A group for those interested in all aspects of animal studies, from antiquity to the modern era.
I examine the anthropocentric and sentimentalist views present in the representation of animals in Laurence Sterne’s “Tristram Shandy” and “A Sentimental Journey”, and I demonstrate how the fluctuations between these two perspectives undermines the traditional barrier we place between animals and ourselves, and encourages us to assume a more crit…[Read more]
i. re Gödel’s ontological argument
ii. deep in pi’s numeric noise
iii. from Nothing, something
iv. endless in the wrong direction, tragic
v. they give you all Eternity to answer
vi. what of God’s mercy?
vii. informed consent and prayer
viii. i won’t live on, perhaps. a deed i’ve done may
ix. my selective memory
x. Janus…[Read more]
In Kant’s Critique of Judgment, his exploration of how something like life (organized matter) can appear to the faculties of a finite consciousness makes life as possible as it is impossible. A passing reference Kant makes to the idea that every organ of an organism can be seen as a parasite is taken as a lever to deconstruct his notion of…[Read more]
This essay deconstructs Jane Bennett’s and Erwin Schrödinger’s theories of life to demonstrate the untenability of defining life on the basis of either identity (relation to self) or difference (relation to other). Because the living thing is undecidably self and other, its traditional bond to the self-relation of teleology is untenable. Yet reli…[Read more]
A typical cow on Earth at the turn of the 21st century is figured as an information-generating machine. She generates data from the time she is born, at every developmental milestone, with the birth, growth, and death of each of her calves, including birth, weaning, and yearling weight, calving ease, and feeding data that help farmers compute…[Read more]
Discussing ecological justice in conservation and environmental ethics.
This paper examines the agency of the dogs used to develop the Soviet manned space flight programme by considering what the dogs did as experimental subjects, as dog technologies, and as individual dogs in the context of the historically conditioned practices of Soviet science. Looking at how Soviet space researchers refined Pavlovian behaviourism…[Read more]
A review of the Bill Viola exhibition at the Stavanger Kunstmuseum including Man Searching For Immortality / Woman Searching for Eternity (2013) and Tristan’s Ascension (2005) in conversation.
My name is Raluca Farcas and I am an Illustration student at Birmingham City University, UK. I am currently working on my dissertation which revolves around the symbolism of birds in art through centuries and up to the present day and also questions the relationship between humans and birds and how that affected the way they were…[Read more]
Quarter Horses are considered one of the earliest and most enduringly popular breeds of horse that is “native” to the United States.
The American Quarter Horse Association formed as a breed registry in 1940, and set clear rules for what horses could be called Quarter Horses in its stud book. Recently, after several years of legal bac…[Read more]
Martin Boehnert deposited “Other minds than ours” – A controversial discussion on the limits and possibilities of comparative psychology in the light of Lloyd Morgan’s work in the group Animal Studies on Humanities Commons 2 years, 10 months ago
C. Lloyd Morgan is mostly known for Morgan’s canon (1894), still a popular and frequently quoted principle in comparative psychology and ethology. There has been a fair amount of debate on the canon’s interpretation, function, and value regarding the research on animal minds, usually referring to it as an isolated principle. In this paper we…[Read more]
A discussion of whether it makes sense to say that “lab animals” are engaged in a form of labor.
an overview of military research involving pigs, rats, and rabbits at DRDC Downsview [Toronto], from 2004 -2007.
appendix includes military docs secured thru an ATIP request by Animal Alliance Canada.
Hello Sara! I’m a fellow HC Summer Camper, a little behind on our second challenge. I’m glad to see a fellow animalista in the summer camp group! Are you subscribed to H-Animal? There’s a lot of excellent discussion there, as well as a wealth of posted syllabi and current books/articles. It would be great to help get better discussion goin…[Read more]
HCommons novice here and so excited to join the conversation on animal and environmental studies! I’m currently developing my dissertation project, much of which deals with human/nonhuman relationships and environmental collapse in contemporary Global North/South fiction. One thing I’d be interested to know is what are three key…[Read more]
Die Tierphilosophie ist eines der lebendigsten Felder der Gegenwartsphilosophie. Im Mittelpunkt stehen bislang die Frage nach dem Geist der Tiere, das Problem des Tier-Mensch-Unterschiedes und die Themenfelder der Tierethik. Die auf drei Bände angelegte »Philosophie der Tierforschung« wirft einen neuen Blick auf dieses Gebiet und ergänzt es dur…[Read more]
During the 1920s, the Philadelphia-based American Antivivisection Society turned to racialized metaphors in its circulating periodical, the Starry Cross, to excoriate the expanding practice of vaccination. Since vaccines were then made from animal-derived serums, the involvement of antivivisectionists in antivaccine arguments is not surprising.…[Read more]
This photoessay documents the 82nd Annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, which took place in Morgan City, Louisiana over Labor Day weekend in 2018. It contains photographs of the festival, including images of pageant queens, food vendors, and the Blessing of the Fleet. The essay documents the authors’ experience of the festival, and c…[Read more]
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