25 February 2010

cfp: animal studies & american indian literatures

I am amazed at the number of animal studies cfps for conferences and books just over the last month. For an area that's relatively new and amorphous, there is a significant amount of institutional resources being expended.

The most recent cfp is a collection of essays for publication in the journal, Studies in American Indian Literatures. The special issue, titled Animal Studies and American Indian Literatures, and edited by Dustin Gray and Brian K. Hudson, will focus on Native-authored theory and criticism in dialogue with current Animal Studies theory.

Suggested topics include:
* Representing (un)ethical treatment of animals
* Analyzing the intersections of gender and animality
* Recognizing relationships between humans and nonhumans
* Marking animality as an exercise of tribal sovereignty and/or jurisdiction
* Comparing the politics of vulnerability between species
* Examining the figurative language of animality
* Tracing the position of the animal within federal Indian law and policy

Deadline for abstracts of 250 words or less is 31 May 2010.

Deadline for completed articles is 15 December 2010. The length for completed articles is between 6000-7500 words, including all notes and bibliographic information. No previously published or simultaneous submissions, please.

All submissions and inquiries should be sent to briankhudson@ou.edu.

24 February 2010

van jones @princeton university

Van Jones has been named a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University for 2010-2011. He will be a distinguished visiting fellow at the Center for African American Studies and the Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. In the second semester, he will teach a class on race, ecology and the environment.

obama economic stimulus hair cut

I was driving north on 8th Street NW approaching Kennedy Street and saw this sign on my right. I love how the barber is using this political & economic moment to stimulate his income, offer a reduced rate in recognition of strapped customers and also stimulate the income of the sign maker!

I wonder if his sign altered the barbershop talk.

Anyone else seen signs like this?

21 February 2010

summer camp

Have you seen the tv commercial where actors share what they learned at camp? It's mostly respectable things like yodeling and art. My camp commercial would be quite different.

My first overnight camp was at Summit Lake Camp in Emmitsburg, MD. I was 11. It was an effective Christian camp. I went in as a "my Aunt Nole makes me go to church Baptist" and came out a bona fide Christian.

On 23 July 1976, a day before my mother's birthday, I sent her this postcard:

(thank you, Mom, for saving it!)

This is my favorite part: "...as you know this is a Christian Camp. Naturally I decided to be a Christian. I hope you will too. All you have to do is ask Jesus in your heart and you will go to Heaven."

As a teenager, I went to Camp Moss Hollow, in Virginia, whose purpose was to take children from the city and introduce them to "nature." Maybe it did for some. I had spent summers in rural South Carolina, with religious relatives who didn't believe in playing cards or watching television, which only deepened my love for DC. (So you see Summit Lake's work quickly evaporated!) But I digress.

I first learned about lesbianism and being butch at Camp Moss Hollow. Most of the camp counselors had short hair and no bras. (A style that I would adopt 10 years later!)

I also learned how mean my peers could be. Really awful deeds were committed on a regular basis.

My favorite memories are learning and performing new cheers. Remember Kool & the Gang's Hollywood Swinging? We would stand in a circle and everyone would get a turn leading the cheer in the middle of the circle.

Chorus: Hollywood now swinging, Hollywood now swinging, Hollywood now swinging, Hollywood now swinging
Marya: My name is Marya
Chorus: Hollywood now swinging
Marya: I like to go swinging
Chorus: Hollywood now swinging
Marya: And every time I swing
Chorus: Hollywood now swinging
Marya: The boys come around me
Chorus: Hollywood now swinging
Marya: They stick it to the left. They stick it to the right. And all I can say is dy-no-mite!

Yes, it's true! We were learning these heterosexually-charged ritualized practices that, as Kyra Gaunt argues, were precursors to hiphop videos.

And, finally, we also did crafts. But if I didn't still have this object that I crafted, I wouldn't have remembered doing anything conventionally camp-like.

18 February 2010

campus green builder blog

Looking for more content on green construction and sustainability initiatives @hbcus? Check out my guest blogs @Campus Green Builder. Campus Green Builder is a Second Nature initiative focused on providing online resources for green building at U.S. colleges & universities.

08 February 2010

for kq: vegan chocolate chip cookies recipe


1 cup coconut oil

6 tbsp homemade applesauce or store-bought unsweetened applesauce

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp pure vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups evaporated cane juice

2 cups Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free all-purpose baking flour
 (I have also used Arrowhead Mills brand)
1/4 cup flax meal

1 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum

1 cup vegan chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, mix oil, salt, applesauce, vanilla and cane juice.

In another medium bowl, whisk together flour, flax meal, baking soda and xanthan gum.

Using a spatula, carefully add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture. Stir until a grainy dough forms. Gently fold in chocolate chips.

With a melon baller, scoop dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing portions 1 inch apart. Press each with the heel of your palm to help them spread.

Bake cookies on center rack for 15 minutes, rotating the sheets 180 degrees after nine minutes.

Let cookies stand on sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely before covering. Makes 36.

The recipe is from Erin McKenna's Babycakes: Vegan, Gluten-free, and (Mostly) Sugar-free recipes from New York's Most Talked-About Bakery.

I originally found it in the Washington Post Express, "No Dairy Queen: Read our Q&A with BabyCakes' Erin McKenna" 24 June 2009

Click here for a video of Chef Mara making the cookies

photo from here

05 February 2010

is there a place for brand loyalty in sustainability?

When it comes to matching your purchases with your sustainability ideals, how do you negotiate them? Do you tend to stick to one store, one company or do you search by product for what's most sustainable and, hopefully, most economical?

I was in Whole Foods (!) a couple of weeks ago to buy ingredients for chocolate chip cookies. I have a brand of organic coconut oil that I have been buying for years that is quite expensive. Right next to it was a Whole Foods brand of organic coconut oil that was at least 8 dollars cheaper! It took me a minute to figure out which one to buy. I chose the more expensive one.


1. I know that I like that brand: the taste, the glass jar, and, I admit, the design/packaging.

2. If that brand just focuses on coconut oil, it must be a small business and it is better to support that business than a corporation. It's similar to my rational for supporting a local, organic, vegan farmer even when he's more expensive.

3. I am resisting the day, that is soon to come, when everything in Whole Foods has a Whole Foods label on it.

But do these reasons make sense? Is it possible that Whole Foods actually owns that company, too, so they win either way? Is it better to take that extra $8 and do something meaningful with it?

What do you think? Is there a place for brand loyalty at Whole Foods and elsewhere? Which coconut oil would you have bought and why?

04 February 2010

cfp: animal movements/moving animals

Uppsala University, in Sweden, will host "Animal Movements • Moving Animals," a symposium on direction, velocity and agency in humanimal encounters.

In recent years, Animal Studies has underlined the significance of animals in human lives. The encounters are infinite and variable ranging from the mundane to the remarkable, the obvious to the unobserved, the euphoric to the dystopian.

However, encounters are not static, and recent work has highlighted how important movement is to humanimal re­lations, be it the conflicts arising as conservation species cross the imperceptible bounda­ries or very real fences of conservation areas or the ‘socio-economic benefits’ of an egg from a hen that can range free.

Furthermore, each encounter has its own pace; in agri­culture the rate at which animals are raised creates competing discourses of ‘good meat’ and speed infuses the ethical discussions in biotechnology.

Equally, animals are caught up in the globalised networks of production and consumption which materially and discur­sively circulate animals and their body parts as currency, capital or commodities. Conse­quentially, movement affects human imaginings of animals and shapes political ideologies. Thus, direction, velocity and how various power relations converge to enable or prevent movement are fundamental to understandings of humanimal encounters.

Therefore, in this symposium we want to further such debates by bringing together current work on animal mobility and movement.

In addition to paper sessions, key note addresses will be given by Bryndis Snaebjornsdottir (artist and researcher), Henry Buller (University of Exeter)and Nigel Rothfels (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee).

If you are interested in presenting a paper at this symposium please submit an abstract of 250 words here no later than 28 February 2010.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

• Animal migrations

• Feral paths: The urban animal

• Animal liberation

• Moving agricultural animals

• Animals in political movements

• Trading animals

• Depicting animal movement in art, literature and visual culture

• Locomotion in animal ontologies: discourses of movement in caretaking

• Relocating animals: zoos, farms, the wild and the spaces in-between

• (Re)presenting movement: animals as historical or biographical subjects

• Humanimal encounters through play, leisure and tourism

• Movement within the laboratory

• Pets: mobility and captivity

Further details are available here or by emailing animals@gender.uu.se

cfp: women of color in critical animal studies

The Journal for Critical Animal Studies (JCAS) seeks essays from women of color scholars and activists across a variety of disciplines and social justice initiatives to develop understandings on the issues of race, gender, and animality in critical animal studies.

Since the term "critical animal studies" was introduced by the Institute for Critical Animal Studies, there has been a void of people of color contributions to the new and developing field. Particularly absent have been the thoughts, concerns, and activism of women of color. For critical animal studies to engage a holistic politics for total liberation, women of color must play a role in the field's development. The goals of this issue are (1) to vitalize the intellectual participation of women of color in critical animal studies, (2) to examine overlapping concerns that are central to critical animal studies, feminist theory, and critical race theory, and (3) to promote avenues of thought and ideas for action that can move us beyond pernicious forms of "othering" that undergird nonhuman and human animal suffering. Topics may include:

*addressing racism, sexism, and gender oppression in critical animal studies
*the role of white privilege in the animal rights movement
*domestication and the decolonization of mind and body
*semiotics of animality in racial discourse
*traditional ecological knowledge of animal relationships
*being an ally to nonhuman animals: animal activism from a woman of color's perspective
*interlocking oppressions of animality, race, and gender
*racialization of the other
*invasive species and invasive races
*veganism, raw foods, and food justice
*the social construction of overpopulation and female reproductive control
*women of color ecofeminism and an ethic of care
*racism, sexism, and gender oppression in the animal rights movement
*addressing violence against women of color and nonhuman animals
*imperialism, colonialism, and the oppression of native peoples
*the future of critical animal studies for women of color
*the role of women of color in the total liberation movement

Papers Due: April 12, 2010 at 5pm EST

Visit the Institute for Critical Animal Studies for submission guidelines but forward all submissions for this issue to the contact below:

Anastasia Yarbrough
Institute for Critical Animal Studies
ayarbrou AT ymail.com

01 February 2010

cfp: animals and place

This is a great idea for a book!

Chapter proposals are sought for an edited collection investigating the relationship between animals and place. Multidisciplinary in its scope, the editors encourage submissions across the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. The editors envision a book that acknowledges and considers the role of place in the multiple situated encounters between human and other animals.

Questions to be considered:

• How, if at all, do concepts of domestic, wild or feral places affect the contours and outcomes of encounters?
• How might the relational space change when we encounter individuals of a species in distinctly different places (i.e. enclosed versus open spaces)?
• In co-constructing knowledge about non-human animals, is space considered?
• How, if at all, are factors, such as chance, spontaneity and imagination, impacted by the locations we encounter animal others?
• What do non-Euclidean ideas of space offer to human-animal relationships?

We encourage potential contributors to negotiate the dynamic role of place in human-animal interactions and ethical relationships. Encounters in a variety of spatial and relational configurations will be included in the volume, enlivening and contributing to a collective imagining of animals in place, particularly the place of humans in a multispecies and multidimensional world.

Please submit proposals for chapters (500 words, maximum) and a short CV by March 1, 2010.

Submissions should be sent to both Dr. Traci Warkentin (twarkent@hunter.cuny.edu) and Gavan P.L. Watson (gavan@yorku.ca). Selected submissions will be notified by April 5, 2010. Completed chapters will be due by August 1, 2010.

For more information visit: http://www.gavan.ca/aip/