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CFP: (Un)Common Worlds Human-Animal Studies Conference — 7–9 August 2018 Turku, Finland

The Finnish Society for Human-Animal Studies (YKES) is proud to organize the first international Human-Animal Studies conference held in Finland. Founded in 2004 as a network and established in 2009 as a society, YKES has since organized six national annual meetings, gained critical mass and a notable standing nationally and internationally. The theme for the upcoming conference is (Un)common worlds: Contesting the limits of human-animal communities. The conference’s keynote speakers are Professor Erica Fudge, Associate Professor Jamie Lorimer and the zoologist Helena Telkänranta.

Query: Draft Animal Literature?

Dear Colleagues,

I'm teaching a new class on energy in literature and culture and would like to include a short poem or story (or novel excerpt, or perhaps even a short film) on what it's like to work with a draft horse, mule, donkey, etc.--a text that does a good job of representing the play of energies between human and nonhuman being involved in plowing a field, driving a stagecoach, etc.  I'm looking for a text that would help underscore the profound difference between animal/muscle energy and fossil energy.

Thanks!

Bart Welling
University of North Florida   

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