Humanimale Ästhetik. Vortrag im Zeppelinmuseum

„Humanimale Ästhetik. Tier-Werden in der Gegenwartskunst“

Vortrag von Dr. Jessica Ullrich, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

Donnerstag, 29. September, 19 Uhr im Zeppelinmuseum Friedrichshafen

In ihrem Buch „Tausend Plateaus“ entwickeln Gilles Deleuze und Félix Guattari die Denkfigur des „Tier-Werdens“, das sie vor allem als Schreibstrategie begreifen. Doch kann man das Konzept auch für Werke der bildenden Kunst nutzbar machen. So versuchen in Zeiten des Posthumanismus Künstler, beispielsweise mithilfe von Prothesen, durch Operationen oder Bluttransfusionen mit einem tierlichen Anderen zu verschmelzen und selbst zumindest teilweise tierlich zu werden. Im Vortrag sollen performative Tier-Mensch-Hybridisierungen in zeitgenössischen Kunstwerken untersucht werden, um zu reflektieren, ob und auf welche Weise dadurch die Grenze zwischen Tieren und Menschen aufgeweicht, neu definiert oder zementiert werden kann.

Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen GmbH
Seestraße 22
D-88045 Friedrichshafen

info
http://www.zeppelin-museum.de

JU

Animal Encounters in Erlangen

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS: MENSCH-TIER-KONTAKTE IN KUNST, LITERATUR, KULTUR UND WISSENSCHAFT

Human-Animal-Contacts in Art, Literature, Culture and Science

Internationale Tagung an der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Department für Germanistik und Komparatistik

25.-27. November 2016

Hauptredner: Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University, Middletown CT),

Roland Borgards (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg),

Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir (Icelandic Academy of the Arts, Island),

Martin Ullrich (Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg)

in cooperation with the University of Music Nuremberg

Partner event of Minding Animals International Incorporated

Konferenzort:

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Kochstraße 4
91054 Erlangen
5. Stock, Zimmer 05.012

Kontakt:

Dr. Alexandra Böhm
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Neuere deutsche Literaturgeschichte
Bismarckstr. 1B
91054 Erlangen

alexandra.boehm

Dr. Jessica Ullrich
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Neuere deutsche Literaturgeschichte
Bismarckstr. 1B
91054 Erlangen

Jessica.ullrich

Anmeldung bis 17. November 2016: conference-animal-encounters

Webseite: animal-encounters.de

Konferenzsprachen: Deutsch und Englisch

Veranstaltungsankündigung

Veranstaltungshinweis: Tiertagung, Hessischer Landtag, Wiesbaden, 1.10.2016

Die Fraktion DIE LINKE veranstaltet am 1. Oktober im Hessischen Landtag zum zweiten Mal eine Tagung zum Thema Tiere. Mein lieber Kollege Jeff Mannes (Thema „Karnismus“)) und ich (Thema „Tierethik“) werden dort als Referenten und Diskutanten dabei sein. Es freut mich sehr, dass auch DIE LINKE Tiere ernst nimmt und auf die politische Agenda setzt. Wir werden sie dabei unterstützen, sich hier noch stärker zu engagieren.

http://www.linksfraktion-hessen.de/cms/service-mainmenu-11/termine/details/239-2te-tiertagung-der-linksfraktion-im-landtag.html

Herzliche Grüße
Jens

15 Doktorandenstellen

PhD fellowships in animal welfare – including ethics/philosophy.

The University of Goettingen has position openings for 15 Doctoral Researchers to join the new PhD program „Animal Welfare in Intensive Livestock Production Systems – Transformation Processes within Intensive Animal Husbandry“ funded by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Research and Culture. The positions are available from November 1, 2016 or later. The successful candidates will be funded for three years by scholarships under the „Georg-Christoph-Lichtenberg-Stipendien“-Program. Please submit your application (online) to animal.welfare. Deadline: October 23, 2016.
http://dgphil.de/uploads/media/1474533730-Ausschreibung Promotionsprogramm_Animal Welfare _englisch.pdf

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CFP: Conference „Smelling“ of the British Animal Studies Network

At the meetings of the British Animal Studies Network held at the University of Strathclyde over the past three years we have been engaging with the senses: with the bodily engagement with the material world that on some levels we share with animals, and that distinguish animals from us, and from each other, in some remarkable and telling ways. Following on the heels of ‘Looking’, ‘Feeling’ and ‘Tasting’, ‘Smelling’ invites thinking about the smell of animals (their aromas); animals’ smelling powers (their capacities); and human engagement (or lack of it) with smell. Invited speakers confirmed for this meeting are Andrew Gardiner (Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh) and Sandra Swart (History, Stellenbosch University, South Africa).

As well as these invited speakers we are also issuing this call for papers. If you are interested in giving a paper addressing the topic from whatever disciplinary perspective please submit your title, with an abstract of no more than 200 words and a brief biography (also of no more than 200 words). These should be included within your email – i.e. not as attachments. Please send them to erica.fudge. The deadline for abstracts is Friday 15 January 2016. Presentations will be 20 minutes long, and we hope to include work by individuals at different career stages. Sadly we have no money to support travel, accommodation or attendance costs.

Topics covered at this meeting might include (but are not limited to):

· the smell of animals (the aroma they give off) and how that is controlled
· different cultural understandings of animals’ capacity to smell
· the scenting capacity of animals, and human uses of that capacity
· the (im)possibility of representing the ability to smell in discourse and its implications for some animals
· smell and intimacy for and with animals

We would welcome papers that deal with such issues in contemporary and historical settings, and would especially like to see papers that address these issues from contexts outside the UK, including the Global South. Papers are welcomed from across animal studies, including disciplines such as (but not limited to) geography, anthropology, sociology, literary studies, art history, history, science and technology studies, ethology, psychology, behavioural sciences and ecology.

Professor Erica Fudge, School of Humanities, University of Strathclyde, Lord Hope Building, Level 4, 141 St James Road, Glasgow G4 0LT

Persons as Animals conference @ Leeds

Online registration is now open for the Persons as Animals conference at Leeds, 6th-7th July 2016. Please visit our online store here to register, to see onsite accommodation options at Weetwood Hall, and to book your place at the conference dinner.

Please note that early bird registration rates apply until 6th May, after which a late fee will be charged.

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Conference details

This is the closing conference of the AHRC-funded project entitled ‘Persons as Animals: Understanding the Animal Bases of Agency, Perceptual Knowledge and Thought’, a project that aims to investigate ways in which a proper understanding of human beings as animals might help in resolving a range of philosophical problems which have traditionally been considered with little or no reference to our animal nature – in particular, the free will problem, epistemological scepticism about the external world, and the question of meaning. The project is being carried out in collaboration with the new ‘Islands project’ at Chester Zoo.

The following speakers have been confirmed:

(Keynote) Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis)

Naomi Eilan (University of Warwick)

Ali Boyle (Cambridge University)

Denis Buehler (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

Rory Madden (University College, London)

Filip Mattens (University of Leuven)

Andrew Moss (Chester Zoo)

Matthew Ratcliffe (University of Vienna)

Léa Salje (University of Leeds)

Helen Steward (University of Leeds)

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Please direct any enquiries to Léa Salje at l.c.salje.

For further information about the Persons as Animals project at Leeds, please visit our website at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/persons_as_animals.

Special Issue on Animal Politics

The latest issue of the journal Historical Social Research contains a special section on Animal Politics – A New Research Agenda in Political Theory, guest-edited by Svenja Ahlhaus and Peter Niesen.

Contents:
Introduction
Svenja Ahlhaus & Peter Niesen
What is Animal Politics? Outline of a New Research Agenda.

Contributions
Bernd Ladwig: Animal Rights – Politicised, but not Humanised. An Interest-Based Critique of Citizenship for Domesticated Animals.

Symposium: Zoopolis – A Political Theory of Animal Rights by Sue Donaldson
and Will Kymlicka
Thomas Saretzki: Taking Animals Seriously. Interpreting and Institutionalizing Human-Animal Relationships in Modern Democracies.
Tine Stein: Human Rights and Animal Rights. Differences Matter.
Sandra Seubert: Politics of Inclusion. Which Conception of Citizenship for Animals?

Johannes Marx & Christine Tiefensee: Of Animals, Robots and Men.
Andreas T. Schmidt: Why Animals have an Interest in Freedom.
Federico Zuolo: Equality among Animals and Religious Slaughter.
Karsten Nowrot: Animals at War. The Status of “Animal Soldiers” under International Humanitarian Law.

Abstracts can be found at
http://www.gesis.org/hsr/aktuelle-ausgaben/aktuelle-hefte/404-animal-politics/

‘Persons as Animals’, Leeds, 6th-7th July 2016

Conference announcement & CFP: ‘Persons as Animals’, Leeds, 6th-7th July 2016

*Apologies for cross posting*

This is a final call for submissions of extended abstracts on topics falling within the theme of the ‘Persons as Animals’ project based at Leeds University, for the project’s conference to be held in July next year.

The conference is linked to an AHRC Fellowship held by Professor Helen Steward, entitled ‘Persons as Animals: Understanding the Animal Bases of Agency, Perceptual Knowledge and Thought’. The project aims to investigate ways in which a proper understanding of human beings as animals might help in resolving a range of philosophical problems which have traditionally been considered with little or no reference to our animal nature – in particular, the free will problem, epistemological scepticism about the external world, and the question of meaning (how anything can come to stand for something else). The project is being carried out in collaboration with the new ‘Islands project’ at Chester Zoo.

We welcome submissions on any topic or topics of central relevance to an area of enquiry which falls within the project area, and that connects with the overall animalist orientation of the project. Examples might include: animal agency; motor intentionality; the role played by human habits and skills in an accurate account of human action; embodiment; non-visual forms of perception; embodied cognition; extended mind; but this list is by no means exhaustive.

Conference details

Dates 6th-7th July 2016

Location Weetwood Hall, Leeds

Confirmed speakers (Keynote) Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis)

Naomi Eilan (University of Warwick)

Helen Steward (University of Leeds)

Matthew Rattcliffe (University of Vienna)

Rory Madden (University College London)

Léa Salje (University of Leeds)

Andrew Moss (Chester Zoo)

Submission details

Submission date 6th November 2015

Submission format Please send an extended abstract prepared for blind review of no longer than 1000 words to personsasanimals.

Unfortunately we have only a limited number of spaces for invited speakers, but will undertake to cover reasonable travel and accommodation expenses for them.

Please direct any enquiries to Léa Salje at l.c.salje.

For more information about the project, please visit our website: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/persons_as_animals

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‘Persons as Animals’, Leeds, 6th-7th July 2016

Conference announcement & CFP: ‘Persons as Animals’, Leeds, 6th-7th July 2016

*Apologies for cross posting*

This is a final call for submissions of extended abstracts on topics falling within the theme of the ‘Persons as Animals’ project based at Leeds University, for the project’s conference to be held in July next year.

The conference is linked to an AHRC Fellowship held by Professor Helen Steward, entitled ‘Persons as Animals: Understanding the Animal Bases of Agency, Perceptual Knowledge and Thought’. The project aims to investigate ways in which a proper understanding of human beings as animals might help in resolving a range of philosophical problems which have traditionally been considered with little or no reference to our animal nature – in particular, the free will problem, epistemological scepticism about the external world, and the question of meaning (how anything can come to stand for something else). The project is being carried out in collaboration with the new ‘Islands project’ at Chester Zoo.

We welcome submissions on any topic or topics of central relevance to an area of enquiry which falls within the project area, and that connects with the overall animalist orientation of the project. Examples might include: animal agency; motor intentionality; the role played by human habits and skills in an accurate account of human action; embodiment; non-visual forms of perception; embodied cognition; extended mind; but this list is by no means exhaustive.

Conference details

Dates 6th-7th July 2016

Location Weetwood Hall, Leeds

Confirmed speakers (Keynote) Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis)

Naomi Eilan (University of Warwick)

Helen Steward (University of Leeds)

Matthew Rattcliffe (University of Vienna)

Rory Madden (University College London)

Léa Salje (University of Leeds)

Andrew Moss (Chester Zoo)

Submission details

Submission date 6th November 2015

Submission format Please send an extended abstract prepared for blind review of no longer than 1000 words to personsasanimals.

Unfortunately we have only a limited number of spaces for invited speakers, but will undertake to cover reasonable travel and accommodation expenses for them.

Please direct any enquiries to Léa Salje at l.c.salje.

For more information about the project, please visit our website: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/persons_as_animals

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Summer School @ Oxford: Helping people to think differently about animals

Helping people to think differently about animals
The Ethics of Eating Animals
24-27 July 2016 at St Stephen’s House, Oxford
Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics

The Summer School is being organised by the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics in partnership with the French animal society, One Voice.

Papers are invited in English and French from academics world-wide on any aspect relating to the ethics of eating animals, including philosophical and religious ethics, historical, legal, psychological, scientific, and sociological perspectives. Potential topics
include the morality of killing, the suffering of animals in food production, the portrayal of animals as meat, meat eating and climate change, the environmental impact of industrial farming, the utilisation of meat substitutes, in vitro meat and strategies
for change.

Abstracts of proposed contributions (no more than 300 words) should be sent (in English) to Clair Linzey via email: depdirector and (in French) to Muriel Arnal via email: muriel.arnal. The deadline for abstracts is 1 January 2016. Accepted papers will be considered for publication in a subsequent book volume or in the Journal of Animal Ethics.

The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics was founded in 2006 and pioneers ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching, and publication.

St Stephen’s House is an Anglican Theological College and a Hall of the University of Oxford.

Further information about the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and the Summer School can be found at www.oxfordanimalethics.com. And more information about One Voice can be found at http://www.one-voice.fr/.

Conference: ‘Persons as Animals’, Leeds, 6th-7th July 2016

We are delighted to send this reminder about the forthcoming conference organised by the ‘Persons as Animals’ project based at Leeds University, and would like to invite submissions of extended abstracts on topics falling within the project’s themes.

The conference is linked to an AHRC Fellowship held by Professor Helen Steward, entitled ‘Persons as Animals: Understanding the Animal Bases of Agency, Perceptual Knowledge and Thought’. The project aims to investigate ways in which a proper understanding of human beings as animals might help in resolving a range of philosophical problems which have traditionally been considered with little or no reference to our animal nature – in particular, the free will problem, epistemological scepticism about the external world, and the question of meaning (how anything can come to stand for something else). The project is being carried out in collaboration with the new ‘Islands project’ at Chester Zoo.

We welcome submissions on any topic or topics of central relevance to an area of enquiry which falls within the project area, and that connects with the overall animalist orientation of the project. Examples might include: animal agency; motor intentionality; the role played by human habits and skills in an accurate account of human action; embodiment; non-visual forms of perception; embodied cognition; extended mind; but this list is by no means exhaustive.

Conference details

Dates 6th-7th July 2016

Location Weetwood Hall, Leeds

Confirmed speakers (Keynote) Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis)

Helen Steward (University of Leeds)

Matthew Rattcliffe (University of Vienna)

Rory Madden (University College London)

Léa Salje (University of Leeds)

Andrew Moss (Chester Zoo)

Submission details

Submission date 6th November 2015

Submission format Please send an extended abstract prepared for blind review of no longer than 1000 words to personsasanimals.

Unfortunately we have only a limited number of spaces for invited speakers, but will undertake to cover reasonable travel and accommodation expenses for those speakers.

Please direct any enquiries to Léa Salje at l.c.salje.

For more information about the project, please visit our website: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/persons_as_animals

‘Persons as Animals’, Leeds, 6th-7th July 2016

We are delighted to announce a forthcoming conference organised by the ‘Persons as Animals’ project based at Leeds University, and would like to invite submissions of extended abstracts on topics falling within the project’s themes.

The conference is linked to an AHRC Fellowship held by Professor Helen Steward, entitled ‘Persons as Animals: Understanding the Animal Bases of Agency, Perceptual Knowledge and Thought’. The project aims to investigate ways in which a proper understanding of human beings as animals might help in resolving a range of philosophical problems which have traditionally been considered with little or no reference to our animal nature – in particular, the free will problem, epistemological scepticism about the external world, and the question of meaning (how anything can come to stand for something else). The project is being carried out in collaboration with the new ‘Islands project’ at Chester Zoo.

We welcome submissions on any topic or topics of central relevance to an area of enquiry which falls within the project area, and that connects with the overall animalist orientation of the project. Examples might include: animal agency; motor intentionality; the role played by human habits and skills in an accurate account of human action; embodiment; non-visual forms of perception; embodied cognition; extended mind; but this list is by no means exhaustive.

Conference details

Dates 6th-7th July 2016

Location Weetwood Hall, Leeds

Confirmed speakers (Keynote) Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis)

Helen Steward (University of Leeds)

Matthew Rattcliffe (University of Vienna)

Rory Madden (University College London)

Léa Salje (University of Leeds)

Andrew Moss (Chester Zoo)

Submission details

Submission date 6th November 2015

Submission format Please send an extended abstract prepared for blind review of no longer than 1000 words to personsasanimals.

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Carol Adams mit Vortrag „The Sexual Politics of Meat“ in Wien (26. November 2015)

Carol J. Adams (USA), eine der weltweit führenden Ökofeministinnen, wird in Wien ihren international berühmten Vortrag "The Sexual Politics of Meat" halten. Ihr gleichnahmiger Bestseller (1990 erschienen) kommt im Herbst 2015 in der 25-jährigen Jubiläumsausgabe auf den Markt. Das Buch wurde in viele Sprachen übersetzt. Adams thematisiert darin auf eindrückliche Weise die oft ähnlichen Unterdrückungsmechanismen, die gegen Frauen und Tiere angewendet werden. Beiden liegen patriarchale Denkmuster zugrunde.

​Adams zentrale These ist, dass Tiere von den gegenwärtigen westlichen Kulturen zu „abwesenden Referenten" (absent referents) gemacht werden. Ihre Fragmente begegnen uns überall, besonders in Fleisch und anderen tierischen Produkten, aber die lebenden tierischen Subjekte sind in dieser Interaktion nicht mehr erkennbar: sie wurden objektifiziert (also ihrer Subjektivität enteignet und zu Objekten gemacht), fragmentiert (in Teile zerlegt und als ganze Subjekte unsichtbar gemacht) und konsumiert (als Produkte, in deren Logik sie Mittel zum Zweck sind und keinen eigenen inhärenten, von menschlichen Nutzungsinteressen unabhängigen Wert haben).

Diese Unterdrückungsstruktur gegenüber Tieren hat Ähnlichkeit mit der Unterdrückung und Gewalt gegenüber Frauen. Adams verbindet also Ideen der feministischen Ethik und der Tierethik in einem intersektionalistischen Ansatz der Kritik. Es wäre eine emanzipatorische Praxis, abwesende Referenten in Diskursen, Bildern und Interaktionen sichtbar zu machen. Dies kann über antisexistische und antispeziezistische Praktiken etwa beim Erstellen von Texten, Filmen usw. und in einer gelebten veganen Kultur geschehen.

​Der Vortrag findet auf Englisch statt (26.11.2015, 18 Uhr ct, Hörsaal B, Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien, Veterinärplatz 1; Anfahrt: U1 bis Kagraner Platz, dann 2 Stationen mit der Strassenbahn 25 bis Donaufelderstrasse/Veterinärmedizinische Universität).

Eintritt frei!

(jbs)


The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory explores the relationship between patriarchal values and meat eating by interweaving the insights of feminism, vegetarianism, animal defense, and literary theory. The New York Times called it “a bible of the vegan community”. This October, a twenty-fifth anniversary edition will be published by Bloomsbury.

Adams argues that male dominance and animals’ oppression are linked by the way that both women and animals function as absent referents, and that feminist theory logically contains a vegan critique…just as veganism covertly challenges patriarchal society. Patriarchy is a gender system that is implicit in human/animal relationships.

The concept of “the absent referent" means that behind every meal of meat is an absence: the death of the animal whose place the meat takes. The absent referent separates the meat eater from the animal and the animal from the end product. The function of the absent referent is to keep our "meat" separated from any idea that she or he was once an animal, to keep something from being seen as having been someone, to allow for the moral abandonment of another being. Adams shows how a process of objectification, fragmentation, and consumption enables the oppression of animals so that animals are rendered being-less through technology, language, and cultural representation.

The talk will be given in English (26.11.2015, 6.15 pm, Lecture Hall B, Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien, Veterinärplatz 1; Directions: U1 to Kagraner Platz, then two stops with tramway 25 to Donaufelderstrasse/Veterinärmedizinische Universität)

No entrance fee!

(jbs)

Critical Animal Studies: Call for book proposals

General Editors: Helena Pedersen and Vasile Stănescu

We are pleased to invite proposals for the book series, Critical Animal Studies, published by Brill. The main goals of the series, which differentiates it from the pre-existing series in the field of animal studies, are that we are particularly looking to publish works that:

(a) focus on ethical issues pertinent to actual animals (as opposed to animals as only metaphors, tropes, or philosophical concepts); i.e. work with a certain normative value;

(b) adopt a broad critical orientation to animal studies, including (but not limited to) work that investigates and challenges the complex dynamics of structural, institutional, and discursive power formations that organize life conditions, relations, and experiences of animals, humans, and the environment alike; work that explores diverse forms and sites of human/animal resistance; work that contributes to current global debates by contextualizing critical animal issues within, for instance, processes of globalization, climate change, and biotechnology; work that intervenes in the animal economy of the production, science, service, experience, and culture industries; as well as work that critically analyzes ideologies, practices and effects of the current animal welfare movement;

(c) bridge boundaries between academic/activist knowledge, between theory/practice, as well as between existing disciplines. Based on this commitment to interdisciplinarity, all work published must be in language that is as clear and accessible to as wide an audience as possible;

(d) contribute to creative, bold, innovative, and boundary shifting knowledge development in critical animal studies.

If we can be of any further help or assistance in discussing projects please do not hesitate to contact either of us via email. Further information and submission guidelines are found on the book series website: http://www.brill.com/products/series/critical-animal-studies

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Helena Pedersen
Co-Editor
Stockholm University
helena.pedersen

Dr. Vasile Stănescu
Co-Editor
Mercer University
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Vethics for vets

Vethics for vets – Tierschutz und Tiermedizin
Tagung am 17. und 18. September 2015 im Festsaal der Veterinärmedizinischen Universität Wien.

An zwei Tagen werden ReferentInnen aus unterschiedlichen Fachrichtungen zum Thema Ethik und Veterinärmedizin vortragen und es wird Raum zu Diskussion und Austausch geboten.

Bei Interesse bitten wir um verbindliche Anmeldung bis Samstag, den 15. August 2015 unter vethics@vetmeduni.at (ohne Tagungsgebühren). Für die Teilnahme an den öffentlichen Abendvorträgen ist keine Anmeldung erforderlich.

Nähere Informationen werden unter https://www.vetmeduni.ac.at/de/messerli/forschung/forschung-ethik/projekte/vethics/internationale-tagung-vethics-for-vets/ bereit gestellt und laufend aktualisiert.

JU

Tagungsprogramm VETHICS.pdf

Buch: Thinking Through Animals – Identity, Difference, Indistinction von Matthew Calarco

The rapidly expanding field of critical animal studies now offers a myriad of theoretical and philosophical positions from which to choose. This timely book provides an overview and analysis of the most influential of these trends. Approachable and concise, it is intended for readers sympathetic to the project of changing our ways of thinking about and interacting with animals yet relatively new to the variety of philosophical ideas and figures in the discipline. It uses three rubrics—identity, difference, and indistinction—to differentiate three major paths of thought about animals. The identity approach aims to establish continuity among human beings and animals so as to grant animals equal access to the ethical and political community. The difference framework views the animal world as containing its own richly complex and differentiated modes of existence in order to allow for a more expansive ethical and political worldview. The indistinction approach argues that we should abandon the notion that humans are unique in order to explore new ways of conceiving human-animal relations. Each approach is interrogated for its relative strengths and weaknesses, with specific emphasis placed on the kinds of transformational potential it contains.

Matthew Calarco is Associate Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Fullerton.

„Concise, incisive, and written with exemplary clarity, this book provides all of the background necessary to understand the philosophical and political stakes of current debates around the status of animals in relation to humans. It will appeal to non-specialists and specialists alike.“—Brian Massumi, University of Montréal

„A major work of synthesis that makes sense of the already almost unsurveyable field of critical animal studies. Practical and pragmatic, yet carrying a strong theoretical punch, it will be a point of reference for future discussions in the field.“—Eduardo Mendieta, SUNY Stony Brook

„Surveying the disparate and sometimes rocky terrain of animal studies from Aristotle through Haraway with grace and insight, this little book synthesizes an abundance of material, movements, and positions in a breathtaking, not to mention extremely helpful, manner.“—Kelly Oliver, Vanderbilt University

Stanford University Press

June 2015 88pp 9780804794046 PB 9.99 GBP

http://www.combinedacademic.co.uk/thinking-through-animals