One of the most valuable aspects of collections based on Animal Studies conference papers is the way the essays reflect and display how far the field has developed at a specific time. This is a vibrant, fast-growing inter-, trans- and cross-disciplinary area of study and the essays in collections over the last 10 years indicate the enormous range of topics, perspectives and approaches such studies can take. In the case of the five biennial conferences held by the Australasian Animal Studies Association (AASA), formerly the Australian Animal Studies Group, the papers presented indicate not only the evolution and variety of focuses and issues dealt with, but also the development of disciplinary or thematic content, although each conference has been open to papers on just about any topic related to animals.
Recommended CitationFreeman, Carol and Watt, Yvette M. Dr, Review: Georgette Leah Burns and Mandy Paterson eds. Engaging with Animals: Interpretations of a Shared Existence. Sydney: Sydney University Press, 2014., Animal Studies Journal, 4(2), 2015, 181-188.