Animals and Death Conference

A one-day philosophy conference focusing on the moral problems surrounding animals and death.

Date: 27-09-2016
Time: 9:30 - 17:30

The conference is organised by the APE Collective at University of Leeds. Questions that might be addressed at the conference include:

  • How does death harm animals and how is this different from how it harms humans?
  • Should we intervene in predator-prey relations to minimize/eliminate death?
  • Do we owe posthumous treatment to animals and their corpses?
  • When, if ever, is it right to 'euthanise' a companion animal?
  • Is death worse than non-existence for animals?


Confirmed keynote speaker: Dr Alasdair Cochrane (University of Sheffield).

Call for Abstracts

Presentations are invited from anybody who does not hold a doctoral degree or who has received their doctorate within 3 years of the conference date. We welcome papers of both applied and theoretical nature from any tradition of philosophy and also interdisciplinary work that considers the moral problems relating to animals and death. Speakers will be given a 30-minute presentation slot followed by a 15-minute Q and A session. We particularly encourage submissions from under-represented groups in philosophy.

Please send an abstract of up to 500 words to by 5th August 2016. Abstracts should be prepared for blind review and include no information that identifies the author or their institution. Please send abstracts in .doc or .pdf format, accompanied by a separate document including the author’s name, paper title, institutional affiliation and contact details.



Registration is free of charge but places are limited; registration will open in due course. All speakers will receive a £30 travel bursary and have one night’s accommodation and their conference meal covered. Lunch will also be provided for all conference attendees.


The conference is made possible by generous support from the Society of Applied Philosophy, the Analysis Trust, and the Centre for Ethics and Metaethics and the School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science at the University of Leeds. 


Location: University of Leeds
Cost: Free