The HAS Hub@ICS-ULisboa aims at tackling the relations between human and non-human animals, looked at as a continuum between nature and culture, or naturecultures. Non-human animals are considered actors in full right, active and decisive in the co-production of the hybrid communities inhabited by both humans and non-humans.


CLAN – Children-Animals Friendships: challenging boundaries between humans and non-humans in contemporary societies

Funding by Foundation
for Science and Technology
(PTDC/SOC 28415/2017)

This project aims at understanding the relationships between children and companion animals, and discusses how these are intertwined with other practices, environments and contexts, such as those involved in taking care of a pet.

monthly meetings


Animal Wonder – Reading Group on Human-Animal Studies @ICS-ULisboa has as a main goal to map the field of Human-Animal Studies, both at an international and national level.

We discuss some of its fundamental works, beginning by the foundational ones, as well as more specific topics, as the discussion progresses.


Blog Post no Life Research Group Blog

This summer we did an activity with the high school students participating in the Verão ULisboa. The activity we did consisted in a Focus Group simulation. We wrote a blog post with the students (in portuguese) about this, to know more:


The First edition of our International Human-Animal Studies Summer School was an absolute success! We would like to thank everyone that was involved in the making and participation of this initiative! We leave you a video with some memories of the time we shared in this summer school.

HAS International Development Program Award

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The Animal & Society Institute awarded the HAS Hub @ICS-ULisboa with the 2019-2020 HAS International Development Program Award. The Animal & Society Institute already helped co-organize an international Summer School in HAS during the first week of June 2019. This summer school counted with the presence of several students and lecturers from all around the world. The summer school also had the privilege of having the Program Director for Human-Animal Studies at the Animals and Society Institute, Margo DeMello as the invited keynote speaker.
This award will also help fund:
• The organization of the first national post-graduate course in HAS
• The organization of an international conference
• The publication of a handbook in HAS, in Portuguese


Workshop on Animal Behaviour

Workshop on Animal Behaviour with the Change For Animals Foundation HAS@ICS-ULisboa 2019 - Children-Animals Relationships - 5 September 2019, ICS-ULisboa.

Reading Group

Próxima sessão: dia 16 de Outubro// 2019. Horário: 13 às 14h30, Sala 2 no Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa

Summer School

International Human–Animal Studies Summer School : Companion Animals in (Late) Modernity: The Shared Lives of Humans and Other Animals


Title Rabbits and Children:
A Complicated History

HAS@ICS-ULisboa 2019
Children-Animals Relationships
6 June 2019 – 10h00 – ICS-ULisboa 

Room: Polivalente
Invited Keynote: Margo de Mello


Workshop on Animal Behaviour with the Change for Animals Foundation

HAS@ICS-ULisboa 2019
Children-Animals Relationships
5 Setembro 2019 ICS-ULisboa