May 12th 

9-9.30 Registration and coffee

Nina van Leerzaal Bijzondere Collecties, Oude Turfmarkt 129

9.30-10 Opening

10-11 Keynote Elisa Aaltola: Human Languages and Nonhuman Agency


11-13 Session 1: Animal Subjectivity

Nina van Leerzaal Bijzondere Collecties

  1. Non-human moral reflection: New evidence for a sentimentalist ethics? – Simone Pollo
  2. But why?” Implicit questions of suicide on the non-human outside. – Ilios Willemars
  3. A lion as whatever singularity: ethics of radical inclusion – Andrzej Grzybowksi
  4. A reconsideration of the animal subjectivity through Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology – Lucia Zaietta

13-13.30 Walk to the Wertheimpark, lunch break

13.30-15 City Animal Phenomenology


  1. Bringing phenomenology to bear on the ethics of urban wildlife – Diane Michelfelder
  2. Holistic Urban Cohesion – Karen Van Minnen
  3. Phenomenological Biosemiotics, or what it is like to be this Dog – Yogi Hale Hendlin


15.30-17.00 Session 2:

De regentenkamer, Bijzondere Collecties

Co-creating worlds with cows

  1. Lively commodities: animal agency as a question of life-liness? – Julia De Gregorio
  2. How to make a wild animal – Mihnea Tanasescu
  3. Cows: a brief history of life together – María Fernanda de Torres Álvarez


Morphing anthropos

Universiteitstheater UT 101, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16

  1. How to avoid anthropomorphism – Frauke Albersmeier
  2. One Health for One Life: Beyond anthropocentrism in public health – Dalke, Nieuwland, Wels


Recommended evening program (optional):

19.45  Heart of a Dog, Eye Cinema Amsterdam. Location: IJpromenade 1 (you take the ferry behind Central Station, which is free, and will take you to the other side of the IJ in a few minutes).


May 13th

9.00-10.00 Keynote 2: Jessica Ullrich: Animal Agency as Artistic Authorship

OMHP C 2.23 Oudemanhuispoort 4-6

10.00-10.30 Coffee break


10.30-12.30 Session 3: Words, images, objects

OMHP C 2.23

  1. An Animal Endowed with Reason? Grandfather Crocodile on Humans – Angela Roothaan
  2. Us, Animals; the Case of Elizabeth Costello – Evgenia Mylonaki
  3. Animal Poetry and Empathy – Tirza Bruggeman
  4. Inanimate animal objects – Hallie Abelman


12.30-14.00 Excursion & lunch


14.00-16.45 Session 4: Rights and Politics

OMHP C 2.23

  1. Political Agency and Nonhuman Animals – Angie Pepper
  2. Animal Voices: Re-considering representation, ethics, and practice in human—animal studies – Catherine Oliver
  3. Nonhuman animals as property holders: A defence of a Lockean labour-mixing account – Josh Milburn

15.30-15.45 Coffee break

  1. Why Animal Rights Theory Should Not Forget It Is Animal Rights Theory – Nikolaas Deketelaere
  2. The possibilities for animal protection in liberal democracies – Janneke Vink


16.45 – 17 Closing speech


18.00 Conference Dinner Instock