17 September 2010

cfp: animals & prison

The Journal for Critical Animal Studies
Special Issue: Animals and Prison

The connection between nonhuman animals and incarceration discourses has never been more intimately associated. It seems one cannot discuss animal liberation without conversing about prison, whether that be in the form of imprisoned nonhuman animals or human prisoners incarcerated for their role in liberating nonhuman animals. As activists continue to be sentenced under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, prison becomes more reality than metaphor in human-animal studies.

At the recent Let Live Animal Rights Conference in Portland, Oregon, former political prisoner Andy Stepanian served as the opening speaker. The synopsis of his talk asks, “what if you closed your eyes and woke up a prisoner? What if you were estranged from your family and labeled a convict? What if you lived your entire life in a cage? What if you were convicted and imprisoned for trying to set beings free from their cages?”

It’s unclear whether he is speaking about nonhuman animals or his own incarceration, which is exactly the point. We are at a critical moment in history with mass incarceration and mass exploitation of nonhuman animals. This issue seeks to illuminate connections between animals and prison and to generate new ways of thinking through and tackling nonhuman and human oppression.

Possible Areas of Inquiry:

· Policing bodies
· Prison industrial complex and mass animal agriculture production
· History of prison reform and rise of the animal rights movement
· Nonhuman animal prisoners/ human prisoners
· Invisibility and incarcerated hidden populations
· Nonhuman animals in human prisons, such as dog training programs
· Linked oppressions
· Connection of race, animals and prison culture
· Prison abolition/animal abolition movements
· Discourse of prison in animal liberation material
· Capitalism and the animal/military/agricultural industrial complexes
· Caging, control, domination and power

Papers Due: 15 April 2011 @5pm EST

Send papers to:

Susan L. Thomas, Director, Gender and Women's Studies
Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, and Political Science
Hollins University
Roanoke, VA 24020
Email: herapellet@aol.com

Visit http://www.criticalanimalstudies.org/?page_id89 for submission guidelines

14 September 2010

cfp: sex, gender, species

Sex, Gender, Species: A Conference at Wesleyan University
25-26 February 2011
cfp deadline: 1 October 2010

The growing field of animal studies has turned critical attention to the real conditions and stakes of human-animal relations. It has also become a new and important focus for debates over identity and difference that have embroiled academic theory over the past quarter century. Recent scholarship on animal otherness as well as discussions of how to traverse boundaries of difference often draws upon a history of feminist theory and practice even as this borrowing remains unacknowledged. The purpose of this conference is to foreground the relations between feminist and animal studies and to examine the real and theoretical problems that are central to both fields of inquiry.

Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

• gendered ethics and the politics of animal rights discourse and activism
• queering the animal
• animals and “nature”/ animals in “culture”
• violence against women and violence against animals
• material feminism and companion species
• pet love and the boundaries of kin, kind, and sex
• technologies of seeing or the gaze of/on sex and species
• otherness, empathy, and animal care ethics
• the woman and the animal – pitfalls and strategies of essentialism.

We are soliciting abstracts for papers that can be presented in 30 minute time slots. Selected presenters will receive a $1000 honorarium to cover travel expenses. We invite extended submissions of versions of presented papers for a special issue of Hypatia on Animal Others. For more information go to: http://depts.washington.edu/hypatia/cfps.html#animal_others.

Abstract Submission deadline: 1 October 2010

Submission guidelines: Please email a 1-2 page (500 -750 word) abstract for your proposed paper to lgruen@wesleyan.edu and Kweil@wesleyan.edu.

13 September 2010

ron walters: what a life!

Ronald Walters--scholar, public intellectual, activist--is a model for how to use different media and spaces to share ideas: a force in the academy, politics, print & visual media and more.

I never had the opportunity to meet him but he has been a persistent voice for me.

I am surprised and saddened by his death. And look forward to remembering with others how his commitment and fearlessness for more than 50 years has made the world a softer place.

photo credit: http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/12142007/profile3.html

09 September 2010

borrowing gardens--the next big thing!

You can borrow books from the library why not borrow a garden?!

I am currently borrowing my girlfriend's container gardens. Why? She is in the midst of a big move and didn't want to risk them getting destroyed in the process, especially since they are all bearing fruit.

I now have cucumbers, carrots, red bell peppers, purple eggplants, thai peppers and basil! All grown in a total of 4 containers.

i love it!

Container gardens are the new mobile!