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Call for Papers

Special Edition of the Animal Studies Journal: 'New Directions in Animal Advocacy'. 2019

Deadline 11th March 2019

This special issue will examine (re)new(ed) practices in the field of animal advocacy in Australasia and more broadly. We are seeking papers that build on the current “political turn” in animal studies to focus on questions of political analysis, structure, strategy and practice.

We are looking specifically for papers that address:

emerging animal advocacy issues
political analysis of existing animal advocacy campaigns
media and communication strategies
tactics and strategy
the politics of animal rights and welfare
social and multispecies justice
environmental justice and animals
intersectionality, and the politics of race
collaborations between animal advocacy and other social movements
feminist political approaches to animal advocacy
the politics of food – food sovereignty, food security and veganism capitalism and markets

Length of contributions should be 4000–6000 words

Please see the guidelines for submissions to ASJ:


Submissions here: https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/submit.cgi?context=asj

For further information, contact Dinesh Wadiwel:


Special Edition of the Animal Studies Journal - ‘Animal Sanctuaries’. 2017

Guest Editor: Elan Abrell

Submissions due by 21 April 2017.

We seek articles that consider animal sanctuaries as unique sites of human-animal interaction that both influence and are influenced by the way animals are treated and understood in larger contexts. How do animal sanctuaries contribute to the broader animal protection movement, what limits and challenges do they face, and what sorts of new models for living with and caring for captive animals might they provide? Papers might consider:

· What constitutes a sanctuary?
· What do concepts like care, rescue, captivity, agency, freedom, and flourishing mean in the sanctuary context, and how might these concepts vary across different kinds of sanctuaries?
· How might sanctuaries differ in their approach to animal care, both philosophically and in relation to the specific kinds of animals they cater to?
· How do sanctuaries balance the physical and psychological needs of animals against the material and spatial constraints of captivity?
· How do sanctuaries differ from (or what do they have in common with) other forms of animal captivity, such as zoos, aquariums, farms, and circuses?
· What are the goals of sanctuaries beyond the immediate care of animals? And how are these goals affected by animal needs? For example, how might the positioning of animals as ambassadors for animal advocacy affect their care?
· How effective are sanctuaries at animal advocacy?
· What unique ethical dilemmas might sanctuaries face, and what kinds of different approaches to animal ethics inform their missions?
· How do sanctuaries foster or restrict animal autonomy? For example, how do they address issues related to animal reproduction or spatial segregation of animals that may be at risk of harm or pose a danger to others?
· What new knowledge about animal care, consciousness, and behavior might arise in the sanctuary context? For example, what contributions to veterinary science might sanctuaries provide?
· How do sanctuaries respond to issues related to animal death, including euthanasia, external predators, and the feeding of sanctuary carnivores?
· What possible visions for animal futures might sanctuaries provide?

Please see guidelines and submit online at: ro.uow.edu.au/asj/submit.

Contact Elan Abrell for more info: prof.abrell@gmail.com.


ASJ Editorial team

Editor: Melissa Boyde
Associate Editors: Michael Griffiths, Philip Armstrong, Annie Potts, Sally Borrell