Volume 6, Number 1 - Fall 2014


Jonathan L. Clark is an assistant professor of sociology at Ursinus College, where he is also affiliated with the Environmental Studies department. His research is situated at the intersection of animal studies and environmental studies. Before earning his PhD, Jonathan practiced environmental law. 

Istvan Csicsery-Ronay is Managing Editor of Humanimalia.

Natasha Fijn is a College of the Arts and Social Sciences Research Fellow at The Australian National University. Her research engages with the exciting areas of visual anthropology and human-animal studies. Her ongoing interest is in cross-cultural perceptions and attitudes toward other animals, as well as the use of multimedia, particularly observational filmmaking, as an integral part of her research.  Her current project engages with significant totemic animals to Yolngu in northeast Arnhem Land and how their totemic ontology relates to their engagement with animals. She also carries out research amongst semi-nomadic herders and their herd animals in the Khangai Mountains of Mongolia. 

Carol Gigliotti, PhD is a writer, artist, scholar, and activist whose work challenges the current assumptions of creativity and offers a more comprehensive understanding of creativity through recognizing animal cognition, creativity, consciousness and agency. She is working on a new book in San Francisco, California. 

Vicky Googasian is a PhD candidate at Stanford University. Her research interests include 20th and 21st century American literature, animals and animality in literary representations, and posthumanist theory.

Joan Gordon is co-editor of Humanimalia.

Dr Céline Granjou is Senior Researcher the Research Institute for Environment and Agriculture in France (Irstea, Grenoble), and visiting academic at the University of Technology in Sydney (Australia). Her background is Science and Technology Studies, environmental sociology and political studies. Her research topics include nature conservation policies, biodiversity sciences (ecology, taxonomy), protected areas, wildlife monitoring, risks' assessment and expertise. She is member of the Editorial Board of the Revue d'Anthropologie des Connaissances and coordinated the project PANBIoptique "The new institutions of biodiversity: Inventorying, digitizing, expertizing Nature" funded by the French National Agency for Research. She is author of a number of scientific articles in STS journals and in journals devoted to environmental topics.

Robin Irvine is a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. His PhD fieldwork centers on human-animal sociality in Sevilla province, Andalusia, Spain; the foci of his research there are the different kinds of horses and bulls that are involved with the world of the fighting bull. He is blogging about his fieldwork at: www.robinirvinemarshlandbulls.wordpress.com.

Karalyn Kendall-Morwick is co-editor of Humanimalia.

Ana Koncul is a semiotician and a researcher at the Research Center for Cultures, Politics and Identities in Belgrade, Serbia. Besides her involvement on several research projects, Ana also works as curriculum developer for an MA programme in Media and Diversity Studies at the Center. Her research interests include non-human alterity, posthumanism, semiotics, critical theory, and complex systems theory.

Jocelyne Porcher is director of research at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique. Her research focuses on human-animal relations in work. She has been an animal farmer, a worker in the pork industry, and an organic-farming technician. She has written several books on these topics.

Nicholas Ray teaches in the School of English at the University of Leeds, UK. He is the author of Tragedy and Otherness: Sophocles, Shakespeare, Psychoanalysis (2009), editor of Interrogating The Shield (2011) and co-editor of Seductions and Enigmas: Laplanche, Theory, Culture (2014). He is also the co-translator of the final book by the psychoanalyst Jean Laplanche, Freud and the Sexual (2011).

Boria Sax teaches at Sing Sing Prison and online in the graduate literature program of Mercy College. His recent books include Imaginary Animals: The Monstrous, the Wondrous and the Human, The Mythical Zoo: Animals in Myth, Legend and Literature, and Stealing Fire: Memoir of a Boyhood in the Shadow of Atomic Espionage.

Dr Bradley Smith is a psychologist who specializes in the cognition and behavior of both human and non-human animals. He currently works as a Research Fellow at Central Queensland University (Appleton Institute, Adelaide, Australia), where he studies the cognition and behaviour of wild and domestic canids, various aspects of the human-animal relationship, and lectures in psychology. Some of Bradley’s current projects include the role of the human-animal bond in disaster preparedness and response contexts, human-dingo conflict, the relationship between Indigenous Australians and animals, and the development of dingo behavior.  

Dr Kirrilly Thompson is a cultural anthropologist and senior research fellow at Central Queensland University’s Appleton Institute in Adelaide, South Australia. Her research interests coalesce around human-animal relations, risk and culture, with a specialization in human-horse interactions. Her anthrozoological research projects include mounted bullfighting in Southern Spain, riders’ risk perceptions, pet bed-sharing practices, dog-bite intervention programs and horse keeping beliefs and behaviors. Kirrilly is currently leading a three year Australian Research Council project titled ‘Should I stay or should I go? Increasing natural disaster preparedness and survival through animal attachment’ (DECRA 2013). The project will identify ways in which animal attachment can be re-considered as a protective factor for human survival of fires and floods.

Ann Marie Thornburg was born and raised in Michigan. She received an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writers' Program, and her work appears or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Michigan Quarterly Reviewharlequin creature, and Dialogist. She was most recently the recipient of a 2013 Human-Animal Studies Fellowship from the Animals & Society Institute and Wesleyan University, a 2013 grant from the Culture & Animals Foundation, and is a participant in the Humane Society's 2014 Shin Pond Summer Retreat Program. In addition to writing poems and teaching at the University of Michigan, Ann Marie studies canid social behavior and cognition, and is curating an exhibition on animals in poetry for The National Museum of Animals & Society.

Andrew Weiss is a Master's candidate at the Centre for the Study of Theory & Criticism at Western University, working on justice and animality in the work of Jacques Derrida's work. He is also Assistant Editor at Punctum Books.