Symposium on Animal Studies: Changing the Subject

The new Animal Studies Initiative at New York University will host and co-sponsor, with Minding Animals International, a daylong symposium entitled “Animal Studies: Changing the Subject?” on Friday, October 14th, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Leading scholars from a variety of fields, including Anthropology, Ecology, Ethology, Sociology, Social Work, Literature, and Philosophy will explore some of the many ways that this new interdisciplinary field is altering the contours of academic inquiry. Confirmed speakers include: Ralph Acampora, Marc Bekoff, Jeffrey Bussolini, Una Chaudhuri, Susan Crane, Lori Gruen, Jacques Lezra, and Gary Steiner.

Hosts: Una Chaudhuri and Dale Jamieson.

Venue: 19 University Place, Room 102 and Great Room
Date: Friday, October 14, 2011
Time: 9:00am – 6:30pm (check-in starts at 8:30am)

Organizer and contact: Una Chaudhuri

Minding Animals Conference Bulletin

SCHEDULE OF SESSIONS

8:30 AM – BREAKFAST AND REGISTRATION

9:00 AM – WELCOME REMARKS
Una Chaudhuri
Acting Chair, Department of English; Collegiate Professor; Professor of English, Drama, and Environmental Studies; Adviser, Minor in Animal Studies, New York University

9:15-11:00AM – SESSION ONE: ANIMAL SUBJECTS

“Animals as Subjects and the Rehabilitation of Humanism”
Speaker: Gary Steiner, John Howard Harris Professor of Philosophy, Bucknell University
Introduction By: Jeff Sebo, Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Animal Studies & Environmental Studies, New York University

“Changing the Subjects, Indeed: Diversification of Inquiry In Animal Studies and Animal Ethics”
Speaker: Ralph R. Acampora, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Hofstra University
Introduction By: Traci Warkentin, Assistant Professor of Geography, Hunter College

11:00-11:30AM – COFFEE BREAK
Great Room, 19 University Place

11:30-1:30PM – SESSION TWO: ANIMAL CULTURES

“Cats Eating Chile Peppers: Refutation of the Rozin Hypothesis”
Speaker: Jeffrey Bussolini, Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies, CUNY; Director at the Center of Feline Studies/Feline Interaction Laboratory, ABMSC
Introduction By: Colin Jerolmack, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology, New York University

“Pan thanatology – Mourning Chimpanzees”
Speaker: Lori Gruen, Professor of Philosophy, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Environmental Studies, Wesleyan University
Introduction By: Loredana Loy, MA Candidate, Interdisciplinary, Sociology & Media Communications, New York University

“Minding Animals Redux: Who Lives, Who Dies, And Why?”
Speaker: Marc Bekoff, Professor Emeritus of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder
Introduction By: Dale Jamieson, Director of Environmental Studies; Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy; Affiliated Professor Law, New York University

1:30-3:00PM – LUNCH
Great Room, 19 University Place

3:00-4:30PM – BREAKOUT SESSIONS

4:30-6:30PM – SESSION THREE: ANIMAL FANTASIES

“Bestiality”
Speaker: Jacques Lezra, Chair, Department of Comparative Literature; Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, New York University
Introduction By: Ada Smailbegovic, PhD Candidate, English Department, New York University

“A Scholar and His Cat”
Speaker: Susan Crane, Professor of English, Columbia University
Introduction By: Matthew Margini, PhD Candidate, English Department, Columbia University

“The Interspecies Imagination: “Zoöpolis” and “Heraldic Crests for Invasive Species””
Speaker: Una Chaudhuri & Marina Zurkow, Associate Teacher of Interactive Telecommunications, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
Introduction By: Marissa Mickelberg, MA Candidate, Performance Studies, New York University

6:30- 7:30 PM – CLOSING RECEPTION