Human Animal Relations

Network Node: 
Fri., Jul. 12, 2013, 7:30pm - Sun., Jul. 14, 2013, 5:30pm

The Animal Studies Group, in collaboration with the Royal Society of Canada, the Evolution Studies Group, and the Situating Science Strategic Knowledge Cluster, is pleased to announce two upcoming public events that will take place at and near Dalhousie University the evenings of Friday July 12 and Saturday July 13, featuring renowned coyote scientist, Marc Bekoff. These events are part of an invitational workshop on Human Animal Relations, detailed here.

Beastly Passions and Compassionate Conservation: Redecorating Nature, Expanding Our Compassion Footprint, and Rewilding Our Hearts
Friday, July 12 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Scotiabank Auditorium
Marion McCain Building
Dalhousie University
Public Lecture (free admission)

Human relationships with dogs, from the home front to the wild side
Saturday, July 13, 2013, 7:30pm
Coburg Coffee House
6085 Coburg Road
Open Academy panel (and audience) discussion (free event)

Human Animal Relations, Invitational Workshop
Saturday, 13 July from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Rm 1130 of the McCain Bldg
Dalhousie University

See program in the documents section below.

What do science, philosophy and art tell us about animals and how we should understand and value them? This invitational workshop will address this question and will feature:

Mathew Reichertz (a painter and NSCAD professor),

Julie Andreyev (a multimedia and video artist from Emily Carr University of Art in Vancouver),

Simon Gadbois (Dalhousie Psychology Department and Director of our Canid Behavior Team),

Camilla Fox (Director of Project Coyote, a California-based program promoting coexistence with wild carnivores),

Cassandra Hanrahan (Dalhousie School of Social Work, whose research is on human-animal bonds in the fields of human health and welfare),

Letitia Meynell (Dalhousie Philosophy, who will examine gender identities in social animals),

Andrew Fenton (Philosophy, California State University Fresno) who will address chimpanzee agency and its implications for their moral standing and treatment), and

John Barresi (Dalhousie Psychology) who will compare cooperative hunting strategies found in chimps, humans, and wolves and relate these to social-affective and social-cognitive species differences.