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ISSN: 1948-352X

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The Journal for Critical Animal Studies (JCAS) is open to all scholars and activists. The journal was established for the purpose of fostering academic study of critical animal issues in contemporary society. Critical Animal Studies (CAS) is a challenge to Animal Studies (AS) science and research based field of study, which stresses vivisection, dissection, and behavior control and welfare politics of animals. Critical Animal Studies (CAS) is the academic field of study dedicated to the abolition of animal and ecological exploitation, oppression, and domination. CAS is grounded in a broad global emancipatory inclusionary movement for total  liberation and freedom.

JCAS is an interdisciplinary journal with an emphasis on animal and total liberation philosophy and policy issues. This journal was designed to build up the common activist’s knowledge of animal liberation while at the same time appealing to academic specialists to address the important topic of animal liberation. We encourage and actively pursue a diversity of viewpoints of contributors from the frontlines of activism to academics. We have created the journal for the purpose of facilitating communication between the many diverse perspectives of the animal rights movement. Thus, we especially encourage submissions that seek to create new syntheses between differing disputing parties and to explore paradigms not currently examined.

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The key objectives of the Journal for Critical Animal Studies are to:

  • Promote wider understanding of, and engagement with critical animal studies.
  • Be relevant to diverse academic, activist and wider public communities
  • Encourage and inform political and academic debate around critical animal studies.
  • Publish innovative work on critical animal studies

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Papers are welcomed on any area of animal liberation philosophy from any discipline, and presenters are encouraged to share theses or dissertation chapters. Because a major goal of the Institute for CAS is to foster philosophical, critical, and analytic thinking about animal liberation, papers that contribute to this project will be given priority, especially papers that address:

  • critical theory
  • political philosophy
  • environmental sociology
  • bioethics
  • animal cultural and language
  • posthumanism
  • globalization
  • speciesism
  • welfare and abolition
  • domestic and wild
  • prison and captivity
  • anarchist studies
  • social movement analysis and theory
  • tactical analysis
  • feminism and eco-feminism and pedagogy
  • activism and academia
  • social ecology
  • deep ecology
  • paganism
  • spirituality
  • religion
  • terrorism and security studies
  • peace and conflict studies
  • straightedge
  • intersectionality
  • transnational feminism
  • prisoner writings
  • nonviolence and violence
  • direct action and economic sabotage
  • civil liberties and rights
  • law
  • critical race studies
  • youth studies
  • abolition studies
  • policy studies
  • international affairs
  • Gender Studies
  • Trans Studies
  • industrial complex studies
  • disability studies
  • Continental philosophy
  • post-colonial perspectives
  • Native American Studies
  • Pan-African Studies
  • ecopedagogy
  • standpoint theory, epistemology, and methodology
  • transformative studies
  • peace and conflict studies
  • reflection studies
  • critical pedagogy
  • green criminology and security studies
  • radical politics
  • African-American Studies
  • revolutionary movements
  • critical criminology
  • Radical Disability Studies
  • critical environmental studies
  • LGBTQ Studies

**We especially encourage contributions that engage animal liberation in disciplines and debates that have received little previous attention.