Human-Animal Studies

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The University Seminar on Human-Animal Studies is open to faculty and professional membership in the field of Human-Animal Studies. Vibrant new scholarship is emerging in this area of work.  The field’s focus is on how humans and (other) animals have interacted across cultures and histories: how the protein, work, and products derived from animals have contributed to human projects; how cross-species relationships have shaped human histories; and how animals’ imaginative and aesthetic roles in cultures are connected to the living presence of animals. Work in this field tends to be interdisciplinary, drawing on the social sciences and the humanities as well as on the already interdisciplinary fields of environmental and posthumanist studies.

Professor Brian Boyd

Professor Alexandra Horowitz

Matt Margini

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



09/25/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:15 PM
Why Animals Matter for Climate Change
Jeff Sebo, New York University

10/24/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:15 PM
Is Speciesism a Form of Racism?
Christopher Peterson, Western Sydney University

11/27/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:15 PM
Regulating Milk: Women and Cows in France and the United States
Mathilde Cohen, University of Connecticut