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.

Mondry - Political Animals

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.

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Animals in Emergencies

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.

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Read the review by internationally-renowned expert in animal behaviour, Professor Marc Bekoff.

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Donelle GadenneFeatured Postgraduate Researcher: Donelle Gadenne

Donelle worked as Veterinary Nurse for over two decades, during which time she completed undergraduate studies with a focus on creative writing and editing. The aim of her Masters thesis is to critique the companion animal phenomenon through discussion of a selection of dog narratives published between 1995 and 2008.

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A New Zealand Book of Beasts: Animals in our History, Culture and Everyday LifeA 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.

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Animal Earthquake Stories in the News

An NZCHAS researcher's new book on the effect of the Canterbury Earthquakes on animals and human-animal relations has been the subject of an extended article in the New Zealand Herald ... [read more].

Paws for Thought

A 13-part series of 30 minute programmes about animals began screening on Sky Channel 83 on Wednesday, 8 May 2013 at 7.30pm. The series is presented by New Zealand Companion Animal Council lawyer, Catriona MacLennan. Speakers include RNZSPCA president, Bob Kerridge; Jacqui Knight from the Monarch Butterfly Trust New Zealand (talking about how to attract monarch butterflies to your garden); One of the Family presenter and First Strike Working Group member, Shelley Ryan; Dr Brian Edwards (on cats); Unitec animal welfare expert Arnja Dale (on the link between animal cruelty and violence to humans) and NZCHAS co-director Annie Potts talking about the cognitive abilities of chickens. As well as being viewable on Sky Channel 83, the programme can be seen free to air on Face Television in Auckland. The series can also be watched online at www.scoop.co.nz or at www.livenews.co.nz.

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.

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