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Animals in the Law and Humanities

Animals in the Law and Humanities

From a legal perspective, animals are property and the relationship of humans to animals is one of ownership conceptualized in terms like control, capture, and domestication. The treatment of animals as property invites reflection on the many and often contradictory ways in which we view and use animals: as pets, and as food or clothing; in a taxidermy museum display or in a laboratory; revered or romanticized in a zoo or conservation context, but disposable in a hunting context. Animals are a quintessential human category in the sense that our understanding and attitudes toward them depend so much on the varied ends and purposes we have for them as a species of property to do with as we will. How humans have treated, and continue to treat animals tells us a lot about those humans.

This working group seeks to bring together senior and junior scholars as well as graduate students working on animal-related humanities issues across a variety of disciplines, time periods, and geographies at the University of Toronto, to establish connections between those working on this topic and to share their work and ideas.

LEADS

Angela Fernandez, Law;  Sara Amato, Lecturer, Victoria College

FACULTY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
Daniel Bender, UTSC Historical and Cultural Studies
Leslie Bisgould, Instructor, Faculty of Law
Matt Brower, Information
Naisargi Dave, Anthropology
Sean Hawkins, History
Ziyaad Mia, Instructor, Faculty of Law
Mary Nyquist, English and Women & Gender Studies

FACULTY AT OTHER UNIVERSITIES
Stefan Dolgert, Political Science, Brock University

GRADUATE STUDENTS
Kristine Connidis, Law
Dan Hooley, Philosophy
Rachel Levine, Anthropology
Emma Planinc, Political Science
Sundhya Walther, English

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS
Oisín Keohane, Philosophy and Jackman Humanities Institute

STAFF MEMBERS
Amy Ratelle, Research Coordinator, Information


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