Living With Animals

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EKU will host the second biennal "Living with Animals," conference on  March 19-21, 2015.  Eastern Kentucky University, located in Richmond just south of Lexington, ‘The Horse Capital of the World’, began offering the first undergraduate degree in Animal Studies in 2010.

Artist and art historian Julia Schlosser, 2013’s co-organizer, will have a display of her photographic work on pet-human interaction, and will also provide a keynote address about her work. We are planning to continue our Horse theme, but with a shorter half-day session selected and chaired by Dr. Gala Argent who organized the Horse session at the first conference. We also plan to devote time (breakout sessions and talks) to issues surrounding teaching the animal.  Although topics will depend on the abstracts about teaching we receive, we plan to have a panel discussion about standardized curricula for Animal Studies/Anthrozoology programs—an offshoot of the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) conference in Vienna this summer.    There are some new foci as well. Co-organizer Radhika Makecha is organizing sessions around conservation, human-animal conflict, and elephants, and co-organizer Michał Pręgowski is organizing sessions around dogs and dog-human interaction, including topics such as training, memorials, and shelter work. 


If you would like to present at this conference, please send 200-400 word abstracts and CV to  All abstracts should be arranged as follows:

  • First line: title of the talk
  • Next line(s): authors' names, positions, affiliations, and email addresses. 
  • Next line: blank
  • Next Line: text of the abstract
  • Next Line: Is this an individual, poster, or panel discussion?

  • Attached to abstract on a separate sheet: a one-page CV of your most relevant work and experience.

All abstracts should be single spaced.  Reference to existing bodies of work might be made. 

Abstract submission deadline: December 12, 2014 (We are open to receiving late submissions, but we will begin making decisions in mid-December.) Author notification due: December 22, 2014.

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