We invite submissions for an interdisciplinary panel (or panels) that will explore the entangled histories of animals---human and nonhuman---in the German-speaking lands. Over the last two decades, scholars have moved towards a more inclusive approach to history that incorporates all “animals in their historical significance. (Gesine Krüger, Aline Steinbrecher, und Clemens Wischermann, eds., Tiere und Geschichte: Konturen einer Animate History, 2014, p. 25).“ Still though, many topics remain under investigation and for further exploration: How have animals entangled themselves with human societies and vice versa? How have German cultures and societies been informed and shaped by human-animal-entanglements? Topics for this panel therefore might include:
- animal tropes and myths
- objectification and commodification of animals
- domesticated livestock
- pets and pet-keeping
- zoos and traveling menageries
- animals in the city and/or the countryside
Abstracts should be 350-500 words in length, and they should be sent, along with a brief CV and any audiovisual (AV) requests, to Dennis Frey Jr. (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Wiebke Reinert (email@example.com).
The deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.
For further details about the conference, visit the German Studies Association Conference webpage, which can be found at www.thegsa.org.
Dennis Frey Jr, PhD