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Knowing Animals is a free podcast featuring interviews with scholars about new research in animal studies. Guests include philosophers, historians, geographers, anthrozoologists, sociologists, literature scholars, and more. New episodes are released every other Monday. It is hosted by the philosopher Josh Milburn.
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Now displaying: October, 2022

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!

Oct 31, 2022

On this episode, we speak to Ali Ryland. Ali is an animal studies scholar reading for a PhD in English at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. The working title of her thesis is Changing Representations of Women and Cow, from Milkmaid to Milking Machine. Today, however, we’re going to talk about her chapter in the 2022 collection The Edinburgh Companion to Vegan Literary Studies, which was edited by former Knowing Animals guests Laura Wright and Emelia Quinn. Part II of the book addresses genres and forms of vegan literature, and Ali contributed a chapter on the genre of young adult fiction.

This episode is brought to you by AASA (the Australasian Animal Studies Association) which you can join today, and the Animal Publics book series at Sydney University Press. Be sure to take a look at both of their websites.

Oct 17, 2022

On this episode of Knowing Animals, we speak to Dr Frauke Albersmeier. Frauke is a research fellow in philosophy at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. Her research concerns metaphilosophy and ethics, including animal ethics and theories of moral progress, and she’s published a number of papers on speciesism and animal rights theory. In the episode, we talk about her 2022 paper ‘Popularizing Moral Philosophy by Acting as a Moral Expert’, which was published open access in the philosophy journal Kriterion. This provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on the role of animal ethicists and other animal studies scholars when they speak publicly – including, of course, when they speak on podcasts like this one!

Oct 3, 2022

On this episode of Knowing Animals, we speak with Professor Chris Hopwood, Professor of Personality Psychology at the University of Zurich. He is a co-founder of the PHAIR Society (The Society for the Psychology of Human-Animal Intergroup Relations), and the editor of the society's journal, PHAIR. We discuss Chris's work on the links between personality and diet, including his paper 'Development and validation of the Motivations to Eat Meat Inventory', published open access in the journal Appetite, which was coauthored with Jared Piazza, Sophia Chen, and Wiebke Bleidorn.

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