Conference program


THURSDAY, October 26

8:30 – 9:15am: Registration / Breakfast

9:15 – 9:30am: Welcome

9:30 – 10:30am: Keynote 1: Zipporah Weisberg: “Animal liberation and Feminist Politics in the Age of Trump”

10:30 – 10:45am: Break

10:45am – 12pm: Panels 1 + 2

Panel 1: Speciesist norms and psychological barriers to change

R. Waldhorn, Social Dominance Theory: A psychosocial approach to understand speciesism

Simon Gerlach, Why are we so morally inconsistent when it comes to animals?

Per-Anders Svärd, The Political Logics of Modern Speciesism

Panel 2: Nonhuman animal images: documentation and strategic use

Pinja Mustajoki, Rise of the Living Dead: Production Animals on Video

Laura Fernandez Aguilera, Images that liberate. Strategic visual communication of farmed animals’ exploitation. A study of animal liberation activists in Spain

12 – 1pm: LUNCH

1 – 2:15pm: Panels 3 + 4

Panel 3: Animal exploitation in contemporary marketing and campaigns

Jessica Thiel, The Happiness Paradox and the Dairy Industry

Saara Kupsala, Interspecies Encounters in a marketing context: Proximity and transparency in Finnish meat companies’ marketing campaigns

Marcus Ventin, The Welfare Economic Treatment of Farm Animal Welfare

Panel 4: Intersectionality: perspectives on decolonization and feminism

Terry Hurtado, Building Space for Animals in Colombian Peace Process

Abi Masefield, Cannibal Nutrition: Big Slaughter, Big Hunger … and what about the right to NOT be food?

Iselin Gambert and Tobias Linné, Got Mylk? Uncoupling the exploitation of milk

2:15 – 2:30pm: Break

2:30 – 3:45pm: Panels 5 + 6

Panel 5: Marxist perspectives

Camilla Flodin, Adorno’s Utopian Animals

Onur Alptekin, Animal Labour and the Commodified Flesh: A Marxist Critique

Tobias Rein, Veganism, Ideology and the Critique of the Political Economy

Panel 6: Perspectives on vegan activism and campaigns

Elizabeth Price: Weaponizing Compassion: The 1990s Vegan Straight Edge Metalcore Movement and Hybrid Masculinity

Micha Edlich, Animal Rights Activism, Comics Art, and Independent Publishing: Matt Miner’s Liberator, Critical Hit, and Black Mask Studios (TBC)

Estela Diaz, The Second-curve model, a promising framework for studying change: veganism as a case study

3:45 – 4pm: Break

4 – 5:00pm: Keynote 2: JoAnne McArthur  [Title TBA]


FRIDAY, October 27

8:45 – 9:30am: Registration / Breakfast

9:30 – 10:45am: Panels 7 + 8

Panel 7: Interspecies Encounters

Erika Cudworth, For Terraism: multispecies community in a time of extinction

Dr. Francesco De Giorgio and José De Giorgio-Schoorl, Subjects or Tools? The objectification of dogs, and other animals, in the ongoing development of Animal Assisted Interventions

Matthew Porges, The Political Economy of Camel Husbandry: Human-Nonhuman relationships as a determinant of political behavior

Panel 8: Animals (ab)use and Scientific Research

Anne van Veen, Interspecies Relations in polio vaccine practices in the Netherlands

Tereza Vandrovcová, Animals as Laboratory Objects: Analysis of the Power Discourse

Jari Kärkkäinen, Wrongful discrimination of animals

10:45 – 11:15am: Poster Presentations / Coffee Break / Presentations by Scandinavian animal rights groups

11:15am – 12:30pm: Panels 9 + 10

Panel 9: Critical Problematising in Animal Politics

Delia Langstone, Naughty Fido: canine transgression in the Surveillance Society

Josh Milburn, Reorienting rehabilitation (subject: ‘pet’ food industry)

Kendra Coulter, Humane Jobs: Towards Multispecies Wellbeing

Panel 10: Theoretical perspectives on advocating animal liberation

Núria Almiron, Is appealing to climate change and environment an effective advocacy strategy to reduce oppression of nonhuman animals? A discussion on evidences and arguments

Mathias Elrød Madsen and Marie Leth-Espensen, From public indignation to emancipatory critique

Isa Rasmussen, Compassion versus Cognitive dissonance. Alternative strategies towards the human representation of non humans within pedagogy

12:30 – 1:30pm: LUNCH

1:30 – 2:30pm: Keynote 3: Erica Cudworth [Title TBA]

2:30 – 2:40pm: Break

2:40 – 3:55: Panels 11 + 12

Panel 11: Interspecies Communities

Darran Chang, Resisting Speciesist Segregation: Integration, Separation and Infiltration with Farmed Animals

Julia Gutjahr, Between Caring and Killing – Ambivalences in the Profession of Farm Animal Veterinary Medicine

Markus Kurth, From Animal Bio-politics to Post-Livestock Animals – Narratives and Practices of German Sanctuary Farms for New Human-Animal Relations

Panel 12: Animal symbols, reconstruction and resurrection in literature

Claudia Alonso Recarte, Elizabeth Costello’s Dilemma is very real: A few observations on the problematic relationship between Critical Animal Studies and the field of literature

Maria Treijling, Reading Animals Literally: The Activism of Desymbolization

EvaMarie [Title TBA]

3:55 – 4:05pm: Break (those going to Bishop’s House will walk there during this time)

4:05 – 5:20pm: Panels 13 + 14 + Bishop’s House Tour for those who attended Panel 12

Panel 13: Interspecies politics

Eva Meijer, You see we’re all political animals, or: The importance of moving from nonhuman animal rights to interspecies democracies

Jana Canavan, The Swedish “Meat norm”: Obstacle to political reform     

Opi Outhwaithe, Judicial attitudes towards animals

Panel 14: Animals in Entertainment

Alvaro López & Jafet Quintero, Bullfighting as an unethical dark tourism practice in Mexico

Magnus Johansson, Animals in Fantasy Video Games

Matthew Cole and Kate Stewart: Speciesism Party: A vegan critique of Sausage Party

7pm: Optional event: self-pay group dinner at vegetarian restaurant in Malmö


SATURDAY, October 28

9-10am: Breakfast

10-11am: Keynote 4: Volker Sommer  [Title TBA]

11 – 11:15am: Break

11:15am – 12:30pm: Panels 15 + 16

Panel 15: Food activism. Challenging the use of nonhuman animals

Eva Giraud & Tobias Linné, Communicating Care through Food. Food as a medium to enforce and disrupt normative understanding of human-animal and environmental relations

Sari Irni, Grandma’s Buns, Kitchen Experiments and Happy Stomachs: On Becoming-Vegan as an Affective Bodily Process

Kadri Aavik, “Stop forcing veganism on Children”: not eating non-human animals as a force of moral panic in Estonia

Panel 16: Animals and Media representations

Brett Mills, The Anthropocene: Animals on Television

Kathleen Bryson, Toward an Animal Democracy, Not an Animal Kingdom

Martin Ullrich, Music and Speciesism

12:30 – 1:45pm: Lunch on your own in Lund; we will provide overview of recommended vegan-friendly lunch spots

1:45 – 3pm: Panels 17 + 18

Panel 17: Philosophy, Ethics, Ontology

Karin Kunde, Getting down to the root of trouble: nonhuman animals in language

Lisa Gålmark, Noticing, translating and deconstructing categories in history. Olympe de Gouges, the French revolution and the significance of the animal category

Sanna E Karhu, Animal Ethics in Light of Judith Butler’s Philosophy: The Problem of Nonviolence

Panel 18: Historical perspectives and Remembrance

Seth Josephson, Remembering the “Marsh Walker”: The Extinction of the Aurochs and the Survival of the Beastly Trace

Zeb Tortorici, “The Deaden Memory”: Bestiality and Animal Erasure in New Spain, 1563-1821

Catherine Duxbury, Animal Experimentation at Porton Down: Britain’s Military-Animal-Industrial Complex, 1948-1955

3 – 3:15pm: Break

3:50 – 5pm: Conference closing + Film screening of JoAnne McArthur’s film




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