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Call for Papers
July 11, 2019
Texas, United States
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Fine Arts, Film and Film History, Humanities



Call for Papers

Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

October 18-19, 2019

Rice University  |  Houston, Texas

Hosted by the Department of Art History & the Humanities Research Center



Ars Animalia, the second biennial graduate conference presented by the Department of Art History and the Humanities Research Center at Rice University, invites papers that consider the role, function, or representation of animals in art-making practices throughout the centuries and across the globe.  For many artists, reflection on the human’s place in a world of animals has been a rich and complex source of exploration.  What do images and/or the use of animals tell us about animals and those who depicted them? How have scientific, religious, political, and aesthetic discourses shaped and been shaped by depictions of animals?



Potential points of exploration include but are not limited to the following terms:


On our relationship to animals as: Food, Labor, Companion, Threat, Resource, Holy thing

On the animal as sign of: Other, Ourselves, Change, Nature

On the typology of animals in the: Allegorical, Symbolic, Sciences, Natural History

On the unnatural animal in: Myth, Monstrosity, Religion

On the animal in theory: Deconstruction, Posthumanism, the Anthropocene


Please send a 300-word abstract and curriculum vitae (limited to 3 pages or less) to by July 11, 2019.

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Please contact our Rice University HART Graduate Student Conference Committee directly at

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