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The British Animal Studies Network

Having held ten meetings in central London between 2007 and 2009, with the support of the AHRC and Middlesex University, the network was re-launched with the financial support of the University of Strathclyde in May 2012. Under the leadership of Erica Fudge once again, it is hoped that the new home for BASN will welcome both old and new members to join the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary conversations about humans and other animals.


** Breaking News **


From 2014 BASN will hold its first meeting each year at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow as usual, and the second at another university in Britain. 


To access details of the meetings click on the links below:


Wild (25-26 May 2012)

Farm (16-17 November 2012)

Looking (26-27 April 2013)

Winged Creatures (11-12 October 2013)

Feeling (25-26 April 2014) 

Smaller Than A Mouse (University of Exeter, 14-15 November 2014)

Tasting (15-16 May 2015)

Cold Blood(ed) (Cardiff University, 9-10 October 2015) 


Audio recordings of a number of the papers are available to download on the meeting pages (above).


Papers at each meeting are by invitation and also by open call, and plenty of time is scheduled for informal conversation and socialising.


It is hoped that these meetings, as with those held in London, will be attended by a range of people involved in animal studies and related areas. This might include scholars and postgraduates working within the field; scholars from outside of animal studies who are beginning to recognise the significance of studying the role, place and perception of animals; people from non-academic institutions – animal welfare charities, museums, NGOs who are working with and for animals, and artists who are representing and thinking about animals in their work.


The rationale for BASN is here


The constitution of BASN is here.


To receive further information about meetings, dates, cfps, etc. please join the BASN mailing list.
All images on this website come from Special Collections in the Andersonian Library at the University of Strathclyde, and are reproduced with permission.


Links to listen to the papers at 'Tasting' can be found here.

The programme for 'Cold Blood(ed), and a link to register, can be found here.



BASN has ‘extended the research field significantly’ 

 - Wendy Wheeler and Linda Williams in their introduction to 'The Animals Turn,' a special issue of New Formations (2012).