Interdisciplinary Seminar 2018 Interdisciplinary Seminar 2018

Giraffe in a parking lot

Animalities: Animals and the Humanities

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.

Presenters to include:

  • Steve Baker (Central Lancashire)
  • Erika Cudworth (East London)
  • Erica Fudge (Strathclyde)
  • Tom Greaves (PPL, UEA)
  • Claire Parkinson (Edge Hill)
  • Geoffrey Plank (HIS, UEA)
  • Rupert Read (PPL, UEA)
  • Jos Smith (LDC, UEA)

Topics to include:

  • Animalising history
  • Representing animals
  • Nature writing
  • Gender, animals and meat
  • Non-human art
  • East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) screenings
  • Animals in media
  • Eco-philosophy

This series is part of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Graduate School Interdisciplinary Seminar and begins in 2018. A full programme will be available by January 2018.

For further details contact Brett Mills (AMA) at

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