Event Details

Research Discussions

Date:Friday November 10, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Speaker(s):Matthew Feinberg, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Kendra Coulter, Centre for Labour Studies, Brock University
Nicola Lacetera and Lisa Kramer, Rotman School of Management & UTM Department of Management, University of Toronto
Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka, Department of Political Studies, Queen’s University
Jody Berland, Department of Humanities, York University
Kristin Andrews, Department of Philosophy, York University

Topic:Rotman Research Roundtable - Animals and Society

Venue:Classroom LL1030 (Lower Level, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto, 
105 St George Street

Location:Toronto

Cost:None.

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With your registration request, please provide your institutional affiliation and title (e.g. faculty member or student in which department at which institution, job title at which not-for-profit or company, etc.).

TO REGISTER: If you are interested in attending this half-day conference and/or the monthly working group that will follow, please contact the organizer Prof. Lisa Kramer. Due to space and budget constraints, all attendees must register in advance.

SYNOPSIS: This half-day conference aims to bring together scholars interested in exploring the rapidly shifting attitudes of humans toward nonhuman animals, with emphasis on implications for society, including animal advocacy, animal rights, the use of animals in for-profit and non-profit enterprise, and related topics. Scientific discoveries are shedding new light on animals’ intelligence, their capacity to feel pain, and their predisposition to form social bonds. As a result of these developments, public institutions and the legal system are facing increased public scrutiny and pressure from animal advocates to change the way animals are represented and treated by humans. Research in the social sciences, sciences, and humanities is rapidly coming online to examine the evolving status of animals and the practical implications of that evolution for both humans and animals. In this half-day conference, and in the planned monthly working group meetings that are intended to emerge following the conference, we will consider and discuss working papers presented by researchers from various disciplines. Coming from an interdisciplinary point of view and using all the tools at our disposal, we hope to advance research on animals and society.

AGENDA: Specific times may shift in the final schedule. Each presentation block will consist of 25 minutes of content from the presenter(s) followed by 10 minutes of interactive questions/comments.

12:00-12:45pmCheck-in, casual welcome lunch, and mingling

12:45-12:50Opening Remarks

12:50-1:25Matthew Feinberg, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Understanding the Process of Moralization: How Eating Meat Becomes a Moral Issue

1:25-2:00Kendra Coulter, Centre for Labour Studies, Brock University
Humane Jobs

2:00-2:35Nicola Lacetera and Lisa Kramer, Rotman School of Management & UTM Department of Management, University of Toronto
The Making of Moral Repugnance in Dietary Choice: An Experimental Analysis

2:35-3:00Coffee & Snacks

3:00-3:35Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka, Department of Political Science, Queen's University
Farmed Animal Sanctuaries as Potential Models of Interspecies Society

3:35-4:10Jody Berland, Department of Humanities, York University
Parsing the Animal in Discourses on Climate Change

4:10-4:45Kristin Andrews, Department of Philosophy, York University
Animal Personhood

4:45-4:50Closing Remarks