The Empathy Link
We at the Animals and Society Institute often address what is called
the "violence link," the fact that people who are violent toward
animals are often prone to violence toward other human beings as well.
It's been documented that children who ab...
Animals and Society Institute Fellowship Program 2008
The Animals David Favre, College of Law; and Thomas Dietz,
Environmental Science and Policy Program.
The fellowship is designed to support recipients's individual
research through mentorship, guest lectures, and scholarly exchange
2007 Lantern Books Essay Competition
The aim of the 2007 Lantern Books Essay Competition  is to allow
new thinking to emerge on the key subjects of Lantern's publishing
program and to encourage new voices to step forward to shape the
debate of the future. There are three topics to...
The Feminist Care Tradition in Animal Ethics
In their 1996 collection of essays, Beyond Animal Rights, Josephine
Donovan and Carol Adams provided a feminist alternative to a
rights-based ethic regarding animals. As they noted in the preface,
"....[M]any activists were uncomfortable with the ...
New Online AniCare Course Begins
In January, the ASI will launch a new seven-week online course on
AniCare Child, an assessment and treatment approach for juveniles who
abuse animals. This is the second of three online courses developed in
partnership with the School of Social W...
Southern Sociological Society
Angela G. Mertig, Associate Professor of Sociology, Dept. of
Sociology & Anthropology at Middle Tennessee State University writes:
I am organizing two sessions at the annual meeting of the Southern
Sociological Society to be held in Richmond, ...
HAS Article in Bark Magazine
The enlightened pro-dog magazine, Bark ("dog is my co-pilot") publish
a must-read introductory article  on Human-Animal Studies, which
features, among others, the Animals and Society Institute.
Bright spot in my not-so-favorite holiday
Those of you who are vegans or vegetarians will understand why I
approach Thanksgiving ("Turkey Day") with a mixture of unease,
ambivalence or downright dread, depending on the year and the
"holiday" meal arrangements.
In an attempt to do somet...
Call for contributions for a planned book on history of aviculture
Relatively little has been published in English about aviculture
outside the British Isles. Ingvar Svanberg is planning an anthology
about cultural and historical aspects of aviculture, i.e. a cultural
history of keeping birds in captivity for ple...
New HAS Book Examines Dogs in African Culture
The fifth book published by Brill in our Human-Animal Studies Book
Series  is titled Canis Africanis: A Dog History of Southern
Africa. Edited by Lance Van Sittert and Sandra Swart, the book is a
collection of essays that address the role and s...
ASI Journals Highlight Horse Issues
Both ASI-produced journals, Society & Animals  (S">Journal of
Applied Animal Welfare Science  (JAAWS), edited by Executive
Director Ken Shapiro and published, respectively, by Brill Academic
Publishers and Taylor ">S">JAAWS presents a comple...
The Traits of Trout
Biologists in Canada announced a new study of the personality traits
of trout, adding to the growing (if belated) scientific consensus that
animals besides humans do indeed have individual minds. The University
of Guelph scientists watched trout feed...
New Elephants in Circuses Policy Paper
We recently published our third policy paper, "Elephants in Circuses:
Analysis of Practice, Policy, and Future" by G. A. Bradshaw, Ph.D.
The paper addresses the history, use and treatment of elephants
captured or bred for use in U.S. circuses. ...
2008 Fellowship Program Accepting Applications
Following the very successful 2007 Human-Animal Studies fellowship at
North Carolina State University, plans are already under way for 2008.
Applications for our second annual summer program for scholars
pursuing research in Human-Animal Studies a...
Audio Recordings Available for "Becoming the Change"
If you were unable to attend "Becoming the Change: The 22nd Annual
International Compassionate Living Festival" in North Carolina last
month, or if you attended and would like to revisit and/or share the
experience, you can purchase audio recordin...
Call for Papers for a Book
Amie Breeze Harper has issued a call for papers for a book on "Race
and Class Consciousness: Contradictions, Resolutions, and
Reconciliation in the Ethical Consumption and Eco-Sustainability
Movements," which she will edit. The abstract deadline i...
Proposed Panel on Animal Matters
Lindgren Johnson is proposing a panel, "Animal Matters: Rethinking
the Slave Narrative," at the Society for the Study of Southern
Literature conference on April 17-20, 2008 in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Occupying a liminal position th...
H-Net Syllabi Update
Brett Mizelle, Ph.D., Co-Editor, H-Animal  (Department of History,
California State University, Long Beach) recently announced that there
are some newly posted animal studies syllabi at H-Animal. The
up-to-date listing is available here .
Call for Papers
Lisa Kemmerer invites proposals and abstracts by January 1, 2008 for
conference on animal studies and the environment in February, 2008 at
the Montana State University in Billings.
Just out of the starting gates of the 21st century, the world...
Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship
Emily Burns, Program Assistant of the Dissertation Proposal
Development Fellowship at the Social Science Research Council  (810
Seventh Avenue, 31st Floor New York, NY 10019; recently issued the
following announcement that will be of interest t...
New laws affect NC animals
The Associated Press (via the _Winston-Salem Journal_) reports that
several new laws that took effect December 1 in North Carolina address
animals. Some are good, one is quite bad.
On the positive side, there are stronger penalties for people w...
ASI Urges Counseling for Michael Vick
In an op-ed published by the _Atlanta Journal-Constitution _ on
December 12, ASI Executive Director Ken Shapiro urged that Michael
Vick, the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback sentenced to 23 months in
prison for dogfighting, undergo psychologi...
Report on the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
Click here  to read David Dillard-Wright's report on the
human-animal studies sessions at the Twenty-First Annual Conference of
the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, which was recently
posted on H-Animal , the on-line listserve ...