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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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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!

Nov 28, 2022

On this episode, we speak to Serrin Rutledge-Prior, who is reading for a doctorate at in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University in Canberra, and is, at time of recording, a Visiting Scholar in the Philosophy Department at the University of Arizona in Tucson, United States. She’s interested in questions about animal politics, animal law, and democratic representation. Today, we’re going to talk about a paper of hers that touches on all three of these issues: ‘Criminalising (cubes of) truth: Animal advocacy, civil disobedience, and the politics of sight’ was published online first in the journal Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy in 2022.

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

Nov 14, 2022

Today's guest is Jes Hooper. Jes is a PhD candidate in Anthrozoology at the University of Exeter and the Campaigns and Research Manager for Badger Trust, a British animal protection organisation. The working title of her PhD thesis is Civets in Society: Understanding the Human-Animal Interactions Within Civet Trades. She is also the founder of The Civet Project, an organisation devoted to better understanding human/civet interactions. Unsurprisingly, we're talking about civets! In particular, we’re discuss Jes’s paper ‘Cat-Poo-Chino and Captive Wildlife: Tourist Perceptions of Balinese Kopi Luwak Agrotourism’, which was published open access in the journal Society & Animals in 2022, as well as her developing research on human-civet interaction.

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

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.

Sep 19, 2022

This episode sees the return of our intermittant Protecting Animals series, which features interviews with animal activists. Today, we're talking with Jamie Woodhouse, who runs sentientism.info, the Sentientism podcast, and a range of outreach activities relating to the philosophy of sentientism.

This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by AASA (the Australasian Animal Studies Association) and the Animal Publics book series at Sydney University Press.

Sep 5, 2022

For the 200th episode of Knowing Animals, we are joined by Dr Marina Lostal, who is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Essex. We explore Marina's recent turn to animal law by talking about her paper "De-objectifying Animals: Could they Qualify as Victims before the International Criminal Court?", which was published open access in the Journal of International Criminal Justice in 2021.

This episode of Knowing Animals 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, from Sydney University Press. This is a series featuring lots of titles in animal law; take a look, and encourage your library to order copies if you are interested!

Aug 22, 2022

On this episode of Knowing Animals, we are joined by Professor Alison Stone. Alison is Professor in the Department of Politics, Philosophy, and Religion at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. She’s authored nine academic books, and edited or co-edited three others, on assorted topics in feminist philosophy, continental philosophy, and aesthetics. But she joins us on Knowing Animals to talk about her current work on women in 19th century philosophy, and in particular her work on Frances Power Cobbe. Alison is the editor of Frances Power Cobbe: Essential Writings of a Nineteenth-Century Feminist Philosopher (released by Oxford University Press in 2022) and the author of Frances Power Cobbe, a short book in the Cambridge Elements series Women in the History of Philosophy, which was released by Cambridge University Press, also in 2022.

Aug 8, 2022

For this episode, our guest is Dr Lizzie Wright, who is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, where she is studying Neolithic cattle husbandry, and a research fellow in the Department of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Nottingham, where she contributes to a project on bear-bating in London. Lizzie is a real champion of zooarchaeology, and is currently the secretary of the International Council of Archaeozoology. In this episode, we talk about her paper ‘The aurochs in the European Pleistocene and Early Holocene: Origins, Evidence and Body Size’, which was published in Lockwood Press’s 2022 collection Cattle and People: Interdisciplinary Approaches to an Ancient Relationship, which was co-edited by Lizzie and Catarina Ginja.

Jul 25, 2022

On this episode, Dr Siobhan O'Sullivan is back to turn the tables on Dr Josh Milburn, the podcast's new regular host! As well as being a podcaster, Josh is a Lecturer in Political Philosophy and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Loughborough University in the UK. Today, we explore his new book Just Fodder: The Ethics of Feeding Animals, released in 2022 by McGill-Queen's University Press.

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

Jul 11, 2022

On this episode, we speak to Dr Saskia Stucki. Saskia is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. Listeners may be familiar with her work in animal law and animal rights, though she also works on human rights, climate law, and environmental law. We discuss her paper ‘Animal Warfare Law and the Need for an Animal Law of Peace: A Comparative Reconstruction’, which is forthcoming the American Journal of Comparative Law.

This episode is brought to you by AASA, the Australasian Animal Studies Association, which you can join today. Membership is very affordable! It is also brought to you by the Animal Publics book series, at Sydney University Press. Keep your eyes open for their latest releae, which is Australian Animal Law: Context and Critique, by Elizabeth Ellis.

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

Dec 27, 2021

In this episode of Knowing Animals, Siobhan speaks to Professor Danielle Celermajer about her book 'Summertime: Reflections on a Vanishing Future’ which was published by Penguin Random House in 2021.

This episode is brought to you by Sydney University Press and their 'Animal Publics' collections. Plus, AASA - the Australasian Animal Studies Association.  

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