12 and 13 December 2013 * Larespark Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey
The symposium is organised by the Animal Politics Foundation (APF), the foundation that organises and coordinates the international activities of the Party for the Animals.
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One day ticket: € 65 (including drinks, snacks and a vegan lunch)
Two day ticket: € 100 (including drinks, snacks and two vegan lunches)
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Everyone who is interested in animal rights and how animals can be given a voice in politics, but specifically people who are working – both professionally and voluntarily – in theory or practice in this field.
Purpose of the Symposium
Giving animals a voice in policy decision making is a challenging task, taken up by a relatively new political movement that has widened the scope of traditional politics by representing the interests of all animals, not just humans – and for that reason a sustainable future for the planet. This movement necessitates to make optimal use of existing entry points as well as to rethink democratic processes and institutional arrangements. The symposium will address both theory and practice of animal politics and is aimed at reaching better understanding of challenges and possibilities and at strengthening and creating interlinkages within the movement.
Subjects to be addressed include the following:
- Animal political theory and philosophy
- Animal representation and institutional arrangements
- The role and strategy of an extra-parliamentary party
- The long way to participation in elections
- Instrumental versus expressive politics
- The role of the European Union in the internationalisation of this political movement. The symposium will look ahead to the next elections for the European Parliament
- Expertise for the development of the party
- Experiences from the country level
The symposium is initiated by the Dutch Party for the Animals. The Netherlands is prominent when it comes to political practice, it is the first country in the world where the Party for the Animals is represented in the national parliament and the senate – and at other political levels: Provincial Council, Municipal Council and the Water Board – and thus is well-established within the Dutch political arena. The party considers international collaboration key to achieve meaningful change for animals and has for that reason set up the Animal Politics Foundation (APF), which organises and coordinates international activities to further this goal.
In Turkey, a fairly new Party for the Animals is active, the Hayvan Partisi. By holding the conference in Istanbul we would like to give support to this starting movement in Turkey.
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This conference is made possible with funding from the MATRA programme.