2021 Animals & Society Institute/UI Fourth Annual Human-Animal Studies Virtual Summer Institute

Sunday, July 11th, 2021
Event Description

Since 2017, CAS in collaboration with the Animals & Society Institute has offered a weeklong institute for about 20 visiting early career faculty members and graduate students from around the US and abroad. Morning workshops, afternoon plenary presentations by visiting and local scholars as well as satellite events on- and off-campus were included in the intensive programming developed by CAS Resident Director Jane Desmond and co-Director Kim Marra (University of Iowa). When the 2020 program was canceled due to the global pandemic and the possibility of international and national travel still uncertain for the summer of 2021, Professors Desmond and Marra along with co-Directors Gala Argent and Kenneth Shapiro from ASI decided to restructure the 2020 program as a virtual institute that would include all the original participants and plenary speakers.

We are delighted to report that most of the original participants and plenary speakers will be able to take part in the 2021 ASI-UI Fourth Annual Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute. All plenary talks will be pre-recorded and offered asynchronously to our international group of Institute participants. None of the scheduled activities will be available to non-Institute participants for the duration of the Institute. However, once the Institute has closed, the plenary speaker videos will be made available for viewing on this website. CAS will send out an announcement to its list serv and social media outlets once the videos are uploaded. If you are not already on the CAS mailing list, please join here!


Plenary speakers:

May Berenbaum (Entomology, Illinois)
Amy Fitzgerald (Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology, University of WIndsor)
Chris Green (Animal Law & Policy Program, Harvard University)
Lindsay Marshall (American Indian Studies, Illinois)
Teresa Mangum (Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies; Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa)
Evan Mwangi (English and Comparative Literature, Northwestern University)*
Kari Weil (University Professor and Director of the College of Letters, Wesleyan University)

In addition, the summer institute hosted a creative arts workshop led by visual artist Maria Lux (Art, Whitman College).

*Due to unforeseen circumstances, Professor Mwangi was unable to participate. His planned talk was to be on Sub-Saharan African literatures and animals and his latest book is The Postcolonial Animal: African Literature and Posthuman Ethics (Michigan, 2019). We hope to reschedule Professor Mwangi at a later date.