Call for papers and expressions of interest for a proposed session at the International Conference of Historical Geographers (London, 5-10 July 2015).
Historical Geographies of Animals
What is the place of the animal in historical geography? Over the past two decades, scholarship in the field of animal studies has challenged anthropocentrism in the humanities and social sciences. In response to the “animal turn,” human geographers have addressed the discipline’s “deafening silence” about animals (Wolch and Emel, 1995). As such, animal geographies has developed into a dynamic and innovative subfield of human geography (Buller, 2014). Yet, despite the disciplinary influence of animal geographies, historical geographers have remained relatively inattentive to animals. But that is beginning to change. Recent work by historical geographers and environmental historians demonstrates the promise and potential of historical analyses attuned to animal bodies (Ritvo, 2010; Walker, 2005; Wilson, 2010).
The proposed panel aims to build on historical geography’s emergent interest in animals. The organizer welcomes paper proposals that query the place of the animal in historical geography (and environmental history). Papers are particularly welcomed from those studying animals with transboundary ranges (especially migratory species); the role of animals in the co-production of scientific and environmental knowledge; and the cultural, environmental, and economic dimensions of historical-geographical relations among human communities and the non-human animal world.
Please send expressions of interest to Jonathan Luedee (email@example.com) by August 20.
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