Call for Papers – Animal/Privacy: Historical and Conceptual Approaches

Call for papers:   

ANIMAL / PRIVACY: Historical and Conceptual Approaches 

 (Online Workshop: November 9, 2021) 

The Centre for Privacy Studies (University of Copenhagen) and the Kent Animal Humanities Network (University of Kent, UK) are planning an online workshop in November 2021, exploring the intersections between Privacy Studies and Animal Studies. We would like to invite you to submit a proposal (250-300 words) for a 20-minutes paper to contribute to the workshop.  

The critical debates surrounding privacy have been predominantly human-centred, privacy being usually understood as something we humans protect from other humans. Our understanding of privacy as a human right stems from the belief that it is part of our nature to establish barriers – physical, normative, or behavioural – between the individual and the collective. We thus tend to disregard the roles which other animals play in shaping our sense and space of privacy (for instance, as family pets). Likewise, we do not take seriously the idea of nonhuman animals’ entitlement or ‘right’ to their privacy, or consider what forms nonhuman ‘privacy’ might take. This is despite the fact that our continuing encroachment into their spheres of life is endangering and dismantling the lives of other species.  

What new insights can we gain if we take non-human animals into account while exploring notions of privacy? This workshop aims to explore how human-animal relationships historically affected how we understand, conceptualise, and act upon privacy, while also exploring how the concepts of privacy shed new light on other species and our relationships with them. We welcome papers from all historical periods and geographical regions, as well as across a wide range of fields (humanities, social sciences, sciences), to foster cross-disciplinary approaches to the topic. Themes of interest include (but are not limited to): 

  • Animal behaviour and privacy 
  • Pet-keeping and zones of privacy 
  • Animal mobility between public and private spaces 
  • Animals and experimental knowledge; 
  • Animals and violence – the right to privacy in relation to other rights 
  • Privacy and the history of zoological studies 
  • Animals and sensorial experiences 
  • Animals and sexuality 
  • Privacy and hunting 
  • Privacy, Ecology and Multispecies Environments 
  • Theoretical Directions in Privacy and Human-Animal Studies 
  • Animals as Property: Privatization and Privacy 
  • Privacy, Publicity and the Betting Culture of Horse-Racing 
  • Privacy and animal literature 
  • Animals and places of isolation (prisons, nature reserves, ships, lockdown, etc) 
  • Animals and the Covid crisis 

Please send your abstract (250-300 Words) And Short Cv (2 Pages Max.)  by July 31, 2021 to  

Dr Natacha Klein Käfer (nkk@teol.ku.dk ) and Dr Kaori Nagai (k.nagai@kent.ac.uk ) 

For more information, please visit: https://animalprivacy.wordpress.com/   

Published by animalhistorygroup

The Animal History Group is a research network open to all postgraduates, academics, museum workers and other professionals whose work engages with animals within history. We foster connections between those active in this field within the London area and beyond, with the goal of inspiring, creating and developing new knowledge about the place of animals within history. You can follow us on Twitter at @AnimalHistories or email us at animalhistorygroup@gmail.com

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