Yvette Watt Research Bio:
Yvette Watt's research focuses on the intersection of Animal Studies (also know as Human-Animal Studies), the visual arts and activism. Yvette has developed a substantial national and international profile for her research in this area, with her artwork and written publications regularly cited by other scholars and included in curated exhibitions.
Yvette has been lecturing at the School of Creative Arts, Hunter St since 1999, primarily in the painting department. She currently teaches painting at all levels from undergraduate through to postgraduate.
Yvette has held numerous solo exhibitions and has been the recipient of a number of grants and awards. Her work is held in a many public and private collections including Parliament House, Canberra, Artbank and the Art Gallery of WA.
Yvette is a co-editor of, and contributor to the collection of essays titled Considering Animals: Contemporary Studies in Human-Animal Relations (Ashgate, 2011) and was commissioned to contribute an entry on 'Art, Animal and Ethics' for the Encyclopaedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, (Marc Bekoff ed., Greenwood Press, 2009).
Fiona Probyn-Rapsey Research Bio:
Fiona’s research connects feminist critical race studies and Animal studies (also known as human-animal studies), examining where, when and how gender, race and species intersect.
Her first book Made to Matter: White Fathers, Stolen Generations (2013), examines how the white fathers of Indigenous children (many now part of the Stolen Generations) reacted to and were positioned by Australian assimilation policies. This book highlights a research interest in the reproductive and biopolitical nature of settler colonial societies, a common thread that extends into more recent research in animal studies, including 2 co-edited books, Animal Death (2013) and also Animals in the Anthropocene: Critical Perspectives on Non-human futures (2015).
From 2011-2015, Fiona was convener (and founder) of HARN: Human Animal Research Network, at the University of Sydney.
Fiona is currently working on an anthology of essays with Professor Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University) called Animaladies, as well as monograph on the cultural politics of eradication.
Siobhan O'Sullivan Research Bio:
Dr. Siobhan O'Sullivan undertakes research into the delivery of contracted employment services in Australia, the UK, and around the world. She has a broad interest in the welfare state and 'mission drift'. She also has an ongoing interest in animal welfare policy and environmental ethics. Listen to Siobhan podcast 'Knowing Animals'.
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Yvette Watt Research Bio: