CFP: British Animal Studies Network -- Animal Borderlands

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Dear Colleague

Please see amended details of the British Animal Studies Network's cfp for the autumn meeting 2020.

Call for Papers
‘Animal Borderlands’

** PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, it will no longer be possible for us to host this event as a face-to-face meeting at Keble College. Instead, we are running a series of virtual discussions over 3 weeks, at 3-5pm BST on the 18th and 25th September and 2nd October. Each 2-hour discussion session will focus on pre-recorded/written papers from one of our plenary speakers, plus pre-recorded/written papers from 3 additional participants. If you are interested in submitting a paper and having your work included in one of the discussion sessions, please submit an abstract as detailed in the CFP below.**

Plenary speakers are   

  • Steve Hinchliffe (University of Exeter)
  • Raf de Bont (Maastricht University)
  • Marcus Coates (visual artist) [to be reconfirmed]

If you are interested in giving a paper addressing the topic ‘Animal Borderlands’ from whatever disciplinary perspective please submit your title, with an abstract of no more than 200 words and a brief biography (also of no more than 200 words). These should be included within your email – i.e. not as attachments. Please send them to,, and

We have extended the deadline for abstracts to the 6th July 2020.

Presentations/papers will be 20 minutes long and we hope to include work by individuals at different career stages.

Topics covered at this meeting might include (but are not limited to) animals in:

  • Categorical borderlands such as between human/animal, life/death, wild/domestic, animal/vegetal, and taxonomic groups.
  • Geographical borderlands such as those between nations and urban/wild spaces, and animal migrations.
  • Political borderlands, such as between legal and regulatory regimes, and the policing of animal borderlands.
  • Biological borderlands such as transitions between phases of development.
  • Affective borderlands, such as between being loved and hated.
  • Metaphorical borderlands, such as the use of animals as metaphors for human social boundaries.
  • Conceptual borderlands, such as those between animal studies and cognate disciplines.

We welcome papers that deal with the theme of ‘Animal Borderlands’ in both contemporary and historical settings, and would especially like to see papers that address these issues from contexts outside the UK. Papers are welcomed from across animal studies, including disciplines such as (but not limited to) geography, anthropology, sociology, literary studies, art history, history, science and technology studies, ethology, psychology, behavioural sciences and ecology, bioscience/biomedical research.

Further details of the British Animal Studies Network can be found on