Session 6

The Future of Animal Politics in the context of Climate Change, COVID-19 and Movements against Racial Capitalism

Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021

In this sixth and final session we will reflect on the insights from the previous sessions and identify ways of moving forward in theory and practice. Specifically, we are looking to assemble scholars to map future areas of research at the juncture of animal studies, climate change, racial injustice  and global health:  What areas deserve our attention going forward? 

Given the manifold intersectional forms of oppression, subjugation, and indifference experienced by animals and human people affected by climate change, how can we develop a multispecies approach to climate justice and to animal and human health? What – if any – arguments are there to include animals’ voices in the regulation of climate policy? How does the global Black Lives Matter movement intersect with and shape the future of animal liberation movements? How does this relate to other questions of global justice, and the oppression of human groups (e.g. just transitions for farmers and other workers)? How is this interconnected with capitalism? How do questions of equality play into this?

Moderator: Eva Meijer (Wageningen University, University of Amsterdam)

Speakers: Claire Jean Kim (University of California), Dinesh Wadiwel (University of Sydney), Will Kymlicka (Queen’s University).


Blattner, Charlotte, Kendra Coulter and Will Kymlicka (eds). 2020. Animal Labour: A New Frontier of Interspecies Justice (Oxford University Press).

Donaldson, Sue and Will Kymlicka. 2011. Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Donaldson, Sue and Will Kymlicka. 2015. “Farmed Animal Sanctuaries: The Heart of the Movement?”, Politics and Animals 1: 50-74.

Claire Jean Kim. “Murder and Mattering in Harambe’s House.” Politics and Animals. Vol.3. 2017. 1-15

Kim, Claire Jean. 2015. Dangerous Crossings: Race, Species, and Nature in a Multicultural Age. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ko, Aph.  (2019).  Racism as Zoological Witchcraft: A Guide to Getting Out.

Ko, Aph and Syl Ko.  (2017).  Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters.

Kymlicka, Will.  (2018).  “Human Rights Without Human Supremacism.”  Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 48, 6.

Kymlicka Will and Sue Donaldson. “Animal Rights, Multiculturalism and the Left”, Journal of Social Philosophy, Vol. 45/1 (2014), 116-135.

Mansbridge, Jane. 2012. “On the importance of getting things done.” PS: Political Science & Politics 45/1: 1-8.

Patel, Patel and Jason W. Moore. A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A guide to Capitalism, Nature and the Future of the Planet. Carlton, Vic: Black Inc. 2018

Pellow, David.  TOWARD A CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE STUDIES: Black Lives Matter as an Environmental Justice Challenge. DU BOIS REVIEW-SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH ON RACE, 13(2), 2016, 221-236.

Stallwood, Kim. 2014. Growl: Life lessons, hard truths, and bold strategies from an animal advocate. New York: Lantern Books.

TallBear, Kim. “Beyond the Life/Not-Life Binary: A Feminist-Indigenous Reading of Cryopreservation, Interspecies Thinking, and the New Materialisms.” Cryopolitics: Frozen Life in a Melting World, edited by Joanna Radin and Emma Kowal, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts; London, England, 2017. 179–202

TallBear, Kimberly. “An indigenous reflection on working beyond the human/not human.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. 21.2-3 (2015): 230-235

Wilderson III, Frank. “Gramsci’s Black Marx: Whither the Slave in Civil Society?” Social Identities. 9:2, 2003. 225-240.

Marx, Karl.  “Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844.” Edited by Robert C. Tucker. The Marx-Engels Reader: Second Edition. New York: W.W. Norton and Company. 1978. 66-125.

Wadiwel, Dinesh. 2015. The War Against Animals. Leiden: Brill.

Wadiwel, Dinesh. 2016. “Do fish resist?.” Cultural Studies Review 22/1: 196.

Wadiwel, Dinesh.  (2018). “Chicken Harvesting Machine: Animal Labor, Resistance, and the Time of Production.”  South Atlantic Quarterly 117, 3, July.

Will Kymlicka’s animal-related papers freely accessible at:

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