The SPAM Centre at Concordia University draws together a variety of scholarly concerns that intersect with the broad field of animal studies. Situated within the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts, our centre aims to offer a space for faculty, students, and staff in the university interested in other-than-human life, posthumanist thought, and the category of animality. Although primarily oriented around questions pertaining to animality, the centre encourages thinking beyond field-specific concerns to demonstrate the relevance between animal-related scholarship and various fields – including feminist studies, queer theory, critical race studies, human geography, cultural studies, postcolonialism, Indigenous thought, and political economy – as well as artistic production. The centre is also interested in developing critical scholarly approaches for thinking through the place of animals and animality in local/global politics and economies – historically and in the present.
Over 2017/18, the SPAM Centre will be funded through the Concordia Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture’s (CISSC) working group programme.