Symposia & Conferences
‘Minding Animals’: international conference on animal welfare and human-animal relationships
From 3 to 6 July 2012, Utrecht University hosts the second edition of the international conference ‘Minding Animals’. The conference deals with scientific, ethical and social issues related to human interactions with and uses of animals. It brings together academics from various disciplines (animal welfare, animal ethics, and animal studies in general) with politicians and a broad variety of interest groups.
The programme features public lectures by Nobel Prize winning author John Coetzee and Marc Bekoff (Emeritus Professor of Animal Behaviour). Among the keynote speakers at the conference are Prof. Peter Singer, (Professor of Philosophy, developed a utilitarian approach to animal ethics), Raj Panjwani QC, (practicising lawyer of the Supreme Court of India, specialised in animal protection), and Prof. Harriet Ritvo (Professor of Philosophy, specialised in the history of human-animal relationships).
There will be parallel sessions on a wide range of topics, including ‘Measuring animal welfare’, ‘Positive emotions in animals’, ‘The animal in art, literature and film’, ‘Ethics and law’, and ‘Farm animal welfare in sustainability: rebalancing people, planet and profit?’.
At Utrecht University, scientists from the Ethics Institute (Faculty of Humanities) and Faculty of Veterinary Sciences team up to find solutions for social issues regarding animal welfare and human-animal relationships. They are jointly involved in the organisation of the conference.
More information: www.uu.nl/hum/mindinganimals
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De Uithof (various locations), Utrecht