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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?

NZCHAS’ conference organizers invite all participants to join us in creating an atmosphere in which people from around the globe come together to tautoko (support) each other in our mahi (work), research, advocacy and activism.

We aim to create an inclusive meeting space emphasizing mahi tahi (collaboration), tautoko (support and advocacy), aroha (compassion, empathy and love) and āwhina (care) with respect to each other and all animal species.

See the Call for Papers here

Submission of abstracts is now closed.

Information on registration fees and accommodation options now available. 

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