We’re joined by activist and academic Jess Ison who discusses her research challenging the use of prisons and other punitive measures as a way to counter animal abuse. If you’d like to look further into the issues of prisons and prison abolition, Jess recommends the book Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis: https://www.sevenstories.com/books/2907-are-prisons-obsolete
In this episode, we speak with philosopher Michael Hauskeller about the problematic framing of animals within transhumanism. We also chat with recently completed PhD Ashley Keefner about her thesis on how prejudice impacts the study of animal minds.
A panel discussion from the 2016 Institute for Critical Animal Studies Oceania Conference, held in Canberra (Australia). Panelists: Three Australian activist scholars - Jess Ison, Nick Pendergrast and Lara Drew.
The panelists reflect on their experiences of anarchism and animal liberation; a critical dialogue into the causes of speciesism whilst taking a broader view of social justice and the nature of oppression.
We feature a talk by Dr Andrew Knight, recorded at a recent Animal Justice Party seminar in Melbourne. Andrew describes how he got to where he is today - setting up a new centre for animal welfare at the University of Winchester in the UK. He discusses how people may become professional animal advocates. He also talks about the upcoming distance learning Masters course in Animal Welfare.
Ahead of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies Oceania conference, we talk to the opening night speaker, Dr Dinesh Wadiwel.
Dr Wadiwel is a Lecturer in Human Rights and Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Sydney. His research interests include sovereignty and the nature of rights, violence, race and critical animal studies. In his forthcoming book, The War against Animals, he argues that our mainstay relationships with billions of animals are essentially hostile and that our sovereign claim of superiority over other animals is founded on nothing else but violence.