EASE team in Australia at the ISAZ2018 conference

EASE team in Australia at the ISAZ2018 conference

The EASE (Exeter Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics) working group from the University of Exeter’s Sociology, Philosophy & Anthropology department has just spent an exciting few days as major contributors to a prestigious conference in Australia. Twelve of the team (academics and PhD students), led by Professor Samantha Hurn, have been at ISAZ2018 (The International Society for Anthrozoology's 27th International conference: 'Animals in Our Lives: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Human–Animal Interactions', 2-5 July 2018, Sydney, Australia). Other academics from EASE presented remotely, via video.

EASE ran their own symposium at ISAZ2018: 'Anthrozoology as symbiotic ethics and the ethics of anthrozoological research'.

The team contributed on the following topics:

Professor Samantha Hurn: ‘Evaluating anthropocentric versus caninocentric attitudes and approaches to stray dog management: the case of Topoloveni, Romania as a potential example of best practice’, EASE symposium co-chair and contribution

Dr Tom Rice: a contribution to the EASE symposium

Dr Fenella Eason: ‘Common loss, common gain: dogs and humans learn mutualistic practices of care’ and a contribution to the EASE symposium

Dr Jessica Groling: ‘The applicability of moral panic theory to the study of animal folk devils: the case of urban foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in England’ and a contribution to the EASE symposium

Dr Steve North: ‘Computational anthrozoology - a manifesto: ‘as the lens’ and ‘under the lens’ ‘ and an EASE symposium contribution, titled: ‘Non-humans, technology and symbiotic ethics: the challenges of developing an ethical framework for an emerging research area’

Dr Alexander Badman-King: ‘Complete bollocks: Do we have a moral obligation to neuter other animals?’, EASE symposium co-chair and contribution

Ivan Tacey: ‘Tigers and elephants are people too! The effects of forest loss and international poaching on relations between Bateks and keystone species in Malaysia’ and EASE symposium contribution

Chris Calvert: (i) ‘Dog rescue journeys in Romania as flows within a system: a schematic approach’ and (ii) ‘Badger culling and bovine TB in England since 2013: evidence-based policy or policy-based evidence?’

Emily Stone (PhD student): ‘Vegan pets exploring the discourses and motivations behind plant-based companion animal diets’

Alexandra Onofrei (PhD student): ‘The politics of private pig slaughter in northern Romania’

Kate Marx (PhD student): ‘Chirps, quacks, croaks, howls and “What was that?”: how long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail came to know trail animals through their sounds’

Also in attendance were PhD students: Melani Nardone and Michelle Whitham Jones

 

Date: 31 July 2018

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