This exciting event will bring together postgraduate students focussing on human-animal relations, critical animal studies and anthrozoology, as well as activists, campaigning organisations and interested members of the public. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Conference details: This event will take place on Saturday 10th March 2012, 9am – late, at the St. Sidwell’s Centre in Exeter, UK.
This is an official Minding Animals 2 pre-conference event.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Richard Ryder
Travel bursaries and accommodation: Please see our conference information page for more details.
Catering: Lunch and refreshments will be provided at the venue by Herbies Restaurant. All catering at this event will be vegan. If you have any other dietary requirements or allergies, please notify us in advance. The food will be FREE for all registered conference participants. Any donations you wish to make will go to support some of the campaigning organisations involved in the conference.
Academic participation: The call for papers is now *closed*. Thank you to all who have submitted abstracts for presentation. We have had submissions from eight different countries on a great variety of interesting topics. Candidates will be informed by Monday 9th January whether their paper has been accepted and a full conference programme will follow in mid-January.
Aside from presentations, there will also be a number of workshops at the conference. Get in touch if you have an idea for a workshop you would like to run and we can discuss options with you.
Non-academic participation: We would like this event to contribute to bridging the gap between academics and the wider community, including activists and animal advocacy groups. Anyone is welcome to attend the conference, listen to the presentations and join in the discussions and advocacy groups are invited to hold a stall on the day to promote their campaigns. This is a great opportunity for postgraduate academics to make contact with those working at the cutting edge of current animal issues and for activists to find out what postgraduates are currently researching and writing about (although we are aware that many conference participants may be ‘hybrids’ of the two anyway). If you have ever wondered whether research is being done that might be relevant to your campaigns or if you would like to network with academics and help set research priorities for the future, please come along and join in the discussions. If you or your group would like to hold a stall, please click here for more information.
Update 16/12: PLEASE NOTE that we have very few spaces left for group stalls. To avoid disappointment, please get in touch asap if you would like to hold a stall for your campaign. Non-stall-holding groups are still very welcome to participate on the day and bring some promotional materials for display.
Our call out for activists is available as pdf file. Please help us to spread the word by downloading and distributing it.
Artists and Musicians: We also welcome participation from artists and musicians. If you would like to display and/or sell your artwork at the conference, get in touch and we can arrange to set up a display space for you and promote your artwork if you are unable to attend on the day. There will be a live music event on Saturday evening to raise money for a selection of national and local campaigns. If you or your band would like to perform, click here for more information.
Conference programme: A detailed programme will follow in January 2012. There will be presentations from postgraduate students, workshops and discussions about the potentials and pitfalls of interdisciplinary and collaborative research with advocacy groups, tutorials on how to use research tools such as the Freedom of Information Act, campaigns stalls, art displays, free food and live music in the evening.