Highlights from the ISAZ 2013 conference

Last week, a few of my colleagues and I flew to Chicago to attend the annual conference of the International Society for Anthrozoology, which supports the scientific and scholarly study of human-animal interactions. The conference was sponsored in part by the ASPCA, whose scientific advisor gave a plenary talk on the history of the animal welfare movement. It was a fascinating meeting, drawing researchers from as far away as Australia, Japan, Spain, and the UK, and as close as the University of Chicago. Dozens of studies were presented during those few days by authors ranging from seasoned scientists to fledgling graduate students. Everyone there had one thing in common: the determination to better understand and communicate what animals bring to our lives.

During the conference, I tried to capture a few nuggets from the various presentations I attended via live-tweeting, and also by retweeting a couple of interesting tidbits relayed by people at the sessions I couldn’t attend. The complete string of these is below:

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