Aprovechamos este post para publicitar uno de esos eventos interesantes a los que no podremos acudir. Un curioso encuentro de análisis entre expertos de diferentes campos para exponer y debatir la presencia de los animales en los medios de difusión cultural y en el mundo compartido con los humanos, todo ello desde la perspectiva de las posibles aportaciones de la tecnología digital.
Digital Animals Conference
Join us at NYU on Friday, February 20th, 2015. This one-day conference is free and open to the public and seeks to examine from both theoretical and applied perspectives what digital technologies mean to animal protection in the 21st century. Free registration.This event is hosted by the Animal Studies Initiative, part of the Department of Environmental Studies at NYU. Co-sponsors include DarwinApps, The Dodo, and the Digital Humanities in NYU's Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Tim Zimmermann Associate Producer and Co-Writer, BlackfishIn addition to his work on Blackfish and its campaign, Zimmermann is also a Correspondent for Outside magazine and former Senior Editor and Diplomatic Correspondent for US News & World Report.
Alexandra Horowitz Adjunct Associate Professor, Psychology, Barnard CollegeHorowitz's research is in animal cognition. She is currently testing the olfactory acuity of the domestic dog, through experiments in natural settings, and examining dog-human dyadic play behavior. She is author of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know (2009).
Izzie Lerer Founder and Editor-at-Large, The DodoLerer launched The Dodo, a digital platform for animal news in January 2014, and is currently finishing her PhD in Philosophy at Columbia University, writing a dissertation on the complex moral questions raised by the portrayal of animals in art and literature.
Etienne Benson Asst Professor, Dept of History and Sociology of Science, UPennBenson's research focuses on the history of ecology, environmentalism, and human relations to other species. His is author of Wired Wilderness: Technologies of Tracking and the Making of Modern Wildlife (2010), and has published articles on the place of archives in animal history, the urbanization of squirrels in the United States, and wildlife conservation in national parks.
Dale Jamieson Professor, Environmental Studies; Founder and Director, Animal Studies Initiative, NYUJamieson works in ethics and environmental philosophy. His most recent books are Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle to Stop Climate Change Failed--And What It Means For Our Future (2014), and Love in the Anthropocene (2015), with Bonnie Nadzam. He is on the board of Minding Animals International.
Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn Asst Professor, Journalism and Mass Communication, Univ of GeorgiaAhn is the founding director of the Games and Virtual Environments Lab, and her research interests lie in how interactions within virtual worlds shape attitudes and behaviors in the physical world, including toward animals. She earned her PhD from Stanford University in 2011.
Pascaline Clerc Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy for Animal Research Issues, Humane Society USADr. Clerc oversees the refinement and replacement of animals used in research, involving work with scientists, industry leaders, and government officials. She holds a PhD in Cellular Biology from the University of Grenoble, France.
Dan Fagin Associate Professor, Science Journalism, NYUFagin's book Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction, among other prizes. His next book is about monarch butterflies in the Anthropocene.
Andras Forgacs Co-founder, Modern MeadowForgacs is an entrepreneur and venture investor, as well as co-founder of Modern Meadow, which develops cultured animal products that require no animal slaughter.
Jennifer Jacquet Asst Professor, Environmental Studies, NYUJacquet is interested in large-scale cooperation, including overfishing, climate change, and has a new project examining the Internet wildlife trade. She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Animal Studies Initiative at NYU.
Anna Frostic Senior Attorney, Humane Society USAFrostic's work focuses on captive wildlife and animal research issues. For more than six years, she has led legal efforts on a number of high profile exotic pet and animal research issues, including a petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list all chimpanzees as endangered.
Thomas Augst Associate Professor, English, NYUAugst is Acting Director of Digital Humanities in NYU's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. His own research focuses on literary history of the nineteenth-century, interpreting diverse forms of literacy and media in relation to questions about ethics and self-cultivation, the organization of knowledge, and the cultural politics of modern liberalism.
Thomas Snitch Distinguished Senior Professor, Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, Univ of MarylandSnitch was part of the first team to fly night UAV (drone) anti-poaching missions in South Africa in May, 2013. He has been working in Washington, DC for 40 years with stints at the White House, US Department of State, NASA, and the National Academy of Science.
Joanna Zelman Executive Editor, The DodoBefore becoming Executive Editor at The Dodo, Zelman was previously a front page editor and green editor for The Huffington Post. She has written travel pieces from the Himalayas, Patagonia, the Great Barrier Reef and Easter Island. Past interview subjects include former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed, actor Mark Ruffalo, ethologist Jane Goodall, and activist Paul Watson.
Nicolas Delon Asst Professor/Faculty Fellow, Animal Studies Initiative and Environmental Studies, NYUDelon earned his PhD in philosophy from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2014. His main research areas are animal ethics and moral status.
OPENING REMARKS (JENNIFER JACQUET)9:15am - 9:30am
DIGITAL MEDIA AND ANIMAL REPRESENTATION9:30am - 10:45amSun Joo (Grace) Ahn discusses her research on virtual slaughterhouses, and what it's like to be a cow or a coral. Izzie Lerer talks about why she started The Dodo and what they have learned. Moderated by philosopher Dale Jamieson.
DIGITAL BENEFITS11:00am - 12:30pmPascaline Clerc explains how lab-on-a-chip can reduce the need for animals in research. Andras Forgacs speaks on the latest in animal-free leather and meat development. Thomas Snitch discusses how drones can be used for rhino protection. Moderated by Joanna Zelman, Executive Editor of The Dodo.
DIGITAL RISKS1:30pm - 3:00pmEtienne Benson presents on his research on animal surveillance. Anna Frostic discusses the risks to animals and the movements to protect them posed by the frictionless and uncurated movement of information in cyberspace. Alex Horowitz reminds us of the importance of interacting with real and not just virtual animals. Moderated by Thomas Augst, Acting Director of Digital Humanities for NYU's Faculty of Arts and Science.
DIGITAL ACTIVISM3:15pm - 4:45pmAssociate Producer and writer Tim Zimmermann gives an up-close account of the Blackfish digital campaign to free orcas, in conversation with Dan Fagin, who is currently writing a book about animals in the Anthropocene. Moderated by environmental social scientist Jennifer Jacquet.
CLOSING REMARKS (DALE JAMIESON)4:45pm - 5:00pm