NZCHAS at Australasian Animal Studies Association Conference

08 December 2017

The NZ Centre for Human-Animal Studies is delighted to report that our delegates at the 2017 Australasian Animal Studies Conference in Adelaide did a wonderful job of disseminating the great research going on in Aotearoa

and representing the Centre and Canterbury University. The team that travelled to Adelaide included Philip Armstrong (who spoke about the role of sheep in comparative psychology), Annie Potts (who delivered a keynote talk on anthropocentrism in disaster management), Dr Raj Sekhar Aich (who spoke about sharks in poetry and the visual arts, and also on his research into human-shark relationships), Kirsty Dunn (who talked about animals and Maori food ethics), Sara Wagstaff (who talked about methodological issues in equine-centred research), Yu-Ling Kung (who talked about animals in kung-fu films/culture),and Honorary AustraZealander Donelle Gadenne, who completed her MA in English at NZCHAS (Donelle spoke about the abuse of cows at a local rural event, the Compass Cup).

And we are also over the moon to announce that NZCHAS doctoral scholar Kirsty Dunn (Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri) was awarded the Denise Russell Postgraduate Prize for Excellence in Animal Ethics for her talk called "Wharekai on Line: Maori Perspectives on Veganism and Dietary Ethics".

Furthermore, at the same conference Philip Armstrong was elected the new Chair of the Australasian Animal Studies Association.

Also: Annie Potts' bid for NZCHAS to host the next AASA conference in 2019 was successful. Preparation of this bid was financially and adminstratively supported by Tourism NZ, who will remain the key supporters of the AASA event in Aotearoa in 2019.