Proposed panel for the 2008 OAH on human-animal relationships: The theme for the OAH meeting in New York City in 2008 is arranged around overcoming the fragmentation in US history, and attempting to develop a synthesis and connections between subfields. So, I am looking to put together a panel proposal that investigates the common history of humans and animals, looking for ways that historical animals and their behavior can be used to address some of the big questions in US history. The goal is that eventually animals can be historicized as actors such that they become indispensable to any synthesis of American history.
The panel is open to papers on any time period, region or species. For my part, I would like to present some of my research on the role of animals as actors in the history of American capitalism, by way of animal behavior in the entertainment business ca. 1870-1930.
Please send along your ideas/proposals by email by November 25, 2006.
Dr. Susan Nance
Department of History
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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