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Knowing Animals is a weekly podcast about all things related to animals and ethics; animals and the law; animals and politics; and animal advocacy. It features interviews with Animal Studies scholars 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!

Jun 27, 2022

On this very special episode of Knowing Animals, we have two guests!

Our first guest is Professor Alice Crary. Alice is University Distinguished Professor in Philosophy, Liberal Studies, and Gender & Sexuality Studies at the New School for Social Research, and she’s currently a visiting fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford. She’s authored or edited 8 books, including 2016’s Inside Ethics: On the Demands of Moral Thought.

Our second guest is Professor Lori Gruen, who is the William Griffin Professor of Philosophy at Wesleyan University. Her many books include the textbook Ethics and Animals: An Introduction, the collection Critical Terms for Animal Studies, and the monograph Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationships with Animals.

We talk about about Alice and Lori’s new book Animal Crisis: A New Critical Theory which was published this year by Polity

This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by AASA, the Australasian Animal Studies Association, which you can and should join today. It is also brought to you by the Animal Publics series at Sydney University Press. Take a look at their list of titles if you're looking to read new work in animal studies.

Jun 13, 2022

On this episode, we speak to Professor Ron Broglio, who works in the Department of English at Arizona State University. Ron has authored or edited a number of books on animal studies, as well as producing or curating a number of art exhibitions exploring human/animal relationships. His books include Surface Encounters: Thinking With Animals and Art, which was published in 2011 by the University of Minnesota Press, and 2018’s Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies, which he co-edited with Lynn Turner and Undine Sellbach. Today, however, we talk about his 2022 book Animal Revolution, from the University of Minnesota Press, which features illustrations by Marina Zurkow and an afterword by Eugene Thacker.

This episode is brought to you by AASA (the Australasian Animal Studies Association), which you should join today. It is also brought to you by the Animal Publics book series at Sydney University Press.

And a big thanks to Elizabeth Usher (veganthused.com), AKA MC Pony, for producing our updated theme tune!

May 30, 2022

This week’s guest is Dr Natalie Evans. Natalie, who also publishes as Natalie Thomas, is an adjunct faculty member in philosophy at the University of Guelph and in Media Studies at University of Guelph-Humber in Canada. She is the author of 2016’s Animal Ethics and the Autonomous Animal Self, published by Palgrave Macmillan, as well as the editor of Palgrave Macmillan’s new collection Animals and Business Ethics. We talk about her chapter in that volume, which is entitled ‘Gene editing, animal disenhancement and ethical debates: A conundrum for business ethics?’, and was co-authored with Adam Langridge – but we also talk about the book more broadly.

This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by AASA, the Australasian Animal Studies Association, which you should join today. It is also brought to you by the Animal Publics book series at Sydney University Press. For more, see https://sydneyuniversitypress.com.au/collections/series-animal-publics.

May 16, 2022

On this episode, we speak to Daniel Bowman. Danny is a PhD student in the School of English at the University of Sheffield. He’s recently submitted his thesis entitled Horsepower: Animals in Automotive Culture 1895-1935, and is now preparing for his viva. We discuss his paper “Horsepower: Animals, Automobiles, and an Ethic of (Car) Care in Early US Road Narratives”, which was published in 2022 in the Journal of American Studies.

May 2, 2022

On this episode, we speak to Dr Heather Browning, who is a philosopher, as well as a former zookeeper and zoo welfare officer, who is currently a postdoctoral research officer with the Foundations of Animal Sentience project at the London School of Economics. We talk about her open access 2022 paper "The Measurability of Subjective Animal Welfare", which was published as part of a special issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies on animal consciousness.

This episode is brought to you by AASA, the Australasian Animal Studies Association, which you can join today. It is also brought to you by the Animal Publics book series at Sydney University Press.

Apr 18, 2022

On this episode, we speak to Z. Zane McNeill, a scholar-activist and the editor of Vegan Entanglements: Dismantling Racial and Carceral Capitalism (Lantern, 2022). We discuss carcerality, animal activism, and Zane's organisation RARA (Rights for Animal Rights Advocates).

This epside is brought to you by AASA, the Australasian Animal Studies Association, and the Animal Publics book series at Sydney University Press.

Apr 4, 2022

On this episode of Knowing Animals, we are joined by Dr Dominic O'Key. Dominic is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the School of English at the University of Sheffield. We discuss his new book Creaturely Forms in Contemporary Literature: Narrating the War Against Animals, which was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2022.

This episode is brought to you by AASA (the Australiasian Animal Studies Association) and the Animal Publics book series from Sydney University Press.

Mar 21, 2022

On this episode of Knowing Animals, we speak to Professor Gregory Tague, who is Professor in the Department of Literature, Writing and Publishing and the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at St. Francis College, New York. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books, as well as the editor of both Literary Veganism: An Online Journal and ASEBL Journal. We talk about his monograph An Ape Ethic and the Question of Personhood, which was published by Lexington Books in 2020.

You can learn more about Gregory at https://sites.google.com/site/gftague/, and you can explore the Animals, Climate Change and Global Health webinar series mentioned in the episode at https://animalsclimatehealth.com/.

This episode is brought to you by the Australasian Animal Studies Assocation, which you can join today, and the Animal Publics book series from Sydney University Press. You can learn more about AASA at https://animalstudies.org.au/, and about Animal Publics at https://sydneyuniversitypress.com.au/collections/series-animal-publics.

Mar 7, 2022

On this episode, we speak to Dr Margo DeMello. Margo is an Assistant Professor of Anthrozoology at Carroll College in Montana. She is the author or editor of over a dozen books. We discuss her textbook Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies, from Columbia University Press. The first edition was published in 2012, but an updated second edition was published in 2021.

This episode is brought to you by AASA (https://animalstudies.org.au/) and Animal Publics (https://sydneyuniversitypress.com.au/collections/series-animal-publics).

Feb 21, 2022

On this episode, we speak to Dr Matthew Leep. Matthew is a scholar of international relations, a poet, and a senior instructor in Politics at Western Governors University in the United States. Much of his recent work has been about new ways of writing in international relations, looking at how – for example – poetry, text fragments, sounds, and images can help us explore interspecies relations. Today, we talk about his book Cosmopolitan Belongingness and War: Animals, Loss, and Spectral-Poetic Moments. This was published by SUNY University Press in 2021.

This episode is brought to you by AASA, the Australasian Animal Studies Association, which you should join today!

It is also brought to you by the Animal Publics book series at Sydney University Press, which offers a range of fascinating books in animal studies.

Feb 7, 2022

On this episode of Knowing Animals, we are joined by Dr Emelia Quinn, an Assistant Professor of World Literatures & Environmental Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. We discuss her book Reading Veganism: The Monstrous Vegan, 1818 to Present, which has just been published by Oxford University Press.

This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by AASA, the Australasian Animal Studies Association, and the Animal Publics series at Sydney Unviersity Press.

Jan 24, 2022

In the second episode in our two-part series interviewing AASA prize winners, we speak to Dr. Brodie Evans. Brodie is a visiting fellow at the Centre of Justice at Queensland University of Technology. His “Contesting and reinforcing the future of ‘meat’ through problematization: Analyzing the discourses in regulatory debates around animal cell-cultured meat”, which was co-authored with Dr Hope Johnson, was the winner of the 2021 AASA Journal Article by an Early Career Researcher Prize. It was published in the journal Geoforum in 2021.

This episode is brought to you by AASA (the Australasian Animal Studies Association), which you can join today. (Only current AASA members are eligible for the AASA prize competitions!) The episode is also brought to you by the Animal Publics series from Sydney University Press, which is currently accepting submissions for books about animal studies.

Jan 10, 2022

On this episode, we speak to Claudia Hirtenfelder, who is presently a PhD student in the Department of Geography at Queen’s University in Canada. She is also a fellow podcaster! If you’re a fan of Knowing Animals, you’ll love The Animal Turn, which Claudia hosts (https://www.theanimalturnpodcast.com/). We discuss Claudia's open access paper “Milking economies: Multispecies entanglements in the infant formula industry” – which was co-authored with Carolyn Prouse – published in the journal Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.

This episode is brought to you by AASA (the Australasian Animal Studies Association), which you should join today: https://animalstudies.org.au/

It is also brought to you by the Animal Publics book series, from Sydney University Press: https://sydneyuniversitypress.com.au/collections/series-animal-publics

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