Dr. Carol Gigliotti is a writer, scholar, and activist whose work focuses on the impact of new technologies on human relationships with animals and on the lives of animals themselves. It challenges the current assumptions of creativity and offers a more comprehensive understanding of creativity through recognizing animal cognition, creativity, consciousness, and agency. She is the editor of the book, Leonardo’s Choice: Genetic Technologies and Animals and the author of numerous book chapters and journal essays on these topics. Her work is supported by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, The Sitka Center for the Arts, and The Reverie Foundation, among others. She was, until recently, Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada and in the Fall of 2011 was Guest Curator of the Interactive Futures'11: Animal Influence. Gigliotti is on a number of international advisory boards concerned either with media or animal studies. She now lives in San Francisco, CA.
Her most recent essay, The Struggle for Compassion and Justice with Critical Animal Studies in the Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies is now available online here. The print version is due out later this year.
Her edited book, Leonardo's Choice: Genetic technologies and animals, published by the Ethics/Philosophy Area of Springer in hardcover in 2009, is now available in paperback.
Recent presentations include:
"Animal Influence" Closing presentation, Interactive Futures'11: Animal Influence. ECUAD, Vancouver, BC. Nov 17-19. Online vidoe available here.
Moderator, "Non Linear Story Telling" The International Digital Media Arts Association Conference 2010 Vancouver, BC. Nov 4-6.
"Animals and Art" Department of Art, University of California, Santa Barbara. Apr 29, 2010.
"Placing the Human: Roundtable with Phiip Beesley, Char Davies, Carol Gigliotti, and Jeff Malpas" Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto. Mar 26, 2010.
She is on the Review Board of the online Journal for Critical Animal Studies. She is on a number of international Advisory boards concerned with either media or animal studies and often reviews for university and commercial presses as well as serving as a research reviewer for governmental funding organizations. In the Spring of 2008, she was the Recipient of the John and Betty Gray WritingResidency at The Sitka Center for the Arts and Ecology.
Since 2009 she has been on the Senior Academic board of the online journal Antennae: the Journal of Nature in VIsual Culture.
Gigliotti may be reached at carolgigliotti at me dot com
Her CV in pdf form is available here.