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Animaladies (Conference): University of Sydney, 11-12 July 2016

July 11, 2016 - July 12, 2016


July 11 & 12, 2016
John Woolley Building
University of Sydney

Keynote: Lori Gruen, Professor of Philosophy, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Environmental Studies, Wesleyan University, USA

This symposium will address the pathologisation of certain kinds of relationships that humans have with other animals. From supposedly ‘crazy cat ladies’ to ‘deranged’ animal advocates, the spectre of the ‘crazy’ label is never too far from the question of the animal.  How does the threat of pathologisation work in relation to human and animal relationships?  How does it distract attention from the normalised violence that surrounds us: for instance, the animal hoarder is ‘mad’ while the battery farmer is merely ‘economically expedient’?.  How does the sort of ‘crazy love’ (see Rose, 2013) seen in animal advocates work as courageous wisdom?  The symposium represents an opportunity to rethink ‘animaladies’ as able to unhinge prevailing norms concerning human animal relationships, particularly those based around indifference towards animal misery. We invite papers that address the following themes:

  • Case studies that show how particular human/animal relationships are pathologised (and their effects)
  • the function of particular associations between animals and madness/forms of ‘unreason’ and irrationality, from Classical philosophy to more contemporary schizoanalysis
  • discussion of animal madness in the context of industrial farming and global capitalism
  • the role that gender plays in the pathologisation of human/animal bonds and connections
  • case study approaches to the characterisation of animal advocacy as a whole as ‘mad’
  • the conditions under which animaladies can work for and against animal advocacy
  • cross- species animaladies in the form of public health/One Health paradigms: ‘mad cow’ disease, ebola, H1N1, Hendra virus

Inquiries: fiona.probyn-rapsey@sydney.edu.au

Image: World Parrot Refuge, Coombs, BC by Herb Neufeld


July 11, 2016
July 12, 2016


Fiona Probyn-Rapsey


John Woolley Building
University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW Australia
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