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Minding Animals: A Transdisciplinary Approach for Furthering Our Understanding of Animals in Society

By Marc Bekoff

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I'm honored to be the guest editor of this volume of Animals. The essays included here are in the spirit of this new and forward-looking journal http://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/1/1/1/pdf. They stem from a precedent setting gathering of scholars from all over the world representing many different disciplines at a meeting called ‘Minding Animals’, held in Newcastle, Australia in July 2009 (http://www.mindinganimals.com//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=210&Itemid=236). All of the delegates who journeyed from varying distances, sometimes huge, to be part of this unique gathering, shared a deep interest in learning more about who nonhuman animals (hereafter, animals) are from colleagues studying them from various perspectives, representing disciplines including biology, psychology, anthropology, and the social sciences and humanities. Not surprisingly, the meeting was characterized by great enthusiasm, lots of discussion often bordering on the frenetic since people would soon be dispersing to their homelands and not be readily accessible, and a commitment to continue learning more about animals in society.

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Katie Carroll

Date 2010
Publication Title Animals 2011
Volume 1
Issue 1
Pages 4-6
ISBN/ISSN 2076-2615
Publisher MDPI
DOI 10.3390/ani1010004
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animals
  2. Animals in culture
  3. Human-animal interactions
  4. Human-animal relationships
  5. Societies