Furry In Academia

The following is an archive of every instance furry is mentioned in academia. Some of these sources are focused on furry; others only mention furry or the Fandom in passing (these are marked with an *). I’ve also included materials that aren’t particuarly academic, but have a relevance to this list (such as Fred Patten’s work). In lieu of citing every single piece of scholarship Furscience has done, I have simply linked to their website’s publication page.

I hope this can be an evolving and collaborative resource for those studying furry and for those curious as to how furry exists in academia.

~ yerf

Altman, Eric Stephan. 2010. Posthum/an/ous: Identity, Imagination, and the Internet. Master’s Thesis, Appalachian State University.

Arčon, Artur Quaglio. 2020. Olhar exploratório sobre a subcultura furry no Brasil. IniciaCom, Vol. 9 no. 1. Link.

Austin, Jessica Ruth. 2016. Fur and Loathing: Identity, Stigma and Online Furry Fandom. Conference Paper. Link.

-. 2018a. Identity Construction in the Furry Fandom. PhD Dissertation, Anglia Ruskin University.

-. 2018b. The Furry Fandom: Moving Transgender into the Posthuman. Conference Paper. Link.

-. 2021. Fan Identities in the Furry Fandom. Bloomsbury.

*Baker, Steve. 2000. The Postmodern Animal. Reaktion Books, p. 173.

*Boellstorff, Tom. 2008. Coming of Age in Second Life. Princeton University Press.

*Brookey, Robert Alan & Kristopher L. Cannon. 2009. Sex Lives in Second Life. Critical Studies in Media Communication. 26:2, 145-164.

*Brown, Meghan Ann. 2015. Animal People. Masters Thesis, Iowa State University. Link.

Brown, Sara A., Edward Barker, and Qazi Rahman. 2020. Erotic Target Identity Inversions among Men and Women in an Internet Sample. Journal of Sexual Medicine, Vol. 17(1).

Bruce, Tommy. 2020. Real Problems. Link, talk. Link, exhibit.

*Bryant, Clifton D. and Craig J. Forsyth. 2012. The Complexity of Deviant Lifestyles. Deviant Behavior. 33:7, 525-549.

Carlson, Marla. 2011. Furry Cartography: Performing Species. Theatre Journal, Vol. 63, no. 2, pages 191-208.

*-. 2018. Affect, Animals, and Autists: Feeling Around the Edges of the Human in Performance. Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press.

Cass Jr., Stephen H. 2019. “Culture by Accident:” The Proliferation of LGBT Representation in Furry Fandom. Link.

*Check, Ed and Katy Ballard. 2014. Navigating Emotional, Intellectual, and Physical Violence Directed Toward LGBTQ Students and Educators. Art Education. 67:3, 6-11.

*Chen, Mel Y. 2012. Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect. Durham: Duke University Press. Pages 105-106.

Descheneaux, Julie. 2016. Réflexion queer sur les communautés furry et cosplay: Enjeux de l’identité sexuelle dans le jeu vidéo. Implications philosophiques.

Dotson, Jay. 2017. FURRIES NOW! Identity, Empowerment, Stereotype Formation, Hybridization and Intellectual Property in the Furry Community. USF, Undergraduate Thesis.

-. 2020. Furry Fandom As Folk Culture. The Pheonix Papers, Vol 4(2). 93-103.

Dunn, Kameron. 2022. Furry Fandom, Aesthetics, and the Potential in New Objects of Fannish Interest. In “Fandom Histories,” eds. Philipp Dominik Keidl and Abby S. Waysdorf, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 37.

*Eliášková, Klára. 2020. Subkultury mládeže a jejich vztah k rizikovému chování. STUDENTSKÁ SOCIALIA 2019, pp. 73-93.

*Ferreday, Debra. 2011. Becoming deer: Nonhuman drag and online utopias. Feminist Theory, 12(2), pages 219-225.

Fleener, Dustin. 2016. You Take My Paw and I’ll Take Your Hand: An Exploration of the Furry Community. Master’s Thesis, University of Idaho.

Fortuna, Piotr. 2015. Mroczny Przedmiot Przytulania: O Kontrowersyjnych Wizerunkach Fandomu Futrzaków W Kulturze Popularnej [En. Obscure Object of Cuddle: On Controversial Portraits of Furry Fandom in Popular Culture]. Przegląd Humanistyczny [Humanistic Review], 3, 127-133.

Furscience. 2008-. Link.

Gallardo Linares, Francisco Javier. 2013. Identidad Furry En España Y Sus Prácticas De Género. Un Análisis Crítico Del Discurso. aposta, revista de ciensias sociales, 57.

. 2013. Construcción de la identidad furry. Intersticios. Revista Sociológica de Pensamiento Crítico, 7(1).

Gray, Terrance. 2019. Furry Sexuality: Conditioned Fetishes a Better Explanation than Erotic Target Identity Inversion. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Guerrier, Jacqueline Danielle. 2014. Bringing out the animal in me: An examination of art and the individual within the Furry subculture. Senior Honors Projects, James Madison University.

*Harrington, C. Lee. 2019. Animal fans: Toward a multispecies fan studies. Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 30.

Healy, Michael John and Michael B. Beverland. 2013. Unleashing the animal within: Exploring consumers’ zoomorphic identity motives. Journal of Marketing Management. 29:1-2, 225-248.

-. 2016. Being sub-culturally authentic and acceptable to the mainstream: Civilizing practices and self-authentication. In Journal of Business Research, Vol 69, pages 224-233.

Heinz, Mary. 2020. “There’s A Little Bit of That Magic Where I’m Becoming Something Else”: LGBT+ Furry Identity Formation and Belonging Online. The Journal for Undergraduate Ethnography, vol. 10 no. 2.

Hsu, Kevin. 2019. Erotic Target Identity Inversions in Male Furries, Adult Baby/Diaper Lovers, and Eunuchs. PhD Dissertation, Northwestern University.

Hsu, Kevin and Michael Bailey. 2019. The “Furry” Phenomenon: Characterizing Sexual Orientation, Sexual Motivation, and Erotic Target Identity Inversions in Male Furries. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

-. 2020. The Poverty of Conditioning Explanations for Sexual Interests: Reply to Grey (2019). Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Jeansonne, Sherry A. 2012. Breaking Down Stereotypes: A Look at the Performance of Self-Identity Within The Furry Community. MA Thesis, Texas State University-San Marcos. Link.

*Jenzen, Olu. 2017. Trans youth and social media: moving between counterpublics and the wider web. Gender, Place, & Culture. 24:11, pp. 1626-1641.

Julien-Saavedra, Quentin. 2014. Furry Fandom :  trouble dans l’espèce. Multitudes, no. 55, pages 212-220.

*Kendall, Lori. 2002. Hanging Out in the Virtual Pub: Masculinities and Relationships Online. Berkeley: University of California Press.

*Kong, Travis S. K. 2019. The pursuit of masculinity by young gay men in neoliberal Hong Kong and Shanghai. Journal of Youth Studies.

Kouri-Towe, Natalie. 2020. Uncanny Sexuality in a Playground of the (un)Real. Tommy Bruce: Real Problems (exhibition catalogue). Link.

Llagas Ochoa, Marisol Katherin. 2021. Autoconcepto Personal y Regulación Emocional en Role-players entre 18 y 25 años de Lima Metropolitana. Tesis para Licenciado en Psicología, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas.

Lewis, Brandy J. 2018. Review of Furry Fandom Conventions: 1989-2015 by Fred Patten. Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction.

-. 2019. Decolonizing the anthro-animal: Furry fandom, speculative fiction, and the need for newer directions. Flayrah.

Liu, Calvin. 2017. Alternative Identity Mediation Across Space and Performance. Masters Thesis, UC Irvine.

Maase, Jakob W. 2015. Keeping the Magic: Fursona Identity and Performance in the Furry Fandom. MA Thesis, Folk Studies and Anthropology, Western Kentucky University. Link.

Micheals, Jay. 2006. Defining the Furry Fandom. UCF, Undergraduate Thesis.

Morgan, Matthew. 2008. Creature Comfort: Anthropomorphism, Sexuality, and Revitalization in the furry fandom. Masters Thesis, Mississippi State University.

*Myers, Jr. O. E. 2003. No longer the lonely species: A post-Mead perspective on animals and the self. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 23(3), 46-68.

Nunes, Mônica. 2016. Memória, Consumo e Memes de Afeto nas Cenas Cosplay e Furry. Contracampo, vol. 35 no. 1.

*Palmer, Curtis. 2005. The Forgotten Races. Masters Thesis, Texas Tech University. Link.

Pateman, Miles Thomas. 2018. Fur the Love of God: Identity, Relationships and Church Engagement with the Furry Fandom Self-Identifying Community. Masters Thesis, University of Sheffield.

Patten, Fred. 2017. Furry Fandom Conventions, 1989-2015. McFarland.

*Peakman, Julie. 2013. The Pleasure’s All Mine: A History of Perverse Sex. London: Reaktion Books. Pages 204-208.

*Pfaus, James G., Gonzalo R. Quintana, Connal E. Mac Cionnaith, Christine A. Gerson, Simon Dubé, and Genaro A. Coria-Avila. 2020. Conditioning of Sexual Interests and Paraphilias in Humans Is Difcult to See, Virtually Impossible to Test, and Probably Exactly How It Happens: A Comment on Hsu and Bailey (2020). Archives of Sexual Behavior.

*Proctor, Devin. 2019. On Being Non-Human: Otherkin Identification and Virtual Space. PhD Dissertation. George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

Půtová, Barbora. 2013. Prehistoric sorcerers and postmodern furries: Anthropological point of view. International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, Vol 5(7), pages 243-248.

*Reinhard, CarrieLynn D. 2018. Fractured fandoms : contentious communication in fan communities. Lanham: Lexington Books.

Rust, David J. 2000. The Sociology of the Furry Fandom. Link. Also see https://en.wikifur.com/wiki/The_Sociology_of_Furry_Fandom

Satinsky, Emily & Denise Nicole Green. 2016. Negotiating identities in the furry fandom through costuming. Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion, Vol 3(2).

Scott-Clary, Madison. 2020. ally. Project continues at https://ally.id

Seabrook, Chris. 2010. “It Gives me Thunder”: Reflections on “Becoming Fur.” Carleton University. MA Thesis.

*Serano, Julia. 2019, July 19th. tweet thread.

Silverman, Ben. 2020. Fursonas: Furries, Community, and Identity Online. MA Dissertation, Comparative Media Studies, MIT. Link.

Strike, Joe. 2017. Furry Nation: The True Story of America’s Most Misunderstood Subculture. Cleis Press.

Soh, Debra & James Cantor. 2015. A Peek Inside a Furry Convention. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44:1-2.

Toniolo, Francesco. 2020. La costruzione della fursona come antimimesi dell’umano e timore della copia. Elephant & Castle, 24: Mimetofobia.

Sutkowska, Agata. 2021. Kozioł ofiarny w fursuitcie: Hierarchia w fandomach na przykładzie furry [En. The scapegoat in furrysuit: Fandom hierarchies as exemplified by the status of the furrry fandom]. Literatura Ludowa [En. Journal of Folklore and Popular Culture], 65(2), 35-51.

Valens, Ana. 2019. Bad Dragon’s kingdom of fantasy sex toys is caged by ‘queer’ capitalism. Daily Dot.

Vilamil, Jairo Alberto León. 2020. RAVEL:CONSTRUCCIÓN DEL ALTER-EGO DESDE LO GEEK Y EL FURRY. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Artes Visuales. Link.

Voigt, Josephine. 2012. Das Phänomen der Furries – Soziale Gruppe oder Subkultur? Link.

*Waddell, Lynn. 2013. Fringe Florida: travels among mud boggers, furries, ufologists, nudists, and other lovers of unconventional lifestyles. Gainesville, University Press of Florida. Chapter 4.

Create your website with WordPress.com
Get started
%d bloggers like this: