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!