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Avr 07 2022


8:00 am - 9:30 am

Animals and Humans: Towards a Closer Relationship?

« With the rise of zoonotic diseases, we look at the past, present and future of our relationships with animals.

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With the rise of zoonotic diseases, the increasing popularity of veganism in response to climate change and growing interest in animal rights issues, this panel will discuss the past, present and future of our relationships with animals.

Sujit Sivasundaram is Professor of World History, a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College and Director of the Centre of Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge. His recent book, ‘Waves Across the South: A New History of Revolution and Empire’ won the British Academy’s Book Prize for 2021 for Global Cultural Understanding. His work on animal history, includes research on elephants in South Asia and also a recent piece in the leading journal, ‘Past and Present’ on covid 19 and the zoonotic disease frontier. He is President of the Pacific Circle, a group of scholars devoted to the study of nature, science and knowledge in historical context across the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Mark Rowlands is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of Miami. He is the author of 21 books, translated into more than 20 languages, and over a hundred journal articles, book chapters and reviews. His work in the philosophy of mind, and in particular theories of embodied, extended and enacted cognition comprises several books, including The Body in Mind, The Nature of Consciousness and The New Science of the Mind. His work in ethics and moral psychology includes Animal Rights, The Environmental Crisis, Animals Like Us and Can Animals be Moral? He has also written several popular books and his memoir, The Philosopher and the Wolf, became an international bestseller.

Professor Hayley MacGregor from the Institute of Development Studies will talk about her work on zoonotic diseases and the One Health movement

Ganga Shreedhar is an Assistant Professor in LSE’s Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science. She is an applied behavioural and experimental economist studying how to change human behaviour in ways that simultaneously benefit people and the planet. Her research looks at how to motivate environmental action across consumer and citizen domains, and how they can be deployed in behaviourally ‘smart’ informational campaigns, nudges and incentives to ultimately create sustainable habits. »

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