Animals and Moralistic Conflicts to be Topic

April 29th, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized

SUNY Oneonta Associate Professor of Sociology Brian M. Lowe will give an Alden Scholar Series Lecture on Tuesday, April 30, at 3 p.m. The lecture, titled “Wars of Representation: Animals and Mediated Moral Controversies,” will take place in the Alden Room on the third floor of the Milne Library.

To complement the lecture, the edited collection, “Experiencing Animal Minds: An Anthology of Animal-Human Encounters” by Julie A. Smith and Robert W. Mitchell, which contains Dr. Lowe’s work, will be available for purchase, courtesy of Damascene Book Cellar. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Lowe is the author of “Emerging Moral Vocabularies: The Creation and Establishment of New Form of Moral and Ethical Meanings” (Lexington Books, 2006) and numerous book chapters and articles. He is a past chair of the Animals and Society section of the American Sociological Association and serves as project director of the interdisciplinary Social Science Big Data Project at SUNY Oneonta, funded through a SUNY IITG grant.

The lecture will explore a common theme from three of Lowe’s recently published book chapters: how mediated representations created by particular claims-makers may be deployed in moralistic conflicts over what moral and ethical claims will become dominant within the larger society. The presentation will provide a synopsis of sociological understanding of morality and the use of mediated representations to create moral claims. Lowe will discuss “moral vocabularies” and their explanatory utility, citing case studies from the animal rights and animal protection movement. The talk will conclude with a discussion of the potential for understanding the significance of mediated representations used by other claims-makers within other moral controversies.

Established last spring by a group of faculty and staff from the library and History Department, the Alden Scholar Series is a permanent lecture series focused on contemporary research. This event is presented by the Alden Scholar Series Organizing Committee in association with Milne Library. It is sponsored by the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association with financial support from the Fund for Oneonta.