Study of the history of human-animal relations in the Renaissance and early modern world has expanded enormously in recent years, and with it has come a focus on questions concerning humanity, animality, society, culture, and nature. This two-and-a-half-day international conference brings together some of the biggest names in historical animal studies and scholars from all career stages, with postgraduate bursaries kindly sponsored by the Society for Renaissance Studies and the Wellcome Trust. The conference will examine human-animal relations of all kinds, and creatures as diverse as insects, horses, mules, dogs, cats, cattle, sheep, birds, lions, rats, apes and – of course – humans.
Harriet Ritvo Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Louise Hill Curth University of Winchester
Richard Almond Independent scholar
Karen Edwards University of Exeter
Peter Edwards University of Roehampton
Frances Gage SUNY Buffalo
Ingrid Tague University of Denver
Susan Wiseman Birkbeck, University of London
The call for papers closed on 31 October 2013. The organisers of this conference – Stephen Bowd, Sarah Cockram and Andrew Wells – have invited papers which examine this theme from a variety of disciplinary angles. For details, please see the conference programme.