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H-Animal aims to serve as an on-line home for scholars across disciplines who are engaged on the study of animals in human culture.

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Recent Content

Query: Sentimentality in Horse Biographies

I am working on a project dealing with sentimentality in animal biographies, specifically horses. I am intrigued by positive treatment of sentimentality, as suggested by Philip Armstrong in his essay, "Cetaceans and Sentiment." I am currently using Man O War by Roger L. Treat and Page Cooper as my primary text, and am using secondary sources such as, Armstrong's writings, "Horse Talk: Horses and Human(e) Discourses" by Hansen, Elizabeth Atwood's anthropological Rodeo text, and Mulvey's writing on the gaze. I also intend to explore the treatment of animals as object v. subject, which after reading Mulvey's "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema," seemed related to sentimentality.

CFP: Edited Volume on Humans, Non-native Species and the Environment

Within a growing literature of animal studies and animal ethics, scholars have critically examined factory farms, zoos, companion animals, and laboratory testing.  What remains underexplored are the logics of extermination deployed against feral or non-native species.  The existing vocabulary utilized to describe non-native species often represents these animals as pests that wreak havoc on the eco-system, promiscuously over-populate, and spread disease.

CFP: British Animal Studies Network, "Smaller than a Mouse" (deadline 21 June 2014)

Dear Friends,

'Smaller than a Mouse'

This meeting of The British Animal Studies Network will take place from 2.00pm on Friday 14 November 2014 to 4.00pm on Saturday 15 November 2014 at the University of Exeter, UK under the direction of Professor Henry Buller.

As with all previous BASN meetings, this one takes as its focus a key issue in animal studies that it is hoped will be of interest to scholars from a range of disciplines. 

Welcome to H-ANIMAL on the H-Net Commons

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Summer Term "Religion and Animals" Course at Harvard

The Harvard Summer Term course on religion and animals is again being offered this year with the added feature of an online alternative (some people will be present on campus while others attend live via conferencing capabilities). Here are some details:

Title of the course—"Animals: Religion and Ethics"

Course websitehttp://www.summer.harvard.edu/courses/animals-religion-ethics.

Registration is open until May 19.