United Poultry Concerns January 4, 2007

March 15-16, 2007. Thinking About Animals: Domination, Captivity, Liberation

The conference, entitled Thinking About Animals: Domination, Captivity, Liberation, will be held at Brock University, in St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada.

UPC President Karen Davis, PhD will give a talk entitled “Procrustean Solutions to Animal Identity Problems.” Based on ideas presented in Karen’s book The Holocaust and the Henmaid’s Tale, the talk considers how the ritual transference of human transgressions, violence, and diseases to a sacrificial animal victim constitutes an interspecies rape of that victim and gives examples of how, throughout history, animals have been represented as willing collaborators in their own destruction in order to benefit “higher” forms of life.

To learn more about the conference and to register, go to: http://www.brocku.ca/sociology/conference/.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2007

POND INLET
8-9 Registration; set-up tables; coffee
9-10 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D. (Research Scientist, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Washington, D.C.): “Animal Sentience and Human Ethics”

10:30 - 12
POND INLET
Julie Andrzejewski, Ph.D. (Department of Human Relations & Multicultural Education, St. Cloud State University): “Interspecies Education”
Stephen D’Arcy, Ph.D. (Department of Philosophy, Huron University College): “Deliberative Democracy and Animal Rights Activism”

SANKEY CHAMBERS
Jody Berland, Ph.D. (Department of Humanities, York University): “Symbolic regimes and rituals of violence: law, order and torment in the history of cats”
Susan Nance, Ph.D. (Department of History, University of Guelph): “Bodacious: World’s Most Dangerous Bull: Animal Interventions into Human Debates around Rodeo Stock since 1990”
Dipika Nath (Graduate Student, Department of Women Studies, University of Washington): “Wolf children, race, and animality in colonial India”

12-1:30 LUNCH

1:30-3
POND INLET
David Nibert, Ph.D. (Department of Sociology, Wittenberg University): “Cows, Profits and Genocide: The Oppressive Side of ‘Beef’ Consumption”
Harold Brown (Outreach Coordinator, Farm Sanctuary): “Examining the Dynamic Between the Animal Industry and the Animal Movement”

SANKEY CHAMBERS
Rob Laidlaw (Director, Zoocheck Canada): “Protecting Wild Animals From Zoos”
Einat Danieli: “Ethiopian wildlife situation and the fate of the black-maned Atlas lions”
Sara Mclean (Student, Brock University): Wildlife Trade

3:30-4:30
POND INLET
Rod Preece, Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus, Wilfrid Laurier University): “Flesh-eating Vegetarian Advocates: The Curious Case of the Literary Luminaries”
Vanessa Holm (MA candidate, Department of Sociology, Carleton University): “Vegetarianism, Activism and the Media”

SANKEY CHAMBERS
Bob McMillan (Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, McGill University): “Struggles in Visibility: The Conflict Over Animal Experimentation in Vancouver during the 1980s”
Olivier Berreville (InterNICHE): “Universalizing Animal Liberation? The example of full
replacement of harmful animal use in the life sciences”

5:00-6:30 DINNER

POND INLET
6:30-7:15 Karen Davis, Ph.D. (Founder and President, United Poultry Concerns): “Procrustean Solutions to Animal Identity Problems”
7:15-8:15 Susan Benston, M.D. (English Department, Haverford College): “Some Pig: A Poetry Reading”

FRIDAY MARCH 16

POND INLET
8-9 Coffee
9-10 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: John Sanbonmatsu, Ph.D. (Professor of Philosophy, Department of Humanities and Arts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute) “Animal Liberationism: Rethinking the Foundations of Social and Political Thought”

10:30 -12
POND INLET
David Sztybel, Ph.D.: “Animal Rights Law: Beyond Francione’s ‘Welfarism’”
Jennifer Friedman (Legal Counsel—Litigation, Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals): “Cruelty to Animals & the Ontario SPCA Act”

SANKEY CHAMBERS
Catharine Grant (Earthroots; Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, York University): “Confronting the ‘Hidden Cruelty’: Animals and the Environment”
Josh Garfinkel (Earthroots): “‘Protection or Persecution’: how negative imagery has impacted
species management in Ontario”
Jack Tobin (Canadian Associate, Great Bear Foundation): “Why some wildlife TV programs are not good for people, or wild animals (and actually do more harm than good)”

12-1:30 LUNCH

1:30-3
POND INLET
Keri Cronin, Ph.D. (Department of Visual Arts, Brock University): “‘Light in Dark Places’: The Role of Visual Culture in Nineteenth-Century Animal Welfare Campaigns”
Traci Warkentin (Graduate Student, York University): “Captive Audience: What Do People Really Learn at an Aquarium?”
Emily Porth (MA in sociocultural anthropology; Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University): “Taxidermy and Environmental Education: Representing Our Natural Heritage in Museums”
SANKEY CHAMBERS
John C. Alessio, Ph.D. (Minnesota State University, Mankato): “A Beef With Anti-Hunting Meat Eaters: A Personal Journey”
Dennis Soron, Ph.D. (Department of Sociology, Brock University): Roadkill
Amy Fitzgerald, Ph.D. (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Windsor) : “Slaughterhouses and Crime Rates: Evidence for Generalizing from Earlier Case Studies”

3:30-5
POND INLET
Lauren Corman (Ph.D. candidate, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University): “Abjection and the Animal Rights Movement”
Valéry Giroux (Ph.D. candidate, Department of Philosophy, University of Montreal): “Toward animal equality: the impossibility to morally justify the exploitation of nonhuman animals”
Kathie Jenni, Ph.D. (Department of Philosophy, University of Redlands): “Images, Empathy, and Moral Motivation”

SANKEY CHAMBERS
Michael Mikulak (Ph.D. candidate, English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University): “The Political Animal”
Zipporah Weisberg (Ph.D. candidate, Religious Studies and Philosophy, McMaster University): “Unmasking the Face of the Animal Other in Levinas’ Ethics”
Colin Salter (Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong): “Animal Liberation: symbolic action, un/civil disobedience & the use of fear”

5-6 CLOSING REMARKS: John Sanbonmatsu


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