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Humane education on the academic agenda at Oxford

26th April 2019

Humane education is being put on the academic agenda at a Summer School at St Stephen’s House, Oxford, from 21-24 July, 2019.

Educationalists, ethicists, and, humane society representatives will be among academics from more than 15 countries, including the US, India, Croatia, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Spain, Austria, Canada, South Africa, and Czech Republic.

The provisional programme with more than sixty presentations is now available online:

The particular focus of the Summer School is on how humane education can increase sensitivity to animals and humans, including the effectiveness of humane education, the different styles and approaches, and the role of humane societies in implementing programmes of humane education. 

The Summer School is being organised by the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. The Summer School is made possible through the wonderful support of the Pettus Crowe Foundation, the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society, and Susan and Dan Boggio.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Sarah M. Bexell, An emerging research and training agenda in humane education (University of Denver);
  • Professor Kai Horsthemke, Animal rights education (KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany);
  • Professor J. Keri Cronin, “Educate them artistically”: The art of humane education (Brock University, Canada);
  • Dr Nicole Pallotta, Be kind, seek justice: Animal law as a new frontier in humane education (Animal Legal Defense Fund);
  • Dr Juliet P. Dukes, Animal welfare and ethics in doctoral training programmes (RSPCA);
  • Professor Kurt Remele, Should humane education be oriented towards empathy or efficiency? (University of Graz, Austria);     
  • Melissa Logan, Inspiring compassion in Alberta, Canada classrooms (Alberta SPCA, Canada);
  • Wei Ling Low, Is the Singapore education system ready to introduce humane education? (Keep C.A.T.S., Singapore);
  • Dr Petr Urban, Care feminist approaches to animal ethics and humane education (Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Philosophy), and
  • Dr Brij K. Sharma, Curtailing the use of animals in Indian universities (Seth R.L. Saharia Govt. P.G. College, Jaipur, India).

Information about the programme and registration is available at, or email Clair Linzey at .

We are delighted to announce that the Seventh Annual Oxford Animal Ethics Summer School will be on Animals and Public Policy. It will be held at St Stephen’s House, University of Oxford on July 26-29, 2020. We are now looking for sponsors and presenters.

Notes to editors

  • The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics is an independent centre, founded in 2006. Its Director, Professor Andrew Linzey is a member of the Faculty of Theology in the University of Oxford. The Centre has more than 100 Fellows drawn from a variety of academic disciplines from throughout the world. See
  • St Stephen’s House is an Anglican Theological College and Hall of the University of Oxford. See