Minding Animals, July 12-19, 2009
Posted by lisagbrown on July 14, 2009
If I could be anywhere in the world right now, I would not choose the sandy beaches of Hawaii or the Caribbean. I would not be wandering the romantic streets of Paris with my sweetheart, nor would I be observing wild capuchin monkeys in South America. No, if I could choose to be anywhere in the world instantaneously — right this very moment — I would choose to be in Newcastle, Australia.
You see, some of the most important animal studies thinkers of our time have gathered at the University of Newcastle, Australia, for the Minding Animals conference, a first-of-its-kind meeting of artists, scientists, scholars and activists. NYU philosopher Dale Jamieson has called it “the Woodstock of the animal rights movement.” Over 400 participants are spending the week lecturing about, discussing and pondering the state of animals in our world. For over a week these brilliant minds of animal studies will be sharing their thoughts on topics as varied as law, ethics, literature, film, veterinary practices, education, conservation, zoos, consciousness, ethology, cruelty, species … and so much more! (For a complete listing of the conference’s panels, visit the Minding Animals website and click “Download Final Programme.”)
I must not be alone in my utter despair for not being there — the Minding Animals conference organizers, Dr. Rod Bennison and Dr. Jill Bough, have kindly organized podcasts and live-streaming of some of the panels, in partnership with ABC Newcastle NSW. To listen in on this historic conference-in-the-making, visit the ABC Minding Animals channel.
Though there is no official twitterfeed for Minding Animals, several of the attendees/speakers are live-tweeting the panels they attend. Follow @andrewbartlett @leerhiannon @JohnAtASI @_caroljadams @VoicelessFund (And while you’re at it, follow Animal Inventory at @lisabrown, too!)
For of-the-moment blog coverage, visit the ASI Diary on the Animals & Society Institute website. John Thompson, Ken Shapiro and others are posting daily blog entries about their experiences at Minding Animals.