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Education for Total Liberation

Critical Animal Pedagogy and Teaching Against Speciesism

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Edited By Anthony J. Nocella II, Carolyn Drew, Amber E. George, Sinem Ketenci, John Lupinacci, Ian Purdy and Joe Leeson-Schatz

Education for Total Liberation is a collection of essays from leaders in the field of critical animal pedagogy (CAP). CAP emerges from activist educators teaching critical animal studies and is rooted in critical theory as well as the animal advocacy movement. Critical animal studies (CAS) argues for an interdisciplinary approach to understanding our relationships with nonhuman animals. CAS challenges two specific fields of theory: (1) animal studies, rooted in vivisection and testing on animals in the hard sciences and (2) human-animal studies, which reinforces a socially constructed binary between humans and animals and adopts abstract theoretical approaches. In contrast, CAS takes a progressive and committed approach to scholarship and sees the exploitation of nonhuman animals as interrelated with oppression of humans based on class, gender, race, ability, sexuality, age, and citizenship. CAS promotes the liberation of all animals and challenges all systems of domination. Education for Total Liberation is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate level readers (and beyond) who wish to learn from examples of radical pedagogical projects shaped by CAS and critical pedagogy.

Contributing to this collection are Anne C. Bell, Anita de Melo, Carolyn Drew, Amber E. George, Karin Gunnarsson Dinker, Sinem Ketenci, John Lupinacci, Anthony J. Nocella II, Sean Parson, Helena Pedersen, Ian Purdy, Constance L. Russell, J.L. Schatz, Meneka Repka, William E. Shanahan III, and Richard J, White.

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Anne C. Bell has been working for over 25 years as an environmental educator, researcher, and advocate. She holds a Ph.D. in environmental studies from York University, Toronto. Anne is currently Director of Conservation and Education at Ontario Nature, a Canadian environmental charity dedicated to protecting wild species and wild spaces. Her work often involves inspiring partnerships with youth, naturalists, farmers, Indigenous people, and like-minded colleagues. She finds renewal and motivation in time spent outdoors—gardening, birding, swimming, hiking, skating, camping, and watching the stars with friends and family.

Anita de Melo currently teaches at the University of Cape Town. She has a Ph.D. in Romance languages from the University of Georgia, a M.A. in Portuguese from Brigham Young University, and a B.A. in languages from a Federal Brazilian University. She has taught at several American colleges: BYU, UGA, Penn State, the University of North Carolina, and the United States Military Academy. Some of her interests include: poetry, translation, postcolonial and feminist theory, teaching foreign languages, film, and critical animal studies.

Carolyn Drew grew up imagining battles liberating animals and protecting the great forests, which dominated her childhood games, but today these imaginations have become reality as an activist. She spends her nights tracking down shooters to try and stop the carnage unleashed on kangaroos in her region. She works with Animal Liberation ACT, Australia, assisting with protests, marches, outreach, and other actions. During the day, she teaches in access programs to those who...

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