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Conference: Animal Biographies – Recovering Animal Selfhood through Interdisciplinary Narration

Dear All,

We are happy to announce that public registration for our upcoming conference Animal Biographies – Recovering Animal Selfhood through Interdisciplinary Narration is now open. Attendance is free, but places are limited, so we recommend prompt registration. Registration closes 25 February. The conference will be held at Kassel University from 9 to 11 March 2016. See below for the conference program.
More information is available on our webpage: www.animal-biographies2016.de

Symposium: Human- Nonhuman Networks

a symposium organized by Giovanni Aloi, David Getsy, and Andrew Yang taking place at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
on Saturday the 12th of March 2016
SAIC Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.
From 10am

What is at stake in the re-imagining of disciplinary boundaries through the pursing of new epistemic strategies involving multispecies networks? What may the aesthetic repercussions of such new directions be? How can art produced within these new parameters impact on everyday life?

CFP Climate Change: Views from the Humanities (a virtual conference)

Climate Change: Views from the Humanities

Sponsored by the Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHI) at UC Santa Barbara

A virtual conference held online from May 3-24, 2016

Abstracts due March 1, 2016

We welcome papers dealing with climate change from all fields of the humanities, as well as the social sciences. As our goal is to encourage the cross pollination of ideas across a broad range of disciplines on what may well be the most important issue of this century, we are looking for any paper that innovatively deals with climate change.

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.”