Conference Presentations and Peer reviewed papers

Uncivilized behaviors: how humans wield “feral” to assert power (and control) over other species. So

Uncivilized behaviors: how humans wield “feral” to assert power (and control) over other species. So

Expected 2022 - This paper examines the use of the term “feral” as a form of control over other animals. The concept of this “power word” is explored within the context of what it means for those who find themselves labelled as such. As a prefix, “feral” is used by various interest groups to justify the treatment of subpopulations of species, particularly with regards to wildlife conservation. The “feral” label differentiates animals that are perceived as being out of place or out of control ...

Domestication and domination: Human terminology as a tool for controlling otherthanhuman animal bodi

Domestication and domination: Human terminology as a tool for controlling otherthanhuman animal bodi

2022 - The language of domestication enables humans to wield power over otherthanhuman animal lives. In some cases, being labelled “domesticated” ensures a life free of worry regarding food, water, and shelter. In others, “domestication” embodies a loss of agency, wildness, and potentially life. Companion animals such as cats find themselves at the center of debates regarding their freedom, reproductive agency, and even their status as domesticates. Others, such as captive elephants, are ...

Members only? A posthuman view of otherthanhuman-animal immigrants across human-defined borders

Members only? A posthuman view of otherthanhuman-animal immigrants across human-defined borders

2022 - The movement of otherthanhuman-animals (henceforth OTHA) across human-defined borders are often categorised depending upon human-assigned categories such as ‘invasive’, ‘introduced’, ‘non-native’ or ‘migrating’. However, there is a paucity of literature categorising OTHAs, from a posthuman, anthrozoological view, as immigrants. This paper examines, through the dual lenses of posthumanism and anthrozoology, five scenarios for OTHA immigrants. First, how pigs became pawns in America’s ....

The Ethics of Privacy in Anthrozoological Investigations

The Ethics of Privacy in Anthrozoological Investigations

2021 - The Ethics of Privacy in Anthrozoological Investigations presented at ANIMAL/PRIVACY: Historical and Conceptual Approaches - Online Workshop 8 Nov 2021. ANIMAL / PRIVACY was organised by The Centre for Privacy Studies, University of Copenhagen (Funded by the Danish National Research Foundation): https://teol.ku.dk/privacy/about-privacy/ The Kent Animal Humanities Network, University of Kent: https://research.kent.ac.uk/kentanimalhumanitiesnetwork/ https://animalprivacy.wordpress.com/

Saudi Arabian Landscape of Feline Lives: Reducing Domestic Cat Abandonment

Saudi Arabian Landscape of Feline Lives: Reducing Domestic Cat Abandonment

2021 - Domestic cats are ubiquitous in Saudi Arabia (KSA). They live in the streets, in homes, are bred, frequently traded and often abandoned. Many do not thrive in the streets, simply survive and many perish once abandoned. As Saudi Arabia opens its doors to tourism and social media gives a platform to sellers, rescuers and relinquishers alike, the domestic cat landscape in KSA is receiving increased attention from various stakeholders. Labouring in the Saudi Arabian rescue world for ....

Do you know me? CATegorising Saudi Arabia's Abandoned Cats - Saudi Arabian Landscape of Feline Lives

Do you know me? CATegorising Saudi Arabia's Abandoned Cats - Saudi Arabian Landscape of Feline Lives

2021 - Much academic literature looks at domestic cats outside home environments through an anthropocentric lens, as objects categorised for human control purposes. Such literature tends to categorise cats based on physical location or ownership status. This paper, in line with EASE aim iii attempts to consider the perspective of cats through their experiences as street-living cats. The article questions how human-constructed cat categories fail to consider cat biographies, personalities, ...