Minding Animals International Incorporated, the Australasian Animal Studies Association and the Institute for Critical Animal Studies Oceania have joined forces to bring you the Animals and Climate Change Conference (ACCC).
As such, the 5th Minding Animal Conference, the 9th Australasian Animal Studies Conference and the 9th CAS Oceania Conference will combine their efforts to bring you the conference to be hosted by the International Centre for Balanced Land Use (ICBLU) of the University of Newcastle and the Centre for Compassionate Conservation (CFCC) of the University of Technology Sydney.
Other groups and universities will also be participating and further announcements will be made shortly. Negotiations are proceeding apace and will be announced as the conference unfolds, including the incorporation of special events, lectures and satellite programmes.
The conference will be held in Sydney, in July, 2021 (exact dates are likely to be later in July, and the venue is yet to be confirmed). Until the conference website is up and running and if you need to make contact, please email: email@example.com
The Animals and Climate Change Conference will have two distinct components amongst several other activities:
- An academic conference incorporating the 5th Minding Animal Conference, 9th Australasian Animal Studies Conference and the 9th CAS Oceania Conference with an official call for papers, panels, plenary speakers and keynote.
- A distinct Animals and Climate Change ‘Meeting of Minds’ – a select group of key animal protection organisations to discuss the climate change crisis and how it is impacting animals and how that impact can be alleviated, and how academics engage in this process.
Everyone who submits an abstract for the academic component of the conference will be asked to consider the impacts of climate change on animals. That said, and first and foremost, please understand that the conference is a transdisciplinary animal studies event. So, if your paper does not in any way consider climate change, your abstract will not be excluded.
We believe that the greatest threat posed to the planet, to all planetary life, human or nonhuman animal, plant or otherwise, is climate change. Hence, the urgency and criticality of climate change as the key theme. Besides the overarching theme of climate change and how that is impacting animals and life on our fragile planet, we have also proposed the following sub-themes for your consideration and to help you focus your abstract:
- The Sixth Great Extinction
- Wildlife and compassionate conservation
- The animal industrial complex
- Animals, the circular economy and sustainable food systems
- Animals in development and food sovereignty
- Educating with and for Animals
- Animals, the law and public policy
- Multi-species justice
- Personhood, animal philosophy and bioethics
We also encourage papers that consider animals in art, biodiversity conservation, gender studies, literature, religion, film, the media, medicine, politics, science, veterinary science, the zoological sciences ….. the list goes on …..
Importantly, and unlike previous conferences, there will be delegates from a broader cross-section of society. There will be delegates from government, politics, corporations and industry that will have divergent views on how nonhuman animals are perceived and treated. To consider nonhuman animals and climate change more broadly, to not just talk to the ‘converted’ as it were, and to reach tangible outcomes for the future, we believe that this is a necessary conference objective. Thus, this conference will seek to impart change …..
So, and like all previous conferences, we would stress to all delegates who attend ACCC that they should participate in a spirit of honesty and cooperation, accepting that other delegates may have quite divergent opinions, but always with the overall objective of protecting animals, no matter in what form or time frame, with the objective to reach better outcomes for our fellow animals. Nonetheless, we urge critical debate and active engagement with your fellow delegates.
Further announcements regarding the conference will be made in the next Minding Animals Bulletin and on the Minding Animals and AASA websites as arrangements continue to develop, including establishment of a dedicated website, registration, call for abstracts and special events and programmes.
Special note: Sydney (and Australia) IS expensive – PLEASE start to save for your registration, travel and accommodation. If you are an academic or student with an allocated budget or stipend, please make arrangements for funding applications as soon as you can.