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The centrality of animals to the history of film, and the particular powers and properties of the animal image on film require no introduction. This issue of Antennae will be entirely dedicated to this subject.
David Brooks ‘Roogate’
Shot under cover of darkness, buried in mass graves in the forest. But this isn’t Srebrenica in 1995, this isn’t Poland in 1942. The shooters aren’t rogue militants or members of the SS. They are sub-contractors paid by the government of the Australian Capital Territory, and the victims are not humans but a different species of animal.
Donelle Gadenne ‘From Celebrity Selfies to Sadistic Cruelty: The Paradoxical Life of Rottnest Island’s Quokkas’
Use a popular internet search engine to type in ‘quokka’ and you will discover a plethora of stories about a species of small marsupial inhabiting Rottnest Island (Wadjemup), situated approximately 18 kilometres from Perth, Western Australia.
25th to 27th November 2016
International Conference at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Department for German and Comparative Studies
Call for Papers: The 2016 meeting will feature a special focus on this provocative subject. We welcome open debate, discourse and research from participants that center on this special topic, as well as the yearly conference themes described below, and any other issues relevant to food studies
An Interdisciplinary Humanities Conference
31st May 2016 – University of Oxford
Building on the increasing prominence of the ‘animal turn’ in the humanities in the last decade, and the recent publication of Laura Wright’s The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in an Age of Terror (University of Georgia Press, 2015), this conference will seek to ask what kind of place veganism and/or ‘the vegan’ should occupy in our theorizations of human-animal relations, animal studies, and the humanities in general.
Presented by the Feminist Research Network (FRN) and the Material Ecologies Research Network (MECO)
Report on proceedings available at: http://www.uowblogs.com/frn/2016/02/22/report-beyond-the-human-feminism-and-the-animal-turn-symposium/
A multidisciplinary approach from behavioral and social sciences
Animals were domesticated thousands of years ago and are now present in almost every human society around the world. Nevertheless, only recently scientists have begun to analyse both positive and negative aspects of human-animal relationships.
Exploring how visibility and invisibility (removal from sight) make us more or less comfortable about different types of animal use by considering how exposure weakens support for animal use and/or leads to increased tolerance of that use.