This event has turned into a fully virtual event.
The call for papers is now closed.
Please send an abstract of approximately 500 words to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your name, affiliation, academic subject and title of the paper
(and where appropriate, methodology and findings)
The deadline for submitting abstracts is midnight CET,
20 February 2021.
Updated Conference Format:
We hope that we will be able to hold the conference in person in Rome as planned. Should the coronavirus pandemic make that impossible, we plan to offer either a mixed format (in person + online) or a fully online format if necessary. Therefore, abstracts received will be considered for in person delivery. However, speakers from outside Europe who are likely to be unable to travel are still welcome to submit an abstract, and are asked to specify that in the email. To give everyone the opportunity to plan in time, a final decision about the format will be communicated six weeks before the conference.
We are delighted to be able to offer a limited number of travel/accommodation bursaries to students/unemployed speakers. Please let us know in your email whether you would like to be considered for a bursary. If you have already submitted an abstract, you are welcome to email us again adding that information.
Possible questions / topics:
- Theories and concepts (‘human’ vs ‘animal’, the specificity of species and of individuals, new conceptions of what counts as ‘food’, animal ethics theories in relation to veganism)
- Relationships (between humans and companion animals, ‘farmed’ animals, lab animals, and wild animals; historical change of such relationships; relationships among other animals; inter-species love and conflict)
- The economy (locally and globally, small and large scale, conversion of animal-based businesses, veganism and capitalism, self-sufficiency, globalization)
- Society and lifestyle (veganism as a social movement, vegan identity, animals as citizens/denizens, the social significance of food, animal-free clothing, entertainment without animal use)
- The law (public policies respecting the right to access to a vegan diet in public services, consumer's rights, labelling, transparency and clear information, the difference between "eco-friendly" and vegan products, hotels/restaurants/transport companies' menus)
- Diet and wellbeing (nutrition, health, how we eat and cook, vegan athletes, local and global diets, vegan junk food, fake meat)
- Nature (anthropocentrism vs biocentrism, climate change, environmental impact, biodiversity and ecosystems)
- The limits of the concept of veganism (what counts as animal exploitation, wild animals, medical procedures using animal parts/tested on animals, freeganism, palm oil, veganism in desert climates)