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Passeroti, Portrait of a Man with a Dog and BAAA Text

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 across disciplines and 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.

Keynote Lectures

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

Invited Speakers

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

Organised by – Stephen Bowd, University of Edinburgh, Sarah Cockram, University of Glasgow, and Andrew Wells, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

For details, please see the conference programme.

Supported by




hires_phoenix_neg Society for Renaissance Studies

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