Conference Organization

Animal Labour: Ethical, Legal and Political Perspectives on Recognizing Animals’ Work

Queen’s University, Workshop “Animal Labour: Ethical, Legal and Political Perspectives on Recognizing Animals’ Work,” The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, Kingston ON, May 18-19, 2018

Co-organized with Will Kymlicka and Kendra Coulter, sponsored by the Animals in Philosophy, Politics, Law, and Ethics research group (APPLE) at Queen’s University and the Humane Jobs Initiative at Brock University (11 speakers; 40 participants).

Topics covered:

Are animals workers?
Under what conditions could animal labour become a source of meaning and well-being for animals?
What legal, political and social changes would be required to create interspecies workplaces that are just? How can we ensure that talk of animal work is not used to gloss over existing forms of exploitation?
Is there a post-work world for animals?

Invited speakers:

  • Omar Bachour, Queen’s University
  • Alasdair Cochrane, University of Sheffield
  • Charlotte Blattner, Queen’s University
  • Jessica Eisen, University of Alberta
  • Nicolas Delon, University of Chicago
  • Kendra Coulter, Brock University
  • Renée D’Souza, Queen’s University
  • Alice Hovorka, Queen’s University
  • Dinesh Wadiwel, University of Sydney
  • Sue Donaldson, Queen’s University
  • Will Kymlicka, Queen’s University