Alongside the common roots of the exploitation of other animals around the globe, regional paradigms and particularities present themselves. In reflection of this, and seeking to more concretely situate Critical Animal Studies (CAS) in the region, the second annual Oceanic Critical Animal Studies conference will endeavour to be geographically grounded. We are seeking to open a space for activists and scholars engaged with controversies and challenges that have distinct specificities of and in the Asia-Pacific. The schedule and booklet are now available. The conference is being held on Wurundjeri land at The Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford Victoria, April 26-27. Both days will run from 9am-5pm. There will be a dinner catered by Las Vegan at 7 pm on Saturday night at Arena Project Space (2 Kerr St, Fitzroy), which is not included in the ticket fee. We are also holding an informal dinner at Las Vegan on the Friday evening at 7.30. For more details on the dinner check out the Facebook event. Each attendee needs to fill out a separate form. The form directs you to Paypal. If you have any troubles please email us.
Unfortunately the venue does not allow nonhuman animal companions to attend lectures. This conference is entirely vegan. We will be offering refreshments during morning and afternoon tea. For lunch, we have organized for Lentil as Anything to offer a complete vegan menu over the weekend. As they have limited seating attendees can bring their plates back to the conference rooms or sit in the beautiful gardens. Lentil as Anything asks that you pay what you can.
The convent has universal access. For those with specific requirements, this is the mobility map of the area. If you are unfamiliar with transport around Melbourne we have some information under the “transport” tab. Please email us with any further questions or for any specific travel arrangements. If you need an Auslan interpreter please let us know. As we have no funding we unfortunately cannot guarantee that we will be able to pay someone but we hope to find someone at a concession rate. Please note, ICAS Oceania unfortunately cannot offer childcare at this stage, as we do not have the funding to pay a qualified worker and to cover the insurance. However, children are more then welcome to attend for free. We apologise for this, and hope to be able to secure funding to offer this in the future.
Safer Space Policy: The Conference for Critical Animal Studies promotes a safer space in which all must feel welcome, supported, and secure. No one should endorse or tolerate racism, sexism, anti-LGBTQIA sentiments, ableism, speciesism, or any other kind of oppressive behaviour. In kind, this conference is a vegan space, and all should refrain from consuming animal products while taking part.
Sober Space Policy: We encourage a sober space as well, so please do not drink, shoot, or inhale intoxicants into your body closely before or while in attendance at the conference.
Inclusive Space Policy: All rooms and bathrooms are accessible and anyone can come and go as they wish from room to room. Please avoid wearing fragrances or strong scents, as the odours may cause allergic reactions. If you have any requests for assistance such as a translator, note taker, medication, childcare, or physical accessibility, please let us know by e-mailing email@example.com (We understand this conference is not fully inclusive because of cost, but we do want to address these issues as they are needed to confront ableism).