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Development for Species: Animals in society, animals as society

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The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, and the ‘Sociology & Animals’ Thematic Group of TASA are proud to co-host a two-day symposium

Development for Species: Animals in society, animals as society

Deakin University, Melbourne City campus, September 18-19, 2017


Overview: Nonhuman animals are typically marginalised by the anthropocentric focus of traditional scholarship in both development and sociology. As social scientists increasingly recognise nonhuman animals as critical members of society who co-produce ‘the social’ along with other animals, we are presented with the opportunity to consider nonhuman animals as more than passive companions, commodities or environmental resources. The Development for Species symposium aims to bring together scholars conducting research about, for, and/or with nonhuman animals.

We are interested in what provocations and implications the framing of animals as ‘social’ can open for development discourse and practices. Hitherto, development has been complicit in invisibilising sentient nonhuman animals in the name of development, and in the violent objectification of animals, especially those designated as ‘food’. In the Anthropocene, the geologic age where humans are believed to be significantly responsible for climate change, species destruction, and the sixth mass extinction, there is urgent need to understand ecological and social realities beyond only human worlds (Rose 2009). It is increasingly important to plan for species – including the humans as species (Blue 2015). However, in addition to the overwhelming concerns for planetary environmental sustainability, there are increasingly reasons to be cognisant of the violent impacts of development on the animals.

The symposium aims to introduce nonhuman species, particularly farmed animals, into the development discourse as stakeholders, and critical members of societies, rather than their current status as environmental/economic commodities in development. With the rise of human-animal scholarship, development scholars are increasingly recognising the importance of including non-human animals in our academic endeavours, and the urgency of studying animals as actors, as well as subjects of marginalisation in societies. Together with the mounting evidence that directly link animal agriculture to planetary catastrophes like climatic change, the impetus to examine the role of animals in our shared species ecological and social worlds is of growing urgency.

Keynote speakers at the symposium are:

Maneesha Deckha, Professor and Lansdowne Chair in Law, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, CANADA; mdeckha@uvic.ca, Maneesha will deliver a paper titled: The Anthropocentric Limits of “Food Safety” as a Modernist Regulatory Norm: Industry Deference, Animal Insecurity, and the Criminalization of Compassion for Vulnerable Nonhuman Others

Bio: Professor Dekcha is Professor and Lansdowne Chair at the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Her research and teaching interests include critical animal law, feminist analysis of law, postcolonial legal studies, reproductive rights, health law and bioethics. Her work has been published in Canada and internationally in socio-legal and interdisciplinary venues including American Quarterly, the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, the Harvard Journal of Gender and Law, Hypatia, the McGill Law Journal, and Sexualities. She has also contributed to multiple anthologies relating to critical animal studies, feminism, cultural pluralism, and health law and policy, and is the recipient of grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program. Professor Deckha has held the Fulbright Visiting Chair in Law & Society at New York University. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Politics and Animals and Hypatia.


Nik Taylor, Flinders University.

Bio: Nik Taylor is a sociologist who has been researching human-animal relations for over 15 years, after spending years running an animal shelter. Nik has published widely on the human-animal bond; treatment of animals and animal welfare; links between human aggression and animal cruelty including those between domestic violence, animal abuse and child abuse; slaughterhouses; meat-eating; critical animal studies; neoliberalisation and the marginalization of critically informed knowledge production, and, animal shelter work. Her most recent books include Ethnography after Humanism: Power, Politics and Method in Multi-species Research (with Lindsay Hamilton, Palgrave, 2017); Neoliberalization, Universities and the Public Intellectual: Species, Gender and Class in the Production of Knowledge (with Heather Fraser, Palgrave, 2016), and The Rise of Critical Animal Studies (ed., with Richard Twine, Routledge, 2014).

You can find out more about Nik’s work at the Animals in Society Working Group website and blog.


Philip Wollen, AO

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“Ethics, Truth and Folly……….Occam’s Razor and the New Swiss Army Knife”

Philip draws on his past experience as a merchant banker and his current vocation as a “Venture Capitalist for Good Causes” to build his “Kindness Sans Frontiers” initiative, supporting some 500 projects in 40 countries. He examines the challenges facing the environment and the existential threat to human and non-human survival. His footprints cross the borders of nations, religions, politics and ideologies. But they also cross the bloodiest border of all. The border of species.


Call for Papers:We seek abstracts in the areas including but not limited to:

  • Urban/rural sociologies and animals
  • Religion, culture and animals
  • ‘Food’ and sociology of farmed/production animals
  • Sociology of relationships and animals
  • Sexual Politics of Meat – gendered violence in animal farming
  • Companion Animals and society
  • Poverty and animal rights
  • Democracy and nonhuman animals
  • Activism and animals
  • Developing species inclusive spaces
  • Challenging anthropocentrism in research

Presentations are to be 20mins in duration. Please send your 200-300 word abstracts to both zoei.sutton@flinders.edu.au & y.narayanan@deakin.edu.au by , 4 August 2017.

A special issue of a leading journal like Society and Animals, or Journal of Development Studies is planned for the symposium.

Postgraduate scholarship: With the support of TASA, the Sociology & Animals Thematic Group will be offering 3 postgraduate scholarships valued at $150 each. Potential scholarship winners will need to be registered TASA postgraduate members & located outside of Melbourne. If you wish to be considered for a postgraduate scholarship please indicate this in the same email as your abstract submission.

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