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CONFERENCE: The Psychology of Speciesism and its Intersections with Racism and Sexism

Next November 15 at 14:30 (2:30 pm) in the room AA 2.28 in the Autonomous Wing Building of ISCTE-IUL, as part of the Lectures in Psychology Or in Other Social Sciences and Humanities of the Doctoral Program in Psychology, Dr. Kristof Dhont from the University of Kent, School of Psychology will give a talk on The Psychology of Speciesism and its Intersections with Racism and Sexism.


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Abstract:


Despite being animals, humans distance themselves physically and mentally from (most) other animals and prioritize human interests. We exploit other animals to feed, clothe, and entertain ourselves, to name just a few animal exploitation practices. Such discrimination against other species, or speciesism, is the central focus of the presentation. Drawing on recent scientific findings, I address the psychological connections between speciesism and prejudices such as racism and sexism. Our findings show that those who support animal exploitation also tend to endorse sexist and racist views and rely on the belief in group dominance and human supremacy to justify systems of inequality and oppression. Furthermore, I will present new research showing how sexist views and traditional masculinity distort attitudes towards those who care about animals and refrain from animal product consumption (i.e. vegans).



Access via ZOOM - Meeting ID: 915 9213 2808

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