Re-imagining Animal Consciousness | Stephanie Theodorou | TEDxCapeMay
| Contributor(s):: Stephanie Theodorou
After receiving her PhD from Temple University in philosophy of religion, Stephanie Theodorou focused her attention to the study of consciousness and the role of symbolism in cognition. Her interest in animal consciousness evolved from her research in phenomenological accounts of experience in...
Cats, Dogs, and Cyborgs: Transcending the Human-Animal Divide in Contemporary Japanese Literature
| Contributor(s):: Tyran Clement Grillo
Cats, Dogs, and Cyborgs: Transcending the Human-Animal Divide in Contemporary Japanese Literature blurs the binary between humans and non-humans, as represented in the torrent of relevant literature that has saturated Japan’s popular markets since the archipelago underwent a so-called...
Tempo and Mode of Domestication During the Neolithic Revolution: Evidence from Dental Mesowear and Microwear of Sheep
| Contributor(s):: Melissa Zolnierz
The Neolithic Revolution marked a dramatic change in human subsistence practices. In order to explain this change, we must understand the motive forces behind it. Researchers have proposed many different stimuli, with most theories invoking environmental dynamics, human population density...
Exploring the borders between human and non-human animals | Alan Hook | TEDxBallybofey
| Contributor(s):: Alan Hook
What is it like to be a horse? - Reflecting on philosopher Thomas Nagel’s essay What Is It Like To Be A Bat? Alan Hook, Associate Head of School for Ulster Universities’ School of Communication and Media will discuss some of his latest research into the benefits and limitations of...
Felino: The Philosophical Practice of Making an Interspecies Videogame
| Contributor(s):: Michelle Westerlaken, Stefano Gualeni
This paper describes the design process of an interspecies video game that has its foundations in the field of Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI), but is inspired by philosophical notions and approaches including Jos De Mul’s work on biohermeneutics (De Mul 2013), Pierce’s theory of...
Understanding the Value of Dog Facilitated Psychotherapy, What Theory Emerges?
| Contributor(s):: Annemarie Una Harmon O'Brien
Animal Assisted Therapy is a field that is growing substantially with animals purported to be a panacea from everything from autism to prisoner reform. In many countries they are incorporated into psychotherapy process. The researcher wanted to explore if this is a valid form of practice, the...
Man vs beast the human-animal boundary in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series
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| Contributor(s):: Jessica Auz
In her series of seven novels, Rowling constructs a society and a framework of characterization that allows her to explore the human-animal boundary in a variety of ways. She connects her novels to the ideology of the classical and medieval periods while still acknowledging the ways that the...
Animal Cities: Post-Human Urban Wildness
| Contributor(s):: Jing Huang
This thesis contends that architecture should be designed in a way to foster closer human-animal relationships. Cities are typically designed solely with the human in mind, and over time, animals have been pushed out of the city, decreasing biodiversity. Peoples’ tendency is to separate...
A Vicious Cycle of Abuse: The Relationship between Domestic Violence and Animal Cruelty
| Contributor(s):: Leah Staley
This paper explores research on the relationship between cycles of domestic violence and animal cruelty. It not only depicts that there is an under acknowledged a relationship between the two subjects, but also considers this relationship from multiple perspectives. This paper summarizes what...
Dog's Best Friend?: Vivisecting the "Animal" in Mark Twain's "A Dog's Tale"
| Contributor(s):: Matthew Guzman
“A Dog’s Tale” encapsulates the duality that the domesticated dog as both loyal “friend” and dependable scientific “instrument” denotes. Twain paints a dark portrait of man’s association with “beast.” Additionally, the story presents...
Media, Mental Health and Man's Best Friend
| Contributor(s):: Suzanne Spinosa
Using two media newspaper publications as a means of archival data, this paper proposed that the shift in perception of animals in mental health setting has changed over time. There is now data examining the role of animals in a human's well-being and the increased importance of an...
Harvesting The Seeds Of Early American Human And Nonhuman Animal Relationships In William Bartram's Travels, The Travel Diary Of Elizabeth House Trist, And Sarah Trimmer's Fabulous Histories
| Contributor(s):: Leslie Blake Vives
This thesis uses ecofeminist and human-animal studies lenses to explore human animal and nonhuman animal relations in early America. Most ecocritical studies of American literature begin with nineteenth-century writers. This project, however, suggests that drawing on ecofeminist theories with a...
Dharma Dogs: A Narrative Approach to Understanding the Connection of Sentience Between Humans and Canines
| Contributor(s):: Anna Caldwell
India has the highest population of stray dogs in the world1. Dharamsala, a cross-cultural community in the north Indian Himalayan foothills, is home to a number of particularly overweight and happy canines. However, the street dogs of Dharamsala are not an accurate representation of the state...
Birds and Dogs: Toward a Comparative Perspective on Odor Use and Detection
| Contributor(s):: Paola A. Prada, Kenneth G. Furton
While canines are generally considered the gold standard for olfactory detection in many situations other animals provide alternatives and offer a unique opportunity to compare biological detection capabilities. Critical components in successfully studying biological detectors is not only...
Literary Anthrozoology: Do Fiction and Literature Have a Place in Anthrozoology?
| Contributor(s):: Michelle Szydlowski
Literature has been stimulating minds for centuries, as has science. This essay explores the need for both in the emerging field of anthrozoology. Anthrozoology is unique in its interdisciplinary approach to the sciences. By integrating zoology, anthropology, psychology, biology and others,...
The Truth about Deer, Turtles, and Dogs: An examination of Ancient Maya Human-Faunal Interactions
| Contributor(s):: Lindsay Foreman
Unruly Raccoons and Troubled Educators: Nature/Culture Divides in a Childcare Centre
| Contributor(s):: Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Fikile Nxumalo
Current times of anthropogenically damaged landscapes call us to re-think human and nonhuman relations and consider multiple possibilities for alternative and more sustainable futures. As many environmental and Indigenous humanities scholars have noted, central to this re-thinking is unsettling...
Zooarchaeology of the Native American Sturgeon Fishery in Coastal Oregon, 350 BC to AD 1150
| Contributor(s):: Elizabeth Dalyn Grindle
Sturgeons are not found often in the archaeological record due to their largely cartilaginous skeleton. What remains are the scutes, bony scale-like plates found on the outside of the body, and some diagnostic cranial features. Perhaps due to this, little is known about sturgeon or their...
Direct Experience With Nature and the Development of Biological Knowledge
| Contributor(s):: Sarah E. Longbottom, Virginia Slaughter
Research Findings: An emerging consensus is that casual, direct contact with nature influences the development of children’s biological knowledge. Here we review the existing literature on this topic, focusing on the effects of (a) rural versus urban rearing environments and (b) pet...