The SPAM Centre 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, multispecies relations, 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.
The SPAM Centre is run our of Concordia University in Montréal and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Thanks to the Concordia Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture’s (CISSC) working group programme for funding the SPAM Centre in its inaugural year (2017/18).