Volume 3, Number 1 - Fall 2011



Ellen Bayer is Assistant Professor of English at DePauw University, where she teaches courses in American literature, literature and the environment, and food ethics. Her current research includes an ecocritical investigation of Moby-Dick in which she interrogates the distinction between anthropomorphism and scientific fact in Melville’s representation of whales. Her previous work has appeared in Leviathan and she contributed a review to the Spring 2011 edition of Humanimalia

Sally Borrell lives in Melbourne and is on the committee of the Australian Animal Studies Group. She has worked as administrator for the British Animal Studies Network and recently completed her PhD at Middlesex University in London, addressing human-animal relations in postcolonial literature. She is an associate of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies.

Claudine Burton-Jeangros is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Geneva. Her research fields include: social representations of risks, health inequalities with a focus on gender and lifecourse, family and health, human-animal relationships. She has published Cultures familiales du risque (2004,), co-edited Face au risque (2007) and Risques et informations dans le suivi de la grossesse : droit, éthique et pratiques sociales (2010). 

Annik Dubied is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Geneva. Her research interests lie in the sociology of communication, and focuses on popular culture and the storytelling phenomenon through various case studies (celebrity news, representations of Human-Animal relationships, crime news). She has published in many refereed journals in French,two books on crime news (Le fait divers [1999] with Marc Lits, and Les dits et les scenes du fait divers [2004]), as well as several collective volumes – including one on celebrity news (Communication, n°27, 2009). She is currently co-editing a special issue of Journalism. Theory, Practice and Criticism with Thomas Hanitzsch on Celebrity News. Production, Contents and Consumption and a collective volume Aux frontières de l'animal. Mises en scène et réflexivités (Droz) with David Gerber and Juliet Fall.

K. Forkasiewicz graduated from Wroclaw University in 2009 with a master's degree in political science. He runs Radically Real (http://radicallyreal.wordpress.com), a blog on revolutionary politics and animal liberation, with commentary on relevant current events. His essay "At the Limits of Fair Trade: Capitalism and the Commodity Form" was published by Wroclaw University Press (2011). His research interests include political strategy, Marxism, the history of socialist and animal liberation movements, animal studies, phenomenology and existentialism, and the work of the Frankfurt School theorists.

Joan Gordon is an editor for Science Fiction Studies, a professor of English at Nassau Community College in New York, a past president of Science Fiction Research Association and a winner of their Thomas Clareson Award, and a recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award to Marie Curie Skłowdowska University in Lublin, Poland. She teaches composition and science fiction with an emphasis on animal studies and has published several articles on animal studies, including two in Science Fiction Studies and the entry on animal studies in the Routledge Companion to Science Fiction (2009).

Emmanuel Gouabault, PhD, is Researcher and Teaching Assistant in Sociology in in the Departments of Sociology and Political Science, University of Geneva, University of Applied Social Sciences (HETS), Geneva School of Business Administration (HEG), Health and Social Services Training Centre (CFPS). He is a Social Sciences Expert in the Swiss Bat Centre (CCO), the Museum of Natural History in Geneva, and in the DAS “Therapy assisted by horse” at the University of Educational and Applied Social Sciences (EESP), Lausanne. His research fields include: Anthrozoological and Human-Nature Relationships, Social Imaginary, Interdisciplinarity (sociology, history, anthropology) and Qualitative methodology (Content analysis, focus group). He has published “La résurgence contemporaine du symbole du dauphin. Une approche socio-anthropologique “ (ANRT, 2008), co-edited a special issue in Sociétés  (Les relations anthropozoologiques ou l’animal conjugué au présent des sciences sociales  (2010), and recently “L’évolution des relations humain-animal. Frontières et ambivalences” (Sociologie et Société, 42/1, 2010).

Peter Heymans is a Research Affiliate at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. In 2010 he finished his doctoral dissertation on the role of the animal in the Romantic discourses of the beautiful and sublime. His research on British Romanticism generally combines insights from the fields of animal studies, ecocriticism, and aesthetic theory, but also makes frequent forays into literature and science studies, gender theory and poststructuralist philosophy. His first book Animality in British Romanticism: The Aesthetics of Species will be published by Routledge in May 2012.

Jeff Karnicky is Associate Professor of English at Drake University. He is the author of Contemporary Fiction and the Ethics of Modern Culture (2007). He has also published articles on Don DeLillo, Irvine Welsh, and on birds in contemporary America. His current research focuses on human interactions with birds, from both a cognitive and environmental perspective.

Susan McHugh is Associate Professor of English and Ludcke Chair of Arts and Sciences at the University of New England, USA.  All of her research and some of her teaching focus on literary, visual, and scientific stories of species.  She is the author of Animal Stories: Narrating across Species Lines (2011), published in the University of Minnesota Press’s Posthumanities series, as well as Dog (2004), a volume in Reaktion Books’ Animal series.  She has published dozens of essays in edited collections and journals, including Critical Inquiry, PMLA, and Humanimalia.  Her ongoing research focuses on the intersections of biological and cultural extinction.

Dr. Graham J. Murphy teaches with the Cultural Studies Department and the Department of English Literature at Trent University, as well as at Seneca College.  His latest co-edited collection is Beyond Cyberpunk: New Critical Perspectives (2010) and his articles have appeared in numerous academic journals and anthologies.  His ongoing research involves the critical intersections of posthumanism, the discourse of species, and insect ontologies in contemporary literature.

Samantha Noll is a doctoral student in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University working in development ethics, environmental ethics, the philosophy of agriculture, and animal ethics. Noll received her B.A. in philosophy at West Chester University while running a business full time.

Nikki Savvides is a PhD candidate in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, The University of Sydney, Australia. Her Masters thesis explored the cross-species relations at work in dressage and natural horsemanship, practices in which she is actively involved. Her doctoral research examines the potential for animal-centered volunteer tourism to engender ethical relations between tourists and locals (both human and non-human) in lesser developed Asian countries. She shares her life with three cats and two horses, and is foster parent to a Thai elephant.

Boria Sax is the author of many books on animals in folklore including, most recently City of Ravens: London, its Tower, and its Famous Birds ( 2011). He teaches at Sing Sing prison, as well as online for Mercy College and State University of Illinois at Springfield.