Anthrozoology as International Practice: A Student Conference in Animal Studies

Thomas Aiello Announcement
United Kingdom
Subject Fields
Animal Studies, Anthropology, Graduate Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Social Sciences

Call for Papers:


As a celebration of emerging voices, we invite current and prospective students interested in human-animal encounters to participate in our upcoming 2021 conference: ‘Anthrozoology as International Practice: A Student Conference in Animal Studies.’


Held by the University of Exeter’s Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics (EASE) working group, this event is scheduled to take place virtually 4-5 March of 2021. The theme of our inaugural conference is ‘Emerging Voices’ where we will welcome presentations from students and early career researchers in anthrozoology and related fields (such as human-animal studies, natural sciences or philosophy). Abstracts on topics in all areas of anthrozoology will be considered, and applicants from any college or country are welcomed. This conference aims to spotlight research being undertaken by students around the world, in the hopes of building a global support network. Presentations based on PhD research proposals are also welcome.


Who can present:

Students in any Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD program

Recent graduates from PhD programs.

Individuals ‘in between’ the above programs


Deadline for submissions: December 15, 2020


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

· Human and companion animal relationships

· Our relationships with commodity animals throughout the world

· Food, entertainment, trade in body parts or products, etc.

· One health, one welfare through an anthrozoological lens

· Wildlife-human conflict

· Our relationship with ‘nature’

· Biodiversity and sustainable development

· Animal-assisted therapy or interventions

· Animal welfare

· Animal rights

· Animal sheltering and rescue

· Current issues: hoarding, exotic animals in the news, etc.

· Animal representations

· Humane education

Submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to:


The delivered format will be 20-minute-long oral presentations (with PowerPoint slides), followed by additional time for audience questions.


Please write ‘AIP abstract’ in the heading.


Please include the title of your presentation, your full name as you would like it to appear in the abstract packet, your current college/university (or most recent university). All research must follow, at minimum, the ethical guidelines of your university or the University of Exeter, and prioritise the physical and mental wellbeing of both human and non-human subjects.


Other information:


Potential workshop opportunities at the conference may include:


Defining Anthrozoology as a discipline

Dissertation proposals and thesis writing

Navigating the ethics application

Finding a mentor/being a mentor

Pitfalls on the road to your degree

Resources for research


All accepted abstracts will be notified by Jan 10th 2021 and registration for the conference will begin Jan 10th 2021. The conference is free of charge.


When finalizing the schedule, we will attempt to be as accommodating as possible of the different time zones (session will likely run between 12-9 pm UK time - tbc).


Introduction by Professor Samantha Hurn, director of EASE and the MA and PHD Anthrozoology programs at Exeter University, UK.


Further information on ‘Anthrozoology as International Practice: A Student Conference in Animal Studies’ can be found at the following website:

Contact Information

Kris Hill

Exeter Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics (EASE) working group

Club Alley

St Luke’s Campus

University of Exeter

Heavitree Road



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