Join us in our webinar series

Who for: The webinars were designed to bring together a diverse audience of people interested in animal studies, critical animal studies, animal ethics, animal politics, animal law, environmental studies, environmental law, migration studies, as well as climate law/studies. 

When: Once per month, starting September 2020 and ending in January 2021.  

For a full description of each webinar, click on the link:

Date: Friday, September 18, 2020

In the first session, we will explore how human use of wild and domestic animals for food, in combination with environmental destruction and habitat loss, leads to an increase in zoonotic diseases. How can we prevent the future development of zoonoses that may turn into epi- and pandemics?

Moderator: Jan Dutkiewicz (Harvard Law School)

Speakers: Michael Greger (NutritionFacts.org), Mia MacDonald (Brighter Green), Astra Taylor (Documentary filmmaker and writer)

Date: Friday, 16 October, 2020

We will explore the areas of medical research and testing using SARS-CoV-2 as an example. What innovative approaches are available and now used to tackle the COVID crisis? Why do we still rely on animals for safety testing?

Moderator: Kathrin Herrmann (Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing)

Speakers: Aysha Akhtar (Center for Contemporary Sciences), Elizabeth Baker (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine), Thomas Hartung (Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing), Lindsay Marshall (The Humane Society of the United States / Humane Society International)

Date: Wednesday, 11 November, 2020

The ongoing climate crisis, in combination with the Corona crisis, has made it patently clear that disasters are here to stay. Our future and the future of non-human animals will critically depend on whether, and to what extent, our interests are being considered in disaster regulation.

Moderator: Steven White (Griffith University)

Speakers: Clemens Driessen (Wageningen University), Leslie Irvine (University of Colorado), Jo-Anne McArthur (We Animals Media), Crystal Heath (VetHarmony.org)

Date: Friday, November 20, 2020

We want to gain a deeper understanding of which animals are most vulnerable to climate change and how action in response to climate change is affecting animals. Will climate change do more good or harm to animals, and how can we tell? 

Moderator: Angie Pepper (University of Birmingham)

Speakers: Irus Braverman (University at Buffalo School of Law, The State University of New York), Jonathan Lovvorn (Yale Law School), Shaina Sadai (University of Massachusetts)

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020

A focal point of this session will be the link between agriculture and climate change. We’d also like to gather thoughts on envisioning a post-animal agriculture future and on the role and status of animals in a changing climate. 

Moderator: Josh Milburn (University of Sheffield)

Speakers: Jeff Sebo (New York University), Natalie Khazaal (Georgia Tech), Marina Bolotnikova (Journalist)

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021

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?

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).

All photos: Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

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