Monthly Archives: March 2017

Edinburgh Animal Studies Lecture Series 2017

Wednesday 24th May, 3-5pm

‘Of Islands, Ecology, and Immunity: The Lost Maples of Big Bend’

Cary Wolfe, Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor, Department of English, Rice University

Cary Wolfe’s research interests span animal studies and posthumanism, systems theory and pragmatism, biopolitics and biophilosophy, and American literature and culture. His books and edited/co-edited collections include: Animal Rites: American Culture, The Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory (2003); Zoontologies: The Question of the Animal (2003); The Other Emerson (2010); What Is Posthumanism? (2010); Before the Law: Humans and Other Animals in a Biopolitical Frame (2012).

 Thursday 15th June, 3-5pm

‘Animal Rights and Global Justice’

Alasdair Cochrane, Senior Lecturer in Political Theory and Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre, University of Sheffield

Alasdair Cochrane’s main research interests are contemporary political theory, rights theory, human rights, environmental ethics, animal ethics and bioethics. He is the author of An Introduction to Animals and Political Theory (2010) and Animal Rights without Liberation (2012). In 2014, he was an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker.

Wednesday 5th July, 3-5pm

‘Should we provide the bear necessities? Climate change, wild animals, and the ethics of supplementary feeding’ 

Clare Palmer, Professor of Philosophy, Texas A&M University

Clare Palmer works at the intersection of environmental ethics and animal ethics. Her books and edited/co-edited collections include: Animal Ethics in Context (2010); Killing Animals (2006); Animal Rights (2008); Veterinary Science: Humans, Animals and Health (2011); Linking Ecology and Ethics for a Changing World (2014); Companion Animal Ethics (2015).

 All lectures take place in room 2.13, Geography Building (High School Yards, Drummond Street, Edinburgh). The lectures are free and open to all.

 Supported by the Institute of Geography and the Lived Environment, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh. Organized by Emily Brady and Krithika Srinivasan.

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Scottish Aesthetics Forum

Hans Maes (Kent): Portraits of Philosophers and the Philosophy of Portraits
6th April 2017 – 4:00 pm, University of Edinburgh,
G.009, Richard Verney Health Centre
7 Bristo Square

Abstract
This paper presents a close analysis of Steve Pyke’s famous series of portraits of philosophers. By comparing his photographs to other well-known series of portraits and to other portraits of philosophers we will seek a better understanding of the distinctiveness and fittingness of Pyke’s project. With brief nods to Barthes, Baudrillard, Berger, Hegel, and Schopenhauer and an extensive critical investigation of Cynthia Freeland’s ideas on portraiture in general and her reading of Steve Pyke’s portraits in particular this paper will also aim to make a contribution to the philosophical debate on portraiture.