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25 Nov 2013
We are pleased to share this call for
proposals for the 1st
Global Conference: Making Sense of: The Animal and Human Bond, which will take
13th July – Tuesday 15th
July 2014 at
Mansfield College in Oxford, United Kingdom.
Call for Presentations
interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary conference invites an exploration of
the concept or notion of “animal” in its own right and as visa a vis “human.”
While humans are clearly classed as part of the animal world, we have a long
and sometimes questionable history of both differentiating ourselves from
animals and at the same time identifying ourselves with specific animals or
unique animals’ qualities. The distinction-identification processes have
manifested itself since the beginning of human history, when people started to
draw images on cave’s well (35000-50000 years
ago). In those first images people described wild animals which were present in
their environment and their relationship with those animals and only then, they
were able to describe the human figures as independent idea. The domestication
of the first animals- dogs (+/- 15000 years ago) and other animals as following
to it, contributed to this dual process as well. On the one side controlling
the animals is a process of declaring the differences between human-animal
species but on the other side, it is also a way to express hidden desires that
maintain the wild sides of the human being. Both process developed with
civilizations, social rules and regulations and has made possible the very
survival of the human species but has also offered us inspiration and deep
bonds which manifest themselves in our relationships with the animals around
us. From the image of the divine Ganesh (the elephant god of Hinduism) to the
billion dollar pet industry to the role of animals in our lives as
commodities—food, clothing, and tools—we find human culture intimately
connected to the animal world. And yet we have but a dim sense of what that
world entails. This conference invites scholars from across disciplines to
reflect upon the meaning of animals in our lives and in their own lives.
of animals in tribal societies
animal as sacred
of animals as source of the evil and of the divine
Animal/Human Relationship: The Pet
case against pets
as: substitutes for people, instruments for people
and human health; effects on well-being, mental situations, quality of life,
disease, physical, ownership and health,
and human’s life cycle: what we are looking for at each stage….
and their effect on the living environment.
pets and inhuman people
Animal/Human Relationship: Pets, Agricultural Animals, and Wild Animals
gets the best deal?
of the 3 groups
in regulation and ethics codes
or cultural differences
Rights/ Animal Welfare/ Animal Tools
commodification of animals
vs. animal: points of conflict
on animals’ rights
makes the wild into the domestic?
do we owe animals?
animals vs. dominating animals?
as entertainment: zoos, circuses, rodeos
animals as sustaining force for humankind
as Analogies/As Clues
and medical/scientific research
societies: kinship, family, friends
animals: the animal in literature art, rituals
on animals’ social behavior and how does it relate to us
addition to individual submissions the Steering Group also welcomes the
submission of pre-formed panel proposals.
order to support and encourage interdisciplinarity engagement, it is our
intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel
events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to
two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce
cross-over sessions between these groups – and we welcome proposals which deal
with the relationship between Environmental Justice and Visions of Humanity and
the Animal and Human Bond.
What to Send
will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word proposals should be
submitted by Friday 14th
February 2014. If
a proposal is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper of no more than
3000 words should be submitted by Friday 16th May 2014.
Proposals should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs;
abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in
author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email
address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
should be entitled: Animals 1 Proposal Submission.
use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any
special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or
underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all proposals submitted. If
you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not
receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to
look for an alternative electronic route or resend.
Axelrad-Levy and Wendy Turgeon: firstname.lastname@example.org" rel="external">email@example.com
Fisher: firstname.lastname@example.org" rel="external">email@example.com
conference is part of the Making Sense of: series of ongoing research and
publications projects conferences, run within the Probing the Boundaries domain
which aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share
ideas and explore innovative and challenging routes of intellectual and
academic exploration. All proposals accepted for and presented at the
conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN
eBook. Selected proposals may be developed for publication in a themed
hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors,
to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.
Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of
personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all
delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable
to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.
For further details of the
conference, please visit:
Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network
and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or
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