I write concerning the upcoming interdisciplinary conference: Animal Utterance (University of Bristol, 25th - 26th May 2017).
The conference seeks to draw together recent research in the Arts and Humanities, which has emphasised the difficulties of 'translating' non-human sounds into human forms of signification—words, music, poetry—with groundbreaking analyses of the sounds and minds of other species in cognitive biology, psychology and linguistics. It includes invited speakers from literary and cultural studies (Professors Daniel Karlin, Stephanie Kuduk Weiner and Laura White), the musician and philosopher, David Rothenberg, and from the fields of cognitive biology and linguistics Professors W. Tecumseh Fitch, Johan J Bolhuis and Martin Everaert.
We are also organising a number of other events during David Rothenberg's stay in Bristol: these include an evening concert at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (24th May) and a visit to listen to--and hear David Rothenberg play live with--nightingales at Highnam Woods (25th May). There will be an informal lunchtime seminar on deep-sea sounds with David Rothenberg and Philip Hoare (Tuesday 23rd).
I hope the conference and events will be of interest to scholars working in the field of animal studies.
Registration is now open and full details are available through our main website: https://animalutterance.wordpress.com/