Harvard Summer course “The Animal-Human Divide”

Harvard University will again, through its Summer School (www.summer.harvard.edu), offer an online Animal Studies course. The 2018 course is entitled “The Animal-Human Divide.” Registration opens March 1 and closes May 21.

A copy of the syllabus for the course can be downloaded at www.paulwaldau.com, or you can write Paul Waldau at pwaldau@gmail.com to get a copy of the course syllabus and discuss the course’s details.

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.


Bart Welling
University of North Florida   

CFP RGS-IBG 2018: 'Excavating multispecies landscapes: temporalities, materialities and the more-than-human Anthropocene'

Call for papers: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Cardiff University, 28–31 August 2018

Excavating multispecies landscapes: temporalities, materialities and the more-than-human Anthropocene

Session organisers: Aurora Fredriksen (University of Manchester) and Charlotte Wrigley (Queen Mary, University of London) 

New Book Series from University of Minnesota Press: Art After Nature

Giovanni Aloi and Caroline Picard are co-editing a new series for the University of Minnesota Press titled 'Art after Nature'. Currently accepting proposals. More info about the series and submission guidelines can be found here:


'Art after Nature'

Editors: Giovanni Aloi and Caroline Picard


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