“It’s not that they sting you. It’s that they don’t sting you.” Beekeepers and the Narrative Construction of Human-honeybee Relationships

There are seemingly endless accounts available of the bond that is often formed between humans and other mammals. Far less, however, has been written on interactions between humans and animals of more pronounced physiological difference to us, for example, insects. The purpose of this study was to investigate how far it is possible for a […]

Book Review – Mourning animals: Rituals and practices surrounding animal death

Book Review – Mourning animals: Rituals and practices surrounding animal death Edited by Margo DeMello, 2016 East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press By Nathan Poirier Click here for full article

Human Animal Relationship: A Source of Wellbeing and a Therapeutic Catalytic Tool

The aim of this study was to better understand the general beliefs and attitudes toward companion animals in Puerto Rico. This relationship becoming a possible source of wellbeing and a therapeutic catalytic tool in our participant life’s. Data was collected using an auto- administered questionnaire developed by the authors. The target populations of this survey […]

Three Poems: Somatic Sympathy; Raising Meat Birds; Fish in a Barrel

These poems explore moments when animal-human intersections raise questions about the continuity of animal ethics and perspectival compassion. Considering topics from hunting, fishing, and raising meat birds as choices, the poems offer insights into the imposed obligations of vulnerable populations as well as the legitimacy of anthropocentric choices and preferences. By E.F. Schraeder Click here […]

Film Review: Bestiaire (2012, Zeitgeist Films)

Physiologus, one of the most popular books of the Middle Ages, was a predecessor of bestiaries. The focus of bestiaires is not on accuracy, but rather using mythical creatures to convey legends or teach moral tales (Theobald, 1928; Curley, 1979). A new incarnation of these historical texts is brought to life in Bestiaire, a film […]

(Re)Evaluating the Animality of Man and the Animality of Animals in Walter Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz and Kurt Vonnegut’s The Sirens of Titan

Science Fiction texts are in a unique position to explore human/animal relationships and explore the transformative power of such relationships. There has been a call from within the scholarship community to address this power and focus on animal studies within science fiction. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller and The Sirens of Titan by […]