Animal Publics: Emotions, Empathy, Activism July 2015

Convened by the Australian Centre and the Human Rights & Animal Ethics Research Network (HRAE), University of Melbourne.

Animal Publics, was the sixth biennial international conference of the Australasian Animal Studies Association (formerly the Australian Animal Studies Group), the conference explored the complex relationship between the public and private worlds of animals. It considered the roles played by emotions, empathy and activism in the often contradictory way in which we relate to animals in both public and private spheres.  Six acclaimed international key-note speakers presented papers over the four days. Speakers from around the world offered local and global perspectives on the issues involved.  Debate was stimulated through an exhibition of art works (download catalogue), film screenings and book launches.

Keynote speakers included: Una Chaudhuri, Erica Fudge, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Timothy Pachirat, Anat Pick and Harriet Ritvo and videos of these talks are available below: