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Call for Papers for Oxford Summer School

17th July 2013

Call for Papers for Oxford Summer SchoolThe first of the Centre’s Annual Oxford Summer Schools will be on Religion and Animal Protection on 21-23 July 2014 at St Stephen’s House, Oxford.

The Summer School will examine the ethical adequacy of religious attitudes to animals.

Inspired by Baptist Preacher Charles Spurgeon’s claim that a person cannot be a true Christian if his dog or cat is not the better off for it, the Summer School will consider whether religious people and religious institutions benefit animals. Are they more or less likely to be respectful to animals – either those kept as companions or those used for other human purposes?

The Summer School will be international, multi-faith, and multi-disciplinary and intends to attract not only theologians and religious thinkers, but also other academics including social scientists, psychologists, historians, and criminologists.

Papers are invited from academics world-wide.

Abstracts of proposed contributions (no more than 300 words) should be sent to Clair Linzey via email:  by 15 December 2013.

All selected papers will be published in book form or in the Journal of Animal Ethics.

The School is being arranged by the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. St Stephen’s House is an Anglican Theological College and a Hall of the University of Oxford (

To register for the Summer School, see here.