AWSELVA Winter Conference: Language and Animals

Starlings courtesy of Richard Burkmar
21st November 2019
Mothers' Union, Mary Sumner House,
24 Tufton Street,
United Kingdom

AWSELVA's Winter Conference 2019

The use of language relating to animals is fundamental in all our interactions with them. Whether relating to animal law, policy and welfare prosecutions, in the media and wider society or the language employed when talking to pet owners about the animal they care for, language has meaning. It impacts on the way animals are perceived and regarded by us and their status in a human-dominated society. Communication affects the care given to animals and can be a bridge or a barrier to shared understanding of the place of animals in human lives. 

9.00 - 9.45
Registration opens
9.45 - 10.00
Conference opening address from Chair Paul Roger
10.00 - 10.30
Neil Forbes: Exotic animal patients - understanding their needs and acting as their advocate with their owners.  Just because we always have... doesn’t mean it’s right or acceptable
10.30 - 11.00
Peter Fordyce - Words, animal welfare, and the law; the Humpty Dumpty problem
11.00 - 11.30
11.30 - 12.00
Paul Roger: Animal Lore
12.00 - 12.30
Frances Robinson: Is there a problem in calling a non-human animal 'it'?
12.30 - 2.00
1.00 - 2.00
AWSELVA AGM, handovers and announcements
2.00 - 2.30
Heather Bacon: Common things that we overlook in our communications with animals & how we might often label animals
2.30 - 3.00
Chris Draper
3.00 - 4.30
Panel discussion
Conference closes, drinks at The Marquis of Granby
Conference Attendance
Product Price
Members' price £90.00
Non-members' price £125.00
Student price £30.00