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.
Political Animals: Dogs in Modern Russian Culture
NZCHAS member Professor Henrietta Mondry has just published magisterial study of the place of the dog and of human-canine relationships in Russian culture, life and politics.
Animals in Emergencies: Learning from the Christchurch Earthquakes
This richly-illustrated book by NZCHAS members Annie Potts and Donelle Gadenne vividly recounts the experiences of many Christchurch residents, human and animal alike, during the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes and their aftermath. The authors analyse these accounts to offer practical lessons in emergency animal management.
Read the review by internationally-renowned expert in animal behaviour, Professor Marc Bekoff.
Featured Postgraduate Researcher: Sara Wagstaff
Sara's research centres on horse-human relations in Heathcote Valley, and at Heathcote Valley Riding School in particular. She is critically exploring these relations (and her representation of them) within a frame of situated, practicing communities, and in the context of Christchurch earthquakes. .
Mendel's Ark: Biotechnology and the Future of Extinction
NZCHAS member Dr Amy Fletcher has just published a ground-breaking study of the ethical, cultural and social implications of using biotechnological tools to reverse the extinction of species.
A New Zealand Book of Beasts: Animals in our History, Culture and Everyday Life
Three NZCHAS members, Associate Professors Annie Potts, Philip Armstrong and Deidre Brown, have just published the first comprehensive human-animal studies analysis of New Zealand's history, literature, visual arts, popular culture and everday life.