The CHORD workshop on: Retailing, Distribution and the Natural World: Historical Perspectives

The workshop on ‘Retailing, Distribution and the Natural World: Historical Perspectives’, which was due to take place at the University of Wolverhampton on 12 May 2020, has been rescheduled as two on-line seminars (with warm thanks to the speakers!), which will take place via Zoom on 16 and 23 June 2020.
Further information, including the programme (also available below) and registration details can be found here:
Everybody is welcome and participation is free, but registration is required: please see for details.
For further information, please e-mail Laura Ugolini at:


11.00-11.30     Elle Larsson, King’s College London

Money can buy you everything: animal acquisition at the Zoological Museum, Tring

11.30-12.00     Julie-Marie Strange, Durham University and Jane Hamlett, Royal Holloway

Friends You Can Buy: The Rise of the Pet Shop in Modern Britain

12.00-12.20     Work in progress presentation:

Anna Flinchbaugh, Pratt Institute

‘Spots of Colour Treasures’: Negotiating Color in the Morris & Co. Embroidery Workshop


11.00-11.30     Pete Edwards, University of Roehampton

London Carriers and the Distribution Network: the Case of William Cavendish, 1st Earl of Devonshire, 1597-1623

11.30-12.00     Peter Yeandle, Loughborough University

Selling animal celebrity in late Victorian Britain

12.00-12.20     Work in progress presentation:

Ana Russell, University of Worcester

Fruiterers, Greengrocers, Florists: Female Business Participation in Bath c.1911 to 1928

CFP Winged Geographies: Birds in Space and Imagination

CFP – Winged Geographies: Birds in Space and Imagination
University of Cambridge / 16-17 April 2020

This workshop will address the question of our evolving spatial relationships with bird life. The presence of birds and their song have long shaped human experience and conceptualisation of the skies, the countryside as well as urban and domestic environments. Birds have been collected, traded and re-contextualised across territories. And their migrations have inspired new kinds of human connections, both psychic and physical. How have birds been part of human efforts to make sense of terrestrial and non-terrestrial places and places? Such a question implicates all kinds of actors: gardeners, soldiers, pilots, naturalists, children, writers and philosophers. Aristophanes’ play The Birds saw two frustrated Athenians join with the birds to build a utopian city in the clouds, a new republic where ‘Wisdom, Grace and Love pervade the scene’. Steven Feld’s work with the Kaluli people of Papua New Guinea showed that the avian voices heard in the forest defined an entire cultural and spiritual realm. Today, birds increasingly draw attention as indicators of environmental crisis. Amid the age of Anthropocene, are the much-loved imaginative and metaphorical readings of bird life still culturally productive or dangerously retrograde?

This workshop aims to explore cultural geographies shaped by the close consideration of birds. We encourage papers of all kinds but you may want to consider these themes:

–       Flight and space: seeing with the eyes of a bird, escape from terrestrial boundaries, aviation
–       Soundscape: bird song and calls in defining spaces and places
–       Shared space: habitats and landscapes of co-existence and extinction
–       Proximity: birds in captivity, birds in the home and garden
–       Mobility and borders: bird trading, bird-watching, distribution and migration mapping, ideas of territory and identity
–       Imaginative avian geographies: ideas from art, literature and music

Keynote speakers will be Rachel Mundy (Assistant Professor of Music, Rutgers University, USA) and Dolly Jørgensen (Professor of History, University of Stavanger, Norway).

Organisers: Olga Petri, Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge; Michael Guida, Research Associate and Tutor, Department of Media & Cultural Studies, University of Sussex.

International scholars from geography, history, animal studies, anthropology, ornithology, environmental humanities, STS and cultural studies are encouraged to participate, although all disciplines are welcomed. There will be some financial support for travel for PhD students and early career scholars.

The aim is for the workshop to facilitate the development of papers for an edited collection or for a special journal edition.

Abstracts of 250 words, with a short biography of 100 words, should be submitted by 8 November 2019 here:



Call for Papers

Venue: The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design

Symposium Dates: March 6-7th, 2020

Abstracts: Submission: Oct 14th, 2019   – Selection: Dec 14th, 2019


Email:Your Abstract or Full Paper to:

Description: Shrinking horizons, slim pickings, poverty of scope. What new politics of nature are needed here for animals? What representations and spatial practices are required to redress the balance of our shared environments? What is a more animal-centric world like?

The third Animal Gaze symposium will bring together practitioners and academics to consider human/animal interactions and spatial practices as they manifest themselves in art and architecture.

We invite considerations of all kinds of animality and at all scales, in response to the following five loose themes: ‘House training’ invites explorations of the spatial, social and physical limits of our relations with animals and animality at the domestic scale.   ‘In common’ seeks examinations of the social and political logics of public spaces both physical and ethereal, shared with other creatures. ‘Marking territories’ calls for considerations of how modes of production and representation shape animal space at wider territorial scales. What, for example, might the consequences be for the animal world, of advances in farming technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and hydroponics? ‘Going feral’, invites investigations into human-animal behaviours which counter the order of things. What might a new wilderness be? ‘Scoping and visibility’ gives headway to an ongoing debate about the representation of animal presence – scale, size and intention.

Event Organisers:

Jane McAllister – Course Leader Architecture – ARB

Rosemary McGoldrick – Head of Art

CFP: Romance and the Animal Turn at ICMS Kalamazoo 2020

The animal turn has become hugely influential in medieval scholarship over the last decade. However, the contributions of ecofeminism and queer ecology have often been side-lined. Nevertheless, scholars are increasingly finding these modes of analysis to offer useful ways of exploring the role of the animal in medieval romance texts.

The Medieval Romance Society is hosting three sessions on romance and the animal turn at the 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies 2020, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. All papers must be presented in English; however, we welcome submissions on romances from any region in the Middle Ages. We invite papers that respond to ecofeminist and queer ecological literary criticism; papers that respond to posthumanist and related philosophical theories; and papers which do not take a theoretical approach.

Session I: Romance and the Animal Turn I: Romance and Ecofeminism

This session welcomes papers looking at representations of gender, masculinity and/or femininity in relation to animals and nature in romance texts. Example topics could include: the role of the horse in chivalric masculinity, animal foster-mothers for human children, or gendered discourses of meat-eating. We particularly encourage papers that respond to contemporary ecofeminist theory, although this is not required.

Session II: Romance and the Animal Turn II: Romance and Queer Ecology

This session invites papers looking at representations of sex and sexuality and/or queer identity in relation to discourses of animals and nature in romance texts. Papers might explore the role of animals in the construction of heteronormative ideologies, queer animals in romance narratives, and species panic. We particularly encourage papers that respond to contemporary theories of queer ecology, although this is not required.

Session III: Romance and the Animal Turn III: Romance and Posthumanism

This session welcomes papers that explore discourses of human and animal identity in romance texts. Example topics could include: the role of the animal in ideologies of race, interspecies hybridity, and animal subjectivity in romance. We particularly encourage papers that respond to contemporary posthumanist theory, although this is not required.

Please send abstracts of up to 300 words to Tim Wingard ( by 1st September 2019. For more info, visit:


School of Oriental and African Studies, London
[Room B 104]
Saturday 22 June 2019 – 10.00am to 6.00pm
Open to the general public

You are invited to attend the second SOAS Elephant Conference, which will be
held at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London on Saturday 22 June 2019.

The conference will address all aspects of elephant culture, past, present and future and in all continents. It will deal with both material and cultural concerns, and will cover both the Indian and the African elephant.

This conference builds on previous conferencing activities mobilised at the School of Oriental and African Studies [SOAS, University of London]. We have built a “stable” of quadruped conferences, including mules, donkeys, camels, and war horses, and notably our very successful 2016 elephant conference in Bangalore.

The outcome of this work has been the establishment of vibrant international research networks, with programmes of ongoing work. This year those activities will be taking shape as the “Interdisciplinary Animal Studies Initiative at SOAS” [IASI].

ADMISSION to the conference is open to the general public, and is free. However you are asked to register in advance by writing to the conference organiser at this address:

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME – SOAS Elephant Conference 2019

Middle Eastern Animals: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Early Modern to Contemporary Times

Registration for the workshop „Middle Eastern Animals: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Early Modern to Contemporary Times“ is now open. The workshop will take place at the University of Vienna on June 27-28, 2019

Middle Eastern Animals Programme

To register for the workshop, please RSVP via e-mail ( by June 20, 2019. More information and the workshop programme can be found on the workshop website

What is the Point of Palaeontology? Discussion Event & Pop-Up Exhibition

Tuesday 18 December, 18:00-20:15

Anatomy Museum & Anatomy Lecture Theatre

King’s College London Strand Campus, WC2R 2LS

Featuring discussion with:

Darren Naish, Elsa Panciroli, Mark Witton & Becky Wragg-Sykes.

And Exhibits from:

John Conway, Richard Fallon, Katrina van Grouw, Beth Windle & Mark Witton.

Palaeontology is currently one of the most high-profile sciences. But how far does it actually help us to understand the world around us? Does palaeontology give us an unparalleled window into nature, the changing environment and evolution? Or does the way that palaeontological research has often been presented – in terms of prehistoric monsters, macho fieldwork and narratives of progress – detract from understandings of science? And how should we research and talk about life’s history in relation to the present and future of life?

In this one-evening pop-up exhibition and discussion, we’ll be thinking about these and other questions with some leading palaeontologists, artists, historians, and science communicators. Join us to discuss how palaeontology has been used in the past, its place today in discussions of science and nature, and how the role of the field might change in the future.

Attendance is free, but registration required. Please sign up here:

This event is being organized in association with Popularizing Palaeontology Workshop IV (more info here: ), and is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. For more details or if you have any questions, please contact

CFP Trading Nature SHNH summer meeting and AGM

Trading Nature

SHNH summer meeting and AGM

The King’s Manor, University of York

Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th June 2019

 This two day international meeting held in association with the Geological Curators’ Group will examine the role of agents, dealers and commercial enterprises in the history of natural history.

A great deal has been recorded about those collecting and studying the natural world over the past 400 years. Much less is known about those who helped supply them. Often underplayed and viewed as peripheral and sometimes even shady figures, the endeavours, contributions and motivations of these ‘middle-men and women’ are often overlooked. The boundaries and realities of their everyday activities are frequently blurred and sometimes misunderstood. This meeting aims to shed new light on the lives, work and impact of these often undervalued participants and contributors in the development of collections and research in the natural sciences.

Call for Papers

We would welcome papers in all areas of the natural sciences and eras of relevance to the theme, potentially covering, but not restricted to:

  • The lives and roles of traders and dealers in natural history collecting networks.
  • The contributions of agents, dealers and commercial enterprises to the development of, and understanding in, the natural sciences.
  • The role of sale rooms and auction houses and other types of businesses as part of the culture of collecting.
  • The supply of natural history material of all kinds to private collectors, museums and universities.
  • The historical trade in specimens (living and non-living), around the world.
  • Trade networks and routes, and the ethics of trade over the past 400 years.
  • The role of colonialism, and those involved in the establishment and contribution to international trade.
  • The environmental and social impact of trade, be it political, economic, cultural, or environmental.

Short abstracts (maximum 200 words) for 20 minute papers (and posters) should be sent to Jo Hatton ( by 11th January 2019.

Papers will be limited to a maximum of 15 to be distributed over the 2 days. Presentations will be given for the full day on Tuesday 4th June, followed by a morning session only on Wednesday 5th June. Afternoon tours and visits to museums and related places (yet to be confirmed) will take place after lunch on this day.

Please note: Speakers registration will be £40 for 2 days, £20 for one day (half the member’s rate). A limited number of bursaries will be awarded to students and others with insufficient means to present at the meeting. Please contact the SHNH Honorary Treasurer regarding eligibility and further details on how to apply.

Food History Seminar Series at the IHR

A new seminar series has recently launched over at the IHR that may also be of interest to those interested in animal history:

Food History, Thursday 17:30pm. Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR, North block, Senate House.

4 October
17:30 ‘This Little Piggy Went to Market…’ A History of Danish Pigs: Food, Farming, Markets and culture
Mary Hilson (Aarhus University)

18 October
17:30 “Oranges, Zionism, and a Barren Land: The Representation of Palestinian Agriculture in the British Media Before the Mandate”
Anne Caldwell (Kent)

1 November
17:30 Gendered Food Politics in the New Orleans Civil Rights Movement & “A very savoury and substantial repast”? Dining experiences at nineteenth-century soup kitchens
Jacqueline Castledine (University of Massachusetts, Amherst ), Philip Carstairs (Leicester)

15 November
17:30 W.O. Atwater and the Minimum Diet for Democracy
Molly Laas (University of Goettingen Medical School)

The series is convened by: Kelly Spring (University of Southern Maine), Elspeth Dow (National Maritime Museum), Katherine Harvey (Birkbeck), Matt Phillpott (School of Advanced Study).

Registration and CFP for the Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Natural History in Liverpool are now open!

Bon Voyage? 250 years exploring the natural world.

Updates for the forthcoming summer meeting at the World Museum in Liverpool 14-15 June are now available on the Society for the History of Natural History’s website

 To download the latest programme, view the abstracts or obtain a booking form, click on the links.

 For those interested in the life and work of Lord Stanley, the 13th Earl of Derby, his former collection and menagerie, a lunch and tour of Knowsley Hall has been arranged for the afternoon of 13 June (leaving Liverpool City Centre at 12 noon).

 World Museum Liverpool will also be hosting China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors during the conference. The exhibition is proving very popular and anyone wishing to see thiswhilst in Liverpool are advised to book tickets in advance

 This is shaping up to be a fantastic meeting marking the 250th Anniversary of Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific. We hope to see you there.

SHNH Conf.