Minding Animals Symposium Wien

Das diesjährige Symposium von Minding Animals Germany findet vom 5 -7 Oktober 2018 an der Vetmeduni in Wien statt.


Freitag, 5. Oktober 2018

14-17 Uhr Exkursionen (nur für Mitglieder)
19 Uhr Filmvorführung und Diskussion mit dem Regisseur
Flavio Marchetti: „Tiere und andere Menschen“ (LaBanda Film, 2016)

Samstag 6. Oktober 2018

Marc Bubek, Universität München: Von nicht-menschlichen Tieren und Tiermediziner_innen
Kathrin Herrmann, Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT), Johns Hopkins University, USA: Tierversuche: Mängel und Schäden für Mensch und Tier und Wege zu einer humanen Forschung
Lisa Moravec, Royal Holloway, University London: The Allegory of Dressage in Performance Art, its Documentation and Leftovers
David Pfender, Whale and Dolphin Conservation WDC: Delfinhaltung – Was uns die vom Zoo angefertigten Berichte über die Haltung sagen
Victoria Windtner, Kunstuniversität Linz : GHOSTS DANCE THE MACHINE. Das (animierte) Lebendige im technisierten (Re)Produktionsprozess von Fleisch und Bild
Prof. Dr. Ana Dimke, Universität der Künste Berlin: Tierethik in der Kunstpädagogik in Theorie und Praxis
Dr. Mara-Daria Cojocaru, Hochschule für Philosophie München: Projektskizze Moralpragmatik: Gewissen und starke Emotionen und moralisches Lernen am Beispiel von Fleisch aus der Massentierhaltung
Konstantin Deininger, Hochschule für Philosophie Münschen: Moralischer Fortschritt, Vorstellungskraft und Alternativen zu Fleisch aus Massentierhaltung
Dr. Wolfgang Leyck, Universität Erlangen: Der Wert der Tiere
Samuel Camenzind, PhD Student, Messerli Forschungsinstitut Wien: Wie sind Pflichten gegenüber Tieren möglich? Zur ungehörten Mehrstimmigkeit einer Grunddebatte der Tierethik
Kerstin Weich, Messerli Forschungsinstitut Wien: Veterinärmedizinische Ethik
Dr. Judith Benz-Schwarzburg, Messerli Forschungsinstitut Wien: Morality in animals: mapping the ethical consequences
Matthias Mollner, Bildender Künstler, Wien: Evolution GO – Gespräch mit einem Regenwurm

& Sonntag, 7. Oktober 2018

Marcel Sebastian, M.A., Universität Hamburg: Wie lassen sich Unterschiede zwischen Schlachthofarbeitern im Umgang mit dem Töten von Tieren erklären?
Assistant Prof. Beril Sözmen, Boğaziçi Universität Istanbul: Relationalität und Verantwortung in der Tierethik
Dr. Susanne Karr: Grenzen hinterfragen
Dr. Björn Freter: Veganismus als Anti-Nihilismus

Zuhörer*innen sind willkommen aber wir bitten um Anmeldung unter: judith.benz-schwarzburg@vetmeduni.ac.at

Organisation: Judith Benz-Schwarzburg, Samuel Camenzind, Kerstin Weich, Unit of Ethics and Human-Animal Studies, Messerli Research Institute, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Medical University of Vienna, University of Vienna in Kooperation mit Minding Animals Germany

Das detaillierte Programm mit den Uhrzeiten der Vorträge ist hier zu finden:
Programm MA Symposium Wien 2018


CfP 6th Conference of the European Association for Critical Animal Studies (EACAS), Barcelona, May 2019 [aun]


6th Conference of the European Association for Critical Animal Studies (EACAS)

Rethinking revolution: Nonhuman animals, antispeciesism and power

Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Campus Poblenou, 22-24 May 2019


Conference theme

Although human exploitation of nonhuman animals is by no means a modern development, it has grown exponentially in the last century. It is under capitalism that human abuse of their power over nonhuman animals has reached a massive scale, with a corresponding massive worsening of its consequences. This includes the suffering of trillions of sentient beings exploited in miserable conditions and killed for trivial purposes in the majority of cases, but also the massive contribution to global warming of industries like agribusiness, as well as the negative impact these practices have on social justice, intra-human violence and human health. The animal liberation movement therefore not only calls for justice and compassion for nonhuman animals, but also confront the results of industrial capitalism and modernity with a radical consciousness-raising claim. This claim is radical because it provides the most accurate condemnation of privilege and the status quo by revealing how inequality does not exist only at the intra-species level, but also at the inter-species level, and that both levels are closely interlinked and thus ought to be addressed jointly.

In the spirit of the field of Critical Animal Studies, the aim of this conference is to encourage scholars, students and activists to rethink the revolution that animal liberation theory represents since its inception in the 1970s, a social movement bringing the fight against oppression to its logical conclusion.

The conference welcomes proposals from a variety of scholars and disciplines – including critical academics, independent researchers, students and activists – reflecting on the intersecting themes of the conference: power, total liberation and antispeciesism.


Other themes

The conference also welcomes papers focused on any topic critically addressing nonhuman animals’ exploitation from a social science or humanities perspective, including but not limited to the following themes:

  • Animal advocacy and activism
  • Animal ethics
  • Animal law
  • Animal liberation
  • Animal liberation as a social movement
  • Animal oppression and intersectionality
  • Animal rights
  • Animal sanctuaries studies
  • Critical animal and media studies
  • Culture-Nature dualism and its criticism
  • Ethology and social perceptions of animals
  • Interspecies justice
  • Multispecies politics
  • Nonhuman animals and ableism
  • Nonhuman animals and agency
  • Nonhuman animals and capitalism
  • Nonhuman animals and colonialism
  • Nonhuman animals and communication
  • Nonhuman animals and critical race studies
  • Nonhuman animals and critical theory
  • Nonhuman animals and feminisms
  • Nonhuman animals and queer studies
  • Nonhuman animals and oppression theories
  • Nonhuman animals and political theory
  • Nonhuman animals and social class
  • Nonhuman animals and social justice
  • Nonhuman animals and social theory
  • Nonhuman animals, language and representation
  • Normative aspects of animal liberation
  • Vegan studies

The conference encourages the approach of critical animal studies and non-speciesist perspectives on all sorts of discrimination, oppression and abuse towards farmed animals, animals in labs and animals in entertainment, among others, including animals living in the wild.


Submission guidelines

All abstracts must be written in English.

Abstracts should include:

  • Abstract Title of 30 words maximum
  • Abstract Text of 500 words maximum
  • A brief biography of the author (150 words maximum) including name, affiliation and contact details

The number of submitted abstracts per author is limited to two.

Abstracts must be submitted to: cae@upf.edu

We strongly encourage submissions by women and other socially underrepresented groups.


  • Start of Abstract Submission: 17 September 2018
  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 December 2018
  • Decisions on abstracts will be notified by: 15 January 2019
  • Online registration opens (compulsory): 15 January 2019
  • Deadline for online registration: 15 April 2019
  • Conference opens: 22 May  2019
  • Conference closes: 24 May 2019


Registration fees:

  • Normal:    50€
  • Reduced: 25€ (for students, unemployed people or individuals with a low income).

Other information:

  • Attendance certificates will be handed out at the end of the conference.
  • All sessions will be held in English with the exception of one round table with Spanish and Catalan animal advocates.
  • All the food offered at the conference will be vegan (free lunch and coffee breaks)
  • Optional self-pay dinner: There will be a social event on Thursday night

For more information about the conference send an email to cae@upf.edu or go to conference's website

CFP Animal/Language: An Interdisciplinary Conference (Texas) (Deadline Sept. 30, 2018)



With apologies for cross-posting


Animal/Language: An Interdisciplinary Conference

In conjunction with the art exhibition “Assembling Animal Communication”

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

21-23 March 2019


Animals and language have a complicated relationship with one another in human understanding. Every period of history evinces a fascination with the diverse modes of communicative exchange and possibilities of linguistic community that exist both within and between species. Recent critics of anthropocentrism are far from the first to question the supposed muteness of the “dumb animal” and its ontological and ethical ramifications. Various cultures have historically attributed language to animals, and we have developed an increasingly sophisticated scientific understanding of the complex non-verbal communicative systems that animals use among themselves. New research complements millennia of human-animal communication in the contexts of work, play, and domestic life.


Some people have extensive experience with real, live animals. Some primarily encounter animals as products of the food industry. Some focus on animal representations in text or image, or deploy the abstract figure of “the animal” as limit or counterpart of the human. These interactions condition different ways of “thinking with animals,” including: using them in and as language or in experimentation, recruiting them as symbols and metaphors, incorporating them into idiomatic expressions, projecting moral values onto them, and ventriloquizing them for purposes of cultural critique. A vast archive of literary, artistic, philosophical, historical, religious, and scientific explorations testifies that the boundaries and complementarities relating animals and language have always captured the human imagination.


Animal/Language aims to create an interdisciplinary dialogue on the relationship between “animals” and “language” that considers both what connects and what separates these two key terms. The conference hopes to generate new scientific inquires and creative synergies by initiating conversation and exchange among scholars in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. We therefore invite researchers from all fields, periods, and geographical areas to propose contributions engaging questions such as:


  • What are the real, imagined, or potential relationships between animals and language(s)?
  • What are animal languages?
  • What spaces or functions does the animal occupy within human language and cultural representation?
  • What is the role of animals in aesthetic or artistic meaning-making processes?
  • How do our interactions with animals shape our conceptions of animals and language?
  • How and why do we communicate with animals?
  • How and why do animals communicate with us?
  • How and why do animals communicate with one another?
  • What philosophical, ethical, and political questions are raised by different ways of affirming and denying connections between animals and language?
  • How does the question of animal language connect to issues of gender and class?
  • How should any of the above questions be historicized?


The conference will be held in conjunction with the art exhibition “Assembling Animal Communication” (https://www.depts.ttu.edu/art/landmark-arts/exhibit_folders/2019-03_Assembling-Animal-Comm/index.php), featuring the work of artists Catherine Chalmers, Catherine Clover, Darcie DeAngelo, Lee Deigaard and Maria Lux. Scheduled events will also include live canine and equine communication demonstrations. The conference will have no registration fees; further details regarding accommodations will be provided on the conference website: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/classic_modern/AnimalLanguageConference.php


Keynote Speakers:


            Catherine Chalmers, Artist, New York City

            Charlotte Duranton, Researcher, Ethodog Canine Ethology, Paris, France

            Adrienne Martín, Professor of Spanish, University of California, Davis

            Susan McHugh, Professor of English, University of New England


Proposal Submission Deadline: September 30, 2018

Proposals for 20-minute papers should be no more than 300 words long and include 3-5 keywords identifying your discipline and topic(s). All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously; please provide author name(s) and affiliations in your submission email, but omit them from your abstract itself. Please submit all proposals (in .docx or .pdf form) and questions to animallanguage2019@gmail.com. Accepted participants will be notified in early November.


With many thanks,


The Conference Organizers


Dr. John Beusterien (Spanish), Dr. Belinda Kleinhans (German), Dr. Katy Schroeder (Animal & Food Sciences), Dr. Lucas Wood (French), Dr. Pamela Zinn (Classics), in collaboration with Joe Arredondo (Landmark Arts) and Dr. Kevin Chua (Art History)


Pamela Zinn, Ph..D.

Assistant Professor of Classics

Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures

Texas Tech University




(Besprechung) von Fahim AMIR: Schwein und Zeit (eine politisch-philosophische Sicht auf HAS) [aun]

Die MenschBeziehung im Musical über das Schwein Betty: Susanne Karr im Gespräch mit Victoria Windtner

Tierlyrik üver das Aussterben der Tiere: Mikael Vogel: „Dodos auf der Flucht“ (aun)

Aufsatz von Julia Eva Wannenmacher über Jeremias Gotthelf und die Tiere [aun]

Von Bienen und Wölfen – Erlangen 23.-26.8.2018

Lesungen und Gespräche zum Poetenfest 2018 im Lesecafé

Erstaunlich, mit welchem Gleichmut wir den Verlust von rund 70 Prozent unserer Insekten in wenigen Jahren hinnehmen, wèhrend gleichzeitig die Rückkehr einiger Wölfe nach Deutschland geradezu Ängste auslöst. Doch es gibt auch andere Perspektiven auf diese Phänomene. Sie haben etwas damit zu tun, welche Rolle wir als Menschen in einem komplexen Ökosystem spielen und welche Rolle darin wir anderen Akteuren zuschreiben wollen. Diese Perspektiven stehen im Mittelpunkt des Beitrags der vhs zum Poetenfest im Lesecafé. In »Von Menschen und Bienen« erzählt am Donnerstagabend Ulla Lachauer von Begegnungen mit Menschen, für die – aus ganz unterschiedlichen Motiven – Bienen ein Lebensthema geworden sind. Überraschende Einblicke in Intelligenz und Lebensweise einer oft missverstandenen Tierart bietet am Samstagabend die Wolfsexpertin Elli H. Radinger in ihrem neuen Buch »Die Weisheit der Wölfe«. Die emotional aufgeladene Diskussion um die Rückkehr der Wölfe bildet den Rahmen für die Handlung des Krimis »Der Schafe Tod« von Jutta Gerecke, Uwe Jark und Werner Kunst, mit dem das Programm um Bienen und Wölfe bei der Sonntagsmatinée seinen Abschluss findet.

Donnerstag, 23. August, 19 Uhr Von Bienen und Wölfen I: Von Bienen und Menschen Lesung und Gespräch mit Ulla Lachauer Moderation: Gilbert Brockmann

Samstag, 25. August, 19 Uhr Von Bienen und Wölfen II: Die Weisheit der Wölfe Lesung und Gespräch mit Elli H. Radinger Moderation: Claudia Schorcht

Sonntag, 26. August, 11 Uhr Von Bienen und Wölfen III: Der Schafe Tod Lesung mit Jutta Gerecke, Uwe Jark, Werner Kunst; Gespräch der Autor/innen mit Elli H. Radinger Moderation: Claudia Schorcht

Ein Beitrag der vhs Erlangen und des Lesecafés zum Poetenfest

Ort: Lesecafé in der Altstadtmarktpassage, Eintritt frei

Hinweis: Die Küche des Lesecafés ist geöffnet von Mittwoch bis Samstag, 12-21 Uhr, am Poetenfestsonntag von 10:30 bis 17 Uhr. Besucher/innen der Abendveranstaltungen, die gerne bei uns essen möchten, bitten wir, dafür etwas Zeit vor Beginn der Veranstaltungen einzuplanen.

Kontakt: info@lesecafe-anstaendig-essen.de

Special issue on biosemiotic ethics now open access [aun]

> > The special issue of Zeitschrift für Semiotik on biosemiotic ethics www.bibliothek.tu-chemnitz.de/ojs/index.php/Semiotik/issue/view/26 guest-edited by Morten Tønnessen, Yogi Hendlin and Jonathan Beever is now freely available online, downloadable in PDF format. It includes contributions by the editors, John Deely, Andreas Weber, Hans Werner Ingensiep, Jessica Ullrich, Konrad Ott, Gerald Ostdiek and Wendy Wheeler. > > Brief presentation: > > > > This issue presents the rapidly growing field of biosemiotic ethics. In the past two decades, biosemioticians have began to tease out the ethical implications of biosemiotics. The foundational argument is that if semiosis is a morally-relevant capacity, and if all living systems are semiotic, then biosemiosis can serve as the basis for justifying the attribution of moral status to humans, to animals and plants, and even to ecosystems. Biosemiotic ethics opens the road towards a perspective that connects ecological thinking with ethical perspectives. > > > > > All articles are licensed under the CC-BY 4.0 International license. > DOI: doi.org/10.14464/zsem.v37i3-4 > > > — > Morten Tønnessen > Associate professor of philosophy at University of Stavanger www.uis.no/om-uis/kontakt-oss/finn-ansatt/toennessen-morten-article74454-11198.html — Lead Editor-in-Chief of Biosemiotics www.springer.com/life+sciences/evolutionary+%26+developmental+biology/journal/12304 — President of Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies nordicsemiotics.org/ — Chair of Minding Animals Norway mindinganimals.no/ > >
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University of Glasgow October 2018 Gifford Lectures: Judith Butler [aun]

> The University of Glasgow announces the 2018 Gifford Lectures > Professor Judith Butler: ‘What does inequality have to do with non-violence?’ > 1st-4th October 2018 > > About the Gifford Lectures > The prestigious Gifford Lectures are a series of talks delivered annually at the universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, St. Andrews and Aberdeen. They were established by Adam Lord Gifford (1820–1887), a senator of the College of Justice in Scotland. The purpose of Lord Gifford’s bequest to the four universities was to sponsor lectures to “promote and diffuse the study of Natural Theology in the widest sense of the term.” (www.gla.ac.uk/events/lectures/gifford/about/) > > Since the first lecture series in 1888, delivered at the University of Glasgow by Max Müller, Gifford Lecturers have been recognised as pre-eminent thinkers in their respective fields. Some of the many notable speakers to have delivered lectures include: Henri Bergson, William James, Hannah Arendt, Noam Chomsky, Paul Ricoeur, Stanley Hauerwas, Martha Nussbaum, Jean-Luc Marion, Iris Murdoch, Eleonore Stump, Charles Taylor, Alfred North Whitehead, Rowan Williams, Gianni Vattimo, Bruno Latour, and Gabriel Marcel. > > About the Speaker > This year’s speaker is Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. > In her lectures, Professor Butler will suggest that a philosophy of non-violence has to take into account forms of inequality that value certain lives more highly than others. So the task is to develop a philosophy of non-violence that allows the moral questions usually associated with non-violent practice to be seen as bearing on questions of political inequality as well. The purpose would be to show that the defence of non-violence cannot be successful if it does not take this kind of differential valuing of life into account, which means that a philosophy of non-violence is only possible within a broader commitment to equality. These questions bear as well on the concepts of grievable and ungrievable life that Professor Butler has developed elsewhere as well as a conception of livable life at work in her critique of precarity. > > Details of the Event > The lectures will take place on October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at 18.00 at the Bute Hall, University of Glasgow. > This is a free but ticketed event. To register for any of the three lectures please visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/glasgow-gifford-lectures-2018-judith-butler-tickets-43085964279 > > Professor Butler will also lead a seminar on the 4th of October, the details of which will be announced in a subsequent communication. > The Gifford Lectures Committee of the University of Glasgow > > www.gla.ac.uk/events/lectures/gifford/ > > gifford-lectures@glasgow.ac.uk >