Interdisciplinary Seminar 2018 Interdisciplinary Seminar 2018

Animalities: Animals and the Humanities

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In their focus on the human, the humanities have consistently failed to attend to other beings. Following the ‘animal turn’ informing many fields this seminar series asks the questions; what happens to the humanities if they move beyond the solely human? How must our methods, our foci, our ethics, and our politics change? And what responsibilities do human cultures have towards other beings? As such, this seminar series calls for the end of the anthropocentric humanities, to be replaced by an inter-species animalities.

  • 24/01/2018 - Humanities + Animals = Animalities (Brett Mills, UEA)
  • 31/01/2018 - Animals, Slavery and the Industrial Revolution (Geoffrey Plank, UEA) 
  • 07/02/2018 - Understanding a Cetacean Society (Rupert Read, UEA)
  • 28/02/2018 - The Recipe for Love? The Narratives of Gender and Nature in the Cultural Texts of Meat (Erika Cudworth, East London)
  • 07/03/2018 - Animal Culture, Animal Heritage: Speculations Toward a Collaborative Approach (Jos Smith, UEA) 
  • 14/03/2018 - Looking at Animals: Empathy, Ethics and the Face of a Praying Mantis (Claire Parkinson, Edge Hill) 
  • 18/04/2018 - Dealing with Dead Bodies: Animals in Contemporary Art (Steve Baker, Central Lancashire) 
  • 02/05/2018 - Screening Animals (East Anglian Film Archive, UEA)
  • 09/05/2018 - What to Ask a Cow: Milking in Early Modern England (Erica Fudge, Strathclyde) 
  • 16/05/2018 - The Perpetual Sense of Animal Encounters: A Campus Safari (Tom Greaves, UEA) 

This series is part of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Graduate School Interdisciplinary Seminar.

For further details contact Brett Mills (AMA) at

UEA postgraduate research students can enrol through e:Vision via the code HUMDR002.

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