ICAS Europe 2021 Conference will take place on Zoom on Saturday 7 August, 6pm UK time.
If you want to present a 15 minute paper then please email Jörg Hartmann jh[at]jh72[dot]de and Will Boisseau Will.Boisseau[at]Hotmail[dot]com
The Road to Animal Liberation
Ronnie Lee has been a vegan and campaigner for animal liberation for almost 50 years. In the early 1970s he was one of the founders of the Animal Liberation Front and served three prison sentences (a total of about 9 years in prison) for animal liberation activism. Since his last release from prison, in 1992, he has been involved in various animal protection campaigns and political activities. His main focus is now on vegan outreach and on the creation of a network of local activist groups to spread the vegan message.
Richard J. White
A call for vegan anarchist geographies to re-assert the radical praxis of veganism
Searching for veganism in 2021, the paper begins by outlining some important truths about why “veganism” continues to fall short of its radical potential to (a) bring new and important forms of inter-species liberation in to being and (b) contribute fully to a broader intersectional framework of social and spatial justice activism. Responding to this, the paper considers ways in which the intent and promise of veganism can yet be re-asserted. Invoking a ‘spirit of revolt’, a case for a resurgent vegan praxis – forged through vegan-anarchist geographies – is made. This, it approach it will be argued, carries with it the potential to (a) better envisage and enact both “post-capitalist” and “post-speciesist” futures, and (b) fully embrace a politics of total liberation ecology.
Richard J. White is a Reader in Human at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Greatly influenced by anarchist praxis, his work explores a range of ethical, economic and activist landscapes rooted in questions of social and spatial justice. He co-edited Anarchism and Animal Liberation (2015); The Radicalization of Pedagogy (2016); Theories of Resistance (2016) and The Practice of Freedom (2016). He has published widely within journals and books including: A Historical Scholarly Collection of Writings on the Earth Liberation Front (2019); Education for Total Liberation (2019); Animal Oppression and Capitalism (2017, Praeger); Critical Animal Geographies (2014) and Defining Critical Animal Studies (2014). Richard is a former Editor of The Journal for Critical Animal Studies (2009-2012).
Total Liberation in Palestine
Laura Schleifer created the word ‘artivist’ to describe her vocation as an artist-activist. As a socially and ecologically conscious writer, theater artist and educator, her work has spanned the globe, from the Middle East, where she performed for Palestinian and Iraqi children on a theater/circus tour, to China, where she taught literature, cinema, history, creative writing and psychology to US-college bound Chinese students, to Nicaragua, where she taught English/drama, to performing her original songs and monologues off-Broadway and arts mentoring NYC homeless and at-risk youth. Her original feature screenplay, The Feral Child, was a Sundance Screenwriters Lab finalist. She most recently taught courses on Israel and Palestine and on Utopianism at Wesleyan University’s Green Street Arts Center. Her essays have appeared in The Leftist Review, Project Intersect, The New Engagement Literary & Arts Journal, HiConcept Magazine, and the upcoming print and digital issue of New Politics Magazine. Currently, she is working on her first book, Liberating Veganism, which deals with animal rights psychology and philosophy, for Vegan Publishers. She also speaks about a variety of subjects relating to the intersections between human, animal, and earth liberation, and is the co-founder of Plant the Land Team, a vegan food justice and community projects initiative located in the Palestinian territory of Gaza.