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 To register for the workshop, please RSVP via e-mail (onur.inal@univie.ac.at) by June 20, 2019. More information and the workshop programme can be foundContinue reading “Middle Eastern Animals: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Early Modern to Contemporary Times”

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 http://shnh.org.uk/news/registration-open-bon-voyage-250-years-exploring-natural-world/  To download the latest programme, view the abstracts or obtain a booking form, click on the links.  For those interested inContinue reading “Registration and CFP for the Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Natural History in Liverpool are now open!”

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””

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”

Seminar Series 2017

We are excited to announce our 2017 Seminar Series! 25th January 2017 – Professor Karen Sayer, Leeds Trinity University. “Rats and Mice are Dangerous Animals”: Control and Modernity in Rural Britain 22nd February 2017 – Dr Andrew Gardiner, University of Edinburgh. Killing and Caring: Euthanasia in Veterinary Practice 22nd March 2017 – Speaker TBC. 26thContinue reading “Seminar Series 2017”

Our Network Grows…

The Animal History Group are excited to announce that our network is rapidly growing! If you are excited about all things animal, then the interdisciplinary research network centred in the Schools of English and History at the University of Kent, is worth checking out. Since their first conference ‘Cosmopolitan Animals’ in 2012, they have beenContinue reading “Our Network Grows…”

Research Support

The Animal History Group is linked to and partly supported by the AHRC Pets and Family Life in England and Wales, 1837-1939 project at both Royal Holloway and Manchester University. Pets and Family Life in England and Wales is a major new research project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It is theContinue reading “Research Support”