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PhD Studentships at University of Manchester

Please circulate this call for PhD proposals to anyone who you think may be interested. I am particularly keen to receive proposals in the area of human-animal studies:

The School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester has a small number of EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) studentships available. Proposals must fit in with one or more EPSRC themes. 

Query: Killing Bear Over Bait

I wonder if anyone has seen good resources concerning the origins of shooting bear over bait in the United States.  I would assume that the current practice prevalent in a few states is one of relatively recent origins, say the 1980s onward, but I would be inteested to learn more from others.

Bernard Unti


Conference: Reading Animals, 17-20 July, University of Sheffield

Dear H-Animals,

You may be interested to know that public registration for Reading Animals is now open. Places are limited and are likely to fill up quickly, so we recommend prompt registration.

More information is available on our website: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/english/animal/readinganimals

All the best,

The Reading Animals organising committee.


Reading Animals

An International English Studies Conference

Re: Query: Humans as Prey Species

Hi Andy,

On the slim chance you've never heard of it, I recommend Val Plumwood's article 'Being Prey', which deals with her attack by a crocodile and the ensuing aftermath as others created what she calls a 'master/monster narrative' of her experience. It's quite a compelling read.