New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies

The NZ Centre for Human-Animal Studies is a teaching-research hub that specializes in teaching and s NZCHAS is unique in offering a PhD in Human-Animal Studies.

The New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies is a research-teaching hub located at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch New Zealand, and offers courses at undergrad and postgrad levels, as well as supervision at Masters and doctoral level.

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23/01/2024

Are you interested in earning $100 by watching a documentary?

Researchers at the University of Canterbury are currently recruiting people for an interview study about documentary film and dairy farming in New Zealand.

What does it involve?

Watching a documentary and two short interviews about your experience watching it.

What’s in it for me?

$100 and a chance to share your perspective on dairy farming in New Zealand.

How do I sign up?

If you wish to participate, sign up using this link: https://canterbury.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9AbGICExapYy5rE

or contact Nicolai Skiveren at:
[email protected]

0211708054

For the full details, see the following link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1022FZgBOVgyf3BalmfY5i8kWh7gy1xJV/view?usp=drive_link

We look forward to hearing from you!

Photos from Arukah Animal International's post 15/11/2023

A reminder of Arukah Animal International's event (NZ November 17th @ 10 am til approx 1200) ....
To watch live-streamed on youtube go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ScBPtMmAYo

For the link to register and join in (ie ask questions), go to:
/form.jotform.com/233136205266046
Be sure to sign up as soon as possible to be one of the limited few in the room. ❤️

Photos from New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies's post 09/11/2023

You're invited!! Please join Arukah Animal International's free online event "Revealing Hidden Worlds: Art, Animals and Advocacy", moderated by NZCHAS co-director Annie Potts and featuring the following inspirational international artists for animal advocacy: Michelle Waters, Carol Gigliotti, Shannon Johnstone, EvaMarie Lindahl, M. Martelli, Julia Denos, Yvette Watt, Laura Jean Mckay and Bubi the Bear. Each artist will show and discuss their projects that disrupt anthropocentrism and celebrate all species.
New Zealand time: 10 am til approx midday, Friday 17th November.
USA times: Nov 16, and shown on poster.
Swedish time: Nov 16 @ 10 pm
Please share this notice around your networks. More information on the artists to come, including quotes from each on creativity and animals.

How Can We Promote Respect for Chickens? An Interview with Karen Davis of United Poultry Concerns — Species Unite 08/11/2023

https://www.speciesunite.com/news-stories/interview-with-karen-davis-of-united-poultry-concerns

Rest in love, Dr Karen Davis, trailblazer for the rights of birds, sanctuary giver to ex-fighting roosters and other disabled, unwanted and rescued animals, founder of United Poultry Concerns, tireless advocate for all animals. Karen leaves a legacy of numerous writings, including books and articles, and transformative interviews like the one below.

How Can We Promote Respect for Chickens? An Interview with Karen Davis of United Poultry Concerns — Species Unite Karen Davis, PhD, President and Founder of United Poultry Concerns, discusses her personal journey towards animal rights activism and establishing a nonprofit organization focused on promoting the compassionate and respectful treatment of chickens.

Interview on Swedish television – EVAMARIE LINDAHL 25/10/2023

https://www.evamarielindahl.com/interview-on-swedish-television/?fbclid=IwAR2Y0uCe8mRnFWqbdy36KblDjJ3QWHmOefglIHgrI1apxLd31qHqzWCksIc

NZCHAS Associate Dr EvaMarie Lindahl talking on Swedish Tv about her animal-centric mahi. Check out EvaMarie's new book too.

Interview on Swedish television – EVAMARIE LINDAHL Interview on Swedish television Published 24th October 2023 Crabs, horses and many more! Watch me speak about my research and art on the tv-program Sweden!, for Swedish television. You can watch the full program (without subtitles) at SVT-play.The interview took place at Malmö Museer, Malmö Konstm...

18/10/2023

Best class ever! End of an Era as ENGL318/CULT335 "Reading Animals: Beast Fables to Graphic Novels" finished today. Annie has loved this course and the fabulous students in it this year. A tear was shed as she walked away from these awesome people --- front left to right: Amelie, Olivia, Madison, Lilly; lower middle left to right: Emily, Solomon, Caleb, Annabelle; upper middle left to right: Jacob, Thomas, Genevieve, Manny; back row: Xinyue. So amazed at the compassion and enthusiasm of this CAS class. They showed respect for each other, for difference in all forms, and for nature and other species. And they tolerated a doddery disorganized teacher who is incompetent with technology and social media. Ngā mihi nunui ki a koutou 💜💜💜

08/10/2023

Upcoming talk by NZCHAS's Dr Emily Major!
Sunday 15th October at the Vegan Expo!

'Possums are as Kiwi as Fish and Chips': Possum Advocacy and the Potential for Compassionate Conservation in Aotearoa New Zealand

Emily is a vegan academic activist who has dedicated her life to helping alleviate cruelty and violence towards nonhuman animals… particularly those species deemed as ‘pests’.

Her recent doctoral dissertation, ‘Possums are as Kiwi as Fish and Chips’: Possum Advocacy and the Potential for Compassionate Conservation in Aotearoa New Zealand, was chosen as one of the University of Canterbury’s Graduate Success Stories for 2023.

Join us at Haere Roa this upcoming weekend (October 15th at 11:30 to be exact!) to hear more about this fascinating topic.

https://veganexpo.co.nz/christchurch/talks/

03/10/2023

Information on our next seminar. Tuesday 17 October, 11.30-1.30pm. In-person only.

20/09/2023

****PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE: LECTURE THEATRE LINKS 309, UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY ****

The New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies (NZCHAS) welcomes you to the following seminar:

“MEAT CULTURE AND THE RHETORIC OF SUSTAINABILITY"

Speakers:

Éilis Espiner, Master of Policy and Governance with Distinction, candidate for the PhD in Human-Animal Studies @ NZCHAS
Professor Annie Potts (Cultural Studies), Co-director of NZCHAS
Professor Nik Taylor (Human Services), Co-director of NZCHAS

PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE: LECTURE THEATRE LINKS309, University of Canterbury

ABSTRACT: Climate change and the need to feed an ever increasing human population demand significant changes in the way we produce food. Research consistently demonstrates that adopting a plant-based, or vegan, diet would significantly help address this vital issue. Despite this, consumption of meat and dairy continues to grow aided in part by sustainability rhetoric that urges superficial changes to animal agricultural practices rather than abolition, and those speaking out against the consumption of meat and dairy often face ridicule and anger. We consider these issues within the framework of 'meat culture' - the idea that animal agriculture, human consumption of its products, and a wilful ignorance of its effects on the animals caught in its processes, are so normalised within many cultures as to be virtually invisible.

Tuesday 26 September from 1230-2pm in Links309,
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha/University of Canterbury

10/09/2023

The New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies (NZCHAS) welcomes you to the following seminar:

“MEAT CULTURE AND THE RHETORIC OF SUSTAINABILITY"

Speakers:

Éilis Espiner, Master of Policy and Governance with Distinction, candidate for the PhD in Human-Animal Studies @ NZCHAS
Professor Annie Potts (Cultural Studies), Co-director of NZCHAS
Professor Nik Taylor (Human Services), Co-director of NZCHAS

PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE: LECTURE THEATRE LINKS309, University of Canterbury

ABSTRACT: Climate change and the need to feed an ever increasing human population demand significant changes in the way we produce food. Research consistently demonstrates that adopting a plant-based, or vegan, diet would significantly help address this vital issue. Despite this, consumption of meat and dairy continues to grow aided in part by sustainability rhetoric that urges superficial changes to animal agricultural practices rather than abolition, and those speaking out against the consumption of meat and dairy often face ridicule and anger. We consider these issues within the framework of 'meat culture' - the idea that animal agriculture, human consumption of its products, and a wilful ignorance of its effects on the animals caught in its processes, are so normalised within many cultures as to be virtually invisible.

Tuesday 26 September from 1230-2pm in Links309,
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha/University of Canterbury

Photos from New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies's post 29/08/2023

Our PhD graduates in Human-Animal Studies take up 1/3 of the Arts doctorates in the August graduation! How cool is that! Here are the abstracts for Cressida and Emily's theses.

29/08/2023

And just like that ....

Photos from New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies's post 28/08/2023

Live now! So proud of Cressida and Emily, now Dr Wilson and Dr Major. The first UC graduation where our graduates in the PhD in Human-Animal Studies take to the stage.

UC celebrates world first doctorates in Human-Animal Studies 21/08/2023

We're so super proud of Drs Eve D'Vincent and Erin Jones, and graduating (next week!) Drs Emily Major and Cressida Wilson. Our first group of graduates in the new doctoral in Human-Animal Studies offered by NZCHAS and UC. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou!

UC celebrates world first doctorates in Human-Animal Studies Ask five people about dog training and you’ll get just as many opinions back. Dr Erin Jones asks, how about thinking about it from the dog’s point of ...

20/08/2023

Local event in Christchurch geared towards educating tourists about *not* riding elephants (and more).

05/07/2023

Call for abstracts extended until 21 July! An NZCHAS group is going to kiwi-ize Sydney! Join us for some animal-centric learning and some serious fun!

Call for Papers: AASA Conference 2023 – Animal Cultures

The 2023 Conference of the Australasian Animal Studies Association will be held in-person at the University of Sydney on the 27th and 28th of November 2023, as part of the Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
The Conference theme – Animal Cultures – encompasses emerging scientific and philosophical considerations of culture in non-human animal communities, as well as culturally-informed human views of other animals. Cultural transmission has been observed in a wide array of species (Whiten 2021), facilitating the acquisition of social and ecological knowledge and behaviours that influence biological and social wellbeing (Brakes et al. 2019).
Applying a cultural focus can be problematic, as it considers non-human animals through an anthropocentric construct. Animal Cultures will address the affordances and complexities of “culture/s” within animal studies.

In addition to the wide array of topics presented by scholars at AASA’s Conferences, we are interested exploring Animal Cultures from perspectives, including but not limited to:
• New interpretations of non-human animal culture and knowledge
• Indigenous knowledges of animal cultures
• Cross cultural and multicultural approaches to animal life
• Global animal networks
• Non-human animals and environmental protection
• Political organisations
• Transmissions of knowledge through space, time, sound, bodies, and dance
• Symbiotic animal cultures
• Cross-species cultures
• The culture of Animal Studies

Submit paper and panel proposals via: https://usygovir.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9uhQJeS4uWbTc3A
• Submissions open: Friday 26 May 2023
• Submissions close: Friday 30 June 2023
• Notification of results: Friday 28 July 2023

All proposals for papers and panels are welcome where they are aligned with the Vision and Mission of the Association (https://animalstudies.org.au/about).

Questions to: Dr Peter John Chen at [email protected]

Download a poster of the CFP at:http://animalstudies.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/AASA23_CFP.pdf
Download a social media image pack for the Conference at: http://animalstudies.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/AASA23_socials.zip

Commissioner for Animals Petition - SAFE | For Animals 03/07/2023

Please consider signing this petition to establish a Commissioner for Animals in Aotearoa New Zealand. Rest in love, Ferdinand. Only 7000 more signatures needed.

Commissioner for Animals Petition - SAFE | For Animals Animal welfare is currently regulated by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) – the same Government body responsible for growing the agricultural sector. Animal welfare policy is driven by the Minister of Agriculture whose main priority is to increase sector productivity. This is a clear conf...

22/06/2023

Kia ora koutou/ hello to NZCHAS followers,

Many of you will already have learned of the passing of Australian political scientist and Human-Animal Studies professor, Siobhan O'Sullivan, one of the world's most dedicated, prominent and effective academic and grassroots activists on behalf of all animals, including humans. In this time of mourning, so many people have shared their memories of Siobhan - her wonderful vitality, her compassion and kindness, her contagious laugh and best ever humour, her never-ending optimism for positive change, and her dedication to making the world a better place for the exploited, marginalized and oppressed. Since her diagnosis with ovarian cancer nearly 3 years ago, Siobhan was also the fiercest advocate for prevention, early detection, and effective treatment of this insidious disease. For all of us at NZCHAS, Siobhan was a much respected and loved international Associate of our research centre. Below is a message from Dinesh Wadiwel, the President of AASA, in which he discusses more specific contributions Siobhan made during her lifetime. Vale, Siobhan O'Sullivan: author, academic, activist, animal lover, AMAZING human, uplifter of the marginalized. The world is a poorer place without you in it, but we'll keep up the agitation and continue the education to make it better, and we'll always remember you along the way.
For those who would like to attend Siobhan's farewell, this will be held tomorrow and live streamed for those outside Sydney, Friday 23 June, 3.15 to 5 pm, New Zealand time. For the livestream link please contact: [email protected]

The photo is taken after the AASA Decolonizing Animals conference in Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand, July 2019 - and shows Siobhan with her friend Fiona Probyn-Rapsey and Nichola Kriek from Save Animals from Exploitation. Nichola's Kunekune pigs are hiding but we are all enjoying their company.

MESSAGE FROM DINESH WADIWEL:
Dear AASA Community

I write with the sad news that, after a battle with cancer, our friend and colleague Associate Professor Siobhan O’Sullivan passed away this morning. On behalf of the AASA Commitee, I express my condolences to Siobhan’s family and those close to her for their immense loss.

Siobhan was recognised globally as a founding intellectual in the ‘political turn’ in animal studies, marked by her ground-breaking 2011 text Animals, Equality and Democracy. Siobhan was also known for many other works, including her edited collection (with Robert Garner) The Political Turn in Animal Ethics, and her large number of widely read essays and book chapters. Siobhan had a background as an animal rights activist, and this commitment to action and public reach for social and political change continued through her life. This also shaped the strong political commitments of her writing.

Siobhan’s influence as a scholar was not limited to her expertise area in political and social sciences. Siobhan was also known by many within the animal studies community, both in our region and internationally, as an ambassador for our discipline. She was a long-time member of our Association, a previous member of our Committee, and an active contributor to our events and conferences. In 2021 Siobhan funded the inaugural AASA Journal Article Prize and the AASA Popular Communication of Animal Studies Prize; both initiatives have continued to strengthen our discipline. Many scholars in the field came to know Siobhan through her Knowing Animals podcast, either as guests or as listeners; this podcast was the first of its kind, and has become an institution within the field. Knowing Animals continues to this day under the guidance of philosopher Josh Milburn, and I hope will continue for many years to come.

Few were aware that in addition to being an internationally recognised animal studies scholar, Siobhan was also an important researcher in social and public policy, widely recognised for her influential work on employment and welfare policy. Siobhan was co-author (with Michael McGann and Mark Considine) of the 2021 book Buying and Selling the Poor.

For those of us who knew Siobhan personally, she was experienced as something like an irrepressible force. She was warm, curious, funny, open-minded, generous, gregarious and always the pulsing heart of any gathering she was part of. Siobhan was absolutely committed to making the world a better place, including of course, for animals. Siobhan will be missed.

You might consider supporting the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation; Siobhan had actively been working in her final years to build awareness of the need for more funding and research to support early detection.

Yours sincerely
Dinesh Wadiwel
Chair Australasian Animal Studies Association

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