Conference on animal welfare, Florence, Italy
The EU-funded Welfare Quality project will hold a scientific conference entitled 'Knowing animals: a cross-fertilisation between natural and social sciences for understanding the quality of life of animals' in Florence, Italy, on 5 and 6 March.
The meeting will look at animal farming and how the lives of animals kept for food production are studied and represented. In a combination of plenary sessions, keynote speeches and parallel workshops, the conference will address five broad themes:
- naturality: 'cowness, pigness, chickenness';
- designing for welfare;
- zoomorphisms and anthropomorphisms;
- standards as a mode of animal welfare governance;
- animal welfare and food quality.
The two-day discussion of these five specific themes is intended to promote dialogue and cross-fertilisation of ideas and perspectives between animal scientists and social scientists, reflection upon the practices of knowledge production and the understanding of animals, as well as the animals' quality of life that such practices generate.For further information, please visit: