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Teaching Liberation

Essays on Social Justice, Animals, Veganism, and Education

Agnes Trzak

As humankind moves deeper into the Anthropocene, a period marked by climate disruption, species extinction, and profound challenges to human and animal welfare, what and how we teach our children has never been of greater importance. In this passionate, incisive, and diverse collection of thirteen interconnected essays, educators at every level of education and from four continents call for a re-imagined pedagogy that embeds respect for the other-than-human world, encourages imagination and resilience, and fosters open inquiry based on principles of justice, fairness, and equity.

By turns polemical, visionary, and practical, Teaching Liberation is an essential book for critical animal studies scholars, humane educators, and all those who practice pedagogy, whether in the classroom or outside it.

Essays include:

Dismantling the Human/Animal Divide in Education: The Case for Critical Humane Education by Sarah Rose Olson

Our Bodies, Complex and Connected: Analyzing Interconnected Oppressions as a Methodological Basis for a Liberating Pedagogy by Beti Scott Brown

Modeling Dissent: Teachers as Protectors, Activists, and Public Intellectuals by Jacqueline Adamescu

Including an Anti-speciesist Practice in My Work with Neurodiverse Youth by Riley J. Taylor

Learning about Animals: How We Are Taught to Ignore Animal Oppression by Susan M. Roberts

What Zoos Teach Us: Speciesism, Colonialism, Racism, and Capitalism in the Captive Animal Industry by Liz Tyson and Nicola O’Brien

Ecocriticism in the Classroom and at Home: Generating a New Ethical and Ecological Consciousness through Fairy Tales by Tanja Badalic

Including Non-Vegans in Developing and Delivering an Anti-Speciesist Pedagogy to Children by Tânia Regina Vizachri, Adriana Regina Braga, and Luís Paulo de Carvalho Piassi

“The Things We Choose to Teach Are Political Decisions. So, Embrace That.”: Neoliberalism, the Academy, and Critical Animal Studies Educators by Heather Fraser and Nik Taylor

What We Can Learn about Vegan Education from Anarchist Philosophy and Animal Liberation Activists by Will Boisseau

Teaching Men: What Men (and All of Us) Need to Consider when Communicating for Veganism by Agnes Trzak

Muscles, Meat, and Masculinity: Obstacles to a Vegan Teaching Practice in the Sports Sciences by Blane Abercrombie

Working with the Imagination and a Corporeal Pedagogy to Foster Interspecies Empathy by Terry Hurtado

272 pp.  
6" x 9"

Lantern Books


Published:  September 2019


Agnes Trzak is an educator, activist, and scholar, specializing in anti-speciesist theory and the deconstruction of the (Hu)man, a term originating from her doctoral thesis. She is also the founder of the Anti-Speciesist Collective, a grassroots group run for and by non-binary people and women to facilitate accessibility to knowledge and, through this, empower those on the margin to take action for humans and animals. She works as an integration pedagogue with primary school children and is currently located in Berlin. See all books by Agnes Trzak

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