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.