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Descriptions - Talks Room 1

PRO-INTERSECTIONAL VEGAN CONFERENCE - TALKS ROOM 1

SUNDAY

11:00 - Sagar Kirit Shah - Jainism, Ahimsa and the vegan movement in the Jain community

12:00 - Dr. Kate Stewart - Women and the vegan movement

1:00 - Dr. Richard Twine - Transitions and intersections - how does intersectionality complicate vegan transition?

2:00 - Joe Brydon - Otherisation: What can we learn from LGBTQ+ experience about speciesism and violence?

3:00 - Dr. Roger Yates - Trying to be a Good Pro-Intersectional Listener

4:00 - Dr. Tushar Mehta - Eat for the Earth! The global and environmental impact of Plant VS Animal foods

 

SPEAKERS

11:00 - Sagar Kirit Shah - Jainism, Ahimsa and the vegan movement in the Jain community

Jainism is one of the world's oldest religions and places great emphasis on the practice of ahimsa (non-violence), especially through diet. Nearly all followers of the Jain faith abstain from eating flesh and eggs, and increasing numbers of Jain individuals and organisations are now embracing a vegan lifestyle. This workshop will provide an overview of the Jain faith the vegan movement within the Jain community. Special emphasis will be given to the Jain concept of non-violence (ahimsa) and the Jain dietary code.

www.jainvegans.org

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12:00 - Dr. Kate Stewart - Women and the vegan movement

Women's contribution to the vegan movement has always been colossal, but remains under-acknowledged. Promoting the work of women is an important element of challenging the ‘malestream' in any field. This talk explores why, and celebrates some key contributions of vegan women theorists, writers and teachers.

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1:00 - Dr. Richard Twine - Transitions and intersections - how does intersectionality complicate vegan transition?

This talk introduces a theory of vegan transition based on my research with vegans and participant observation of the UK vegan community. I then define intersectionality according to its various uses in the social sciences and explore how intersections of power provide both blocks and opportunities with regard to furthering the societal adoption of vegan practice.

www.richardtwine.com

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2:00 - Joe Brydon - Otherisation: What can we learn from LGBTQ+ experience about speciesism and violence?

Joe Brydon will share their experiences of life as an LGBTQ+ person and will examine the impacts of "otherisation" on both queer persons and non-human persons. From this they will attempt to answer the question "is the animal movement actually encouraging the attitudes that oppress non-humans?"

www.facebook.com/groups/TheAnimalAlliance

Photo credit: Chris Dobson Photography

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3:00 - Dr. Roger Yates - Trying to be a Good Pro-Intersectional Listener

Aph Ko recently said that there are various answers to how people look at intersectionality but the basic framework is about understanding how multiple oppressions [inter]connect. The introduction and discourse about pro-intersectionality in the animal movement has been less than smooth but I agree with Sarah Woodcock that we have seen some progress, not least that voices that are typically marginalised and silenced are now being prioritised.

I'm attending in the main as a pro-intersectional listener to those very voices.

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4:00 - Dr. Tushar Mehta - Eat for the Earth! The global and environmental impact of Plant VS Animal foods

In this lecture, Dr. Mehta will discuss the key processes by which animal agriculture has an impact on Land, Water, Biodiversity, and Climate. He will discuss the source from which movies like Cowspiracy draw their information, and go over some of the key numbers when it comes to climate change. Also, how do we better feed the growing world population; can plant based food feed more people? Let's look at the science, and examine the intersection between compassion, ecology, and the wellbeing of people.

www.runfortheearth.org

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