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GU-CAS – University of Gothenburg's Network for Critical Animal Studies in the Anthropocene - is a platform at the University of Gothenburg for addressing human-animal relations and their ethical, social, and environmental ramifications.

illustration Pia Olmås

Starting with seminar activities at the University of Gothenburg, the main goal is to place human-animal relations in the context of the Anthropocene: the current geological epoch characterized by human domination over the planet (Crutzen & Stoermer, 2000. The Anthropocene. IGBP Newsletter 41: 17-18).

Aim and activities

Our aim is to develop these seminar activities so that the role of human-animal relations in climate change can be made visible at the university campus and therefore also properly addressed, locally at a daily basis, as well as globally. We plan to develop theoretical insight and capacity-building around these questions at all levels of our university, and contribute to knowledge exchange that may provide input to course development and research practices.

As part of our ambitions to connect theory and practice, another aim is to work for better accessibility of plant-based foods on campus, to facilitate and encourage sustainable food choices. Our project aspires to become a local ”hub” for such activities and initiatives at University of Gothenburg, but we will also collaborate with social movements and civil society of Gothenburg, as well as with international partners.

Starting from the conceptual tools of de-domestication: a process of replacing existing animal production systems and practices with ethically, socially, and environmentally sustainable alternatives, and de-colonization: the undoing of colonization in practice but also a de-colonization of people’s minds, it enables us to address and resist the larger political-economic system in which nature and nonhuman animals tend to be viewed as resources and products.

New approaches

Through the network we aim to explore new approaches to environmental problems, climate change and social injustice; approaches that are intersectional, post-anthropocentric, cross-disciplinary, and engage both theory and practice.

Critical Animal Studies is an academic field dedicated to the elimination of animal and ecological exploitation, oppression, and domination, and to the transformation of higher education into a more inclusive environment for considering all species.

About GU-CAS

The GU-CAS Network is supported by University of Gothenburg’s internal climate fund.The GU-CAS network is developed through a cross-disciplinary collaboration between the:

  • Dept. of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies (Associate Prof. Helena Pedersen)
  • Dept. of Cultural Sciences (Associate Prof. Juan Velasquez and MA student Jonna Håkansson)
  • Dept. of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science (PhD student Dorna Behdadi).

Current Activities

You are warmly invited to two seminars with our international guest lecturer Kadri Aavik, Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Tallinn University, Estonia.

Evening event, 6th Nov. 2019
"Veganism as everyday activism: Vegan men addressing animal exploitation and climate change in everyday life"
Time: Wednesday, 6th November, 6 pm -7:30 pm
Location: Frilagret (Heurlins Plats 1)

(No pre-registration necessary to this event)

Lunch event, 7th Nov. 2019
"Veganism as pathway towards more egalitarian masculinities? Narratives of vegan men in Finland and Estonia"
Time: Thursday, 7th November, 11 am-1 pm
Location: Room Vasa 1 + 2427A, at the Dept. of Cultural Sciences (Vera Sandbergs Allé 8)

GU-CAS will provide vegan lunch. If you wish to attend this lecture, please send a notification via gu-cas@ped.gu.se no later than Friday, 25 Oct.

More information

See the Facebook page for GU-CAS.

At our YouTube channel you can find the lecture with Richard Twine from 13 June 2018. "Where are the animals in the Sociology of Climate Change?"

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