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Knowing Animals is a regular 20 minutes podcast about all things related to animals and ethics; animals and the law; animals and politics; and animal advocacy. It features interviews with academic and animal advocates. It is available free so enjoy!
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Welcome to Knowing Animals the podcast - featuring the Protecting Animals Series

Knowing Animals is a regular 20 minutes podcast about all things related to animals and ethics; animals and the law; animals and politics; and animal advocacy. It features interviews with academic and animal advocates. It is available free so enjoy!

Apr 24, 2017

In this episode of Knowing Animals we speak to Guy Scotton. We consider his book chapter ‘Interspecies Atrocities and Politics of Memory’ which appears in the soon to be available book ‘Ethical and Political Approaches to Nonhuman Animal Issues: towards an Undivided Future’. That book is edited by Andrew Woodhall and Gabriel Garmendia da Trindade.

 

This episode is brought to you the Australasian Animal Studies Association - AASA. Have you registered yet for the 2017 AASA conference. More information here: http://animalstudies.org.au/conferences

Apr 10, 2017

In this episode of Knowing Animals we speak to Dr. Mary Zournazi. Mary is Senior Lecturer in sociology at UNSW. We discuss Mary's documentary 'Dogs of Democracy'. You can purchase your copy of Dogs of Democracy here: http://www.roninfilms.com.au/feature/13955/dogs-of-democracy.html

 

This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by AASA. AASA is the Australasian Animal Studies Association. It is the membership organisation for Animal Studies scholars. Are you registered for the ASSA conference? I hope to see you in Adelaide July 3 - 5: http://animalstudies.org.au/conferences

Mar 27, 2017

In this episode of Knowing Animals we speak to Lisa Kane. Lisa is a lawyer and is passionate about the plight of elephants in zoos. Today we discuss her article from May 2010, 'A Case Study of African Elephants Journey from Switzerland to US Zoos in 2003: a questions of commerce and a tale of Brinkmanship’ which was published in Journal of Animal Law.

 

This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you the AASA - the Australasian Animal Studies Association. Will you be at their Adelaide conference in 2017? I hope so. See you there!

Mar 13, 2017

This episode of Knowing Animals comes to you from New York University. I speak to Dr. Elan Abrell. Elan is based in the Urban Studies Department at Queens Colleague, City University of New York. We discuss his book chapter ‘Lively Sanctuaries: A Shabbat of Animal Sacer’ which appeared in the book ‘Animals, Biopolitics, Law: Lively Legalities’, which was published by Routledge in 2016.

Feb 27, 2017

This episode of Knowing Animals comes to you from New York. I speak to Mariann Sullivan from Our Hen House. Our Hen House is a media hub for animal advocates. Mariann is an animal lawyer, academic, and podcaster.

This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by AASA. AASA is the Australasian Animal Studies Association. AASA is a peak body of Animal Studies scholars. Join AASA today!

Feb 13, 2017

This episode of Knowing Animals comes to you from New York University. I am joined by Professor Dale Jamieson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy at New York University. We discuss the chapter on zoos from his 2003 book Morality’s Progress: essays on humans, other animals, and the rest of nature.

This episode is brought to you by AASA. The Australasian Animal Studies Association's conference is coming up very soon. Have you registered yet?

Jan 30, 2017

This episode of Knowing Animals comes to you from New York University. I am joined by a very special guest, Professor Una Chaudhuri, Professor of English, Drama and Environmental Studies. We discuss her co-edited book 'Animal Acts: Performing Species Today’ which was published by the University of Michigan in 2014.

This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you AASA. AASA is the Australasian Animal Studies Association. Information about its 2017 conference is out now. Get involved. It will be fantastic! 

Jan 16, 2017

This episode of Knowing Animals comes to you from the US where I am attending the Fellow Travellers conference organised by today's guest, Lori Gruen, and the Animals & Society Institute. 

In today's episode I speak to philosopher Prof. Lori Gruen about her book Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationships with Animals which was published by Lantern in 2015.

This episode is brought to you by the nice people at AASA. AASA is Australia's Animal Studies Association. Learn more about AASA here: https://www.facebook.com/AASA-Australasian-Animal-Studies-Association-480316142116752/?fref=ts.

Please forgive the sound. The equipment isn't working so well in the US. 

 

Jan 2, 2017

Once again I come to you from the Fellow Travellers conference in the US. This time I speak to psychologist and founder of the Animals & Society Institute, as well as the journal Society & Animals, Ken Shapiro. We discuss his 2015 article ‘“I am a Vegetarian”: Reflections on a Way of Being’.

Again the sound quality is not great. My sound equipment got damaged on the flight from Australia to the US. I am crying into my laptop as I type this message. Please be patient and kind. 

This episode is brought to you by our friends at the Australasian Animal Studies Association. AASA works for Animal Studies scholars. I'm a member. You should be a member also. Join today!

 

Dec 19, 2016

This episode of Knowing Animals comes to you from New England USA, from the Animals & Society 'Fellow Travellers' conference. 

In this episode I speak to Robert C. Jones who is Associate Professor in philosophy at California State University. We discuss his book chapter titled ‘Veganisms’ which appears in the book ‘Critical Perspectives on Veganism’ which was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.

This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by AASA. AASA is the Australasian Animal Studies Association. AASA brings Animal Studies scholars together and they need your membership support. Join today!

Once again the sound quality of this episode is not great. I think my sound equipment was damaged on the trip to the US :-( I am really sorry about the background noise. Please be patient as I investigate the damage to the equipment. 

If you would like to make me feel better about my equipment being damaged, please leave a 5 star review with iTunes. Reviews impress the people at iTunes and it results in them listing Knowing Animals as a 'what's hot' podcast. That makes it easier for other people to find it and learn more about animal issues. Thanks!

Dec 5, 2016

This episode comes to you from the Animals & Society Institute conference in the US. I speak to Catherine Doyle. Catherine is Director of Science, Research & Advocacy with Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).

This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by AASA. Join AASA today for just $50. Support the organisation that supports you.

Again, this recording was made in suboptimal conditions. Please forgive the background noise!

Nov 21, 2016

This episode of Knowing Animals comes to you from Wesleyan University in the USA. I am attending the Animals & Society Institute's Animal Studies conference. 

In this episode I speak to Margo DeMello about the book she edited called 'Mourning Animals: rituals and practices surrounding animal death' which was published by Michigan State University Press in 2016. 

This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by the Australasian Animal Studies Association (AASA). AASA represents you so join today: http://animalstudies.org.au.

This episode was recorded with other (noisy) people in the room. The strange noises you hear in the background should be ignored. Sorry!!!!!! 

Nov 7, 2016

This episode of Knowing Animals comes to you from the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) 2016 conference held at UNSW, Australia. 

I speak to Lucy J Parry who is a PhD student at Sheffield University in the UK. She spoke as part of APSA's first panel on animals. 

In this episode of Knowing Animals we speak to Lucy about her upcoming book chapter 'Deliberative Democracy and Animals: Not so Strange Bedfellows' which appears in the book 'The Political Turn in Animal Ethics' which is published by Rowman International: http://www.rowmaninternational.com/books/the-political-turn-in-animal-ethics.

This episode is brought to you by AASA. AASA represents Animal Studies scholars. It depends on membership so please join today: https://www.facebook.com/AASA-Australasian-Animal-Studies-Association-480316142116752/ 

Please note that a recording problem means that the introduction music isn't included in this episode. Sorry to people who listen just for the intro music. It will be back next episode!

Oct 24, 2016

Tim Low is a well know author, having written such classics as 'Feral Futures' and 'The New Nature'. His latest book 'Where Song Began: Australia's birds and how they changed to world' is published by Penguin Books. In this episode of Knowing Animals he talks about Australian birds and our relationship with wildlife. 


This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you the Australasian Animal Studies Association (AASA). AASA is ace and it needs your membership to fund its activities such as its wonderful Animal Studies conferences. Join today! 

Oct 10, 2016

In this episode of Knowing Animals we speak to Prof. Peta Tait from La Trobe University. We discuss her new book 'Fighting Nature: travelling Menageries, animal acts and war shows' published by Sydney University Press.

 

This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by the Australasian Animal Studies Association (AASA). Check out the AASA blog here: http://animalstudies.org.au/archives/category/blog.

 

Also, Knowing Animals needs your help. Please take a moment to visit iTunes and leave a review of Knowing Animals. You can do it here: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/knowing-animals/id997543452?mt=2. While you're there, why not subscribe? Reviews and subscriptions moves us up in the iTunes top 200. This makes it easier to find Knowing Animals and to learn all about our animal friends!  

Sep 26, 2016

This episode of Knowing Animals is from our Protecting Animals series. We speak to Elizabeth Usher, songwriter and hip hop artist who performs 'mindful rhymes for kinder times'. We discuss using music to create social change. 

MC Pony will be the opening act at the Living Green Festival in Canberra on Sunday October 2. Get down there! 

This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by AASA. Check them out on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/AASA-Australasian-Animal-Studies-Association-480316142116752/.

Don't forget to leave a review on iTunes. Reviews keep the animals in the spotlight!

Sep 12, 2016

In this very special episode of Knowing Animals we speak to Dr Tony Milligan. Tony is an ethicist. He is currently a teaching fellow at King’s College London. Tony has published extensively on animal issues. Today we will be discussing a chapter from his book ‘Animal Ethics: the basics’ published by Routledge. The chapter is titled ‘The Holocaust Analogy’.

 

This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by AASA. The Australasian Animal Studies Association, or ASSA, is the membership body for academic, artists and advocates interests in animal issues. AASA is the best way to hear about new book and animal-related conference. If you are not a member of AASA you should be. I’m a member. Join now at their webpage or look for them on Facebook

Aug 29, 2016

This episode of Knowing Animals comes to you from Sheffield. We talk to Dr. Dan Lyons from the Centre for Animals and Social Justice. Dan is a expert in public policy and animal welfare. In this episode we talk about his upcoming book chapter ‘Animal Protection Policy in the UK: From Symbolic Reassurance to Democratic Representation’, which will appear in the book ‘The Political Turn in Animal Ethics’ which will be published by Rowman and Littlefield International in October this year.

This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by our friends at the Australasian Animal Studies Association: https://www.facebook.com/AASA-Australasian-Animal-Studies-Association-480316142116752/

Aug 15, 2016

This episode of Knowing Animals is part of our UK series. We are joined by Dr. Robert McKay from the University of Sheffield. We discuss his book chapter 'Animal life and moral agencies in post-war cinema: Velma Johnston, Marilyn Monroe, Arthur Miller and John Huston's the Misfits' Which appeared in the book ‘Animal Life and the Moving Image’. That book was published by Palgrave in 2016.

 

This episode is brought to you by AASA - the Australasian Animal Studies Association. Join today! 

Aug 1, 2016

This episode of Knowing Animals comes all the way from the UK. We speak to Dr. Alasdair Cochrane from the University of Sheffield about his book chapter 'Labour Rights for Animals' which will appear in the upcoming book 'The Political Turn in Animal Ethics'. 

 

This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by AASA - the Australasian Animal Studies Association. Join today and help support the organisation that supports Animal Studies. 

Jul 18, 2016

In this episode of Knowing Animals we talk to Rowena Lennox from UTS about her writing about Dingos. We discuss her piece ‘Apex Predators’ which appears in the highly respected literary journal ‘Meanjin’ in 2014. 

This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by the Australasian Animal Studies Association. Are you a member? You should be. Join today! 

Jul 4, 2016

In this episode from the Protecting Animals series I speak to Nathan Runkle founder and CEO of Mercy for Animals. He explains why he established the organisations and how it has grown and changed over the years. 

This episode is brought to you my AASA - the Australasia Animal Studies Association. Join ASSA for just $50 a year and be the first to know about Animal Studies events around the world. Join here: http://animalstudies.org.au

Jun 20, 2016

This episode of Knowing Animals is from the Protecting Animals series. We talk to Phillip Hall from Animal Liberation NSW. Phillip is the education officer and is actively involved in circus protests and social media outreach. This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by the Australasian Animal Studies Association (AASA). Join AASA now! 

Jun 6, 2016

This very special episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you from Hong Kong. We speak to Associate Professor Amanda Whitfort from the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong. Amanda is an expert in animal law and today we will be discussing her paper ‘Evaluating China’s Draft Animal Protection Law’ which was published in the Sydney Law Review in 2012.

This episode is brought to you by AASA - the Australasian Animal Studies Association. 

 

May 23, 2016

This episode of Knowing Animals comes to you from Hong Kong. We talk to Dr. Fiona Woodhouse, deputy director of animal welfare at SPCA Hong Kong. She tells us about animal welfare issues in Hong Kong and what the SPCA is doing to make the lives of animals better. 

This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by AASA - the Australasian Animal Studies Association. 

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