SOAS University of London

Centre of Jaina Studies

Programme: Biodiversity Conservation and Animal Rights: Religious and Philosophical Perspectives

14th Jaina Studies Symposium: Biodiversity Conservation and Animal Rights: Religious and Philosophical Perspectives
10.00Christopher Chapple (Department of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles)
Animals in early India: stories from the Upaniṣads, the Jātakas, the Pañcatantra, and Jaina Narratives
10.30Marc Bekoff (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder)
Who lives, who dies, and why: ignoring and redecorating nature and specious speciesism
11.00Paul Waldau (Chair, Anthrozoology, Canisius College & Barker Lecturer in Animal Law, Harvard Law School)
Animal studies is the key of animal rights
12.00Lu Feng (Department of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences,Tsinghua University, Beijing)
Reflections on Confucian perspectives on the global environmental crisis
12.30Emma Tomalin (Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Leeds)
Religious discourses about the environment: resources for sustainable development or a modern-day myth
14.00Sarra Tlili (Assistant Professor of Arabic, Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Gainesville, University of Florida)
If it got worse, it can get better: Muslims’ attitudes toward animals between the past and the present
14.30Andrew Linzey (Director, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics)
Can Christianity become good news for animals?
15.00Stephen R. L. Clark (Department of Philosophy, University of Liverpool)
Imaging the divine: how is humanity the reason for creation, and what is humanity?
16.00Michael Zimmermann (Professor for Indian Buddhism, Head Asien-Afrika Institut, Hamburg University)
Anthropocentrism in the guise of an all-inclusive ethics? Buddhist attitudes to the natural
16.30Peter Flügel (Chair, Centre of Jaina Studies, Department of the Study of Religions, SOAS)
Rethinking animism: the Jaina doctrine of non-violence from the perspective of comparative ethics
17.15* Round Table Discussion
18.15Final Remarks