Finalized Program for 2020 Conference

Title: Worldly Togetherness? Showcasing sociological contributions to understanding multispecies entanglements

Date: August 7th – 8th 2020

Location: Online

To further the creation of a sustainable and just world, and for the advancement of science, the question posed by Alfred McClung Lee, “Sociology for whom?” should be answered: sociology for all humans and other animals

David Nibert (2003, p.22)

Forty years ago, Clifton Bryant challenged sociologists to address their neglect of the ‘zoological connection’ in order to better understand the social world we share with other animals. In the decades that followed, socio-ecological studies of animals – that have developed the sociological imagination in different ways – have grown significantly. As a result, we have a burgeoning body of research to inform our understandings of multispecies entanglements as they relate to various social contexts. This ranges from insights on lived inter-species relationships and the structural conditions that underpin them, to the complex interplay of resistance and conformity that accompany any struggle towards a sustainable and just world. This collective knowledge has never been more needed than it is right now. 2020 has been a year of cataclysms and crises, with pandemics, bushfires, floods and other manifestations of our changing climate wreaking havoc on the integrity and stability of social and ecological systems. These disturbances are unmistakably intertwined with more-than-human relations and how living entities engage with and impact on the materiality of the world. We can no longer choose to ignore the zoological connection, nor the devastating impacts humans have had on our shared planet. The pursuit of a sustainable and just world cannot be postponed any longer.

This is a discussion that sociologists working in multispecies fields are well placed to inform. To this end, the Australian Sociological Association’s ‘Sociology & Animals Thematic Group’, the American Sociological Association’s ‘Society & Animals Section’ and the Canadian Sociological Association’s ‘Animals in Society’ research cluster have united to present an online showcase of cutting-edge research in the animal studies domain. This event will bring together research and researchers that critically explore aspects of human-nonhuman animal entanglements, and it will broadcast this research to a wide audience so that this research might inform pursuits of a more just and sustainable future: whatever that might transpire to be. We welcome presentation proposals from scholars conducting sociological research that is for nonhuman animals, including (but not limited to):


David Nibert, (2003) “Humans and other animals: sociology’s moral and intellectual challenge”, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 23 Issue: 3, pp.4-25,


IAVS Conference 2020 Lectures

Heather Alberro, Nottingham Trent University
The ‘Self’ is Always Already a ‘We’: Critical Posthuman Reflections on Multispecies Assemblages Amid the Anthropocene

Stephanie Belland and Eric Legge, MacEwan University
The Psychological Cost of Animal Rescue

Lina Benjelloun and Jake Sallaway-Costello, University of Nottingham
Posthuman Pedagogies: Teaching the Social Construction of the Diet Beyond Anthropocentrism

Josephine Browne, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research
The Sociology of Disenfranchised Grief Among Vegans: Altering Discourses to Reconsider Vegan Worldviews

Elizabeth Cherry, Manhattanville College
Emancipatory Vegan Sociology: Where are We Going? Where have We Been?

Matthew Cole, Iris Craane, and Kate Stewart, Open University and Nottingham-Trent University
The Donald Watson Archive Research Project

Yasmin Koop-Monteiro, University of British Columbia
Earthling Ties and Moral Cries: Theorizing Recruitment into Animal Rights Activism

Lynda M. Korimboccus, Independent Scholar
Peppa Pig and Fingerless Fish: Not Seeing the Wood for the Trees

Catherine Oliver, University of Cambridge
Embodied Knowledges, Ethico-political Care and Veganism’s Transformative World-making Potentials

Nick Pendergrast, University of Melbourne
Who is to Blame for Harm to Animals?

Maria Martelli, Institute for Social Solidarity/Independent Scholar
“Love is in the Details”: Animal Agency through Photography within Animal Sanctuaries

Brett Mills and Claire Parkinson, University of East Anglia and Edge Hill University
Multispecies Storytelling

Alexandra Ridgway, The University of Hong Kong
Human and Non-Human Relations in Migrant Women’s Post-Divorce Family Lives

Jake Sallaway-Costello, University of Nottingham
Voice, Visibility and Veganism: Reimagining Salutogenesis through Posthuman Activism

Erek Smith, Jacksonville State University
Humanization and Dehumanization: A Social Construction Of Humans

Gavin Smith, Australian National University
Making Sense of Snake Encounters

Zoei Sutton, The University of Adelaide
Vegans in the Dog House: On Challenging Speciesism in Research for Companion Animals

Nik Taylor
An Animal Sociology of interconnecting Oppressions


Federica Timeto, Ca’ Foscari University
A Naturalcultural Bestiary of Agencies

Jonathan Turnbull and Adam Searle, University of Cambridge
Nature Buffering: Liveness, Liveliness, and the Digital Animal Encounter

Briohny Walker and Ruby Grant, University of Tasmania
“I Know the Animals… and It Feels like Home”: A Qualitative Analysis of Older Lesbians’ Inter-species Community in Rural Tasmania

Corey Wrenn, University of Kent
A Survey of American Sociologists

Roger Yates, University College Dublin
The Battle of Ideas. The Generational Fight for the Heart of Veg