Institute for Critical Animal Studies

I have recently become aware of an academic program called the Institute for Critical Animal Studies. Based in Syracuse, NY, its website ( states that it is “the first interdisciplinary scholarly center dedicated to promoting critical scholarly dialogue and research on the principles and practices of animal advocacy, animal protection, and animal-related policies in the fields of social sciences and humanities.”

The website also has links to a journal and an annual conference.  The Institute is calling for submissions for an upcoming conference. The following is information I received by email:

7th Annual
for Critical Animal Studies

Call For

Transforming Higher Education Into an Ethical Space and Place for Learning
Saturday April 25, 2009
Yale University
Hosted by:
Yale Affiliates Animal Rights Network
Co-Sponsored by:
Ecopedagogy Association International
Institute for Critical Animal Studies
Transformative Studies Institute
University of Connecticut Vegan Huskies
Wooden Man Records
Outdoor Empowerment
Hartford Food Not Bombs
Hog River Collective

We welcome proposals from all community members, including but not limited to nonprofit organizations, political leaders, activists, professors, and students. We are especially interested in topics such policy reform and activism in higher education in relation to critical animal studies, animal rights, and/or animal liberation. We are also interested in reaching across the disciplines and movements of environmentalism, education, poverty, feminism, LGBTQA, animal advocacy, globalization, prison abolition, prisoner support, disability rights, indigenous rights/sovereignty, and other peace and social justice issues. Paper presentations should be fifteen to twenty minutes in length.

We are receptive to different and innovative formats, including, but not limited to roundtables, panels, community dialogues, theatre, and workshops. You may propose individual or group ‘panel’ presentations, but please clearly specify the structure of your proposal. Preference will be given to papers focusing on the program theme, linking environmental and nonhuman animal advocacy.

Please send proposals or abstracts for panels, roundtables, workshops, or paper presentations no more than 500 words. Please send with each facilitator or presenter a 100 maximum word biography.

The Deadline for Submissions is March 1, 2009

Accepted presenters will be notified by e-mail by March 15, 2009

Please send proposals, abstracts, and biographies electronically to:
Deric Shannon
Conference Director

-Suzanne McMillan

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