Knowing Animals is a regular 20 minutes podcast about all things related to animals and ethics; animals and the law; animals and politics; and animal advocacy. It features interviews with academic and animal advocates. It is available free so enjoy!
Episode 209: Teaching Literary Animal Studies with Liza Bauer
Today's guest is Liza Bauer, a PhD candidate in literature at the University of Giessen in Germany, as well as the manager of the Panel on Planetary Thinking project at Giessen. Her dissertation, Livestock in the Laboratory of Literature, explores literary visions of human-animal relationships as thought experiments for novel political futures. She’s published widely on human-animal studies in both English and German.
We talk about her work on animal studies pedagogy. Liza’s paper “Reading the Stretch the Imagination: Exploring Representations of 'Livestock' in Literary Thought Experiments” was published in the open access book Multispecies Futures: New Approaches to Teaching Human-Animal Studies, edited by Andreas Hübner, Micha Gerrit Philipp Edlich, and Maria Moss, and published by Neofelis in 2022. The paper was based on an earlier German-language paper by Liza in Simone Horstmann’s Interspezies Lernen, which was published by Transcript in 2021.
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Episode 208: Victims of Fashion with Helen Cowie
Today's guest is Professor Helen Cowie, a Professor of Early Modern History in the Department of History at the University of York. Her work has a particular focus on the history of animals. Her books include the 2011 Manchester University Press monograph Conquering Nature in Spain and Its Empire, 1750-1850; the 2014 Palgrave Macmillan monograph Exhibiting Animals in Nineteenth-Century Britain; and the 2017 book Llama, part of the Reaktion Books Animal series. Today, we’re going to talk about her book Victims of Fashion: Animal Commodities in Victorian Britain, which was published in 2021 by Cambridge University Press.
This episode is brought to you by AASA (the Australasian Animal Studies Association), which you can join today. It is also brought to you by the Animal Publics series at Sydney University Press.
Episode 207: Gay Frogs with Hannah Boast
Today, we speak to Dr Hannah Boast. Hannah is a Lecturer/Assistant Professor and Ad Astra Fellow in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin, in Ireland. She is probably best known for her work on literature and water. Her first book was called Hydrofictions: Water, Power and Politics in Israeli and Palestinian Literature, and was released in 2020 by Edinburgh University Press. But she works more broadly in resource politics, political ecology, food studies, queer ecology, and critical animal studies. In this episode, we talk about a paper that touches on several of these themes. ‘Theorizing the Gay Frog’ was released in November in Environmental Humanities.
This episode of is brought to you by AASA, the Australasian Animal Studies Association, which you can join today. It's also brought to you by the Animal Publics book series, from Sydney University Press, which features lots of great books about animal studies... Including a book about toads!
Episode 206: Vegan Geographies with Richard White
In this very special live episode of Knowing Animals, recorded as part of The Vegan Society's On the Pulse webinar series, we speak to Dr Richard White. Richard is a Reader in Human Geography at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. He is interested in anarchism, activism, critical animal studies, and vegan geographies. He is the co-editor of five books, including the 2015 collection Anarchism and Animal Liberation. We talk about his paper ‘Re-asserting the Radical Promise of Veganism through Vegan-Anarchist Geographies’, which was published in the 2022 Lantern Publishing book Vegan Geographies: Spaces Beyond Violence, Ethics Beyond Speciesism, which was co-edited by Paul Hodge, Andrew McGregor, Simon Springer, Ophélie Véron, and Richard himself.
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Episode 205: Cubes of Truth with Serrin Rutledge-Prior
On this episode, we speak to Serrin Rutledge-Prior, who is reading for a doctorate at in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University in Canberra, and is, at time of recording, a Visiting Scholar in the Philosophy Department at the University of Arizona in Tucson, United States. She’s interested in questions about animal politics, animal law, and democratic representation. Today, we’re going to talk about a paper of hers that touches on all three of these issues: ‘Criminalising (cubes of) truth: Animal advocacy, civil disobedience, and the politics of sight’ was published online first in the journal Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy in 2022.
This episode is brought to you by AASA (the Australasian Animal Studies Association) and the Animal Publics series from Sydney University Press.
Episode 204: Civet Coffee with Jes Hooper
Today's guest is Jes Hooper. Jes is a PhD candidate in Anthrozoology at the University of Exeter and the Campaigns and Research Manager for Badger Trust, a British animal protection organisation. The working title of her PhD thesis is Civets in Society: Understanding the Human-Animal Interactions Within Civet Trades. She is also the founder of The Civet Project, an organisation devoted to better understanding human/civet interactions. Unsurprisingly, we're talking about civets! In particular, we’re discuss Jes’s paper ‘Cat-Poo-Chino and Captive Wildlife: Tourist Perceptions of Balinese Kopi Luwak Agrotourism’, which was published open access in the journal Society & Animals in 2022, as well as her developing research on human-civet interaction.
This episode is brought to you by AASA (the Australasian Animal Studies Association), which you can join today. It's also brought to you by the Animal Publics book series, which is published by Sydney University Press.
Brilliant - thank you so much
This podcast is essential listening for anybody who cares about animals and animal studies. Every episode offers a wealth of information, ideas and inspiration. Thank you for producing this wonderful series of interviews.
This podcast is getting us through a long road trip from northern nsw to Melbourne! Great topics and interesting ideas very well presented. Some times the guests a little bit hard to follow but Dr Siobhan O’Sullivan does a great job of trying to ensure they make their ideas accessible to the non-academic listeners. Totally recommend
Awesomely me show, love it!!!