Feminist Animal Studies Fellowship in honor of Marti Kheel

Human animal studies fellowship

 Je suis tellement contente d’annoncer que je viens de recevoir le “Feminist Animal Studies fellowship in honor of Marti Kheel” pour participer au programme d’été en Animal Studies organisé par le programme d’études animales de la Wesleyan University et le Animals & Society Institute.

Le programme interdisciplinaire permet à des chercheurs de poursuivre des recherches en résidence au Collège de l’Environnement de la Wesleyan University du 28 mai au 11 juillet 2014.

I am so happy to announce that I have been awarded the “Feminist Animal Studies fellowship in honor of Marti Kheel” to be part of the Human-Animal Studies Fellowships which will take place at Wesleyan University this summer! It is a program co-organized by the Animals & Society Institute and the Wesleyan Animal Studies program.

This interdisciplinary program enables 6-8 fellows to pursue research in residence at Wesleyan University at the College of the Environment from May 28-July 11, 2014.

2014 ASI-WAS Fellows / Chercheurs ASI-WAS 2014:

Elan Abrell, JD, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center. “Saving Animals: Everyday Practices of Care and Rescue in the US Animal Sanctuary Movement.

Christiane Bailey, PhD Candidate, Department of Philosophy, University of Montreal. “Animals as Selves. From Intersubjective Recognition of Animals as Others to Ethico-Political Recognition of Animals as Equals.”
Sponsor: Feminist Animal Studies fellowship in honor of Marti Kheel

Bénédicte Boisseron, PhD, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, The University of Montana, Missoula. ” ‘Coloanimalism:’ The (Post-) Colonial Animal in the Black Diaspora of the Americas.”

Joshua Kercsmar, PhD Candidate, History Department, University of Notre Dame. “Animal Husbandry and the Origins of American Slavery.”

Anat Pick, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Film Studies, School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, Queen Mary, University of London. “Animal Life in the Cinematic Umwelt.”

Fiona Probyn-Rapsey, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Gender and Cultural Studies, The University of Sydney. “Dingo Stories: Animal Practices, Animal Imaginaries.”
Sponsor: Feminist Animal Studies fellowship in honor of Marti Kheel

Saskia Stucki, MLaw, PhD Candidate, Coordinator of the Doctoral Program “Law and Animals,” UniversitAt Basel. “Basic Rights for Animals – A Critical Analysis of Contemporary Animal Protection Law and  Legal-Theoretical Foundations of a Legal Concept of Animal Rights.”
Sponsor: NYU Animal Studies

Featured Speakers:

Timothy Pachirat (PhD Yale) teaches in the Department of Politics at The New School for Social Research. His research and teaching interests include spatial and visual politics, the sociology of domination and resistance, the political economy of dirty and dangerous work, and interpretive and ethnographic research methods. He is author of Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight (Yale University Press, 2011), a political ethnography of immigrant labor on the kill floor of an industrialized slaughter-house that explores how violence that is seen as both essential and repugnant to modern society is organized, disciplined, regulated, and reproduced.  Pachirat grew up in northeastern and northern Thailand and lives in Brooklyn, NY.  You can read more about him here.

Una Chaudhuri (PhD Columbia) is Collegiate Professor and Professor of English and Drama at New York University. She is the author of No Man’s Stage: A Semiotic Study of Jean Genet’s Plays, and Staging Place: The Geography of Modern Drama, as well as numerous articles on drama theory and theatre history in such journals as Modern Drama, Theatre Journal, and Theatre. She is the editor of Rachel’s Brain and Other Storms, a book of scripts by performance artist Rachel Rosenthal, and co-editor, with Elinor Fuchs, of the award-winning critical anthology Land/Scape/Theater. She was guest editor of a special issue of Yale Theater on “Theater and Ecology.” Chaudhuri’s current work focuses on the emerging field of Animal Studies. She guest-edited a special issue on Animality and Performance, for TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies (2007). Recent publications include “Animal Rites: Performing Beyond the Human,” in Critical Theory and Performance (2007), and “(De)Facing the Animals: Zooesis and Performance” in The Journal of Performance Studies (March, 2007).

Fellowship Directors

The fellowship is directed by Lori Gruen and Kari Weil (who host the Program), Margo DeMello, and Kenneth Shapiro

Lori Gruen is Professor of Philosophy, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University Her work lies at the intersection of ethical theory and practice, with a particular focus on issues that impact those often overlooked in traditional ethical investigations, e.g. women, people of color, non-human animals.  She has published extensively on topics in ecofeminist ethics, animal ethics, and environmental philosophy.  She is the author of two books on animal ethics, most recently Ethics and Animals: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2011), the co-editor of five books, including the forthcoming Ecofeminism:  Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth (with Carol Adams, Bloomsbury, 2014), the editor of The Ethics of Captivity (Oxford University Press, 2014), and is the author of dozens of articles and book chapters.  She is currently working on a manuscript that explores the ethical and epistemological issues raised by human relations to captive chimpanzees.

Kari Weil is University Professor of Letters and Director of the College of Letters at Wesleyan. With Lori Gruen, she is co-coordinator of Wesleyan Animal Studies, co-host of the Fellowship, and co-editor of a special issue of Hypatia entitled Animal Others (27.3, Summer 2012). She is the author, most recently, of Thinking Animals: Why Animal Studies Now? (Columbia, 2012) and has published widely on issues of gender, feminist theory, and representations of animal otherness. Her current project is tentatively titled The Most Beautiful Conquest of Man (sic): Horses and the Conquest of Animal Nature in Nineteenth-Century France.

Margo DeMello is Program Director of the Human-Animal Studies Program at the Animals and Society Institute, is an Adjunct Professor at Canisius College’s Anthrozoology program, and lectures at Central New Mexico Community College. She also is the Executive Director of House Rabbit Society, an international rabbit advocacy organization. Her most recent books include Teaching the Animal: Human Animal Studies Across the Disciplines (Lantern, 2010), Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies (Columbia, 2012), and Speaking for Animals: Animal Autobiographical Writing (Routledge, 2012).

Kenneth Shapiro is cofounder and President of the board of the Animals and Society Institute. He is founding editor of Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies, and coeditor and cofounder of Journal for Applied Animal Welfare Science and the editor of the Human-Animal Studies book series. His most recent book is Animal Models of Human Psychology: Critique of Science, Ethics and Policy. He is one of the developers of AniCare and AniCare Child, the only psychological treatment models for animal abusers, and trains therapists throughout the country on the use of these models.

Thanks to the following organizations for their generous support of the program:



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