August 20, 2018

Special Projects


1. Sanctuary Working Group


The Sanctuary Working Group explores the role of intentional multispecies communities (such as sanctuaries for formerly farmed animals, wildlife rehabilitation centres, support networks for urban animals) in helping us to imagine, explore, and disseminate ideas and practices of multispecies justice, care, politics and community. Group activities include conducting ethnographic research in multispecies communities, sponsoring talks and keeping abreast of the emerging research on sanctuaries and other forms of multispecies community.

Recent publications related to this project include:


2. Animal Archive Project


The goal of the Animal Archive Project is to support the exploration and writing of animal histories and stories. APPLE fellow Claudia Hirtenfelder, in conjunction with Queen’s University Archives, has produced a thematic introduction and ‘user-guide’ to facilitate research on animals, and incorporation of their stories into scholarly projects in the humanities and social sciences. “Finding Kingston’s Animals: An Introduction and Guide to Animals in the Queen’s University Archives” is available here.

APPLE is also producing ‘historical walking tours’ of Kingston’s animals. These guides are intended for the general public, with the aim of promoting a new perspective on animals as historical subjects, and as vibrant participants in Kingston’s social, economic, cultural and political history. The first map, “A Multispecies Tour of Queen’s University” is available here.

Claudia Hirtenfelder is developing a more comprehensive Kingston tour which will be available here soon.

We hope these documents will be of interest, not just to scholars of Kingston’s history, but to residents of other cities and regions who might be inspired to undertake similar projects in conjunction with their own local archives, historical societies, or tourism bureaus. We also hope the guide and maps can be of use as pedagogical tools for teachers hoping to involve students in a more dynamic exploration of history and animals.

For further information about these special projects, please contact Sue Donaldson (