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Director Appointed First Professor of Animal Theology

22nd December 2013

Professor Andrew Linzey has been appointed to the world’s first Chair in Animal Theology at the University of Winchester for the year 2013-4.

Professor Linzey, who is one of the world’s leading animal ethicists, will hold the post while remaining Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

“I am absolutely delighted by this appointment”, commented Professor Linzey. “This is a first — not just for me, but, more importantly, for the whole field of research. When I began writing on this topic in 1976, I was virtually a lone voice, but now other scholars are joining the field. It augurs well for the future and will, I hope, encourage other theologians.”

Professor Linzey has had a long association with the University of Winchester. He was appointed an Honorary Professor in 2007 and a Visiting Professor in 2013. His book Creatures of the Same God: Explorations in Animal Theology (2007) was the first book to be published by Winchester University Press.

In 2011, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity by the University of Winchester for his outstanding work in the field of animals and Christian theology. His new book The Global Guide to Animal Protection is shortly to be published by the University of Illinois Press.

During the year, Professor Linzey will, inter alia, continue to research, and also teach and supervise graduate students at the University of Winchester.

More information is available here.