CFP: Humanimalia special issue on "Breed"

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This special issue of Humanimalia invites papers on the subject of “Breed” from multiple disciplinary and geographic perspectives, and from any time period.

The concept of “breed” has become central to many industries and economies in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; yet, as the work of Harriet Ritvo, Donna Landry, Richard Nash, Sandra Swart, and Margaret Derry—among many others—variously demonstrates, the consolidation of “breed” in its modern form is a relatively recent historical development that is enmeshed in the history of human identity. Closely aligned with imperial agendas, scientific developments, and fluctuating understandings of humanity, the idea of breed has proven to be an essential component to understanding the modern world. Breed is central to understandings of ‘co-evolution’ and ‘intra-action’, yet, what breed constitutes, how it functions within the modernizing framework, and how it differs between time periods and geographic locations remain largely open questions. Possible topics and questions include, but are not limited to the following:

- Definitions of “Breed”

- Temporality

- The idea of “purity”

- Science and technology

- Problems of methodology

- Theoretical approaches and issues

- Breed and breeding

- Sources and archives

- Beed and species

- Modernity

- Identity and/or gender

- Breed and the human animal

Send abstracts (500-1000 words) and queries by July 15 2017 to:

Dr. Kristen Guest


Dr. Monica Mattfeld


Complete essays will be due September 30, 2017 and should conform to the requirements for publication in Humanimalia:

1. PC-compatible files only (MS Word or WordPerfect preferred);
2. required length: 5,000-15,000 words;
3. on a separate page/post, include your name and your postal and e-mail addresses, the title of your essay, and a brief abstract of its contents (3-5 sentences);
3. for the text itself: margins at 1", double spaced, font size 12 pt.;
4. use MLA Style for all documentation;
5. include Notes and Works Cited at the end as regular text. In other words, please do NOT use the "automatic" footnote/endnote function on your word processor to generate these. They sometimes tend to disappear when traveling through cyberspace or when the document is converted. 

Final acceptance will be via the 3-stage peer review and editing process required by the journal.

Please note: Any contribution that is accepted for publication in Humanimalia is done so with the understanding and under the author's warranty (1) that it has not been previously published in English, and will not be published elsewhere until after it has been published in Humanimalia ; (2) that the author will be financially responsible for any legal action taken against Humanimalia by cause of his/her contribution; (3) that Humanimalia retains the right to republish the contribution in any issue or reissue of Humanimalia in any form, including the Humanimalia website, and to reprint it in any anthology sponsored by Humanimalia ; (4) that in any subsequent republication of the contribution, the author will acknowledge its first publication in Humanimalia.


Final papers will be due October 1, 2017.