Why Do Animal Studies?
An Interdisciplinary Conference on Animal Studies
April 3-4, 2014, University of Chicago
Keynote Speaker: Kari Weil (University Professor of Letters at Wesleyan University and author of Thinking Animals: Why Animal Studies Now?)
Hosted by the University of Chicago’s Animal Studies Workshop
Sponsored by the Norman Wait Harris Foundation, the Council on Advanced Studies, the Smart Museum, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, and the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago.
As scholars from a broad range of disciplines increasingly find themselves in conversation about animals, the question of why and how we do Animal Studies persists.
This conference invites papers that focus on case studies and exemplifications engaging with animals as subjects in their own right, as well as theoretical explorations into Animal Studies as an emerging field. Submissions might present examples from various disciplines, or address questions such as the following: What is it that draws a multiplicity of voices into this conversation, and how can they productively engage with one another? Why has this field of inquiry gained such traction in recent decades? How is Animal Studies taking shape as a field that overlaps multiple discourses and disciplines, and what opportunities or difficulties arise as a result? How do different methodologies clarify or substantiate one another, fill knowledge gaps, and illuminate unknown aspects of individual areas of interest?
We are especially interested in topics that take up the interdisciplinary inclinations of Animal Studies, and welcome contributions from all branches of the Humanities, Sciences, Religious Studies, Social Sciences, and Arts.
Those interested in participating should submit an abstract (no more than 500 words) and a brief biography (250 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is Friday, November 1, 2013. Presentations will be 20 minutes long. Please let us know if you will require A/V equipment.
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