Gearing up for Teaching & Understanding Doublethink

School starts on Monday and I’m excited to say that I’m going to be teaching the course, ‘Animals, Ethics, and Food: Deconstructing Dominant Discourses’ again. I’ve tweaked the syllabus from last time and I hope it’s an improvement.  Last winter’s teaching adventure was one of the best experiences I’ve had at the University of Washington and […]

New York City: Day 2

On Friday, I got up early and ate a delicious breakfast that Emma made for Gwen and me of steel-cut oatmeal with grilled bananas and apples, cinnamon, vanilla and pecans. It was delightful! I headed to the conference, which was on NYU’s campus. A cute little food market on the way: The conference, called Animal […]

Pre-departure New York Trip

This week, I’m headed to New York City for an animal studies conference at NYU called “Animal Studies: Changing the Subject“. This conference comes out of NYU’s exciting new animal studies initiative and is also registered as a pre-conference event for the massive Minding Animals International 2012 conference next summer in Utrecht, Netherlands. The conference at NYU is composed of […]

Animals in Human Societies- The Brock Review

A special issue of the open-access interdisciplinary academic journal The Brock Review came out this weekend. It has a number of really interesting articles on a range of subjects relating to the subject of animals in human societies. I have not yet gotten to read all of the articles yet, but I am excited to […]

“Loving Animals?” – Responses to Kathy Rudy

There is an interesting division in the animal studies field of academics and activists. Most animal studies folks agree that studying animals is important and that we should engage in a renewed consideration of animals in our ethical and political formulations. However, the way animal studies scholars and activists approach the ‘question of the animal’ varies considerably. […]