NZ Centre for Human-Animal Studies to host major conference

07 August 2018

The website has just been launched for the biennial conference of the Australasian Animal Studies Association, which will be hosted by the University of Canterbury’s New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies in July 1-4 2019. The conference theme is ‘Decolonizing Animals’.

  • AASA 2019 conference website front page

The website has just been launched for the biennial conference of the Australasian Animal Studies Association, which will be hosted by the University of Canterbury’s New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies in July 1-4 2019. The conference theme is ‘Decolonizing Animals’.

Several prestigious keynote speakers have already been confirmed. These include indigenous Australian novelist Alexis Wright, recently named Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne. Professor Wright’s novel Carpentaria won the Miles Franklin Award, the ALS Gold Medal and the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction. More recently her ‘collective biography’ Tracker won the 2018 Stella Prize.

Also addressing the conference will be NZ novelist Professor Witi Ihimaera, whose many honours include the Te Tohutiketike a Te Waka Toi award, the New Zealand Order of Merit, the Queen’s Service Medal, three New Zealand Book Awards, and the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement.

The other two keynotes will be given by exceptionally charismatic speakers from the USA: eminent philosopher Professor Alphonso Lingis, known for his mesmerising performative presentations, and leading ecofeminist scholar and activist pattrice jones.

To find out more, visit the conference website at aasa2019.org, or contact the Conference Convenor annie.potts@canterbury.ac.nz

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