you have any questions, or are interested in participating and would like to discuss potential topics.

1Carol J. Adams, The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory (New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2015).
2Afro-Vegan Society, accessed March 26, 2019, 


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Danielle Raad
Department of Anthropology
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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