The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics now has over one hundred Fellows, after awarding Fellowships to eight more international academics.
The Centre’s Fellowship includes academics from various countries and disciplines, including both the humanities and the sciences.
The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics is “the first in the world dedicated to pioneering ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching, and publication”, describing itself as “an independent ‘think tank”, which was founded in 2006.
Among the eight newly appointed Fellows is Dr Violette Pouillard of St Anthony’s College.
Other appointments include Professor Boris Bakota from the Uni- versity in Osijek, Croatia, Sidney Blankenship, The Reverend Dr Susan Bubbers of the centre for Anglican Theology in Florida, Professor Alice Crary of the New School for Social Research in New York, Professor Keri Cronin of Brock University in Canada, Professor Kumju Hwang of Chung-Ang University in South Korea, Steven Wise from the Non-human Rights Project.
Dr Natalie Thomas of the University of Guelph in Canada has also been transferred from Fellow to Associate Fellow.
Reverend Professor Andrew Linzey, the Director of the Centre, commented: “I think Animal Ethics is a growing field—the number of academics attached to the Centre is now greater than many small universities—and I hope that the University will engage in a constructive dialogue, both with the subject and with us.
“The Centre’s Fellowship is a prestigious academy that pioneers ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching and publication.
“We started ten years ago with just a handful of academics, and now we have exceeded one hundred from ten different countries.
“We use a variety of insights from many disciplines to illuminate the moral dimension to our treatment of animals. All these individuals are pioneering new work in Animal Ethics—helping to press the envelope in terms of new thinking. The Centre extends its warmest congratulations to the successful individuals.”
Appointment to fellowship is by invitation and nomination only. A spokesperson for the centre confirmed that only a small proportion of those nominated are eventually selected.
Research by Fellows is published in the Journal of Animal Ethics published with the University of Illinois Press, and in the Animal Ethics Book Series by Palgrave Macmillan.