Event Officers: Victor Krawczyk and Caroline Adams, University of South Australia.

The Australasian Animal Studies Association is committed to developing a strong events program that not only enhances the overall experience of the conference for attendees but also provides community outreach. It is important that public events are included in conference the program, which allows the local community to engage in debates about our relationships with animals.

Public Events

Special Film Screening, Feature Documentary: Baxter and Me, Palace Nova Cinema, 3 Cinema Place (Off 250 Rundle Street), Adelaide. Monday 3rd July, 2017, 6pm.  

Winner of best documentary script at the prestigious 49th Australia Writer’s Guild Awards in 2016, Baxter and Me recounts Gillian Leahy’s (Director of the film and Associate Professor at University of Technology Sydney) relationship with her four-legged friends, whilst she lives through some of the most dramatic post-war changes to the social-political context of Australia. This politically inflected work draws viewers in to consider how love for our pets acts as a foundation to empathise with other nonhuman animals. The film will be followed by Q&A with the director. Please click here to watch a trailer of the film.

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Baxter and Gillian Leahy on their verandah in Sydney, Australia.

“With Baxter and Me, Gillian Leahy has produced a lovely and quite personal meditation on feminism, aging and love — particularly the variety that binds human and canine in a poignant cross-species embrace”.

– Michael Renov, Documentary Film Theorist

Opening Night of Animal Intersections Exhibition PART 1, The Peanut Gallery, Shop 115 Balcony Level Adelaide Arcade, Adelaide. Tuesday 4th July, 2017, 5.45pm – 7pm.

Peanut Gallery, Adelaide’s newest contemporary arts space.

Free public event. View thought-provoking art whilst enjoying some delectable vegan nibbles and canapés. Conference attendees and members of the public are invited to the first AASA art exhibition to be held at Adelaide’s newest contemporary art gallery, The Peanut Gallery, which is in the historic Adelaide Arcade. Some artists in the exhibition include: Raj Sekhar Aich, Lynn Mowson, Tom Moore, Stephanie Radok, Andre Przygonski and Sandra Starkey Simon.

Nexus Arts, a bastion for the contemporary culturally diverse art in South Australia.

Special Performance and Moving-Image screening with Conference closing, Animal Intersections Exhibition PART 2, Nexus Arts (Theatre Space), Morphett St, Adelaide. Wednesday 5th July 2017, 1 – 3pm.

Free event with gold coin donation at door. The conference closing and final art events will take place at Nexus Arts.  There will be a special performance led by Japenese dancer, choreographer and performance artist, Lisa Kusanagi. She shall respond in dance and movement to Demelza Kooij’s footage of wolves with Lars Koens composing new music for this performance.  Then the conference closing will include a moving-image exhibition, which is a compilation of short films about animals that have been submitted for the exhibition, which includes work by Minna Suoniemi, Angela Bartram and Demelza Kooji.

Other Conference Events

The Australasian Animal Studies Association is also committed to creating experiences for conference attendees to socialise and further consider the intersectionality of animal and human lives. Conference attendees are also welcome to invite their friends and family to the art gallery tour and the vegan wine tour. Tickets for the art gallery tour and vegan wine tour can also be purchased by the friends and family members of the conference delegates.

CONFERENCE OPENING including VAL PLUMWWOD MEMORIAL LECTURE The University of Adelaide, Adelaide. Sunday 2nd July, 2017, 3pm-4pm (registrations open with nibbles and refreshments), 4.30pm -5.30pm (Val Plumwood Memorial Lecture).

An opportunity to register and meet other conference attendees. Fiona Probyn-Rapsey (Professor at University of Wollongong) will give the Val Plumwood Memorial Lecture this year:

The Cultural Politics of Eradication

In a time of mass species extinctions, where species are ‘going extinct’ at an unprecedented rate, the word ‘extinction’ and the phrase ‘going extinct’ seem rather underwhelming in their effect on public consciousness. Rather than thinking about how species ‘go extinct’ (as if they take themselves there), Fiona will focus on how the rhetoric of extinction in discussions about conservation can diminish agency (human and non-human), and can obscure the cultural politics of eradication that underlies extinctions. A cultural politics of eradication draws attention to the beliefs and practices that have to be in place in order for a species to rendered eradicable. In this talk, she will outline what a cultural politics of eradication looks like in contemporary Australia.

Val Plumwood (1939-2008) was an influential philosopher and activist. Her intellectual contributions have had a far-reaching impact across the humanities, humanistic social sciences and beyond. She is known for her critiques and suggested solutions to anthropocentrism. Her books, such as Feminism and the Mastery of Nature and Environmental Culture: The Ecological Crisis of Reason are classics for those engaged in the fields of environmental and animal studies. Click here to listen to a Radio National program about her ideas on The Philosopher’s Zone.

The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide City.

Pre-conference Event. Guided Tour of Animal Themed Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace, Adjacent to The University of Adelaide. Sunday 2nd July, 2017, 1.45pm – 2.45pm.

A personalised guided 1 hour tour of the Art Gallery of South Australia, where the guide will focus on animal themed art works in the permanent collections with attention given to Indigenous Australian Art.

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[i] Please note some works on display may depict or contain parts of the bodies of dead animals.

Local Kangaroos, like this one pictured, enjoy hopping about the vineyards.

Post-conference Event. Barossa Valley Vegan Wine Tour with Lunch. Leaving from the University of Adelaide at 7.30am and returning at about 5pm. Thursday 6th July, 2017.

South Australian produces the best wines in the country. Currently though, no commercial winery tours in the state provide an exclusive tour of vegan wineries and we have gone to the effort of creating one for our guests. Conference attendees have the opportunity of taking a charted private tour to Australia’s undisputed premier wine region, The Barossa Valley. They will be able to enjoy the delightful vegan wines at several cellar doors, visit the Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park where kangaroos might be about, enjoy a three-course vegan lunch, wander the main streets of several pretty towns, and take in the view at Mengler’s Hill Lookout before returning to Adelaide.

Special offer until the 4th June.  Save $25.00 per ticket (normally $178) by using the promotional code WINETOUR at the checkout.

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