Author Archives: Christine Straehle

“Thinking outside the Cage: Towards a Nonspeciesist Paradigm for Scientific Research” A Conference to be held at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, March 27-28, 2014

“Thinking outside the Cage: Towards a Nonspeciesist Paradigm for Scientific Research”
A Conference to be held at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, March 27-28, 2014

Scientific research is currently governed on the premise that humans have a right to use sentient animals as subjects of harmful research for our benefit. What would a non-speciesist alternative look like?  We have invited leading scientists, public policy experts, humane educators, legal scholars and political theorists to help us identify the opportunities and challenges involved in pursuing a new ethical, legal and political framework regarding animals in research. Can the same legal and regulatory safeguards regarding the use of human subjects in research also be extended to animal subjects? Can questions regarding the treatment of animals within academic institutions be reframed as matters of public responsibility, and made subject to democratic deliberation by the larger community? This conference is intended to encourage critical reflection on the limits of existing regulations, and to inspire creative thinking about alternative frameworks and effective avenues to change. The conference is organized by the Animals in Philosophy, Politics, Law and Ethics program at Queen’s University, Kingston (www.queensu.ca/philosophy/varia/APPLE.html). Funding is generously provided by the Abby Benjamin Fellowship program, and the Queen’s Forum for Philosophy and Public Policy. For further information, including a preliminary schedule and list of confirmed speakers, and a registration form, please visit the conference website:  www.outsidethecage.net

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Vulnerbility in Context – second call

Second Call for Papers

 

Vulnerability in Context

Workshop at the University of Ottawa

 

October 9-10, 2014

 

Co-Convenors: Patrick Fafard and Christine Straehle,

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa

Vulnerabilityis a concern of both medical and bioethics, and, increasingly, of public health ethics. It is also a central concern of global justice. However, the concept of vulnerability, what it is and why it is morally salient is under-theorized in all of these fields.

This workshop aims to bring together theorists who work on conceptualizing vulnerability as an action-guiding principle in political and moral philosophy; and bioethicists and public policy theorists working on instances of vulnerability in specific health contexts. The exchanges generated by the workshop will help assess the heuristic value of the concept of vulnerability that is being developed in the context of political theory and moral philosophy.

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CFP- Vulnerability in Context

Call for Papers

Vulnerability in Context

October 9-10, 2014

University of Ottawa

 

Vulnerabilityis a concern of both medical and bioethics, and, increasingly, of public health ethics. It is also a central concern of global justice. However, the concept of vulnerability, what it is and why it is morally salient is under-theorized in all of these fields.

This workshop aims to bring together theorists who work on conceptualizing vulnerability as an action-guiding principle in political and moral philosophy; and bioethicists and public policy theorists working on instances of vulnerability in specific health contexts. The exchanges generated by the workshop will help assess the heuristic value of the concept of vulnerability that is being developed in the context of political theory and moral philosophy.

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THE ABBY BENJAMIN POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN ANIMAL STUDIES

THE ABBY BENJAMIN POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN ANIMAL STUDIES

The Department of Philosophy at Queen’s University invites applications for the Abby Benjamin Postdoctoral Fellowship in Animal Studies. This is a one-year non-renewable 12-month fellowship. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated expertise in animal ethics, law and public policy, show evidence of teaching potential, and be able to participate constructively in departmental and collegial activities. While we interpret animal ethics, law and public policy broadly, and welcome applications from various disciplines that study human-animal relations including political science, law, philosophy, sociology, geography, and environmental studies, we are looking in particular for research that critically examines the moral, legal and political dimensions of how human-animal relations are governed. A recipient of the Fellowship is expected to reside in Kingston, to teach a University course in animal studies, and to collaborate in developing initiatives related to the promotion of the analysis and understanding of animal rights (such as workshops, conferences, public lectures, etc.) The Fellow will work under the supervision of Prof. Will Kymlicka. The 2014-15 fellowship will start on July 1, 2014. Applicants must have submitted their doctoral dissertation by that date, and must be within five years of having received their doctorate. The salary for the postdoctoral fellowship will be $40,000, which includes remuneration for teaching a half-course in animal ethics or a cognate subject. Applications are due by February 1st, 2014. For more information, visit http://www.queensu.ca/philosophy/Jobs.html, or contact Prof. Kymlicka (kymlicka@queensu.ca).

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CfP: Transnational Migration and Changing Citizenship Regimes

Call for Papers: Transnational Migration and Changing Citizenship Regimes

Workshop at the University of Ottawa, March 21, 2014

Citizenship regimes are shifting in significant ways in response to the global movement of people, in ways that serve to encourage some migrants and discourage others. This workshop will consider the ways in which citizenship regimes have shifted – in particular, whether they have become more or less compatible with democratic principles (understood as a commitment to inclusive equality) – in response to the transnational movement of people.  We will consider a range of examples of changing citizenship regimes, including (but not limited to):

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CfP: Workshop on Global Surrogacy and Reproductive Markets

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