The appointment of eight new Fellows of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics takes the total number of Fellows to over one hundred international academics.
“The Centre’s Fellowship is a prestigious academy that pioneers ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching and publication”, said its Director, the Revd Professor Andrew Linzey. “We started ten years ago with just a handful of academics, and now we have exceeded one hundred from ten different countries”.
The Fellowship is international and multidisciplinary, drawing together academics from both the humanities and the sciences, including subjects as diverse as philosophy, theology, law, biology, the social sciences, environmental science, criminology, history, cultural studies, literature, and politics.
“We use a variety of insights from many disciplines to illuminate the moral dimension to our treatment of animals”. Research by Fellows is published in the Journal of Animal Ethics published with the University of Illinois Press, and in the Animal Ethics Book Series by Palgrave Macmillan.
Under the rules, appointment is offered only once to successful individuals within their lifetime, and appointment is by invitation or nomination only. Only a small proportion of those nominated are eventually selected. The process of selection is rigorous, painstaking, and frequently lengthy, and individuals appointed have to have made (or be capable of making) an outstanding contribution to the field.
The eight new Fellows are:
• Professor Boris Bakota (Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek, Croatia), Fellow
• Sidney Blankenship (Independent Scholar), Associate Fellow
• The Revd Dr Susan Bubbers (Center for Anglican Theology in Orlando, Florida), Fellow
• Professor Alice Crary (New School for Social Research, New York), Fellow
• Professor Keri Cronin (Brock University, Canada), Fellow
• Professor Kumju Hwang (Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea), Fellow
• Dr Violette Pouillard (University of Oxford), Associate Fellow
• Steven M. Wise (Nonhuman Rights Project), Fellow
• Also Dr Natalie Thomas (Evans) (University of Guelph and the University of Guelph-Humber, Ontario, Canada) Fellow transfer from Associate Fellow
“All these individuals are pioneering new work in Animal Ethics – helping to press the envelope in terms of new thinking”, said Linzey. “The Centre extends its warmest congratulations to the successful individuals”. Their biographies can be viewed here.
Notes to editors
• The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics is an independent centre, founded in 2006.
• Its Director, the Revd Professor Andrew Linzey is a member of the Faculty of Theology in the University of Oxford. He is author of Why Suffering Matters (Oxford University Press) and editor of The Global Guide to Animal Protection published by the University of Illinois Press.
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