The Australasian Animal Studies Association conference takes place from 12-15 July 2015 at the University of Melbourne. The title of this edition of the biannual gathering is Animal Publics: Emotions, Empathy, Activism. The conference is convened by the Australian Center and the Human Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network. Professor Barbara Creed, co-editor of the NECSUS special section ‘Animals’, is part of the conference organising committee. Keynote speakers include Anat Pick, who wrote the article ‘Why not look at animals?’, included in this special section. Access more details at the conference website.