Fifth Annual Animal Studies Summer Institute

The Center for Advanced Study (CAS) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is delighted to announce the return to the week-long in-person summer institute Sunday, July 9 through Saturday, July 15, 2023.

All selected participants receive full scholarships, housing, and travel assistance to attend

The Institute is designed to support participants’ individual research in human-animal studies (HAS) as well as to promote interdisciplinary exchange. The program will offer a shared space of critical inquiry that brings the participants' work-in-progress to the attention of a network of influential HAS scholars, and provides the participants with the guidance and feedback to develop their work. At the heart of the program are daily morning seminars devoted to discussion of participants’ work, followed by afternoon plenary lectures by distinguished speakers. These will be complemented by special workshops, professional development seminars, and field trips to on- and off-campus locations which highlight different aspects of the human-animal relationship. Participants should expect a stimulating intellectual environment reflecting a diversity of approaches, projects, disciplinary backgrounds, and ethical positions on animal issues. All fellows must be in continuous residence for the duration of the program.

The Institute is co-directed by Jane Desmond (Resident Director) and Kim Marra (University of Iowa).

We are still in process of finalizing the plenary lecture schedule, but we are pleased to confirm the following speakers:

  • May Berenbaum, CAS Director and Professor of Entomology, University of Illinois

  • Jenny Davis, Anthropology and American Indian Studies, University of Illinois

  • Chris Green, Animal Law & Policy Program, Harvard Law School

  • Robert Mitchell, Psychology, Eastern Kentucky University