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Screening the Non/human: Animals Representations in Visual Media
full name / name of organization:
Institute for Critical Animal Studies
Screening the Non/human:
Non/human animals are consistently represented in film, television, and advertising as a means of entertainment in a diversity of ways that often overlook the oppressive dynamics that impede a politics of animal liberation. Certainly, mass media is a powerful force in our everyday lives because it both reflects and creates our culture. We are constantly bombarded with messages from a variety of sources that promote not only products we ought to buy, but also the attitudes that inform us what is and what is not, important. It follows that should a culture depict nonhuman animals as unimportant, then non/human animals are treated accordingly. While opinions may vary as to the influence that media has on nonhuman animals, most will agree that media has become a permanent part of our culture, and should be examined in more depth.
Whether it be Ms. Piggy selling bacon for Denny’s, the latest Disney film, or the rampant abuse of animals in the filming of The Hobbit, the non/human is an ever-present part of media representation that often goes unacknowledged by academic writing. This book seeks to fill that gap in research so as to seriously address the question of non/humans within visual media as a mode of representation and lived politics. In short, this book seeks to address the question on the role mass media plays with respects to non/human animals.
We are seeking chapters that explore the following avenues of interests:
•Animal abuse within television, film, and advertising
At this time we are not seeking chapters concerning animal representations in literature, art, or poetry. However, our list is non-exhaustive and we are open to submissions that take on new approaches that would be useful in understanding how animals are (ab)used on the screen. This project is designed to become part of the Institute of Critical Animal Studies’ Lexington Book Series.
If interested, please submit a 300-500 word abstract as well as a 150 word bio to Dr. JL Schatz (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Amber George (email@example.com) by June 30th, 2014. Expected date for finished papers will be September 30th, 2014. If you have questions concerning content of submissions, the nature of Critical Animal Studies, or anything else in relation to this project please don’t hesitate to contact us.