Call for Papers: ‘Maritime Animals: Telling stories of animals at sea’

 Two-day international conference National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, UK  April 26-27, 2019  Keynote speakers Thom van Dooren       William Gervase Clarence-Smith In maritime narratives of humans, ships and the sea, animals are too often absent, or marginalised in passing references, despite the fact that ships once carried, and were populated by, all kinds of animals. Horses, mulesContinue reading “Call for Papers: ‘Maritime Animals: Telling stories of animals at sea’”

PUBLIC LECTURE: Thomas W. Laqueur, “Seeing through Fur: the Dog’s Gaze in Western Art”

Part of the Renaissance Skin Project at King’s College London (@RenSkinKCL) 18:00 – 20:00pm, Thu 30 November 2017, Bush House Lecture Theatre 1, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2R 4BG More porous than skin is the eye. Even if it is not the lamp or the window of the soul, its gaze is revealing of what is inside theContinue reading “PUBLIC LECTURE: Thomas W. Laqueur, “Seeing through Fur: the Dog’s Gaze in Western Art””

‘Horses & Courts: The Reins of Power, an International Symposium’. Paid Fixed-Term Conference Administrator Opportunity

Conference Administrator Job Description  A conference administrator is sought to help oversee conference organisation for ‘Horses & Courts: The Reins of Power, an International Symposium’ to be held at the Wallace Collection in London from 21-23 March 2018. Duties will include managing conference bookings (through EventBrite), providing travel advice for delegates, and answering any other queries from delegates andContinue reading “‘Horses & Courts: The Reins of Power, an International Symposium’. Paid Fixed-Term Conference Administrator Opportunity”

CFP: Workshop on the history of service animals and animal-assisted therapy

Being Well Together: human-animal collaboration, companionship and the promotion of health and wellbeing (19th-21st September 2018). Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM). University of Manchester (UK). Being Well Together will critically examine the myriad ways humans have formed partnerships with nonhuman species to improve health across time and place. The lateContinue reading “CFP: Workshop on the history of service animals and animal-assisted therapy”

CFP: Animals and Emotions Workshop

Friday November 17th 2017  AHRC Pets and Family Life Project Royal Holloway, University of London (central London base) This workshop will explore the intersection of two important developments in the field of history – the study of animals and the study of the emotions. Interdisciplinary animal studies are well established, but the animal world hasContinue reading “CFP: Animals and Emotions Workshop”

God is a White Bear

By Michael Engelhard Not all traditions envision the deity in the image of humans, the “crown jewel of creation.” Every now and again, it assumes the guise of a white bear. For some believers, this has posed existential conundrums. From eighteenth-century Iceland comes the report of a beast stranger even than the unicorn: bjarndýrakóngur—a polarContinue reading “God is a White Bear”