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CFP: Conference „Smelling“ of the British Animal Studies Network

At the meetings of the British Animal Studies Network held at the University of Strathclyde over the past three years we have been engaging with the senses: with the bodily engagement with the material world that on some levels we share with animals, and that distinguish animals from us, and from each other, in some remarkable and telling ways. Following on the heels of ‘Looking’, ‘Feeling’ and ‘Tasting’, ‘Smelling’ invites thinking about the smell of animals (their aromas); animals’ smelling powers (their capacities); and human engagement (or lack of it) with smell. Invited speakers confirmed for this meeting are Andrew Gardiner (Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh) and Sandra Swart (History, Stellenbosch University, South Africa).

As well as these invited speakers we are also issuing this call for papers. If you are interested in giving a paper addressing the topic from whatever disciplinary perspective please submit your title, with an abstract of no more than 200 words and a brief biography (also of no more than 200 words). These should be included within your email – i.e. not as attachments. Please send them to erica.fudge. The deadline for abstracts is Friday 15 January 2016. Presentations will be 20 minutes long, and we hope to include work by individuals at different career stages. Sadly we have no money to support travel, accommodation or attendance costs.

Topics covered at this meeting might include (but are not limited to):

· the smell of animals (the aroma they give off) and how that is controlled
· different cultural understandings of animals’ capacity to smell
· the scenting capacity of animals, and human uses of that capacity
· the (im)possibility of representing the ability to smell in discourse and its implications for some animals
· smell and intimacy for and with animals

We would welcome papers that deal with such issues in contemporary and historical settings, and would especially like to see papers that address these issues from contexts outside the UK, including the Global South. Papers are welcomed from across animal studies, including disciplines such as (but not limited to) geography, anthropology, sociology, literary studies, art history, history, science and technology studies, ethology, psychology, behavioural sciences and ecology.

Professor Erica Fudge, School of Humanities, University of Strathclyde, Lord Hope Building, Level 4, 141 St James Road, Glasgow G4 0LT

Persons as Animals conference @ Leeds

Online registration is now open for the Persons as Animals conference at Leeds, 6th-7th July 2016. Please visit our online store here to register, to see onsite accommodation options at Weetwood Hall, and to book your place at the conference dinner.

Please note that early bird registration rates apply until 6th May, after which a late fee will be charged.


Conference details

This is the closing conference of the AHRC-funded project entitled ‘Persons as Animals: Understanding the Animal Bases of Agency, Perceptual Knowledge and Thought’, a project that aims to investigate ways in which a proper understanding of human beings as animals might help in resolving a range of philosophical problems which have traditionally been considered with little or no reference to our animal nature – in particular, the free will problem, epistemological scepticism about the external world, and the question of meaning. The project is being carried out in collaboration with the new ‘Islands project’ at Chester Zoo.

The following speakers have been confirmed:

(Keynote) Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis)

Naomi Eilan (University of Warwick)

Ali Boyle (Cambridge University)

Denis Buehler (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

Rory Madden (University College, London)

Filip Mattens (University of Leuven)

Andrew Moss (Chester Zoo)

Matthew Ratcliffe (University of Vienna)

Léa Salje (University of Leeds)

Helen Steward (University of Leeds)


Please direct any enquiries to Léa Salje at l.c.salje.

For further information about the Persons as Animals project at Leeds, please visit our website at

Special Issue on Animal Politics

The latest issue of the journal Historical Social Research contains a special section on Animal Politics – A New Research Agenda in Political Theory, guest-edited by Svenja Ahlhaus and Peter Niesen.

Svenja Ahlhaus & Peter Niesen
What is Animal Politics? Outline of a New Research Agenda.

Bernd Ladwig: Animal Rights – Politicised, but not Humanised. An Interest-Based Critique of Citizenship for Domesticated Animals.

Symposium: Zoopolis – A Political Theory of Animal Rights by Sue Donaldson
and Will Kymlicka
Thomas Saretzki: Taking Animals Seriously. Interpreting and Institutionalizing Human-Animal Relationships in Modern Democracies.
Tine Stein: Human Rights and Animal Rights. Differences Matter.
Sandra Seubert: Politics of Inclusion. Which Conception of Citizenship for Animals?

Johannes Marx & Christine Tiefensee: Of Animals, Robots and Men.
Andreas T. Schmidt: Why Animals have an Interest in Freedom.
Federico Zuolo: Equality among Animals and Religious Slaughter.
Karsten Nowrot: Animals at War. The Status of “Animal Soldiers” under International Humanitarian Law.

Abstracts can be found at