1st European Conference For Critical Animal Studies, Liverpool, April 23rd, 2010

The inaugural European CAS conference took place in Liverpool last week.  The speakers included: Alistair Currie (PETA); Professor Celia Deane-Drummond (Chester and CAFOD); Jasmijn de Boo (Animals Count); Professor Robert Garner (Leicester); Dr Simon James (Durham); Dr Dan Lyons (Uncaged Campaigns); Dr Karen Morgan (Cardiff); Dr Anat Pick (UEL); Dr Richard Twine (Lancaster) and myself. For full speaker information and programme click here.

The event was organised by Prof. Stephen Clark.

The conference harnessed an extremely interesting range of speakers and critical topics which provided much needed insight and awareness. Beyond the content, it was really good to finally get to meet some individuals who I had long known about by reputation and influence in the animal rights literature and advocacy movements.

My talk at the end of the conference: Some thoughts on Building Alliances between Academic and Activist Communities: a focus on Sheffield appeared to be well received, and prompted some interesting questions and further discussion afterwards.

Key areas of the presentation that I drew on were on particularly inspired by conversations with  Dan Lyons of Uncaged, Bob McKay (Sheffield University) and Olly, Donna and Johnny from Sheffield Animal Friends: I owe a large debt of gratitude to them for the time and energy they gave!

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About Richard J White

I am currently employed as a Reader in Human Geography. Having completed my doctoral thesis at The University of Leicester (Department of Geography) I worked as Research Assistant at The University of Warwick (Institute for Employment Research). I joined Sheffield Hallam University as a Lecturer in Economic Geography in 2006, and was the Course Leader for the B.A. (Hons) Human Geography degree between 2013-2015. Teaching Interests I have a broad interest in many radical approaches within both Human Geography, and other related social sciences. My particular expertise explores alternative/ post-capitalist forms of work and organization; anarchist and dissident geographies; geographies of activism and resistance; and critical animal geographies.
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