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
NZCHAS Profile: Sinem Ketenci
Sinem (Si) Ketenci is a social worker and the co-founder of the Canadian registered charity "Social Workers for Animals" (www.socialworkersforanimals.com), as well as the Vegan Club at Lakehead & Ryerson University -- a student-run organization dedicated to raising awareness about animal issues and veganism.
Her doctoral research at the University of Canterbury is in the field of Social Work and focuses on the topics of Speciesism and Animal Rights Activism. Read more >>
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 at http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/.