Call for papers: “Anarchism and Animal Liberation” at the 5th International Conference of the Anarchist Studies Network, Loughborough University, 12-14 September 2018

Co-organisers: Richard J. White (Sheffield Hallam University, UK); Erika Cudworth (University of East London, UK) and Will Boisseau

The Panel seeks to explore ways in which anarchist praxes can be drawn on more fully to identify, understand, challenge, and overcome the speciesist geographies of violence and domination that define the lived experiences of billions of non-human animals (Nocella et. al. 2015; Nibert, 2017). Always conscious of the multiple ways in which the exploitation and subjugation of sentient beings transgresses species boundaries, and mindful of the ASN conference theme of ‘decolonisation’, we are particularly keen to encourage critical papers that draw attention toward: (a) colonial forms of species relations/ species colonialism; (b) intersectional approaches toward the spectacle of species domination (b) intersectional forms of social and spatial justice activism, and the possibility of total liberation; (c) post-speciesist, heterotopic spaces of peace and non-violence.  Situated within – or radically beyond – these guiding themes, we wish to encourage a diverse range of perspectives and contributions. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Critical animal geographies
  • Animal Liberation and anarchist politics
  • Critical pedagogies focused on intersectionality and speciesism
  • The animal-industrial complex, animals, and capitalism
  • Feminist ethic of care and ethical treatment of animals
  • Current animal liberation campaigns
  • Theorizing domination and oppression
  • Anarchism and posthumanism
  •  Anarchism, feminism and veganism
  • Hierarchy, reciprocity, mutual aid and animal cultures
  • Human species identity
  • Qrganizing and care work in the animal liberation movement
  • Queer liberation and animal liberation

We welcome relevant papers from inter-disciplinary departments as well as sources beyond the academy (particularly activist communities and other grassroot organisations).

Please send abstracts of up to 200 words per paper and a short bio of up to 100 words on/ before February 20th 2018 to:

Erika Cudworth ( Richard J. White ( and Will Boisseau


Nibert, D. (2017) Animal Oppression and Capitalism, Vol 1 and Vol 2. New York: Praeger Press.

Nocella, A.J., White, R.J. and Cudworth, E. (2015) Anarchism and Animal Liberation: Essays on Complementary Elements of Total Liberation, Jefferson: McFarland Press.


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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