Will Kymlicka, co-author of Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights, will discuss the role of animals in the political process in “Towards an Animal-Friendly Democracy" on Fri., Dec. 4.
Will Kymlicka, co-author of Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights, will discuss the role of animals in the political process in “Towards an Animal-Friendly Democracy,” a virtual lecture, on Fri., Dec. 4, 2-3:30 p.m. EST.
Animal ethicists agree that animals warrant representation in democratic decision-making processes, but they disagree on how this representation should occur. These disagreements are rooted, in part, in conflicting views about the nature and value of democracy itself.
Will Kymlicka, the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy at Queen’s University, will consider the significance of community and agency in addressing the contours of this debate.
In addition to Zoopolis, which he co-authored with Sue Donaldson, Kymlicka co-edited, with Charlotte E. Blattner and Kendra Coulter, Animal Labour: A New Frontier of Interspecies Justice? Kymlicka’s research interests focus on issues of democracy and diversity, and in particular on models of citizenship and social justice within multicultural and multispecies societies.
The lecture is supported, in part, by the Brooks Institute for Animal Rights Law and Policy.
NYU Animal Studies, active since 2010 and housed in NYU’s Department of Environmental Studies, is a central gathering place for people who work on topics concerning non-human animals. Its students work with leading scholars in Animal Studies, Environmental Studies, and related fields; participate in intensive seminars, workshops, and conferences; and engage in a wide range of theoretical, practical, and creative pursuits upon graduation. For more, please visit its webpage.