CFP: Animal-Human-Entanglements in the German-speaking Lands for the 42nd Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Pittsburgh, PA (Sept. 27-30, 2018)

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Call for Papers
February 2, 2018
United States
Subject Fields: 
German History / Studies, European History / Studies, Early Modern History and Period Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Anthropology

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. ( and Wiebke Reinert ( 

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

Contact Info: 

Dennis Frey Jr, PhD

Lasell College

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