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Members of the Critical Animal Studies European collective

Dr. Richard White  (UK)

Journal for Critical Animal Studies, former Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Richard J White is Lecturer of Economic Geography at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. To date, Richard’s main area of research has focused on exploring the geographies of the informal economy in the Minority World/ advanced economies generally, and in particular through understanding community self-help, mutual aid and reciprocity. His research, focused on both affluent and deprived communities, has critically challenged many dominant myths that surround our understanding of contemporary work and exchange in “capitalist” society. In addition to disseminating his research through peer-reviewed journals, Richard has formally participated in conferences and seminars to International and European audiences (ranging from local policy making communities and think-tanks, to high-profile academics, and senior government officials). Richard’s broad teaching and lecturing profile includes: re-thinking the economic in economic geography; philosophical approaches to space and place; alter-globalization groups; the use of direct action within human and animal liberation movements; dissident and moral geographies; and critical pedagogy. Finally, Richard is also currently serving on the Editorial Boards of “The International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy” and “Theory in Action, The Journal of the Transformative Studies Institute”.

Tereza Vandrovcová (Czech Republic)

PhD candidate in Sociology at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. In 2012 she had an intership at the Public Opinion Research Centre of the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. She aspires to establish and popularize sociological animal studies in the Czech Republic. Her book “Animal as an Experimental Object: a Sociological Reflection” (in Czech) has been published in 2011. She also co-organized the International European Critical Animal Studies Conference in Prague. She teaches “Reading the Animals” seminar at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague. Her research interests include critical animal studies, bioethics, qualitative methodology and sociology of science. In 2012 she became the Institute for Critical Animal Studies ‘Tyke Scholar of Year’ and in 2013 she became Regional Director of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies, Europe.

Dr. Helena Pedersen (Sweden)

Helena Pedersen holds a Ph.D. in education and is a researcher in the School of Education at Malmö University. Her primary research interests include Critical Animal Studies, Critical Theory, Critical Pedagogy and Posthumanism. She is author of Animals in Schools: Processes and Strategies in Human-Animal Education (Purdue University Press, 2010, http://www.thepress.purdue.edu/animalsinschools.html). Animals in Schools recieved the Critical Animal Studies Book of the Year Award in 2010. Other recent works appear in the volumes Metamorphoses of the Zoo: Animal Encounter After Noah (Lexington Books, 2010); Social Justice, Peace, and Environmental Education: Transformative Standards (Routledge, 2009); Global Harms: Ecological Crime and Speciesism (Nova Science Publishers, 2008); and Values and Democracy in Education for Sustainable Development (Liber, 2008). Helena Pedersen received the American Sociological Association’s Award for Distinguished Graduate Student Scholarship (the Animals and Society Section) in 2006. Information on past and present research projects is available on her website: http://www.gender.uu.se/node286

Dr. Arianna Ferrari (Germany)

Arianna Ferrari is researcher at ITAS (Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Her primary interest concerns the intersection between critical animal studies and ethics and politics of scientific and technological developments. She holds a PhD in Philosophy 2006 in a double cooperation between the University of Tübingen (Germany) and the University of Torino (Italy). She is author of “Genmaus & Co. Gentechnisch veränderte Tiere in der Biomedizin ” (2008), “Animal Enhancement. Neue technische Möglichkeiten und ethische Fragen (2010)  (coauthored with Grunwald, Coenen and Sauter)” as well as several articles and book chapters on ethics in life sciences (especially biotechnology, nanotechnology and enhancement), animal experimentation, ethics and politics of new and emerging technologies, and critical animal studies. Currently she is working on her “Habilitation” (German academic degree) on animals in technosciences. Finally Arianna is also the main organiser of the 3rd Annual European Conference for Critical Animal Studies, taking place in Karlsruhe, 28th-30th November 2013.

Dr. Richard Twine (UK)

Dr. Richard Twine works at the intersection of critical animal studies, environmental sociology, gender studies and science and technology studies. His PhD, completed in 2002, brought together the ecofeminist critique of dualism with that found in much recent sociological writings in order to further probe the basis for intersectionality. He is the author of the book Animals as Biotechnology – Ethics, Sustainability and Critical Animal Studies (Routledge/Earthscan, 2010), as well as several articles and book chapters on science studies, posthumanism, ecofeminism, bioethics, and critical animal studies.  His academic interests are informed by a commitment to critical thinking, a reflexivity toward the relationships between academia and activism, and a commitment to a posthumanist politics of intersectionality. He also teaches on subjects as diverse as genomics and society, critical animal studies, and gender studies, including masculinities. Between 2002 and 2012 he held research positions at Lancaster University (specifically the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics). In 2013 he was appointed Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow in the Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Here his research primarily centres on the relationships between climate change and food.

Dr. Anat Pick (UK)

Anat Pick was formerly Senior Lecturer and Program Leader for Film & Video at the University of East London, UK. She recently became Chair in film studies at Queen Mary’s University if London. Her work ranges across image and text, with a strong grounding in critical theory and continental philosophy. She is particularly interested in the philosophical and theological dimensions of abolitionism. Her work on animals in film revolves around the zoomorphism of the visual medium, revisiting film theory via an engagement with Critical Animal Studies, ecocriticism, theology, and ethics to recast cinema in a post-anthropocentric framework. Her book Creaturely Poetics: Animality and Vulnerability in Literature and Film (Columbia university Press, 2011, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Creaturely-Poetics-Animality-Vulnerability-Literature/dp/0231147872) explores the shared vulnerability of human and nonhuman beings as an ethical foundation. She is coeditor of Screening Nature: Cinema Beyond the Human, to be published by Berghahn next year.

Jessica Groling (UK)

Institute for Critical Animal Studies ‘Britches Scholar of the Year’

Jess is a part-time PhD candidate and Associate Lecturer in Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Exeter. She has an MA in Activism and Social Change from the University of Leeds and a BA in  Geography from the University of Durham. Her research interests include critical animal studies, media representations of urban foxes and other wildlife or ‘pest’ species/wildlife issues (current project), wildlife crime, moral disengagement and the social psychology of animal experimentation. She also has a keen interest in participatory/action research methods. She co-convened the Critical Perspectives on Animals in Society conference in Exeter in March 2012. She also works as a freelance German-English translator.

Kris Forkasiewicz (Poland)

Kris Forkasiewicz has a Master’s degree in politics from Wroclaw University, Poland. He has been involved in critical animal studies, Marxist and other strands of critical theory, philosophy of body, and critique of technology. He has been running a blog, Radically Real, on politics, society, the body and animality since 2009. His scholarly publications include “Back to the Flesh: On the Devaluation and Appreciation of Animal Being in Ecological Socialism,” “Fragments of an Animalist Politics: Veganism and Liberation,” and other essays as well as conference papers and book reviews. He has been engaged informally with numerous animal rights groups and activists in Poland and internationally, including Animal Equality, endorsing an abolitionist position and politics.