Dr. Eva Meijer works as a postdoctoral researcher at Wageningen University (NL) in a project called Anthropocene Ethics: Taking Animal Agency Seriously. She taught (animal) philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and is the chair of the Dutch study group for Animal Ethics, as well as a founding member of Minding Animals The Netherlands. Recent publications include When Animals Speak: Toward an Interspecies Democracy (NUY Press 2019), Animal Languages (John Murray 2019), and novel Bird Cottage, (Pushkin Press 2018). Her books have been translated into fifteen languages.

Vortrag: When animals speak

Prairie dogs and chickens speak about humans, dolphins and parrots have names, bats like to gossip. Nonhuman animals are not silent, even though they are often presented as such. This has consequences for politics and advocacy. Drawing on insights from ethology and political philosophy, in her talk Eva Meijer will discuss examples of animal communities who use their voices to speak, and act, in political ways and argue that we need to rethink our relations with other animals, taking their voices into account as the starting point for a new interspecies democracy