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IHACX-0005 – Humane Communities 5: Educating Human Children about Animal and Other Alterity (IHACX-0005_2020)

Dimensions of Humane Communities: Intersections of Global Health & Social Justice 2

The fifth edition of the Dimensions of Humane Communities online lecture series is now available as a recording! Discounts still apply and upon registration, you will receive a link to view this important event.

With intensified animal agriculture’s alarming imprints in both the cause and effects of global pandemics, climate change, and animal suffering increasingly visible, we see more public discourse questioning the future of animal-based consumption and the need to transition to plant-based diets. As animal scholars have shown in Western societies, logical rationales and scientific studies must compete with deep-seated cultural and religious teachings and entrenched adult identities to persuade people to change their animal-centered diets. Even for those who successfully make a transition, dominant cultural norms and codes make a switch to plant-based diets difficult to sustain. In diet, as with so many areas, the law is a limited tool to effect social change where it goes against prevailing social norms. After outlining the above, this lecture argues that the challenges in achieving behavioural change in adults in such circumstances indicates the need for systemic childhood education before behaviors and ideologies become entrenched. I argue that education that combats the anthropocentric but also gendered and colonial cultural messaging human children receive should be a foundational pillar of any advocacy or policy agenda directed at transitioning to plant-based societies. I discuss how this cultural messaging can be delivered through a critical iteration of humane education or what I call “alterity education”. Disrupting the Othering/dominating messages children receive and internalize about animals, the earth’s “resources”, and human Others, and cultivating instead their empathy toward nonhuman beings and alternative subjectivities, is the essence of “alterity education”. Legal reform to support this type of interspecies education in schools, libraries, and early childhood education is required as part of a multi-pronged approach to create plant-based and more compassionate societies.​

About the Speaker: Maneesha Deckha is Professor and Lansdowne Chair in Law at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Her research interests include critical animal law, feminist animal care theory, postcolonial theory, vulnerability and precarity studies, health law, and reproductive law and policy. Her interdisciplinary scholarship dedicated to an intersectional and critical animals studies analysis of law and legality has appeared in American Quarterly, Hypatia, the Journal of Critical Animal Studies, and the McGill Law Journal, among other venues, and has been supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She has held the Fulbright Visiting Chair in Law and Society at New York University for her work on animals, culture and legal subjectivity and currently serves as Director of the Animals & Society Research Initiative at the University of Victoria as well as on the Editorial Boards of Politics and Animals and Hypatia. She is an inaugural fellow of the Brooks Animal Studies Academic Network and is a graduate of McGill University, the University of Toronto, and Columbia University. She is a non-practising member of the Law Society of Ontario.

Please note we have special discounts available:

TeamIHAC - Current Students/Faculty/Staff of University of Denver (DU) receive free registration with code: TeamIHAC

IHACFriend - Alumni/Adjuncts/Field Supervisors of the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) or the Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) receive $5 off each individual webinar with code: IHACFriend

Humane3 – General public receives 20% off three webinars, when you purchase three together with code: Humane3

Humane3Friend – Alumni/Adjuncts/Field Supervisors of GSSW and IHAC receive 30% off three webinars, when you purchase all three together with code: Humane3Friend
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: OnlinePlaces Left: 454Waitlist Places Left: 0Fee: $20


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