The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in the Age of Terror (2015)
Laura Wright is a professor of English at Western Carolina University. Wright proposed 'vegan studies' as a new academic field, and her book The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in the Age of Terror (2015) served as the foundational text of the discipline.
Wright's 2015 book The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in the Age of Terror which proposed the academic field "vegan studies," served as the foundational text for and introduced the discipline.
Some reviewers and academics embraced the identification of a new field of study, calling the book a "foundational work" and "the foundational text for the nascent field" of vegan studies. In her foreword to the book, Carol J. Adams says, "Thanks to this work, we now have a new category: the vegan studies-loving vegan."
In 2016 Kathryn Dolan said in the journal Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment that it "will clearly become an area of further study." Jodey Castricano and Rasmus R. Simonsen called it "the first vegan studies monograph to be published by a university press."
In 2018 Dario Martinelli and Ausra Berkmaniene said "The presence and legitimacy of 'vegan studies' within the academic world, especially since Wright cared to formalize the expression and define a paradigm, is something that should no longer require an explanation or a justification," and that she "coined the expression". Emelia Quinn and Benjamin Westwood called the book "the first major academic monograph" on veganism and the humanities.
In 2019, Marianna Koljonnen called Wright "the founder of vegan studies". Marzena Kubisz called The Vegan Studies Project "the monograph which creates the foundations for vegan studies".
Other academics were less sure that a new field had been created. In 2016 Fabio Parasecoli said he was "not sure if Wright's intention to open a whole new field of inquiry and scholarship will come to fruition, but she definitely offers many arguments that deserve attention and reflection." In 2018 Josh Milburn said he would if given the opportunity teach a course on vegan studies, but that he remained "unsure whether there truly is a literature sufficiently unified to be labelled a new discipline.
Wright has given several talks to academic conferences about the introduction of vegan studies, including keynote addresses at Towards A Vegan Theory: An Interdisciplinary Humanities Conference at Oxford University and Animal Politics: Justice, Power, and the State at Internationale School voor Wijsbegeerte.
Awards and honors
University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching (2018)
^Wright, Laura (2015). The Vegan Studies Project: food, animals, and gender in the age of terror. Athens: University of Georgia Press. ISBN9780820348544. OCLC920013340.
^ abMartinelli, Dario; Berkmaniene, Ausra (February 12, 2018). "The Politics and the Demographics of Veganism: Notes for a Critical Analysis". International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. 31 (3): 501–530. doi:10.1007/s11196-018-9543-3.
^Dolan, Kathryn (November 2016). "The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in the Age of Terror. By Laura Wright". Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. 23 (3): 644. doi:10.1093/isle/isw059.
^Castricano, Jodey; Simonsen, Rasmus R. (2016). "Introduction: Food for Thought". In Castricano, Jodey; Simonsen, Rasmus R. (eds.). Critical Perspectives on Veganism. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. v–xv. ISBN978-3-319-33418-9.
^Quinn, Emelia; Westwood, Benjamin (2018). Thinking Veganism in Literature and Culture: Towards a Vegan Theory. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN9783319733791.