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.” ( > > 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: > > 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 > > > > >

CfP University of Leiden: Animal Rights and Animal Politics in Asia (aun)

‘Animal Rights and Animal Politics in Asia’
International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS 11)
University of Leiden
Leiden, The Netherlands, 16-19 July 2019

Call for Papers
At the forthcoming International Convention of Asian Scholars there will be an entire day dedicated to Animal Rights and Animal Politics in Asia (ARAPA). We are holding four distinct sessions for participants that will cover didactic (head-based) topics such as philosophy, politics and law, and participatory (heart-based) topics such as activism and mentoring.
Please see below for the Call for Papers. Instructions for submitting are below along with links to the conference and institute websites.
Panel. The philosophy surrounding other animals, and the way in which we categorise various non-human species and our relationship with them is a topic of increasing importance. Particularly because the way in which human animals use other animals is having serious global impacts. For this panel we invite speakers who wish to contribute to an engaging and open discussion on animal rights theory, citizenship theory, threshold theory or any other theory or philosophical framework that will enable a robust discussion about the morality, ethics, rights and interests of non-human animal species. Diverse views are encouraged. Priority will be given to arguments that are well thought through. This is the first session of the ARAPA day at ICAS 2019 so will form the foundation of the other three sessions.
Politics and Law
Round Table.
We are inviting people who work in politics, campaigning and law to discuss strategies that will bring the interests of non-human animals to the political table and keep them there. Typically, the rights and interests of non-humans are relegated to the temporary and fleeting whims of humans. Furthermore, in most countries anti-cruelty laws only protect certain categories of animal (such as companion animals) and not those who are most vulnerable to being hurt and harmed (such as those who are killed for food). The irrational nature of the way in which we treat individual subjects as though they were disposable objects is becoming increasingly untenable. Therefore we are looking for a broad range of speakers to have a robust conversation on contemporary global, legal and political issues regarding the rights and interests of non-human animals and how to best facilitate change on their behalf. This is the second session of the ARAPA day at ICAS 2019 so will contribute important elements to the second half of the day.
Activism helps create political will and gives rise to social change. This workshop will be an open discussion on different kinds of activism and offer demonstrations on what is possible. Why do we need activists? What is its significance in social change? What are hurdles/ problems and benefits/ achievements facing activists and the work they do? Activists who have been engaged in animal rights activism for 5 years or more are invited to submit an abstract outlining how you will share your experiences of what works and what doesn’t work, including (but not limited to) strategies, methods and techniques. This will be a interactive workshop that encourages participation, dialogue and group work. We are looking for activists in the movement who are highly motivated and who will inspire and encourage others to become active. These is a creative and dynamic session so novel ideas are welcome. This is the third session of the ARAPA day at ICAS 2019 and – after two theoretical ones – is the first one to get participants engaged and active.
Panel and Group Work. Mentors are people with significant life experience in animal rights and animal politics. We are inviting mentors who wish to share their acquired knowledge with others in small groups. ICAS participants who have participated in the earlier ARAPA sessions can sign up for a 45-minute session with a mentor, based on their experiences and expertise. Junior activists or those in Asian countries where animal rights and animal politics is in its infancy, can meet with experienced mentors to receive important guidance, advice and support. We envisage this will strengthen action and engagement within the animal rights, politics and liberation movement in Asia. This is the final session of the Animal Rights Animal Politics in Asia day at ICAS 2019. After a good theoretical foundation, plus a workshop on activism, this final session will encourage participants to contribute the best of who they are to help realize the ultimate goal of complete animal liberation.
Instructions for Submission
Please send an abstract of up to 400 words and a bio of up to 250 words. Please include any links to personal or professional web pages (if you have them). Send your submissions to Dr Tamasin Ramsay with “ICAS 2019” and the session you are submitting for in the subject line. Final date for submissions is 1st September 2018 9am AEST*.
We will send you further information will be given upon your acceptance. Meanwhile please visit these official websites of the conference and the institute to find out more.
1. International Institute for Asian Studies ( )
2. International Convention of Asian Scholars ( )
*The ICAS deadline is 10th October if you wish to submit an independent paper directly to ICAS. However, to be part of our ‘Animal Rights Animal Politics in Asia’ day, please submit to the above email address before 1st September 2018.

(CfP) Special issue on animals and world religions (aun)

I am writing to invite you to consider contributing to a special issue of the journal Religions on the subject of animals in world religions. I was invited to edit this issue, and I very much hope to have excellent articles covering a wide range of issues, traditions, regions, historical time periods, and theoretical perspectives. The website for the special issue can be found here: . That site offers more details about the theme of the issue and also logistics for submitting articles. However, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I hope that you can propose an article based on your own research, and also that you can suggest other potential contributors who work in this area.

Please share this information with people who may be interested in contributing.

Thanks very much for your consideration, and please let me know if I can provide any more information.


Anna Peterson,
Professor Department of Religion,
University of Florida

Erfinderland Israel: Wenn für Rindfleisch keine Kühe sterben müssen [aun]

*** Spam *** List of International Journals specializing in Animal Issues [aun]

The Dutch Weedburger

Eva Meijers Buch über „die Sprache der anderen Tiere“

Thinking Veganism in Literature and Culture [aun]

> : > > I hope the following publication might be of interest to subscribers: > > > Thinking Veganism in Literature and Culture: Towards a Vegan Theory explores what the social and philosophical aspects of veganism offer to critical theory. Bringing together leading and emerging scholars working in animal studies and critical animal studies, this collection shows how the experience of being vegan, and the conditions of thought fostered by veganism, pose new questions for work across multiple disciplines. Offering accounts of veganism which move beyond contemporary conceptualizations of it as a faddish dietary preference or set of proscriptions, it explores the messiness and necessary contradictions involved in thinking about or practicing a vegan way of life. By thinking through as well as about veganism, the project establishes the value of a vegan mode of reading, writing, looking, and thinking. > > Contributors include Laura Wright, Anat Pick, Sara Salih, Bob McKay, Tom Tyler, Jason Edwards, Natalie Joelle, and Allison Covey. > > n Literature and Culture – Towards a Vegan Theory | Emelia Quinn | Palgrave Macmillan > > > > > This collection explores what the social and philosophical aspects of veganism offer to critical theory animal studies… > > > > > > > >

CfP „Plants and Religion“ Conference in Dublin [aun]

Ich bewahre den CfP noch einige Zeit auf, falls sich jemand für dieses Grenzgebiet interessieren sollte, schließlich gibt es fleischfressende Pflanzen. Also im Zweifelsfall Mail an

Fünftes CLAS-Forschungskolloquium für Promovierende und Habilitierende (31.10.-03.11.2018)

*Fünftes CLAS-Forschungskolloquium für Promovierende und Habilitierende (Herbst 2018)*
Vom 31. Oktober bis zum 3. November 2018 findet am Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt das fünfte Kolloquium für Cultural and Literary Animal Studies statt.
Das CLAS-Kolloquium soll allen, die sich im Bereich der im weiteren Sinne literatur- und kulturwissenschaftlichen Tierforschung promovieren oder habilitieren, die Gelegenheit geben, ihre Projekte vorzustellen und andere Projekte kennenzulernen. Das Kolloquium ist grundsätzlich interdisziplinär; Bewerbungen aus allen Fächern sind willkommen.
Neben den Projektvorstellungen widmet sich das Kolloquium stets einer übergeordneten theoretischen, methodischen, disziplinären oder thematischen Fragestellung. Dieser Schwerpunkt liegt im fünften Kolloquium auf dem Forschungsfeld „Tiere und Film“, das in Form von Theoriediskussionen, Filmbesprechungen, Exkursionen und Keynotes in den Blick genommen werden soll. Bewerbungen von Projekten, die sich film- und medienwissenschaftlich mit Tieren beschäftigen oder von Arbeiten zu Tierfragen, in denen Filmmaterial jeglicher Art als Gegenstand oder als Untersuchungswerkzeug dient, sind deshalb besonders erwünscht.
Das ausrichtende Nachwuchsforschernetzwerk CLAS freut sich, durch die finanzielle Unterstützung des Forschungskollegs Humanwissenschaften 25 Stipendien für die Teilnahme ausschreiben zu können. Die Stipendien umfassen die Reise- und Übernachtungskosten sowie Teilverpflegung. Veranstaltungsort ist das Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften in Bad Homburg (in der Nähe von Frankfurt).
Möglich sind vier Formen der Teilnahme:
1. Vorstellung und Diskussion des eigenen Gesamtprojekts; 2. Diskussion eines vorab zur Lektüre zur Verfügung gestellten Kapitels (max. 15 Seiten) aus dem eigenen Projekt; 3. Diskussion eines für das eigene Projekt wichtigen, vorab zur Lektüre zur Verfügung gestellten Textes (max. 15 Seiten), eingeleitet mit einführenden Thesen; 4. Teilnahme an den Diskussionen ohne eigene Vorstellung.
Wir freuen uns auf Bewerbungen von NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen bis zum 11. Juli und streben Rückmeldungen bis Ende Juli an.
Die Bewerbung erfolgt per Email an und sollte auf einer Seite folgende Angaben enthalten: Name, Titel des Projekts, Dissertation oder Habilitation, Heimatuniversität, gewünschte Form der Teilnahme und ein paar zusammenfassende Worte zum eigenen Projekt sowie ggf. zu dem für die Vorstellung vorgesehenen Text.
Mit herzlichen Grüßen von den drei OrganisatorInnen des CLAS-Kolloquiums:
Roland Borgards
Esther Köhring
Frederike Middelhoff