ICES Gh. Zane

Iasi, T.Codrescu Street, No 2


Irina Frasin


2023. A șasea ediție. Multispecies Communities and Narratives

Time zone in Romania in November (GMT+2)

We invite you to participate in the sixth edition of the Anthrozoology Symposium, Multispecies Communities and Narratives, organized by “Gh. Zane” Institute for Economic and Social Research of the Romanian Academy (Iași Branch), in association with the Faculty of Biology (“Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași), Faculty of Animal Sciences and Biotechnology (University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca), Faculty of Veterinarian Medicine (“Ion Ionescu de la Brad” Iași University of Life Sciences), Rural Development Research Platform, and Moldavia’s History Museum (“Moldova” National Museum Complex).

Becoming increasingly aware that we are not alone, we understand that we share the planet with other forms of life that are intelligent and affectionate, shape strong community ties and form families, and develop cultures and complex models of communication. When we really begin to look up from our excessive preoccupation with being human, we discover the myriad forms of non-human life, communities, cultures, relationships or, that is to say, the other-than-human worlds. Suppose we reframe our thinking to acknowledge and recognize the other forms of intelligence, emotion, and language that don’t resemble our own. In that case, we are facing the promise of changing the current state of affairs.

If we take the non-human animals’ matter seriously and look away from our current ideologies, we may discover that we are trapped in our own systems of thinking and judging. We need to break away from anthropocentric thinking. Our economic, political and ecological systems limit the ways we are able to connect with other-than-human animals and the natural world at large. We must seriously question whether and how our own all-too-human limitations tie us into what we can imagine and wish for. We live in a complex and interdependent world. When we take other animals seriously, we discover more than their extraordinary lives and communities, we see their potential to demolish the barriers of our own thinking and change our world. Multispecies communities recognize the multitude of life forms and try to accommodate them. When we create spaces for other beings in our human world, we explore our capacity to relate to others; and this newfound connectedness, openness and vulnerability brings the promise of unforeseen possibilities. Until now, we have nourished the desire to control the larger-than-human world, yet we gradually realize that such control is just an illusion. All the other non-humans around us are as much part of this web of life as we are. To find peace, balance, and prosperity we need to rediscover this sense of connectedness that requires us to make space for all the others beside us.

This year’s edition of the Symposium focuses on exploring the facts, the multispecies collectives that exist, or are being built, and the histories, namely the narratives that support them and teach us how we can or should envisage a multispecies future. Therefore, we would like to invite you to take part in a debate forum focused on the following topics concerning human-animal interactions:

  • Ideas, concepts, and beliefs about animals
  • Theories about the differences and distances between humans and animals
  • Animal rights and human responsibilities
  • Species extinction and human responsibility
  • Animals in Literature, Mythology, Arts, and Folklore
  • Animal Psychology
  • Cognitive Ethology
  • Mental models and economic value in human-animal interactions from a historical perspective
  • Animal protection movement and the laws that support it.

The Anthrozoology Symposium will take place online between the 2nd and 4th of November 2023. Registration is open until May 31st. The registration form can be found on our website

On behalf of the organizing committee,

I thank you, and I am looking forward to meeting you

Dr. Irina Frasin

Anthrozoology Symposium 2023


2nd of November


9:30 – 10:00 Eastern European Time (EET) / 7:30 – 8:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)  

Welcome address from the organisers

 SECTION 1 – chair: Irina Frasin

10:00 – 12:30 EET / 8:00 – 10:30 UTC

  • Joaquín Fernández Mateo – Shifting Paradigms: Towards a Post-Anthropocentric Framework for Ecological Crisis Mitigation
  • Michaël Lessard – Beyond Sentience: Legally Recognising Animals’ Sociability and Agency
  • Saba Pipia – Animals and the Crime of Ecocide
  • Rimona Afana – Challenging Captivity: Legal and Civic Strategies for Liberating Confined Nonhumans
  • Altamush Saeed – Anthropocentric anthroozological evolution of the status of Animals in Islam

SECTION 2 – chair: Cătălina Daniela Răducu

13:00 – 15:00 EET / 11:00 – 13:00 UTC 

  • Kristine Hill – Did anyone ask the cats? Using speculative fiction to gain insight into the unique perspectives of individual cats (Felis catus)
  • Richard David Rus – On understanding in multispecies ethnography
  • Mare Kõiva – Humans and non-humans in contemporary society
  • Isabella Clarke – Animal Cultures: a paradigm for determining what matters to animals

SECTION 3 – chair: Alina Simona Rusu

16:00 – 18:00 EET / 14:00 – 16:00 UTC 

  • Eva Meijer – Political conversations with mice
  • Michelle Szydlowski – ‘Elephants love you very deeply’: mahout perspectives on elephant-human relationships
  • Tiamant Warda – Dis/ability: a discussion on creating more accessible employment for disabled assistance dog instructors 
  • Eveline Baptistrella – How media made us multispecies: will the burden of petification doom our possible future together?

3rd of November

SECTION 4 – chair: Aurora Hrițuleac

9:00 – 10:30 EET / 7:00 – 8:30 UTC 

  • Rebecca Hendershott, Eboni Westbury – Biological Anthropology at the Frontlines: Rewriting Our Narrative
  • Gabriel Șerban – Images of the Stag – A comparative view 
  • George Bodi, Loredana Solcan – Cattle in the Life of Communities from the Second and Third Phase of the Cucuteni-Trypillia Civilization: Representations and Archaeozoological Data

SECTION 5 – chair: George Bodi

11:00 – 13:00 EET / 9:00 – 11:00 UTC

  • Daniel Măgurianu, Liviu Adrian Măgurianu – The informational interconnection between humans and animals
  • Madeleine Walker – Unity. The Power of the Animal Kingdom to Guide  You Home
  • Marco Adda – Wellness or Hellness? Rediscussing Free-Ranging Dogs Welfare
  • Alina Simona Rusu – What are they learning from us? A scoping review on the assessment of animal welfare education programs in children

SECTION 6 – Chair: Marco Adda

14:30 – 16:00 EET / 12:30 – 14:00 UTC

  • Jessica Ullrich – Art-Histories. Narrating Animals in aesthetic practices
  • Gordon Meade – More-than-human Animals in Captivity as seen through poetry and photography
  • Gijsje Heemskerk – What is Interspecies Collective?

SECTION 7 – Chair Marco Adda

16:30 – 17:30 EET / 14:30 – 15:30 UTC 

4th of November

SECTION 8 Chair: Ionuț Bârliba

10:00 – 12:00 EET / 8:00 – 10:00 UTC 

  • Cătălina Daniela Răducu – The Social Construction of Gender and Species: Logical and Epistemological Inquiries
  • Irina Frasin – What’s in a name? Owner, guardian, companion or on how we frame our relationship with other animals
  • Tudor Manolăchescu – Dimensions of consciousness in cats: A critical analysis of an experimental study
  • Aurora Hrițuleac – Coping with Stress in Humans and Other Animals: A Comparative Analysis

SECTION 9 – Chair: Luminița Ailincăi

12:30 – 14:30 EET / 10:30 – 12:30 UTC 

  • Marie Leth-Espensen – Curating Suffering. State-Animal Relations and the Monitoring of Care on Danish Farms
  • Barbora Červená, Kelly Sambucci and Paride Bollettin – Treating Parasites: veterinary medicine across the wild and domesticated in Bwindi, Uganda
  • Gabriela Maria Cornescu – The Use of Proximal and Distal Pointing Cues by Pigs in Object Choice Tasks –review
  • Katerina Balani – Gazing behaviour of dogs in the impossible task paradigm: Ontogeny , Phylogeny or both

SECTION 10 – chair: Lavinia Andreea Bejan

15:30 – 17:30 EET / 13:30 – 15:30 UTC 

  • Mara-Grația Dezmirean, Alina Simona Rusu – Interdisciplinary Learning Objectives for Animal Cruelty Prevention Programs in Adolescents
  • Luminita-Iuliana Ailincai, Cynthia Deliens, Corneliu Gaspar – Study regarding the dog’s behavior and their capacity to detect some human diseases
  • Codrin Dinu Vasiliu – Representations of Exclusion
  • Cosmin Mărtinaș – Coexistence and comprehension of law. A short analysis

Lucrările conferinței vor fi publicate într-un volum colectiv la Editura Universitară Clujeană, recunoscută CNCSIS.

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Comitet de organizare

  • Irina Frasin, Institutul de Cercetări Economice și Sociale „Gh. Zane” (Academia Română, Filiala Iași)
  • George Bodi, Institutul de Arheologie, (Academia Română, Filiala Iași)
  • Sonia Bulei, Asociația Rural Development Research Platform, Iași
  • Codrin Dinu Vasiliu, Institutul de Cercetări Economice și Sociale „Gh. Zane” (Academia Română, Filiala Iași)
  • Alina Simona Rusu, Facultatea de Psihologie și Științele Educației (Universitatea „Babeș-Bolyai”, Cluj-Napoca)
  • Marco Adda, AEDC Anthrozoology Education Dogs Canines
  • Luminița Bejenaru, Universitatea „Alexandru Ioan Cuza” din Iași; Centrul de Cercetări Arheologice „Olga Necrasov” (Academia Română, Filiala Iași)
  • Aurora Hrițuleac, Institutul de Cercetări Economice și Sociale „Gh. Zane” (Academia Română, Filiala Iași)
  • Cătălina Daniela Răducu, Institutul de Cercetări Economice și Sociale „Gh. Zane” (Academia Română, Filiala Iași)
  • Liviu Adrian Măgurianu, Institutul de Cercetări Economice și Sociale „Gh. Zane” (Academia Română, Filiala Iași)
  • Ioan Sebastian Brumă, Institutul de Cercetări Economice și Sociale „Gh. Zane” (Academia Română, Filiala Iași)
  • Lucian Tanasă, Institutul de Cercetări Economice și Sociale „Gh. Zane” (Academia Română, Filiala Iași)
  • Senica Țurcanu, Muzeul de Istorie, Complexul Muzeal Național „Moldova”, Iași
  • Corneliu Gașpar, Facultatea de Medicină Veterinară (Universitatea de Ştiinţele Vieţii „Ion Ionescu de la Brad” din Iaşi)
  • Luminița-Iuliana Ailincăi, Facultatea de Medicină Veterinară (Universitatea de Ştiinţele Vieţii „Ion Ionescu de la Brad” din Iaşi)
  • Lavinia Andreea Codrea, Institutul de Cercetări Economice și Sociale „Gh. Zane” (Academia Română, Filiala Iași)
  • Ionuț-Alexandru Bârliba, Institutul de Cercetări Economice și Sociale „Gh. Zane” (Academia Română, Filiala Iași)
  • Eugen Huzum, Institutul de Cercetări Economice și Sociale „Gh. Zane” (Academia Română, Filiala Iași)


Limba conferinței

  • Limba engleză

Termen limită pentru înregistrare

  • 31 Mai 2023

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