2011 Conference

THINKING ABOUT ANIMALS CONFERENCE 2011

The Department of Sociology at Brock University announces a conference on “Thinking About Animals” to be held March 31 and April 1, 2011 at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

This two-day conference will explore a variety of issues concerning the current and historical situation of nonhuman animals and interactions with humans.

The Department is organizing this conference with the assistance of the Office of the Dean of Social Sciences, the Departments of English, Political Science, History and Visual Arts, the MA Program in Critical Sociology, and the MA Program in Social Justice and Equity Studies. We are also grateful for the generous support provided to the conference from Niagara Action for Animals (see NAfA link).

We are especially pleased to be hosting this conference in association with the Institute of Critical Animal Studies as the 10th Annual North American ICAS conference (see ICAS link).

As with past conferences, we welcome participation from both activists and academics. The conference will be completely vegan. The Call for Papers is now closed.

Please write ac2011@BrockU.CA as soon as possible if you have any particular accessebility needs for the conference, such as sign language interpretation. We will do our best to accommodate your requests.

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PROVISIONAL SCHEDULE MARCH 20, 2011

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GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT CRITICAL ANIMAL STUDIES AT BROCK

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ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED

NIAGARA ACTION FOR ANIMALS

Niagara Action for Animals (NAfA) is a grass-roots, all-volunteer charity that has been operating since 1989 to protect animals in the local area. NAfA has been instrumental in the development of Critical Animal Studies at Brock University and has consistently supported our conferences and events.

Locally, NAfA is involved in demonstrations and protests against the exploitation of nonhuman animals, organizes public education campaigns to raise awareness, operates a spay and neuter campaign and works to create a more compassionate society through its monthly vegan potluck dinners. We are proud to collaborate with NAfA.

Click on the link for more information about NAfA: http://www.niagaraactionforanimals.org/

INSTITUTE FOR CRITICAL ANIMAL STUDIES

The Department of Sociology at Brock University has organized its “Thinking About Animals” series of conferences and public lectures for over a decade. This year we are especially pleased and honoured to collaborate with the Institute for Critical Animal Studies in celebration of their tenth annual North American conference. Based in Syracuse, New York (USA), the ICAS has done a tremendous job in promoting the field of Critical Animal Studies and we congratulate all ICAS members for their efforts and achievements.
Click on the link for more about ICAS: http://www.criticalanimalstudies.org/

CRITICAL THEORY AND ANIMAL LIBERATION BOOK LAUNCH

Brock University’s “Thinking About Animals” conference is pleased to be host the Canadian booklaunch of Dr. John Sanbonmatsu’s new book Critical Theory and Animal Liberation. This edited volume contains essays by a number of prominent scholars in the field of Critical Animal Studies. This book places “animal rights” in the context of social justice and argues that the use, treatment and fate of other animals are important political questions. We are pleased to welcome John Sanbonmatsu and several of the contributors to the book at this conference and to provide opportunities for discussion of the important issues raised in this volume.
Click on the above link for more information and for ordering.

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Book Talk – Call to Compassion with Anthony J. Nocella II

3 to 5
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Brooklyn’s Restaurant
206 Richmond St
Thorold, ON

“Covering doctrine and the lived experience of the world’s religious practitioners, Call to Compassion is a collection of stirring and passionate essays on the place of animals within the philosophical, cultural, and everyday milieus of spiritual practices both ancient and modern. From Hinduism, Buddhism, and Daoism, through the Abrahamic traditions, to contemporary Wiccan and Native American spirituality, Call to Compassion charts the complex ways we interact with the world around us.”

Come join us at Brooklyn’s for some great vegan food and hear Anthony J. Nocella, co-editor of the book, talk about and expand upon its focus and intent.

http://www.lanternbooks.com/detail.html?id=9781590561829

Anthony J. Nocella II activist, academic, and author, is co-founder of the field of Critical Animal Studies and the Institute for Critical Animal Studies and teaches at SUNY Cortland in Education, Sociology, and Criminology. He is also co-editor of Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? Reflections on the Liberation of Animals (2004).

http://www.anthonynocella.org/

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SATURDAY APRIL 2, 2011 PROTEST

We hope attendees will also join us at an anti-seal hunt demonstration planned for earlier in the day, more info here:

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