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Nau mai, haere mai!
Welcome to the 2019 conference of the Australasian Animal Studies Association.

Our conference, entitled Decolonizing Animals, will be held in Ōtautahi (Christchurch), Aotearoa (New Zealand) from July 1-4, 2019.
The conference will be hosted by the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies / Te Puna Akoranga o Aotearoa mō te Tangata me te Kararehe. All sessions will take place at The Piano, a beautiful new meeting space located right in the centre of the regenerating Christchurch City.

Colonial politics and histories have shaped, and continue to shape, the contemporary worlds of humans and other animals. Languages, societies, cultures, species, landforms, ecosystems, waterways and climates all bear the marks of human imperialism, settlement, invasion, migration, translocation, globalization, colonialism and neocolonialism. What would it mean for humans to decolonize their relationships with each other and with other species? Could we ever become decolonizing animals?

Closing date for abstracts: September 30th 2018. extended to October 30th 2018
See the Call for Papers here.

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