Animal/Human Studies Group (AHSG)
The study of animal-human relations within the social sciences is an increasingly important, vibrant and burgeoning field. The formation of the BSA Animal/Human Studies Group in June 2006 is therefore an important step towards addressing what Bryant (1979) has called the 'zoological connection', whereby sociologists need to recognise that people co-exist and interact not only with humans but with non-human animals too. For example, animals are increasingly utilised and involved in biotechnology and genomics; animal experimentation; the production and slaughter of food animals; companion animal-human type relationships and the therapeutic use of animals. Moreover, additional animal-related issues that have attracted attention by researchers are: the potential links between animal abuse and domestic violence; the nature of animal-animal interaction; potential links between women, nature and animals; bestiality; human-wildlife interactions; and human responses to companion animal death/euthanasia. Sociologists have much to offer this emerging area of study and are well placed to engage with the multifaceted, ambiguous and challenging nature of the animal-human interface in everyday life.
The BSA Animal/Human Studies Group will enable both current and future sociologists to put non-human animals on to the specialist and mainstream sociological research agenda, thus ensuring that animal-human studies becomes a viable and significant area of sociological study. References
Aims and Objectives
- To develop a sociological forum whereby animals and their relations with humans can be studied from a variety of sociological (and cognate) viewpoints, and to provide a specialist research forum for academics, researchers and students who share a professional interest in incorporating non-human animals into the discipline of sociology.
- To create a research database of animal-related research projects (including PhDs) carried out by sociologists initially in the UK. If you know of any such work please contact Dr Rebekah Fox who will be overseeing this particular project.
- To identify gaps in the emerging animal-human studies research agenda.
- To create opportunities for networking and research collaboration with colleagues from other social science disciplines (such as anthropology, cultural studies, gender studies, geographers, historians, law, philosophy, and psychology) who are interested in and actively researching animal-human related issues.
Please watch this space for forthcoming activities.
13 May 2010
BSA Animal/Human Study Group's First Meeting of Postgraduate Members
BSA Meeting Room, London, UK
28 November 2007
'Taking Stock' of Animals in the Social Sciences: A Geographical and Sociological Exchange
A joint meeting of the BSA Animal/Human Studies Group and the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers Rural Geography Research Groupco-hosted by: Institute for Science and Society (University of Nottingham)
Inaugural Meeting of the BSA Animal/Human Studies Group (AHSG)
The first meeting/event of the BSA AHSG was held on Tuesday, 26 September 2006
at 1.30 - 5.00pm at the University of Nottingham.
The Animal/Human Studies Group Annual Report is now available.
Joining the Group
Membership of the AHSG is free for all BSA members, students and unwaged, but non-BSA members with institutional support are asked to pay a one-off joining fee of £40. To keep fully informed of the Group's activities all members will receive an e-newsletter every two months and will be added to the Group's emailing list; postgraduate students will be added to the Group's PG-emailing list too. On joining, new members will also be given a password so they can access and contribute to the Group's growing bibliography database.
To join, complete the membership form by either (a) saving the form to your PC, complete it, save it and email or (b) complete online, print a copy and post. Please send completed forms to the group's convenor, Dr Rhoda Wilkie - all contact details are on the form & also below.
Contributions to the AHSG e-Newsletter
If you have any information and/or news items to be included in the AHSG e-newsletter please contact Rhoda Wilkie.
Contact the Convenor
Dr Rhoda Wilkie
Department of Sociology
School of Social Science
University of Aberdeen
Send an email.
Tel: 01224 274353
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