Ms E.R. (Eva) Meijer MA

  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Philosophy and Public Affairs
  • Visiting address
    OTM 145-147
    Oude Turfmarkt 145  Amsterdam
  • Postal address:
    Oude Turfmarkt  145
    1012 GC  Amsterdam

Eva Meijer works on a PhD project with the title Political Animal Voices

The view that nonhuman animals cannot be political actors because they cannot speak is common in both philosophical tradition and political practice. This view seems to be false in two respects. It refers to a flawed conception of political agency and, second, it ignores the fact that animals clearly do communicate, with each other and with humans. Seeing animals as mute does not simply reflect a misunderstanding of their capacities: it is interconnected with the way humans have defined language and politics and has led to rendering animals silent as a political group.

The aim of this PhD project is to develop a theory of ‘political animal voice’. Meijer will do this by developing and integrating accounts of a) political animal agency, b) animal languages and human-animal communication, and c) (new) political institutions. In developing these accounts, the project integrates insights from political philosophy (including poststructuralist and posthumanist analyses of power and language), philosophy of language, phenomenology, and different fields of animal studies, such as animal ethics, ethology and animal geography. Although the main goal is to provide a philosophical theory of political animal voice, the project also aims to conceptualize political animal voice on a practical-political level, both in addressing the entanglement of politics and language in relation to animals, and in developing a method of thinking with animals.


  • Meijer, E. (2018). Worm Politics. In E. Cudworth, S. Hobden, & E. Kavalski (Eds.), Posthuman Dialogues in International Relations (pp. 128-142). Abingdon: Routledge. [details] 


  • Meijer, E. R. (2017). Dierentalen en Politiek. Wijsgerig Perspectief op Maatschappij en Wetenschap, 57(1), 7-15.
  • Meijer, E. (2017). Interspecies Encounters and the Political Turn: From Dialogues to Deliberation. In A. Woodhall, & G. Garmendia da Trindade (Eds.), Ethical and Political Approaches to Nonhuman Animal Issues (pp. 201-226). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-54549-3_9 


  • Meijer, E. (2016). Animal Activism and Interspecies Change. In G. Garmendia da Trindade, & A. Woodhall (Eds.), Intervention or Protest: Acting for Nonhuman Animals. (pp. 97-130). Wilmington: Vernon Press. [details] 
  • Meijer, E. (2016). Filosofía del abandono: observaciones en el lenguaje, libertad y política acerca de la relación humano-perro. Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Críticos Animales, 2(2), 133-159. [details] 
  • Meijer, E. (2016). Interspecies Democracies. In B. Bovenkerk, & J. Keulartz (Eds.), Animal Ethics in the Age of Humans: Blurring boundaries in human-animal relationships (pp. 53-72). Berlijn: Springer. [details] 
  • Meijer, E. (2016). Speaking with Animals: Philosophical Interspecies Investigations. In M. Tønnessen, K. Armstrong Oma, & S. Rattasepp (Eds.), Thinking about Animals in the Age of the Anthropocene (pp. 73-88). Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books. [details] 



  • Meijer, E. (2014). La comunicazione politica con gli animali. Liberazioni, 4(16), 19-42. [details] 



  • Meijer, E. R. (Author). (2016). Animal Activism and Interspecies Change.
  • Meijer, E. (Author). (2016). Dierentalenpolitiek. Kring voor Internationale Betrekkingen: . [details] 
  • Meijer, E. (Author). (2016). Communication politique avec les animaux. Animal Sujetz: Marceline Pauly. [details] 


  • Meijer, E. (2013). Politieke gesprekken met dieren. In C. Dolmans (Ed.), Geert Grote Pen 2013: Nederlandstalige masterscripties van 5 jonge filosofen (pp. 267-316). Deventer: Deventer Universitaire Pers. [details] 


  • Meijer, E. (2012). Animal Politics and Political Animals [Review of: S. Donaldson, W. Kymlicka (2011) Zoopolis: a political theory of animal rights]. Krisis, 2012(2), 83-87. [details] 


  • Meijer, E. R. (2017). De politiek van dierentalen. Splijtstof.


  • Meijer, E. (2016). Animal Deliberation: From Farm Philosophy to Playing with Pigs [Review of: C. Driessen (2014) Animal deliberation: The co-evolution of technology and ethics on the farm]. Krisis, 2016(1), 71-73. [details] 
  • Meijer, E. (2016). Animal Rights, without Liberation? [Review of: (2012) Animal Rights without Liberation: Applied Ethics and Human Obligations]. Society & Animals, 24(3), 317-319. DOI: 10.1163/15685306-12341412  [details] 


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