About this collection

Long-tailed macaque monkeys are offered food during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in the city of Lopburi, Thailand. The festival gathers thousands of monkeys and visitors and is today a major international tourism event.

Over the last decade, the study of non-human animals has grown at the intersection of several academic fields. Although the social and historical study of animals has expanded, the question about how to effectively engage narratives of human and non-human agencies and (in)justice has remained. This unresolved question has heightened tensions and hindered further dialogue among scholars in these disciplines. This has been particularly evident in areas around the world where human and civil rights movements are still ongoing processes and accounts about animals seem divorced from needed contemporary social and political actions. 

This collection explores epistemological, ethical, techno-scientific, and socio-political aspects in the study of non-human animals across species. We particularly welcome contributions that address the tensions between human and non-human agencies within socio-ecological issues in a particular place and time, but that offer insights into broader processes of change.

Some of the topics addressed may include, but are not restricted to: 

Animal rights, human rights, and environmental policy • Farming and livestock production • De-extinction sciences and technologies • Animal sciences, testing, and cognition • Synthetic biology, biodiversity, and co-evolution • Wildlife and ecological conservation • Animals, race, and environmental justice issues • Machine learning and AI in ecosystem management • Multispecies relations • Hunting and poaching • Zoos and animal exhibitions • Human-wildlife conflicts • Breeding and domestication • Animal representations, education, and game development • Wildlife corridors and biophilic design • Animal robotics in ecological research • Microbiology, marine ecology, and outer space environments. 

The collection is curated by William San Martín (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA).

Information on how to contribute.

34 results
The Tragedy of the Paradise Parrot
McGregor, Russell Arcadia, Summer 2021, no. 27
A Crab’s-Eye View of the Food Chain in Contemporary China
Halsey, Stephen R. Arcadia, Summer 2021, no. 21
Humans and Other Pollinators in the Oil Palm Plantation Complex
Robins, Jonathan Arcadia, Spring 2021, no. 8
Rat Tech: Transforming Rodents into Technology in Tanzania
Lee, Jia Hui Arcadia, Spring 2021, no. 5
“A healthy mountainous island surrounded by a sea of malaria”: Ecology and War in the Caucasus
Coudreau, Marin Arcadia, Spring 2021, no. 4
Stars, Mules, and Interferometers in Early Transnational Astronomy in 1960s Chile
Silva, Barbara K. Arcadia, Autumn 2020, no. 40
Venomous Company: Snakes and Agribusiness in Honduras
Balloffet, Lily Pearl Arcadia, Spring 2020, no. 19
The Beavercene: Eradication and Settler-Colonialism in Tierra del Fuego
Dicenta, Mara Arcadia, Spring 2020, no. 1
Seed Oysters in Entangled Worlds: Ecological Disturbances, Knowledge Making, and Potentialities in Miyagi, Japan
Yoshida, Mariko Arcadia, Autumn 2019, no. 47
The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Novaya Zemlya
Luciano, Eugenio Arcadia, Autumn 2019, no. 41
Canine Menace: Feral Dogs, Bison, and Rewilding in the Carpathian Mountains
Vasile, Monica, Voicu, Stefan Arcadia, Summer 2019, no. 17
The Manifold Borders of a Locust Outbreak
Gomes, Inês, Queiroz, Ana Isabel Arcadia, Spring 2019, no. 15
Mumbai’s Doongerwadi Forest: Revisiting the Death of Nature in the Future City
Rademacher, Anne Arcadia, Spring 2019, no. 5
Tropical Australia's Crocodile Entrepreneurs
Brennan, Claire Arcadia, Spring 2019, no. 4
J. M. Rugendas’ Contribution to an Iconography of the Animal Condition in Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Society
Camphora, Ana Lucia Arcadia, Autumn 2018, no. 24
Beauties and Beasts: Whales in Portugal, from Early-Modern Monsters to Today’s Flagship Species
Brito, Cristina Arcadia, Autumn 2018, no. 21
Rabbits on the Edge: The Belonging of Pests in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Bell, Sarah J. Arcadia, Spring 2018, no. 7
“Moby Dick” in the Rhine: How a Beluga Whale Raised Awareness of Water Pollution in West Germany
Kleemann, Katrin Arcadia, Spring 2018, no. 6
A Shaggy-Bear Story: An Environmental History from a Remote Region
Moon, David Arcadia, Spring 2018, no. 4
Once Upon a Game Reserve: Sambisa and the Tragedy of a Forested Landscape
Olaniyan, Azeez Arcadia, Spring 2018, no. 2
American Cockroaches, Racism, and the Ecology of the Slave Ship
Garcia, Lindsay Arcadia, Autumn 2017, no. 29
Prevention or Poisoning? Dilemmas in Urban Rat Control
Jarzebowska, Gabriela Arcadia, Summer 2017, no. 24
The Mystery of the Merganser
Robin, Libby Arcadia, Summer 2017, no. 22
“Hit them hard and hit them well.” Possums, Pollution, and the Past in Aotearoa/New Zealand
Fischer, Jeannine-Madeleine Arcadia, Spring 2017, no. 10
Entomology and Empire: Settler Colonial Science and the Campaign for Hawaiian Annexation
Kessler, Lawrence H. Arcadia, Spring 2017, no. 8
Animal Rights vs. Bullfights: The Horns of an Indian Dilemma
Brara, Rita Arcadia, Spring 2016, no. 5
American Horses for the South African War, 1899–1902
Homan, Philip A. Arcadia, Spring 2016, no. 2
Lions, Lords, and Automobiles: Animal Entertainment and Travel Technologies in the Late Twentieth Century
Flack, Andy Arcadia 2015, no. 17
Wildlife Conservation Causes Deforestation in Colonial Namibia
Kreike, Emmanuel Arcadia 2015, no. 15
Molluscan Explosion: The Dutch Shipworm Epidemic of the 1730s
Sundberg, Adam Arcadia 2015, no. 14
Killing Cats in Garmisch
Uekötter, Frank Arcadia 2015, no. 12
The Bears Are Back! The LIFE Ursus Translocation Project in Trentino
Hardenberg, Wilko Graf von Arcadia 2015, no. 4
How Birds Became Europeans: Bird Protection Activists Cooperating across Borders for Supranational Protection
Meyer, Jan-Henrik Arcadia 2013, no. 20
Northern Bison Sanctuary or Big Ranch? Wood Buffalo National Park
Sandlos, John Arcadia 2013, no. 19