Playful Encounters with Animals

Designing playful engagements with animals to find, imagine, or emphasize non-speciesist practices

Author Archives: michellewesterlaken

What is the opposite of Speciesism?

The word ‘speciesism’ (pronounced species-ism), is still not a widely used term, but actually has been around since the 70s. When academics or animal activists mention this term it usually … Continue reading

August 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Books of 2018

As a PhD student and avid reader of books, Goodreads is my preferred social networking platform. Not only to keep track of what I’m reading, but also to browse new … Continue reading

January 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Design and Care – Nordes Summer school

Last week I got the opportunity to participate in the Nordic Design Research (Nordes) Summer School, with this year’s theme: Design and Care (in connection to their 2019 Conference with … Continue reading

August 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Reflections on Zelda Breath of the Wild – Vegan Run

“Hi, my name is Link and I am a Hylian. I am also known as “The Hero of Time”. This is because I am the chosen one who explores the virtual world of the Zelda game series as a protagonist, while pursuing an important quest for justice and peace. I am also a vegan.

February 11, 2018 · 1 Comment

Already Existing Traces of Non-Speciesism

As part of my PhD project, I started documenting encounters between humans and animals that I find inspiring for non-speciesist thinking. In a recent journal article on Imagining Non-Speciesism, I … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Representations of Dragons in Games

During my PhD exchange visit at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design, we organized the first GameAnimals seminar. On the day of the seminar, the 4th of October, the … Continue reading

October 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Breath of the Wild – Vegan Run

Update: please find a reflective follow-up post on my experience of playing BOTW as a vegan here. Alternatively, the research paper on this topic can be found here. (this post … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 2 Comments