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CfP: Decolonization and the Politics of Wildlife in Africa

Call for Papers

Decolonization and the Politics of Wildlife in Africa

International Conference

Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study, South Africa

September 26-30, 2017


Bernhard Gißibl (Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz)

Felix Schürmann (LOEWE research cluster »Animals – Humans – Society«, University of Kassel)


German Research Foundation, Program »Point Sud«

CFP: Animals in Detective Fiction

Since its origins in the mid nineteenth century, detective fiction has been populated by a huge array of beasts. If the genre begins, as is widely supposed (though not without some debate), with Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue’ (1841), then detective fiction’s very first culprit is an animal. Such beastly instances of criminal violence are among the genre’s most recurrent figurings of the non-human.

CfP Reminder: Oceans and Deserts: Charting Transdisciplinary Currents in Environment and Culture

Oceans and Deserts 2017: 
Charting Transdisciplinary Currents in Environment and Culture

The graduate students in the Department of German Studies at the University of Arizona invite proposals for their fourth annual interdisciplinary conference for emerging scholars (graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and junior faculty) on March 31-April 1, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona.

Query: The Punt Gun


There is a brief discussion of the origin and the extreme killing power of punt guns in Leading Cases in the Common Law by A.W. Brian Simpson, Oxford U. Press, 1996. Pgs 48-49. Brutal by themselves but these cannons were capable of decimating an entire flock of 500 birds when punters aligned their boats side-by-side and shot simultaneously.

A few good photos of the monsters in http://rarehistoricalphotos.com/punt-gun-1910-1920/