Oxford Animal Ethics Announces Summer School
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Oxford Animal Ethics Announces Summer School

Oxford Animal Ethics Announces Summer School. Hello everyone, I hope you are well. In today’s post, I will be sharing a press release on the Oxford Animal Ethics Summer School announcement. The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics is excited to announce the programme for its 8th annual Summer School at Merton College, Oxford, 7-10th August 2023. This year’s Summer School topic is “Animals and the Media”, and we will look at many considerations surrounding communicating ethical perspectives on animals.

Oxford Animal Ethics Announces Summer School

The media in all its forms (including print, broadcast, social, cinematic, literary, and artistic) dominates our lives. The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics Summer School will critically examine the media’s role in positively and negatively representing animals. It will also examine how the media represents the cause of animals and those individuals and societies who seek to protect them.

The Summer School is ambitious in its programme and aims to cover a significant range of subjects around the portrayal of animals in the media. Subjects covered, to name but a few, will include:

  • Psychological effects of repeated exposure to digital media depictions of animal cruelty and neglect
  • Humane-washing as the new greenwashing
  • Leveraging animal representation in popular culture to enhance animals’ status in law and policy
  • Communicating with the general public about the morality of animal research
  • Children’s literature as a channel for disseminating concepts of human-animal relations
  • Consent in animal photography
  • An analysis of media representations of nonhuman animals
  • American art as a catalyst for change
  • An overview of the celebration and vilification of cats in the media.

With over 70 talks/workshops over the three days, there is a massive amount on offer and a lot for delegates to delve into.

Lineup Speakers

The lineup of speakers is also impressive, including many eminent academics, well balanced with numerous other professional perspectives from law, journalism, art, politics, animal rescue, publishing, ethics, philosophy, economics, and business.

The speakers come from all across the globe; including the UK and Ireland, Europe, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Brazil, Israel, Canada and the US, and Australia; offering insight into the representation of animals across many different cultures.

Topping the bill on the afternoon of the first day is a broadcaster, author, and human rights advocate, Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation. He will discuss “What Animal Advocates can learn from my struggle for Human Rights”. Peter has been campaigning since 1967 on issues of human rights, democracy, civil liberties, LGBTQ+ equality and global justice. Of his many achievements, in 2009, he co-proposed a UN Global Human Rights Index to measure and rank the human rights record of every country – with the aim of incentivising governments to improve their human rights ranking.

The Summer School can be attended as a residential course, or delegates can attend daily.

Registration for the 2023 Annual Oxford Animal Ethics Summer School is now open.

To book, go to: https://www.oxfordanimalethics.org/summer-school/registration/

I hope you enjoyed that.

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  • April

    I’m a photographer so I was very interested in finding out more about “consent in animal photography” which refers to obtaining permission or agreement from the animal’s owner or caretaker, as well as ensuring the welfare and well-being of the animal during the photography process. Animals cannot give verbal consent like humans, so it is the responsibility of the photographer to ensure that the animals are not being subjected to harm or distress.

  • Monidipa Dutta

    Hey, your post about the Oxford Animal Ethics Summer School got me really excited! The lineup of speakers and the range of topics covered are seriously impressive. Can’t wait to dive into discussions about media’s impact on animals and ethics. Thanks for sharing this awesome opportunity! 🌟🐾


    The Oxford Animal Ethics summer school sounds like it would be great. The 70 talks and workshops will provide plenty of choices and also increase awareness of the various topics. It’s an area where there is a lot of public interest.

  • Marysa

    How wonderful to hear that they are adding summer classes. And such a great selection. It is uplifting to know that this is something that is receiving attention.

  • Dana

    I think that it is amazing and much needed that there is a school for animal ethics. We need to be aware and make a difference to protect animals.

  • Stephanie

    This is such an interesting topic. I do agree that the media changes how people see so many animals. Growing up in SW Florida, alligators are a part of every day life but so many people freak out about them. My kids (and I) will have already started the fall semester here so I won’t be able to join this, but love the idea of it.

  • Alita Pacio

    This is the kind of annoucement Ive been waiting for. Already done registering for this class :) Thank you for sharing.

  • Ellanor

    Oh, I’ll definitely be registering for this. I had no idea that Oxford had a school dedicated to animal ethics, but the workshops and lineup sound incredibly interesting. As someone who feels very passionately about the subject, I’m so glad that this topic is becoming more and more mainstream. Thank you for posting about this press release, or I would have never been able to attend!

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