I have been remiss in not remarking on the surge in recognition and spreading impact of the academic field of Critical Animal Studies. Not only are there a number of cool blogs about it (e.g., this and this and this) but one of the preeminent thinkers in the field is my good friend and former professor, Cary Wolfe. Cary is the Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor at Rice University. He also edits the Posthumanities series published by the University of Minnesota Press.
Back in the day (the 90s), when I was a doctoral student and he was professing at Indiana University, Cary introduced me to the field of animal theory and ethics as a subset of critical theory. Since then, it has emerged as its own discipline and continues to propel the cutting edge of theoretical discourse. You can read more about Critical Animal Studies and about Cary Wolfe’s work in this Chronicle of Higher Ed. article.
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