animal liberation / Conference / Critical Animal Studies / Ecopedagogy / Twin Cities

CFP – 12th Annual N. American Conference for Critical Animal Studies


12th Annual North American Conference for Critical Animal Studies
June 20-22, 2013
Site: Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC)
Host: MCTC Philosophy Club … Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
This conference is seeking proposals on critical animal studies, a field that promotes total liberation and explores the ways in which oppression intersects amongst human animals, nonhuman animals, and the environment. While all topics will be given equal consideration, we are also interested in exploring the specific theme of “Intersections of Ethnicity, Spirituality, and Nonhuman Animals.” Some questions to consider when developing your proposal include but are not limited to the following: Can activists compare struggles of racism to nonhuman animal suffering? What is the intersectional history of ethnicity and animals? Do you have to be anti-racist to be an animal advocate? How has religion aided in the marginalization of people of color and nonhuman animals? How has religion aided in the liberation of people of color and nonhuman animals? How, if at all, do animal advocates challenge colonization, imperialism, and racism? What are the theoretical and scientific similarities between racism and speciesism? How have different ethnic and spiritual groups addressed animal advocacy? We welcome proposals from community members including nonprofit organizations, political leaders, activists, and professors, staff, and students from within higher education. We are especially interested in the histories of social movements, spirituality, global religions, race, ethnicity, decolonization, critical race theory, nonviolence, alliance politics, freedom, democracy, total inclusion, global trade, globalization, whiteness, radical feminism, anti-racism, imperialism, prison abolition, labor rights, disability rights, legal issues, and indigenous rights/sovereignty.
-Presentations should be fifteen to twenty minutes long. We are receptive to innovative formats including roundtables, panels, community dialogues, theater, and workshops.
-Proposals or abstracts for panels, roundtables, workshops, or paper presentations should be no more than 500 words.
-Please send a 100-word (maximum) biography for each facilitator or presenter—speaking to your activism and scholarship—in third person paragraph form.
-The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2013.
-Accepted presenters will be notified via e-mail by April 15, 2013.
Please send proposals/abstracts and biographies electronically using an MS Word attachment in Times Roman 12 point font to: