Annual Meeting of the International Association of Vegan Sociologists

International Association of Vegan Sociologists Conference

Title: Vegan Sociologies of Space and Time

Call for Paper Deadline: June 1, 2022

Date: October 8 & 9 2022

Location: Online

Schedule: TBD

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In space, what came earlier continues to underpin what follows… not only durable spatial arrangements, but also representational spaces and their attendant imagery and mythic narratives
— Henri Lefebvre, The Production of Space, pp.229-230.

As long as time is taken for granted as the mere framework within which action takes place… it will continue to form a central part of the deep structure of environmental damage wrought by the industrial way of life.
— Barbara Adams, Timescapes of Modernity, p.9.

The sociological toolkit has much to offer to critical studies of human-nonhuman animal relations. Significant works have highlighted the influence of broader social structures, discourse, and micro-interaction on the exploitation of other animals (Cole & Stewart 2014, Cudworth 2011, Nibert 2017, Peggs 2012). A complementary strand of the discipline has furthered advocacy efforts through developing understandings of nonhuman animal advocacy and veganism (Bertuzzi 2020, Cherry 2006, Wrenn 2019). Since its conception in 2020, the International Association of Vegan Sociologists has supported the development of scholarship that actively challenges the exploitation of nonhuman animals. In our third annual meeting we draw on two streams of sociological thought — sociologies of space and time — to provoke innovative and fruitful research that furthers this goal.

Sociologists look at space and time as social — constructed in particular ways to maintain social order. Space is physically shaped, for instance with objects, signs and architecture, to direct movement or behaviour in particular ways (sit here, eat in that room, do not feed the wildlife). Time is ordered, e.g. through calendars and clocks, but also shaped through particular habits, tempos and rhythms (such as the speed of a production line). These constructions reflect and reproduce broader social relations, for instance, the tailoring of society around particular bodies makes it more accessible for some than others. Exploitative human-nonhuman animal relations, too, are reproduced in particular spatial and temporal contexts — for instance, the use of anti-dog regulation signs or hostile architecture such as bird spikes demarcating ‘public space’ as human-only; the rapid speed and physical disruption of sight in slaughterhouses to facilitate efficient killing; and the placement of sites of farming and killing animals at the outskirts of cities to remove these elements of exploitation from public consciousness (Arcari et al 2021, Pachirat 2012, Wadiwel 2015). Unpicking these contexts of exploitation creates an opportunity to re-imagine configurations that might foster less-oppressive human-nonhuman animal entanglements in the future.

Submission Guidelines

The 2022 IAVS annual meeting will showcase research that unpacks the temporal and spatial elements of social life that perpetuate or challenge nonhuman animals’ exploitation. We welcome submissions for individual presentations (15 minutes and an additional 5 for questions) or panels (45 minutes with 15 for questions) to be delivered in an online format. Topics may include (but are certainly not limited to):

• How temporal shifts have impacted nonhuman animals or advocacy efforts (e.g. increased speed of production, the construction of time in slaughterhouses, speed of activist information transmission on social media).
• Denial or prescription of ‘kinds’ of time to other animals (e.g. ‘work’ or ‘leisure’ time)
• How attitudes towards nonhuman animals have changed over time or differ based on approaches to time (e.g. historical shifts, timescapes specific to particular regions or cultures)
• Pasts, present and/or possible futures for veganism/human-animal entanglements
• The presentation of anthroparchy in everyday life (e.g. hostile architecture, props or signs enforcing norms, construction of human-animal relations in particular places)
• Spatialities of violence – (e.g. how space is used to hide or facilitate violence against other animals).
• Considerations of heterotopia and constructing spaces that challenge nonhuman animal exploitation.

Please note that all submissions should fall within the guidelines of the International Association of Vegan Sociologists. We are only accepting sociological submissions; submissions that lack a clear sociological focus will not be included. To that end, all submissions must include a one or two sentence rationale clarifying how the submission aligns with sociological theory or practice.

This online conference, organised by the International Association of Vegan Sociologists will be held online on October 8th and 9th and will accommodate North American, European, and Australian time zones. Proposals and queries should be sent to info@vegansociology.com by 1st June. It is expected that all potential presenters have familiarised themselves with the principles of IAVS and plan their presentations with these in mind.

Proposal Checklist:

  • Name
  • Affiliation (if any)
  • Preferred email
  • Title of talk
  • Abstract (50-300 words)
  • Sociological relevance (1-2 sentences)

References

Adam, B. (2005). Timescapes of modernity: The environment and invisible hazards. Routledge.
Adam, B. (2013). Timewatch: The social analysis of time. John Wiley & Sons.
Arcari, P., Probyn-Rapsey, F., & Singer, H. (2021). Where species don’t meet: Invisibilized animals, urban nature and city limits. Environment and planning: Nature and space, 4(3), 940-965.
Bertuzzi, N. (2020). Becoming hegemony: The case for the (Italian) animal advocacy and veganwashing operations. Journal of Consumer Culture, online first.
Cherry, E. (2006). Veganism as a cultural movement: A relational approach. Social Movement Studies, 5(2), 155-170.
Cole, M. & Stewart, K. (2014) Our children and other animals: The cultural construction of human-animal relations in childhood, Ashgate Publishing Company: Surrey, England; Burlington, USA.
Cudworth, E. (2011) Social lives with other animals: Tales of sex, death and love, Palgrave Palgrave Macmillan: London.
Lefevbre, H. (1991 [1974]) The production of space (Donald Nicholson-Smith Trans.). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Nibert, D. (Ed.). (2017). Animal oppression and capitalism [2 Volumes]. ABC-CLIO.
Pachirat, T. (2012) ‘Hidden in Plain Sight,’ pp. 1-19, in Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the politics of sight. Yale University Press.
Peggs, K. (2012) Animals and sociology, Palgrave Macmillan: London.
Wadiwel, D. (2015). The war against animals. Brill.
Wrenn, C. L. (2019). Piecemeal protest: Animal rights in the age of nonprofits. University of Michigan Press.