Volume 7, Number 2 - Spring 2016


Andreas Aigner is a scholar at the Messerli Research Institute (MRI) of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, the Medical University of Vienna, and the University of Vienna. He is currently working on his dissertation project (supported by the Austrian Science Fund, FWF). His research interests include: Lacanian psychoanalysis, animal ethics, and continental philosophy.

Felice Cimatti teaches Philosophy of Language and Contemporary Italian Philosophy at the University of Calabria. Among his main publications: Il senso della mente (The sense of mind. For a critique of cognitivism) [Bollati Boringhieri, 2004] , Il volto e la parola (The Face and the word. Toward a superficial psychology) [Quodlibet, 2007], Il possibile e il reale. Il sacro dopo la morte di dio (The possible and the real. The sacred after the death of God) [Codice Edizioni, 2009], La vita che verrà. Biopolitica per Homo sapiens (The life to come. Biopolitics for Homo sapiens) [ombre corte, 2011], Filosofia dell'animalità (Philosophy of animality) [Laterza, 2013], Il taglio. Linguaggio e pulsione di morte (The Cut. Language and the death drive) [Quodlibet 2015]. He co-edited with Silvia Vizzardelli Filosofia della psicoanalisi (Philosophy of psychoanalysis) [Quodlibet, 2012], with Alberto Luchetti; Corpo, linguaggio e psicoanalisi (Body, language and psychoanalysis) [Quodlibet, 2013]; and with Leonardo Caffo A come animale (A as an animal. For a bestiary of feelings) [Bompiani 2015]. He co-directes the Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio (http://www.rifl.unical.it/); he is one of the founders of the Centro studi filosofia e psicoanalisi at the Department of Humanities of the University of Calabria. In 2012 he received the Cesare Musatti Award from the SPI (Italian Psychoanalytical Society). He teaches at the Istituto freudiano, based in Rome.

Amy Freund is an Assistant Professor and the Kleinheinz Family Endowment for the Arts and Education Endowed Chair in Art History at Southern Methodist University. Her first book, Portraiture and Politics in Revolutionary France (Penn State University Press, 2014), considers portraiture's interventions in the social and political debates generated by the French Revolution. She is currently researching a second book about the visual representation of the hunt in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century France.

Herwig Grimm is Professor of Ethics and Human-Animal Studies at the Messerli Research Institute (MRI) at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, the Medical University of Vienna, and the University of Vienna. He heads the Unit of Ethics and Human-Animal Studies at the Messerli Research Institute. His research interests include: animal ethics, pragmatism in applied ethics, and methods of problem-oriented moral philosophy.

Takashi Ito is a Senior Assistant Professor at the Institute of Global Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan, and teaches and researches on modern British history. His recent works include London Zoo and the Victorians, 1828-1859 (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer / Royal Historical Society, 2014.)

Hazuki Kajiwara (梶原はづき) is a Doctoral Candidate in the Graduate School of Sociology, Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan, and an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Veterinary Medicine, Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University. Since 2000 she has served as the Convener of the “Pet Lovers Meeting,” a Japanese self-help group for people coping with pet loss. Hazuki has worked as a freelance journalist and a novelist for many years, and has published ten books, including three novels. Hazuki’s research revolves around the varied roles of animals in society, animal rights and ethics, and especially human-animal interactions and relationships during and following a natural disaster.

Seán McCorry has recently completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield, where he investigated the material and conceptual relationships between animals and technology in postwar culture. He focuses on literary animal studies while also drawing on other approaches, including ecocriticism, science fiction studies, posthumanist theory, extinction studies, and the new materialism(s). He is currently the network administrator for the Sheffield Animals Research Colloquium.

Sophia Booth Magnone is a PhD candidate in Literature at the University of California Santa Cruz. Her dissertation, The Speculative Agency of the Nonhuman: Animal, Object, and Posthuman Worldings, examines alternative expressions of agency, gender, species, and personhood in nineteenth- and twentieth-century speculative fiction.

Sean Meighoo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at Emory University. His most recent publications include: “HumAnI(m)Morality” in Beastly Morality: Animals as Ethical Agents, ed. Jonathan Crane (New York: Columbia UP, 2016): 52-62 ; and “Suffering Humanism, or the Suffering Animal” in Journal for Critical Animal Studies 12.3 (August 2014): 50-74.

Tobias Menely is an Assistant Professor of English at UC Davis and the author of The Animal Claim: Sensibility and the Creaturely Voice (Chicago, 2015). His essay “‘The Present Obfuscation’: Cowper’s Task and the Time of Climate Change” (PMLA 127:3) was awarded the MLA’s William Riley Parker Prize.

Reiko Ohnuma is Associate Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College. She specializes in the Buddhist traditions of South Asia (with a particular focus on narrative literature, hagiography, and the role and imagery of women).  She is the author of Head, Eyes, Flesh, and Blood: Giving Away the Body in Indian Buddhist Literature (Columbia UP, 2007) and Ties That Bind: Maternal Imagery and Discourse in Indian Buddhism (Oxford UP, 2012). She is currently working on a book on animals in the Indian Buddhist imagination.

Karl Pieper is a philosophy graduate of the University of Vienna. His Master’s thesis focused on the “Discourse of the New” and he is currently preparing his dissertation project. Research interests include: postmodernism, animal ethics, and continental philosophy.

Janelle Schwartz is the founder and general director of the Adirondack Program at Hamilton College, and has taught literature and environmental studies at both Loyola University New Orleans and Hamilton. She has published articles, essays and blogs on literature and ecology, cabinets of curiosity, pedagogy, and more. She is the author of Worm Work: Recasting Romanticism (U of Minnesota P, 2012). The direction of Janelle's next research project involves literary polar landscapes, and she is currently at work on her first travel narrative, Land and Sky and Chocolate Milk.

Elizabeth Young is Carl M. and Elsie A. Small Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College.  The author of Black Frankenstein:  The Making of an American Metaphor and Disarming the Nation:  Women's Writing and the American Civil War (NYU Press, 2008), she is completing a book on nineteenth-century animal representation.