An international, interdisciplinary conference will be held in Valenciennes (France) on Thursday and Friday, November 5-6, 2009 on « An animal among men: the dog. From domestication to anthropomorphism ».
Canis familiaris is the animal species par excellence linked to man: no other animal has been subjected to so many various uses; no other animal has been imposed so many important morphologic transformations (from mastiff to bichon frise) by men, in order to adapt it to the required duties, far from the cat, this independent opportunist, or the horse, kept out of the house, in spite of all the passions it can arouse.
It’s a long story, that story of men and their dogs…
Periods of studies: the Middle Ages and the Modern Period till the middle of the 19th century.
Location : Université de Valenciennes, Le Mont Houy 59313 cedex. Amphi 150 Bât. Matisse
Pr. Corinne Beck
Dr. Fabrice Guizard-Duchamp
Participants: historians, art historians, archaeozoologists, anthropologists, literary academics.
Possible Languages: French and English.
Please send us a summary (200 words) of your paper with your name and address.
Deadline: May 31, 2009.
Accommodation and meals will be provided for, not travel expenses.
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