David Seamon (PhD, 1977, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts USA) is a Professor of Environment-Behavior and Place Studies in the Department of Architecture at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, USA. Trained in behavioral geography and environment-behavior research, he is interested in a phenomenological approach to place, architecture, environmental experience, and environmental design as place making. His books include: A Geography of the Lifeworld (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1979/Routledge Revival series, 2015); The Human Experience of Space and Place (edited with Anne Buttimer, London: Croom Helm, 1980); Dwelling, Place and Environment: Toward a Phenomenology of Person and World (edited with Robert Mugerauer; New York: Columbia University Press, 1989); Dwelling, Seeing, and Designing: Toward a Phenomenological Ecology (Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 1993); and Goethe’s Way of Science: A Phenomenology of Nature (edited with Arthur Zajonc, Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 1998). Seamon’s A GEOGRAPHY OF THE LIFEWORLD was reprinted in Routledge’s “Revival” series in 2015. His book, LIFE TAKES PLACE, will be published by Routledge in 2018. He is editor of Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology, which celebrated its 25th year of publication in 2014. DOIs for many of my books, articles, and chapters are available at the ORCHID website at Dr. David Seamon, Architecture Department, Kansas State University, 211 Seaton Hall, Manhattan, KS. 66506-2901 USA. Tel 1-785-532-5953; Most of his writings, including articles and book chapters, are available at:

MemberJonathan H. Young

God(s), humans, animals, nature (1-4 CE): Classics, Early Christianity, Ancient Philosophy, Middle/Neoplatonism, Second Sophistic, Ancient Reception of Texts. My research centers around religious and intellectual history of the Roman empire during approximately the 1-4 centuries C.E. My focus is on “pagan” and Christian interaction, in Middle and Neoplatonic authors who discuss the human and animal souls and their relation to the divine. Outside of philosophical texts, I am also interested in intellectual and rhetorical writings of the empire and how these sources portray religion as well as ethnographic representations of peoples, animals, and cultures perceived to be outside of Greco-Roman culture.

MemberMary Al-Sayed

I acquire books for the University of Chicago Press in anthropology and history, concentrating on European history, Asian history, the history of ideas, and the history of sexuality. I am the proud sponsor of three series at Chicago. The Life of Ideas aims to nourish the resurgent field of intellectual history. The Silk Roads series, supported in part by the Luce Foundation, aims to cultivate transregional work in diverse fields, from history and religious studies to current events. Animal Lives is a multidisciplinary series exploring the shared histories and experiences of humans and other animals. I joined the Press in 2020, having worked previously as an acquisitions editor at Bloomsbury and Palgrave Macmillan.

MemberTabitha Stanmore

I am an AHRC-funded PhD candidate researching magic, gender and society in England, 1350-1650.My research explores the evolution of social attitudes towards non-witchcraft magic, with particular reference to gendered representations and practices of medieval and early modern magicians. As part of this I am also involved with the Leverhulme-funded ‘Figure of the Witch’ project, headed by Ronald Hutton.
Supervisors: Professor Ronald Hutton, Professor Jonathan Barry, and Dr Catherine Rider

MemberRich Gorman

I am an interdisciplinary social scientist interested in the social and ethical implications of different healthcare practices. My aspiration is to produce work that is responsive to stakeholder interests, engages different publics, and contributes to addressing complex policy issues.   Ethical Preparedness in Genomic Medicine My current research is focused on Ethical Preparedness in Genomic Medicine, and particularly, the idea that any bid to promote or improve ethical preparedness will benefit from health professionals having access to a detailed understanding of what it means to be part of a genomic project from a patient perspective and how those people live their everyday lives outside the health care setting. Bioethics and Endotoxins Recent work funded by the Wellcome Trust, and in association with the RSPCA, aimed to explore the range of different perspectives relating to alternative methods in bacterial endotoxin detection. This is a complex, and international, scientific and societal issue, situated at the interface of human, animal, and environmental health. This research examined the role that ideas about animal welfare have traditionally played in shaping conversations about horseshoe crabs, examining why the biomedical use of Limulus has remained outside of, and resistant to, an engagement with the welfare concerns that underpin the social acceptability of the biomedical usage of other animals. My research created a framework for bringing conversations about horseshoe crabs into connection with wider discussions about animal welfare more broadly, highlighting opportunities to, where possible, replace, reduce, and refine the biomedical use of these animals. Involving Patients and Publics in Research My previous research at the University of Exeter as part of the Wellcome Trust funded Animal Research Nexus project considered how the growth of personalised medicine and practices of patient involvement and engagement in biomedical research is reshaping the ethical and material intersections between patients and laboratory animal research. Methodologically, this involved sensitive research interviews and discussion workshops with patients and carers affected by rare diseases, cancer, and neurodegenerative conditions about their lived experiences of health and illness, but also what it means to be ‘involved’ in research that they may find ethically challenging. It has also included working with medical researchers to explore the practical and ethical challenges of ‘involving’ patients in research – often an event which they did not feel trained or comfortable in. Our research outlines how medical charities, scientists, and patient representatives consider the relations between human medicine and animal care, and provides recommendations to prepare for, and support, meaningful conversations about patient involvement around animal research in the future. Ethical Animal Assisted Therapies My ESRC-funded PhD research, at Cardiff University, took a specific interest in the social and ethical implications of incorporating animals within various caring and health-promoting practices, which I then built on through developing international interdisciplinary collaborative work with colleagues in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. This involved investigating the potential of animal-therapies for individuals affected by traumatic bereavement, and the ethical quandaries that this might involve, through conducting interviews with participants severely affected by traumatic grief and collecting lived experience narratives about loss, trauma, and bereavement support.

MemberMads Langballe Jensen

I am a historian of early modern political thought, working on topics from the German Reformation to the Early Enlightenment and from Denmark/Norway to the Coast of West Africa. I am particularly interested in how different theories of natural law were used to justify and legitimise interests in different religious, political, commercial and colonial conflicts in early modern history.   My first project was a contextual study of the political philosophy of the Wittenberg reformer Philipp Melanchthon and the first formulations of Protestant natural law theories. It investigated the different theories of natural law which Melanchthon developed and the purposes for which he applied (or didn’t apply) them in his political philosophical works. An early fruit of this project was an article on Melanchthon’s commentary on Aristotle’s Politics published in History of Political Thought.

MemberGenevieve Creedon

My research focuses on the ways in which narratives and discursive practices frame landscapes and shape human interactions with environments. I am interested in how individuals, institutions, and corporations use and participate in stories that foster affective connections to local, national, and international landscapes. As a comparative literature scholar working in the Environmental Humanities, with strong backgrounds in American Studies, Cultural Studies, and Animal Studies, I have focused my work on the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States, while drawing on transnational histories, currents, and influences. This has allowed me to integrate my interests in environmental studies and narrative studies with my training as a creative writer in developing an inter-disciplinary comparative framework for examining how narrative and rhetorical practices structure our experiences of nature.