Dr. Yamini Narayanan - International and Community Development

Dr. Yamini Narayanan is Senior Lecturer in International and Community Development. Her work is focussed on two major themes: the nexus between animals and urban planning in India; and the intersections of speciesism, casteism and racism in the ways in which animals are enrolled in nation-building projects. Her forthcoming book will offer one of the first empirical critiques of India’s cow protectionism discourse and politics from a critical animal studies standpoint, examining bovine realities in both sites of production and protection.

Yamini’s research is supported by two Australian Research Council grants. Yamini is the founding Convenor of the Deakin Critical Animal Studies Network, and has served as the founding co-convenor of the ‘Animals and Sociology’ thematic group at TASA. She is a lifelong Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, an honour that is conferred through nomination or invitation only.

Her book Religion, Heritage and the Sustainable City: Hinduism and Urbanisation in Jaipur (Routledge) was published in 2015, and edited volume Religion and Urbanism: Reconceptualising Sustainable Cities in South Asia (Routledge) was published in 2016. Yamini publishes widely in media on issues related to animal rights, including the Animal Liberation Currents, The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, Huffington Post and Animal People Forum. She has been interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the animal rights radio channel Freedom of Species, and for documentaries on cow protection politics in India, and animal advocacy in India. View full biography.

Deputy convenor

Dr. Kate Hall Writing and Literature

Dr. Kate Hall is a sessional lecturer in literary studies, and a higher degrees by research consultant and editor in the Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University. Kate is an early career researcher who writes fiction and non-fiction, most recently a scholarly paper on queer female desire in young adult fiction (forthcoming in Assuming Gender, June 2019). She found her way to critical animal studies through the confluence of veganism and teaching animal-themed literary fiction. Her current research, on the imminent clinical applications of xenotransplantation (see projects) aims to raise awareness about the current and future mistreatment of non-human animals in biomedicine and its associated industries. The work combines research and creative practice, with the aim of producing a sustained work of fiction about the bioethics of xenotransplantation and its associated forms of animal abuse and exploitation. The research will be presented at the 2019 Australasian Animal Studies Association conference: Decolonizing Animals, in Christchurch, Aotearoa, in July.

Faculty of Arts and Education

Dr. Steven Cooke - Cultural Heritage

Dr. David Giles - Anthropology

Dr. Anna Halafoff - Sociology

Dr. Kate Hall - Writing and Literature

Dr. Roland Kapferer - Anthropology

Dr. Max Kelly - Development

Dr. Jane Kotzmann - International Law

Assoc. Prof. Vince Marotta - Sociology

Assoc. Prof. Maurizio Meloni - Sociology

Dr. Christopher Mayes - Anthropology

Prof. Mark McGillivray - Development

Dr. Vicky Nagy - Criminology

Dr. Gillian Tan - Anthropology

School of Medicine

Dr. Adam Cardilini - Ecology

Dr. Simon Coghlan - Health Ethics

Dr. Evie Kendal - Bioethics and Health Humanities

PhD students

Sam Cadman - Communication and Creative Arts

Katherine Calvert - Sociology

Leanne Kelly - Development