• 'The Anthropocene Narrative - A Critical Animal Studies response' presented at the
6th European Association for Critical Animal Studies (EACAS) Conference,
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, Spain, May 22-24th 2019.
• 'Understanding the significance of Critical Animal Studies' presented at the Oodi Library, Helsinki, Finland, January 16th 2019 [invited].
Androcene, or ‘Anthropo’cene? From scientism to intersectionality' presented at the Department of Gender Studies, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, January 15th 2019 [invited].
is not the Anthropocene - A Critical Animal Studies perspective on
Climate Change' presented at the 'In the Name of...International
Conference on Animal Studies', Krakow, Poland, October 25/26th, 2018 [invited].
• 'Where are the animals in the Sociology of Climate Change?', presented at Gothenburg University, Sweden, June 13th 2018. [invited].
limitations of being 'vegan for the animals' ', presented at the
Frilagret Cultural Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden, June 13th 2018. [invited].
• 'Being Open with Children about Climate Change', presented at the Festival of Ideas, Edge Hill University, May 18th 2018.
Vegan Transition', presented at 'Addressing the Meat Problem:
What Role for the Social Sciences?' ESRC Festival of Social Science
event, University of Manchester, November 9th 2017. [invited].
• 'Animals and the Environment', presented at Manchester Animal Action event - 2pm - 5.30pm Monday May 8th
2017, University of Manchester Students Union, UK [invited].
• 'Examining our Values toward other Animals', presented at Brighton Vegfest - Saturday March 11th
2017, Brighton Centre, Brighton, UK [invited].
Vegan Transition', presented at Brighton Vegfest - Saturday March 11th
2017, Brighton Centre, Brighton, UK [invited].
and their Values', presented at the workshop on 'Animal Values
and Sustainable Food Production', Tues/Wed 31st January/1st February
2017, University of Sheffield, UK [invited].
• 'Understanding Vegan Transition' at Vegan Life Live. Saturday 7th January 2017, Alexandra Palace, London, UK. [invited].
• 'Understanding Vegan Transition' presented at Vegfest Scotland, Glasgow. Saturday
3pm, 3rd December 2016, Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre
• 'Transitions and intersections - how does intersectionality complicate vegan transition?'
presented at the London Vegfest - Pro-Intersectionality Conference Sunday 23rd October 2016, Olympia Exhibition Centre, London, UK. [invited]
'Materially constituting a sustainable food transition: the case of vegan eating practices' presented at the 4S/EAAST 2016 - Science and technology by
other means - Exploring collectives, spaces and futures
31st August - 3rd September 2016, Barcelona International Conference
Centre, Barcelona, Spain.
Practitioners – Understanding the boundaries of vegan practice'
presented at the Towards a Vegan Theory Conference,
31st May, 2016, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, Oxford, England.
Vegan Transition' presented at the Northern
Vegan Festival, Saturday 23rd April 2016, at The Methodist Church, Oldham Street,
Workshop participant at the Vegan Sustainability Workshop and Public
Forum, 15th-18th February 2016, Sydney University, Sydney,
and the Vegan Killjoy' presented at
a joint CfHAS/Department of Social Science seminar, 11th November,
2015, Edge Hill University, UK.
and Politics of a Critical Animal Studies' presented at
the Human and Nonhuman Animals: Liberation, History and Critical Animal
Studies International conference, 6-7th October 2015, Instituto de
História Contemporânea, New University of Lisbon, Portugal. [invited
and Other Animals' presented at the inaugural and launch conference of
the Centre for Human/Animal Studies (CfHAS), Edge Hill University,
UK. Saturday October 25th 2014. [invited keynote]
'Negotiating social relationships in the transition to
, presented at The British Sociological Association (BSA) Food Study
Conference, The British Library, London, Monday 30th June
• 'Eating our way out of the Perfect
Storm? Veganism as a new normal' presented at Future Connections 2014,
Friday 6th June, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK [invited
transition and the relationship context' paper presented as part of the
Frontiers Stream on Veganism, British Sociological Association (BSA)
Annual Conference, University of Leeds, UK, April 23rd 2014 [invited]
'Embedding Animal Ethics
in an Empirically Informed Theory of Social Change' presented
Politics of Species Conference,
Warwick, UK, January 18th 2014 [invited].
presented entitled 'Achieving low meat/dairy consumption through vegan
practice' at the Radical Emissions Reduction Conference, The Royal
Society, London, Dec 10-11th 2013. (Organised by the Tyndall Centre for
Climate Change Research). Poster available on request.
‘sustainable diets’ a Trojan Horse for animal advocates?', presented at
European Conference for Critical Animal Studies,
Karlsruhe, Germany, Nov 28th-30th 2013.
Uncanny Materialities', presented at the Animal Machines - Animals and/as
Biotechnology Symposium, University of
Sheffield, 18th October 2013. [invited]
Veganism as a social innovation in eating practices', presented within the Working Group
on Practice Theory at the 11th Nordic Environmental Social Science
Conference 'Welcome to the
Anthropocene' - Copenhagen, Denmark, 11-13th June 2013.
• 'Meat and climate change' part of a panel with Professor Tim Lang and
Dr. Tara Garnett at the Cheltenham Science Festival, June 5th 2013.
• 'Future Food - Should there be a 3Rs for meat?' part of a panel at
the final ESRC
Genomics Network (EGN) Conference, London, April 30th 2013.
on Drugs - Understanding the role of
pharmaceutical companies in the animal-industrial complex'
presented at 'FARM' a conference of the British Animal Studies Network,
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, November 16-17th, 2012.
'Ecofeminism and Veganism - revisiting the question of
universalism' presented at the roundtable on Contextual Moral
Veganism at Finding
a Niche for all animals - a conference in honour of Marti Kheel,
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, USA, Nov 9-10th 2012.
Practice Theory framework for contesting meat & dairy
consumption' presented at Minding Animals 2, University of Utrecht,The
Netherlands, July 5th 2012.
politics of critical/animal studies' presented at the ICAS Roundtable,
Minding Animals 2, University of Utrecht,The Netherlands, July 3rd
Practice Theory framework for contesting meat & dairy
consumption' presented at Global
Gateways and Local Connections: Cities, Agriculture, and the Future of
Food Systems, NYU & The New
School, New York City, June 20th-24th
'Affective Dimensions of the Animal Industrial Complex in Derrida’s
‘The Animal That Therefore I Am (More to Follow)’, presented
the 2nd Annual European Conference for Critical Animal Studies, Charles
University, Prague, Czech Republic, October 15th/16th, 2011.
• 'Simplifying the Animal-Industrial Complex: What Can be Done?’,
presented at the 'Thinking about Animals' Conference, Brock University,
Ontario, Canada, March 31st/April 1st, 2011.
• (Bio)Technology, Crisis and
Liberation - A workshop exploring the relationship between technology
and animal liberation, University of Cardiff, Wales.
I presented on
'Is Biotechnology deconstructing domestication?'
September 23rd, 2010.
• 'Animal Genomics, DNA
verification and the transbiological' presented at the European
Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) conference
(Practicing Science and Technology, Performing the Social), University
of Trento, Italy, 2-4th September, 2010.
• 'Sustainability ≠ Efficiency –
Approaching meat reduction sociologically' presented at the 2nd British
Sociological Association Food Study Group Conference, 5th-6th July
2010, British Library Conference Centre, London, UK.
• 'Biotechnology as a
strategy for animal liberation?'
presented at Animal Movements • Moving Animals - A
Symposium on direction, velocity and agency in humanimal
encounters, Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden.
27-28th May 2010.
• 'Practising Posthumanisms - from ontological creativity to normative
reinvention?' [invited] presented at
the workshop on 'Posthumanities in Practice: Feminist Perspectives' at
The Posthumanities Hub, Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping
University, Sweden. 26th May 2010.
• 'When ‘they’ have never been ‘animal’, what is to be done? The
political animal in post and transhumanisms' presented at the
Zoontotechnics (Animality / Technicity) Conference, Centre for Critical
and Cultural Theory / Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales. 20th
Anniversary Conference. 12th-14th May, 2010.
• "The ‘Critical’ in Critical
Animal Studies. What does it mean?" presented at Animal(s) Matter(s): the Future
of Critical Animal Studies, April 23rd, 2010. Foresight Centre,
University of Liverpool - Day Conference [invited]
• "Farm Animal Genomics: Mobilising Sustainable
Meat as Ethical Biocapital?” presented at the ESRC Genomics Network
International Conference, October 7th, 2009. Cardiff, Wales.
• "Mining Animals – The Promises and Patents of Animal Genetics
Science” presented at the inaugural MINDING ANIMALS International
Conference, July 13-18, 2009. Newcastle, NSW, Australia.
• "Embodying Posthumanist Intersectionality and Resisting Transhumanist
'enhancement' through feminist veganism?” presented at the Meet Animal
Meat International Conference,Uppsala University, Sweden, May 22nd
• "Farm Animal Genomics - Mobilising the Promise of Sustainability”
presented at the Cesagen Workshop Promises, Promises! The
Promissory Cultures and Political Economies of the Biosciences,
Lancaster University, UK, May 7th 2009.
• "Re-designed animals as sustainable promises - Strategies for the
protection of business as usual?” presented at the New Science of
Protection: Designing Safe Living conference, Lancaster University, UK,
July 10th 2008.
• "Critical Animal Studies, Posthumanism and the Sociological
Imagination – To Describe, Prescribe, or What?” presented at the annual
conference of the British Sociological Association (BSA), University of
Warwick, UK, March 28th 2008.
• "Taking Stock of Animals in the Social Sciences: A
Geographical and Sociological Exchange - A Sociological Perspective ”
presented at the joint meeting of the BSA Animal/Human Studies Group
and the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers
Rural Geography Research Group, Institute for Science and Society,
Nottingham University, November 28th 2007. [invited]
• Symposium on the UK Transpecies Embryo Debate, ESRC Genomics Forum,
University of Edinburgh, November 27th 2007. [invited discussant]
• "Frames of Uncertainty in Emerging Breeding Technologies in
Animal Agriculture” presented (oral and poster) to the ESRC
Genomics Network Conference - Genomics and Society: Today's Answers,
Tomorrow's Questions, Great George Street, London, October 26th 2007.
• "Initial Thoughts on The Regulation of Emerging Breeding Technologies
in Animal Agriculture", presented to the Animals and Society Institute
Research Fellowship Programme, North Carolina State University,
Raleigh, NC, USA, July 12th 2007.
• "Finding the animal, Losing the animal? dematerialization
and rematerialisation practices in animal science",
presented at the Workshop on The Social and Material Practices of
Agriculture, Farming and Food Production, Centre for Science Studies,
Lancaster University, June 6th 2007.[invited]
• "Toward a Sociological Understanding of the
Biotechnological Refashioning of Animal Bodies" presented at
the British Sociological Association (BSA) 2007 annual conference
themed around 'Social Connections: Identities, Technologies,
Relationships', April 13th 2007.
• “Regulating Animal Genomics – An Opportunity for Scientific
Humility” presented at the EGENIS Conference, Governing
Genomics – Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Regulation of the
Biosciences, January 25th 2007.
• "Agricultural Animals as Targets of Genetic Progress - Engaging with
Animal Scientists about the Impact of Genomics" presented at the
EURSAFE 2006 conference, Oslo University, Oslo, Norway, June 22nd 2006.
• "Animals as New Sources of Bio-capital in the emerging
Bioeconomy" presented at the 'Mapping the Bioeconomy: The
Knowledge-Based Economy and the Biosciences' conference, Lancaster
University, April 28th 2006.
• "Working Toward 'Genetic Progress: Engaging with Animal
(Genomics) Scientists " presented to the Animal Genomes in
Science, Social Science and Culture Workshop, hosted by the ESRC
Genomics Research and Policy Forum, Edinburgh April 7th 2006 and to the
Third International CESAGen conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands,
April 21st 2006.
• "The Visions of Physiognomy and Phrenology: from 19th
Century Pseudo-science to the 21st Century Moral Body" a
public lecture at The Storey Institute, Lancaster, UK, 31st March 2006.
• "Progress, Precedent and Virtue - Some Thoughts on the
Uncertain Fate of Animals in the Emerging Bio-economy"
presented to the ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society (EGENIS) at Exeter
University, UK, 6th December 2005. [invited]
• “Thinking Across Species, Thinking Across Boundaries – A
Critical Bioethics Approach to Enhancement” presented to the
XXII EACME Conference & XIX European Conference on Philosophy
of Medicine and Healthcare – ‘Ethics and Philosophy of Emerging Medical
Technologies’, 25th August 2005, Barcelona, Spain.
• “Animals and Biotechnology – Functional Foods or Living
Beings?” presented to the Friends of Animals Conference,
July 10th 2005, New York City, USA. [invited keynote]
• “Reconsidering the Place of Animals in Bioethics”,
presented to the 2nd International CESAGen Conference, April 14th,
2005, The Royal Society, London, UK.
• “Constructing Critical Bioethics”, presented to
the IAB 7th World Congress of Bioethics, Sydney, Australia, 9th-12th
• “Is Personal Choice the New Moral Absolute?”
presented to the ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on
Innovation in Genomics (INNOGEN) Workshop on ‘Values, Policy and
Innovation’, Edinburgh, Scotland, 22nd-23rd March 2004.
• “Constructing Critical Bioethics by Deconstructing
Culture/Nature Dualism” presented to the ESRC Centre for the
Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen), Lancaster
University, 5th November 2003.
• “Bioethics Today: A UK Online Bioethics Resource”,
presented at the Lancaster launch of the ESRC Centre for the Economic
and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen), Lancaster House Hotel, 10th
• "Environmental Ethics' own Ethical Closures"
November 2002, to the Institute for Environment, Philosophy and Public
Policy, Lancaster University.
• "Sensing Other Bodies: The Emotionally Deprived
Physiognomic Self" presented at the Emotional Geographies
International Conference, Lancaster University, 23-25 September 2002.
• "Physiognomy: A Pre-cursor to Moral Bodies"
presented to the Department of Sociology, Manchester Metropolitan
University, June 2000.
• "Ma(r)king Essence: Ecofeminism and Embodiment"
presented at the 1998 British Sociological Association Annual