The conference will examine the theme of human-animal relations and related topics, such as race, sexuality, zoology, natural history, theological and philosophical perspectives (to name but a few), between c.1500 and the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species (1859). Early-career scholars are particularly encouraged to submit proposals for papers. It is intended that an edited collection of selected papers will be prepared for publication.

Keynote Lectures

Harriet Ritvo Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Louise Hill Curth University of Winchester

Confirmed Speakers

Ingrid Tague University of Denver
Karen Edwards University of Exeter
Peter Edwards University of Roehampton
Richard Almond Independent scholar
Susan Wiseman Birkbeck, University of London

The organisers of this conference – Sarah Cockram and Andrew Wells – would like to invite papers which examine this theme from a variety of disciplinary angles. Subjects may include:

  • Human-animal relations of all kinds
  • Philosophy, religion, and intellectual history
  • Consciousness, sentience, language, and the soul
  • Bodies, human and animal
  • Animals and people of the New and Old Worlds
  • Classification
  • Breeding and nationhood
  • Race
  • Exotica and exploration
  • Collecting and exhibiting
  • Curatorship
  • Fairs, freakshows and buffoons

For further details see the CFP page.