Environmental Studies v. Animal Studies: A Graduate Symposium

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Nina Varsava / Stanford Environmental Humanities Project
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Environmental Studies v. Animal Studies: A Graduate Symposium

The Environmental Humanities Project at Stanford is hosting a symposium on Friday, May 2, 2014, to examine the relationship between environmental studies and animal studies. We are interested in examining the tension, as well as points of agreement and possible reconciliation, between these two fields of ethical, political, and intellectual inquiry. The first part of this symposium will involve a presentation of some key issues and tensions between environmental and animal studies. The second part will involve a roundtable discussion on the intersection of environmental studies and animal studies, and more specifically environmentalism and animal rights/ethics. We are looking for eight graduate students to participate in the roundtable, which will be followed by a general discussion on the subject. This event is open to the public, and we hope it will attract a diversity of students, faculty, and community members interested in environmental and animal issues.

We invite short proposals (100-200 words) for contributions to the roundtable discussion. These can be preliminary and informal; we would like to get a sense of your ideas on, and interest in, the topics of environmental and/or animal studies, and/or the relationship between the two. We encourage ideas-in-progress and, for the purposes of lively debate, provocative responses. We will ask each participant to express their views briefly (5-7 minutes); these short, informal, presentations will serve as an introduction to an open and inclusive discussion. We will have a coffee and snack break between the two parts of the symposium, and dinner to follow.

Please send proposals to Nina Varsava — nvarsava@stanford.edu — by March 24, 2014.

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