Animals and Society Institute

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The Animals & Society Institute, writes:

We received a grant that allowed us to sponsor Stephan Blatti, a fellow at the 2011 ASI-WAS Human-Animal Studies Summer Fellowship. Stephan, who was at that time an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Memphis, spent the 6 weeks of the fellowship working on a project titled “The Dying Animal.” That work resulted in the publication of three different articles (in 2012, 2012, and 2014) about the philosophical understanding of animal death, a book published in 2016 by Oxford University Press, and, eventually, his promotion to Associate Professor. Since that time, we have concluded three more successful fellowships, held at Wesleyan University, and a final concluding conference to celebrate ten years of the fellowship, in 2015. Starting in 2016, we have created a new partnership with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, in order to run a one-week summer institute which is focused on graduate students at the dissertation level. This new program will provide help where we feel it’s most needed—at the graduate student level, and will enable 20–25 participants to work on their dissertations or publications for one intensive week, with the support of our two host faculty, Jane Desmond and Kim Marra, and six guest faculty, brought in from around the country for the week. We are also focusing on our International Development Program which allows a non-US university to develop a human-animal studies program. Since the establishment of this program, we have funded universities in Italy, Austria, Greece, and India, and hope to expand this important program even further.