CFP: Phenomenology of Animality – Studia Phaenomenologica XVII (2017)

Studia Phaenomenologica XVII (2017) – Phenomenology of Animality

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The 2017 issue of Studia Phaenomenologica will be devoted to the phenomenology of animality. This area can be approached in at least two different ways: one can explore the fruitfulness of the problem of animal being by starting from the fundamental questions of phenomenology; or one can start from issues related to animal philosophy, and explore the explanatory potential of phenomenology in relation to this area.

Depending on the approach taken, the volume’s topic can therefore be understood either as a “phenomenology of animality” which focuses on the distinctive methodology of the phenomenological approach to the animal, or as a “phenomenology of animality” which focuses on the thematic specificity of the animal problem within the vast field of phenomenology. Thus, one might ask, on the one hand, what function can have the phenomenon of animal life within the general framework of a phenomenological research program, whether this is transcendental, ontological, hermeneutical or ethical. And, on the other hand, one might investigate the role phenomenology as such plays in the context of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary contemporary debates about the animal which engage perspectives from biology, animal psychology, ethology, law, etc.

Accordingly, there are two intertwined questions here, and both are equally important: one refers to the significance of the animal being for phenomenology, while the other is related to the significance of phenomenology for the current field of “animal philosophy”. But then, what does the specificity of the phenomenological approach to the animal consist in? How can one identify the dimensions that distinguish and individualize the phenomenological approach in contrast to other forms of animal philosophy? By virtue of which exactly is an approach to the animal a phenomenological one?

Given the fact that the history of phenomenology reveals multifarious approaches to the animal, and thus we are not dealing with one phenomenology of animality, but with a plurality of phenomenologies, one should perhaps attempt to identify a common core or at least central factors that give coherence and unity to this field.

If the phenomenological approach must by definition be carried out in the first person, focusing in a strictly descriptive way on what is given and on what shows itself, and if, furthermore, its paramount task is that of uncovering both the structure of subjective experience and the constitutive structures of the described phenomena, then the same requirements have to be applied to the question of the animal and the diverse experiences we have with animals.

Thus, first, the phase of phenomenological reduction requires a preliminary bracketing of all scientific or philosophical theories about animals in general; in other words, phenomenology should attempt to disregard from the beginning any traditional understanding of the animal that may divert or blur the phenomenological sight.

Second, as an essentially methodical approach, phenomenology raises the question regarding the conditions of access to the being of the animal or to the animal world; from this perspective, it constantly produces a critical discourse highlighting the limits of empathy and the risks of transfer meaning from the human to the animal sphere.

Third, phenomenology starts from everyday experience of and with animals, and investigates the concrete ways these are given to us in our world of factical life, avoiding any artificial construct such as a laboratory setting.

And finally, in virtue of its originally eidetic character, phenomenology focuses on the question of the essence of the animal, the problem of the animality, and the essential structures relating the human and the animal spheres of experience.

Articles can be submitted in English, French, and German. The submissions should comply with the following guidelines:

EXTENDED DEADLINE : 15 January, 2017.

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Conference by Will Kymlicka “Animal Law. Beyond the Property/Personhood Debate”

Conférence de Will Kymlicka (Queen’s University) à l’occasion des Grandes conférences en science politique de l’UQAM.

Titre : Animal Law. Beyond the Property/Personhood Debate
Lieu : Jeudi 24 novembre 2016 à 17h30.

La conférence sera donnée en anglais, suivie d’une discussion de Christiane Bailey (Université de Montréal) en français et d’une période de questions-discussion bilingue avec le public.

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L’inscription est gratuite, mais obligatoire :

La conférence est organisée par Eve Seguin (Science politique, UQAM) dans le cadre des Grandes conférences de science politique à l’UQAM.

Conférence : Animaux, capitalisme et environnement (Animals, Capitalism, and the Environment)

Animaux, capitalisme et environnement
(Animals, Capitalism and the Environment)

Dimanche 19 juin 2016
17h30 à 20h30 (portes ouvrent à 17h)
CCSE Maisonneuve
4375, rue Ontario Est, Montreal, Quebec H1V 1K5

Conférerence-discussion organisée par L’Amarante, Coopérative de Solidarité en collaboration avec le Réseau JASE et animée par Christiane Bailey.

Un repas végétalien et des boissons seront servis.


Dinesh Wadiwel, Directeur du Master of Human Rights, Université de Sydney (Australie) et auteur de The War against Animals, Brill, 2015.

Andrea Levy, Docteure en histoire, membre du comité de rédaction du magazine Canadian Dimension et membre des Nouveaux cahiers du socialisme

Frédéric Côté-Boudreau, Doctorant en philosophie politique, Queen’s University

Un repas végétalien et des boissons seront servis. (Les portes ouvrent dès 17h)

Entrée libre (contributions volontaires).


“Le loup-garou: les animaux sous le capitalisme”
(The Werewolf: Animals under Capitalism)

*La conférence de Dinesh Wadiwel sera donnée en anglais et une traduction française sera disponible.

the war against animalsAbstract: Human domination of animals has accelerated under capitalism. The intensification of production, for example in the development of factory farms and CAFOs, has created new horrors in our treatment of animals. Industrialised methods of fish capture have exposed trillions of sea animals to human violence, relentlessly and non sustainably depleting the oceans of life. Meanwhile, human scientific experiementation on animals has continued to expand, often driven through the system wide financial incentives provided by the growth of the pharmaceutical industry and new product development. This talk aims to explore the situation of animals under capitalism. Drawing from Marx’s value theory, it will be argued that the rationality of capitalism suggests that  human utilisation of animals will continue to accelerate. However, capitalism presents a set of contradictions, and creates historically unprecedented opportunities  for ending human violence towards animals. This talk will explore some of these opportunities that are available to animal advocates.

Dinesh Wadiwel is a Lecturer and Director of the Master of Human Rights at the University of Sydney.His research interests include sovereignty and the nature of rights, violence, race and critical animal studies, and he is author of the monograph The War against Animals (Brill, 2015).

“Le loup-garou: les animaux sous le capitalisme”

Résumé : La domination des humains sur les animaux s’est accélérée depuis l’avènement du capitalisme. L’intensification de la production, entre autres au sein des élevages industriels et des confinements intensifs, a donné naissance à de nouvelles horreurs dans nos traitements envers les animaux. Les méthodes industrielles de prises de poissons ont exposé des milliers de milliards d’animaux marins à la violence humaine, de manière insoutenable et en épuisant sans relâche la vie dans les océans. Pendant ce temps, les expériences scientifiques sur les animaux ont continué de se répandre, souvent stimulées par un important système d’incitatifs économiques provenant de l’industrie pharmaceutique et du développement de nouveaux produits. Le but de cette présentation sera d’explorer la situation des animaux sous le capitalisme. En s’inspirant de la théorie de la valeur chez Marx, je soutiendrai que la rationalité du capitalisme laisse supposer que l’utilisation que les humains font des animaux ne pourra que s’amplifier. Néanmoins, le capitalisme présente son lot de contradictions et crée des occasions historiques sans précédent pour abolir la violence des humains envers les animaux. Quelques-unes de ces occasions accessibles aux militantes et militants des droits des animaux seront ainsi discutées.

Dinesh Wadiwel est professeur associé et directeur de la maîtrise en droits humains à l’Université de Sydney (Australie). Ses intérêts de recherche comprennent la souveraineté et la nature des droits, la violence, le concept de race et les études animales critiques. Il est l’auteur du livre The War against Animals (Brill, 2015).

* This conference will be given in English and French translation will be available.


“Nature morte: le mouvement environnemental et la justice animale, un état des lieux”

Résumé à venir

Andrea Levy, Docteure en histoire, membre du comité de rédaction du magazine Canadian Dimension et membre des Nouveaux cahiers du socialisme

Chercheure et militante engagée pour la justice animale, Andrea nous parlera des difficultés et des stratégies pour rallier la gauche et le mouvement pour la défense des autres animaux. Titulaire d’un doctorat en histoire et d’un post-doctorat en sociologie, Andrea développe une critique socialiste du libéralisme défendu par certains antispécistes, mais est également très critique de l’anthropocentrisme des écosocialistes. Andrea Levy est co-fondatrice du groupe communautaire Action pour un service animalier public (ASAP) et membre du collectif justice animale de Québec solidaire (QS). Elle a récemment publié Vanishing Point, un éditorial sur la crise environnementale, ainsi qu’un numéro spécial What’s to Eat, dans Canadian Dimension, le plus ancien magazine de gauche au Canada. Elle est également co-ordonnatrice de l’Université populaire organisée par Les nouveaux cahiers du socialisme (UQAM, 20-23 août 2015).


« Vers des relations post-capitalistes avec les animaux »

Résumé : La plupart de nos relations avec les animaux sont des relations d’exploitation ou d’appropriation : dans le cas des animaux domestiqués, on les enferme, on les insémine, on les engraisse, on les achète et on les vend, on les tue et on les transforme en divers produits de consommation. On s’approprie leur corps, leur travail, leur vie et celle de leurs enfants. Les animaux non domestiqués, quant à eux et s’ils ne sont pas chassés, pêchés ou empoisonnés, se voient plutôt dépossédés de leur habitat et de ce qu’ils ont besoin pour vivre sainement, car les humains considèrent que toute la planète et ce qui y habite leur appartient.

Et si ces animaux étaient plutôt considérés comme des individus à part entière? De quoi aurait l’air des sociétés où les animaux ne sont plus considérés comme des marchandises que l’on peut acheter, faire fructifier et vendre, ou des ressources naturelles à exploiter?

Dans nos relations avec les animaux qui font partie de nos sociétés, je tenterai d’imaginer des formes de collaboration et de travail qui ne seraient plus basées sur la domination et l’exploitation et qui permettraient aux animaux de développer et d’exprimer leur propre agentivité.

Dans nos relations aux animaux vivant librement (dits « sauvages »), il nous faudra penser des formes de partage du territoire, voire de décolonisation. En effet, considérant qu’à l’heure actuelle toute exploitation de ressources naturelles (renouvelables et non renouvelables) entraîne des morts considérables, il nous faudra prendre acte que le développement durable n’est guère suffisant et que nous devrions sans doute envisager la décroissance pour des raisons antispécistes.

Pour bâtir un monde qui n’est plus fondé sur l’exploitation des individus et dans lequel tous et toutes peuvent s’épanouir, nous devons en effet radicalement remettre en question les assises de notre système économique.

Frédéric Côté-Boudreau est doctorant en philosophie politique, Queen’s University

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Decolonizing Critical Animal Studies, Cripping Critical Animal Studies – Conference Program

Decolonizing Critical Animal Studies, Cripping Critical Animal Studies

Conference Program

June 21-23, 2016
University of Alberta

Organized by Chloë Taylor and Kelly S. Montford

For more info on rooms and for updates on the program, check out this site.

Tuesday, June 21

2:00-3:00 p.m. – Refreshments and Registration in the Humanities Centre Fishbowl

3:00-5:00 p.m. – Welcome and Decolonizing Critical Animal Studies Plenary Panel


5:30 p.m. – Dinner at Narayanni’s Restaurant (vegan South Indian buffet), 10131 81 Avenue

Wednesday, June 22

8:00-9:00 a.m. – continental breakfast in the Humanities Centre Fishbowl
9:00-10:00 a.m.: Concurrent Individual Papers

A. ‘Animal Crips’ and Cripping Animal Liberation

Ryan Sweet, “Chickens with Cork Legs and Dogs with Dentures: Representations of Prostheticised Animals in Late Nineteenth-Century Periodicals”

Hannah Monroe, “Neurodiversity and Animal Liberation: Challenging Hegemonic Constructions of Normalcy”

B. Indigenous Epistemologies

Danielle Taschereau Mamers, “Decolonizing the plains: bison life beyond colonial commodification”
Brandon Kerfoot, “Seals that club back: Animal Revenge in Alootook Ipellie’s Arctic Dreams and Nightmares”

C. Critical Engagements with the Work of Temple Grandin

Chair: Lindsay Eales

Vasile Stanescu, “Lost in Translation: Temple Grandin, ‘Humane Meat’ and the Intersection of Oppression”

Vittoria Lion, “Disrupting Temple Grandin: Resisting a ‘Humane’ Face for Autistic and Animal Oppression”

D. Settler Colonialism and Animals

Fiona Probyn-Rapsey, ‘Dog whistling: Australian settler colonialism and the dingo’

Presenters: Fiona Probyn-Rapsey and Dinesh Wadiwel (Co-authors: (presenters plus Sue Donaldson, George Ioannides, Tess Lea, Kate Marsh, Astrida Neimanis, Annie Potts, Nik Taylor, Richard Twine, Stuart White), ‘Sydney’s sustainability and campus food justice workshop”

10:15-12:00 – Cripping Critical Animal Studies Plenary Panel

Plenary panel with Stephanie Jenkins, Sunaura Taylor, and A. Marie Houser
moderated by Vittoria Lion

12:00-1:00 – lunch in the Humanities Centre Fishbowl

1:00-2:30 p.m.: Concurrent Individual Papers

A. Gender, Disability, and Animality (Undergraduate Student Panel)

Samuella Jo Johnson, “Institutionalized Space: Dehumanization and the Masking of Violence”

James Harley, “The Trouble with Animal Rights Activism: Emotion Work is Women’s Work”

Dylan Hallingstad O’Brien, “‘We Are Humans!’: Animality as Disability in Yusuke Kishi’s Shinsekai Yori”

B. Settler Colonial Imaginings of Nature and Animals

Ben O’Heran, “Henry David Thoreau, the Unsettled Settler: Exploring Environmentalism as a Means of Usurping Indigenous Place-Thought”

Carina Magazzeni, “The Trouble with Taxidermy: Brad Isaacs and Animalium”

Rebekah Sinclair,”Guest, Pests, or Terrorists?: The Settler-Colonial Intelligibility of ‘Invasive Species”

C. Decolonial Perspectives on Domestication and Diet

Shaila Wadhwani, “Coloniality: Nature and the Bodies of Domestication”

Jason Price, “Decolonizing Desire and Relationships with Animals and Space in The Devil’s Chimney”

Samantha King, “Consuming Animals in Theory and Practice: Conversations with Indigenous and Postcolonial Studies Scholars on the Ethics and Politics of Food”

3:00-4:00 – Seeing Animals: Crip Reflections on the Work of Sunaura Taylor

Plenary Lecture by Alison Kafer
moderated by Emilia Nielsen

4:15-5:30 p.m. Art Exhibition Opening: Works of Sunaura Taylor
FemLab (Feminist Exhibition Space), Assiniboia Hall
curated by Michelle Meagher
Wine and Cashew Cheese Reception

Thursday, June 23

8:00-9:00 a.m. – continental breakfast in the Humanities Centre Fishbowl
9:00-10:30 a.m.: Concurrent Individual Papers

A. Global Perspectives on Interlocking Oppressions

Lisa Warden, “The street dog and the slum dweller: twin victims of urban renewal in modern India”

Alexandra Isfahani-Hammond, “But American Indians Blessed the Animals Before Killing Them: Native Fetishes and Edible Others in Brazil”

Maria Elena Garcia, “Culinary Spectacles: Bodies and Violence in Peru’s Gastronomic Boom”

B. Critical Animal/ Disability Studies

Nancy Halifax and Chelsea Jones, “‘What kind of animal are you?’”

Chelsea Jones and Liz Shek-Noble, “What to Make of Lashawn Chan: An Overview of Critical Disability, Animal, and Post-colonial Studies’ Intersections in Southeast Asia and North America”

C. Philosophical Perspectives on Interlocking Oppressions

Angela Martin, “Affirmative Action for Animals?”

Syl Kocieda, “The spectre of not-quite-humans in the narrative of ‘animality’: Should we be talking about actual animals in animal advocacy?”

Frédéric Côté-Boudreau, “Enabling Autonomy for Animals and People with Cognitive Disabilities”

10:30-11:00 a.m. – refreshment break in the Humanities Centre Fishbowl

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Indigenous Food Politics

Billy-Ray Belcourt, “Reserve Dying and the Taste of Non-Sovereignty”
Margaret Robinson, “All My (Blood) Relations: Indigenous Relationality in Vegan Future”
moderated by Susanne Luhmann

12:00-1:00 p.m. – lunch in the Humanities Centre Fishbowl

1:00 – 2:15 – BOOK PANELS

A. Book panel on Dinesh Joseph Wadiwel’s The War Against Animals (Brill Press, 2015)

Chair: Chloë Taylor

Panelists: Vasile Stanescu and Kelin Emmett

Respondent: Dinesh Joseph Wadiwel

B. Book panel on Claire Jean Kim’s Dangerous Crossings: Race, Species and Nature in a Multicultural Age (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Panelists: Kelly Struthers Montford and Christiane Bailey

Respondent: Claire Jean Kim

C. Book panel on Sunaura Taylor’s Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation (New Press, 2016)

Chair: Danielle Peers

Panelists: Alexis Shotwell and Joshua St. Pierre

Respondent: Sunaura Taylor

2:30-3:30 – Taxonomies of Power

Plenary lecture by Claire Jean Kim
moderated by Fiona probyn-rapsey

3:30-4:00 p.m. – refreshment break in the Humanities Centre Fishbowl

5:00-8:00 p.m. visit to F.A.R.R.M. (farm sanctuary) and vegan bbq

For more info on rooms and for updates on the program, check out this site.

Critical Animal Studies

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