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BASN Smelling, 20-21 May 2016

Dear Friends

The programme for 'Smelling', the next meeting of the British Animal Studies Network, will take place on 20 and 21 May 2016 at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. The programme for the meeting has just been published on http://www.britishanimalstudiesnetwork.org.uk/FutureMeetings/Smelling.aspx

The webpage also has a link to book a place. 

We look forward to seeing you there.

best wishes


Query: Conceptions of (Human) Animality in the 19th-Century United States

In the time period you’re looking at, there was a fair bit of overlap between conceptions of childhood and animalhood that shouldn’t be overlooked.

I would absolutely take a look at Kenneth Kidd’s “Making American Boys: Boyology and the Feral Tale,” especially his chapters on wolf-boys and “street rats” as Charles Loring Brace used to call children before he sent them out into the country on the “orphan trains.”

Query: Conceptions of (Human) Animality in the 19th-Century United States

Many thanks for your replies, Aimee and Susan!

There's indeed quite a lot of source material and literature on race and animality in the nineteenth-century United States, especially in the context of slavery (and its justification). I read Bay's book a while ago (way before I became interested in animal studies), but will definitely reread the chapter you mentioned, Susan - thanks for pointing me to this!