International animal studies conference heads to Christchurch
Taking place at the University of Canterbury, the conference is expected to bring at least 250 animal experts to Christchurch, from Australia and other international research hubs.
The successful bid was presented by Associate Professor Annie Potts, who is a co-director of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies at the University of Canterbury, a research base which focusses on the study of human relationships with other species.
ChristchurchNZ Convention Bureau and Tourism New Zealand Business Events, through its Conference Assistance Programme, assisted the Canterbury team to produce the winning bid.
ChristchurchNZ Convention Bureau manager Caroline Blanchfield said the event will cement the city’s position as one of the top three locations in the world for work in human-animal studies.
“The New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies is highly respected internationally,” she said. “Canterbury was one of the first universities anywhere to establish a research centre and undergraduate and graduate courses in this field.”
Potts said the conference will have a strong emphasis on Māori and other indigenous perspectives on human-animal relations.
“We will also cover such diverse subjects as animals in popular culture, the link between social violence and animal abuse, the rise of veganism worldwide, and the demonisation of introduced animals in Aotearoa and elsewhere,” she said.
“We look forward very much to sharing our friendly and resilient city with conference delegates, as well as showcasing the beautiful environments around Canterbury, including Lyttelton, Akaroa, Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs.”