Zeitgrad seeks to delve beneath the surface of contemporary cultural and political issues by uncovering historical or unconsidered connections between the current contemporary moment and academic research from a wide cross-section of fields. The majority of guests on Zeitgrad are graduate students and early-career scholars who share their expertise to elucidate a topic of interest from the day’s headlines. These discussions seek to provide a deeper, more nuanced understanding of contemporary issues by approaching them from a new perspective and providing additional context, all of which is informed by the rigours of academic research.

Episode 1 – Beyond Meat and Animal Studies

My guest today is a fellow PhD candidate here at Queen’s University, Alicia Alves. Join us as we discuss the Beyond Meat movement, its implications for vegetarians and vegans, its effect on animal studies, and its potential roots in the Victorian era.

Further Reading

Alicia was kind enough to provide a list of academic resources if this episode inspired you or piqued your interest in the history of animal studies, vegetarianism, or Victorian beliefs surrounding animals and meat.

  • Foer, Jonathan Safran. Eating Animals. Back Bay Books, 2010.
  • Gregory, James. Of Victorians and Vegetarians: the Vegetarian Movement in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Tauris Academic Studies, 2007.
  • Preece, Rod. Sins of the Flesh: A History of Ethical Vegetarian Thought
  • Ritvo, Harriet. The Animal Estate: the English and Other Creatures in the Victorian Age. Harvard University Press, 2005.
  • Turner, James Crewdson. Reckoning with the Beast: Animals, Pain, and Humanity in the Victorian Mind. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1980.

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