New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies
Welcome to the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies
Nau mai, haere mai ki te Puna Akorangi o Aotearoa mo te Tangata me te Kararehe
NZCHAS brings together scholars from the humanities and social sciences whose research is concerned with the conceptual and material treatment of nonhuman animals in culture, society and history.
A major new study of the cultural history and significance of Gallus gallus domesticus, the domestic chicken, has just been published by NZCHAS Co-director Associate Professor Annie Potts. The book traces the evolutionary and natural history of chickens and describes the ways in which they experience their world. It explores the place of chickens in human history and in many different cultures, and concludes with a detailed analysis of the place of chickens in the world today.
'In this brilliant book, Potts challenges us to see chickens as creatures who think and feel in complex ways all of their own . . . This series notably mixes historical and cross-cultural research with gorgeous illustrations; Chicken is no exception.' – TLS
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News and Features
New Animal Studies Journal
The Animal Studies Journal, edited by NZCHAS Associates Dr Melissa Boyde, Dr Sally Borrell and Dr Natalie Edwards, is delighted to announce the publication of its first edition. This issue brings together a range of papers around the theme of animals and globalisation, including diverse work by animal studies scholars and artists ranging from diasporic giraffes to wandering albatrosses. This is a fully peer-reviewed journal publishing animal-studies scholarship, available online and free to access for all at http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/.
Animal Earthquake Stories
NZCHAS Co-Director Annie Potts is collecting people’s written stories and about pet animals and the Christchurch earthquakes ... [read more]
NZCHAS Profile: André Krebber
In his research, André addresses the role of animals in the development of the modern subject, especially in its relation to the environmental crisisof modernity. In the work of Herman SamuelReimarus (1694-1768) André hopes to find an alternative approach to the human and its relation to animals and nature. This relies on a junction of artistic and rational approaches to nature, for which he will refer to the work of the Frankfurt School.
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