News and Events 2012

Dangerous Animals: A history of snakes, spiders and sharks in Australia
February 21st, 2012
Peter Hobbins and Christopher Neff

Animal Death Symposium
June 11 and 12, 2012
Keynote: Professor Deborah Bird-Rose (Macquarie U)
HARN Lecture: Associate Professor Annie Potts ( New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies, U Canterbury)
This symposium brings together cross-disciplinary voices on the topic of Animal Death. We seek papers which explore how animal and human death are conceptualised, diverge, differ and also connect in profound ways. Papers could explore issues of sacrifice, 'necessary' expendability, utility, species extinction, human survival, climate change and conservation. We are particularly interested in human and animal relationships around the nature of death. These include (but not limited to) issues of grief (for the dead companion animal), euthanasia, rituals of slaughter, vivisection, cultures of denial, the issue of who (and who isn't attributed a 'soul'), post-death belief systems.

Seminar with Assoc Professor Melanie Rock (U Calgary)
July 19th, 2012

Seminar with Professor Robert Garner (U Leicester)
October 16, 2012

Living with(out) Animals Symposium, VELiM and HARN
October 22nd, 2012

  • Jan Deckers (University of Newcastle UK) – “Why everyone should support the vegan project, both up there & down under”
  • Rob Irvine (University of Sydney) – “What is this thing called Animal Ethics?”
  • John Hadley (University of Western Sydney) – “What’s the use of animal rights extremism? Violence on behalf of nonhuman animals in liberal democratic states”
  • Jane Johnson (Macquarie University) – “The Vulnerability of nonhuman animals: Implications for Animal Ethics”
  • Chris Degeling (University of Sydney) – “Future frontiers: Animal human conflict & infectious disease”

Not the Melbourne Cup
November 6th, 2012
Vox Animalia Student Essay Prize. Awards presented.

Why Animal Ethics Committees don’t work
November 30th, 2012
Seminar with Dr Jane Johnson (MacQ) and Denise Russell (U Wollongong)