TIME TO RENEW: Section Membership Renewals 2014
ASA memberships expired at the end of the 2013 calendar year. There is a couple-of-weeks grace period for you to remain on the listserv, though! When renewing your membership, please be certain to renew your membership in the Animals & Society section.
Our ASA session sections are based on our membership numbers. At the end of 2013, we had 160 members. We are currently conducting a membership drive targeting graduate students, and we hope to increase our section to 300 members by the end of 2014. This will allow us to run one more paper session at the 2015 ASA meeting in Chicago.
Here is the link to join and renew. https://asa.enoah.com/default.aspx
Please renew and encourage your colleagues to join!
TIME IS RUNNING OUT! ASA 2014 SECTION SESSIONS: Call for Papers
The Animals & Society section will be sponsoring two sessions at the 2014 meetings in San Francisco: a paper session on the topic of "Animals and Inequality" and a set of roundtables (one-hour).
Please note that the paper guidelines have changed, and papers can now be between 15-35 pages. The paper submission deadline is Wednesday, January 8 at 3pm EST. For more information: http://www.asanet.org/AM2014/Call_for_Papers_Policies.cfm
WEB CONFERENCE: Neither Man Nor Beast
You are invited to attend a WEB-based conference on February, 23rd, 2014 sponsored by the Vegan Feminist Network and Animal Liberation Ontario. "Moving beyond the typical boundaries of social justice activism, this conference will be advocating intersectional liberation across species and social identities... By creating a space to discuss critical feminist theories and to offer our unique experiences under patriarchy, we will be re-evaluating how oppressions relate in our lives and our communities and how best to integrate this realization into advocacy for the rights of non-human and human animals alike... The conference will critique the limitations of popular and mainstream animal rights campaigns... We hope to advocate for a more unified and diverse movement."
While the conference is free, the number of participants is limited by the capacity of the server. Registration is required. Register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/neither-man-nor-beast-patriarchy-speciesism-and-deconstructing-oppressions-tickets-9906470520
Call for Presentations:
The conference is asking for abstract submissions for presentation topics on the following intersecting issues: veganism; women/womyn empowerment; queer rights; hetero-normative privilege; feminism; trans and gender-queer rights; racism and perspectives from women of colour; white male supremacy; patriarchy; ableism; sexism; sizeism; sexualities; gender and cis privilege; colonialism; indigenous rights; eco-feminism and environmentalism; anarcha-feminism; animal rights and radical self-care. E-mail your abstracts to email@example.com.
CALL FOR PAPERS: 16th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference
This is an opportunity for graduate students. To sign up go to http://chicagoethnography.wordpress.com and submit an abstract. The deadline is January 15, 2014.
BIG DISCOUNT TO MEMBERS FOR JOINING THE APSA
The American Political Science Association has a discount program for members of the ASA. ASA members can join the ASPA at an indroductory rate of $55. That includes one ASPA journal subscription of their choice. Sign-up
Craig Schaar, ASA Membership Manager, recommends the Political Sociology and Law sections.
LOREDANA LOY BECOMES NEWSLETTER EDITOR
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AMY FITZGERALD WINS AWARD
Volume 1 of the Human-Animal Studies e-Newsletter published in January informed members of the Animals and Society Institute that Amy Fitzgerald was recently awarded the Meritorious Service Award for full time faculty at the University of Windsor for her accomplishments in teaching and research. This is pleasing news, so it is repeated here.
RECENT ARTICLES BY SECTION MEMBER
Corey Lee Wrenn,
with R. Johnson, "A Critique of Single-Issue Campaigning and the Importance of Comprehensive Abolitionist Vegan Advocacy" Food, Culture & Society Volume 16, No. 4, 651-668 (2013).
"Nonhuman Animal Rights, Alternative Food Systems, and the Non-Profit Industrial Complex" Phaenex: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture Volume 8, No.2, 209-242 (2013).
"The role of professionalization regarding female exploitation in the Nonhuman Animal rights movement"
Journal of Gender Studies Online only (for profit) (2013) DOI:10.1080/09589236.2013.806248.
"The Abolitionist Approach: Critical Comparisions and Challenges within the Animal Rights Movement"
Interface, Volume 4, No. 2, 438-458 (2012).
Applying Social Movement Theory to Nonhuman Rights Mobilization and the Importance of Faction Hierarchies"
Peace Studies Journal Volume 5, No. 3, 27-44 (2012).
Resisting the Globalization of Speciesism: Vegan Abolitionism as a Site of Consumer-Based Social Change"
Journal for Critical Animal Studies Volume 9, No. 3, 9-27 (2012).
RECENT ARTICLE BY SECTION MEMBER
Helene M. Lawson
Sociological Viewpoints, Volume 27, No. 1 (2011)
This article examines the how people construct the meanings they give to pet and similar fish they keep in their personal spaces. It is an ethnographic tour of quotidian epistemology. Because fish are intimately common and yet regarded as being on a par with vegetables as far as animal rights are concerned, they are readily transformed by their owners' imaginations.
RECENT ARTICLE BY SECTION MEMBER:
"Gender Work in a Feminized Profession: The Case of Veterinary Medicine"
Leslie Irvine and Jenny R. Vermilya
Gender & Society, Volume 24, No. 1 (2010)
Veterinary medicine has undergone dramatic, rapid feminization while in many ways remaining gendered masculine. With women constituting approximately half of its practitioners and nearly 80 percent of students, veterinary medicine is the most feminized of the comparable health professions. Nevertheless, the culture of veterinary medicine glorifies stereotypically masculine actions and attitudes. This article examines how women veterinarians understand the gender dynamics within the profession. The authors' analysis reveals that the discursive strategies available to women sustain and justify the status quo, and thus preserve hegemonic masculinity. Women use strategies previously used toward female tokens in non-traditional jobs, such as role encapsulation, and strategies previously used by male tokens in traditionally female jobs, such as distancing from the feminine. Through this discursive "gender work," women help to maintain the institutionalized inequality and the masculine ethic of the profession. Veterinary medicine illustrates the importance of considering organizational context in studies of feminization.
NEW ARTICLE BY A SECTION MEMBER:
Colin Jerolmack, "Humans, animals and play: Theorizing interaction when intersubjectivity is problematic", Sociological Theory (v.27, no.4, 2009).
NEW BOOK in SPANISH on HUMAN ANIMAL RELATIONS
Ana Cristina Ramírez Barreto, De humanos y otros animales, (Editorial Dríada, México).
James William (Bill) Gibson's new book on the cultural reenchantment of nature,
A REENCHANTED WORLD; THE QUEST FOR A NEW KINSHIP WITH NATURE, was recently published by Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt. Much of his work discusses important cultural changes concerning wild animals: symbolic, totemic kinship ties between people and animals are becoming increasing common in film, television, nature writing, disciplines such as conservation biology, and even in newspaper obituaries. Gibson also explores the ways in which animals are now framed as consecrating landscapes(such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge), the internal problems of reenchantment, and the religious and political attacks waged against it during the Bush era. For reviews and an excerpt see www.jameswilliamgibson.com
NEW TEACHING GUIDE
The journal, Sociology Compass has published a "Teaching and Learning Guide for Animals and Sociology" written by Leslie Irvine. The URL of this article is: www.blackwell-compass.com/subject/sociology/article_view?article_id=soco_tr_bpl204"
ARTICLES AND DRAFTS
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