Critical Animal Studies Working Group

Founded in 2009, the Crit­i­cal Ani­mal Stud­ies Work­ing Group is a con­sor­tium of fac­ulty, stu­dents, staff and Pacific North­west com­mu­nity mem­bers inter­ested in exam­in­ing crit­i­cal per­spec­tives on rela­tion­ships between humans, non­hu­man ani­mals, and eco­log­i­cal ecosys­tems. Empha­siz­ing the con­se­quences that many sci­en­tific, agri­cul­tural and com­mer­cial activ­i­ties have on human and non­hu­man lives, we are con­cerned with explor­ing inter­sec­tional and inter­twined futures of many species, includ­ing our own. We are espe­cially atten­tive to curat­ing con­ver­sa­tions that thought­fully and crit­i­cally bring con­ver­sa­tions about species, race, gen­der, sex­u­al­ity and other forms of per­ceived dif­fer­ence into the same frame.

With this mis­sion in mind, the Work­ing Group hosts pub­lic lec­tures, aca­d­e­mic work­shops with guest lec­tur­ers, stu­dent and fac­ulty writ­ing work­shops, and film screen­ings. Through these activ­i­ties, we aim to expand, enrich and cre­ate new spaces for pub­lic dia­logue over the place of humans and non­hu­mans in soci­ety. Though our group is located at the UW and com­mit­ted to bring­ing animal-related ques­tions to var­i­ous units across cam­pus, we have a broad notion of com­mu­nity which guides our efforts to develop con­nec­tions with com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tions, activists, and intellectuals.

 

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