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Living With Animals

Living With Animals Conference at
Eastern Kentucky University
March 9-11, 2023


Welcome visitors from all countries and all cultural, religious and secular backgrounds to attend our conference. (Biennial, yes, though COVID killed 2021’s LwA.)

In the spirit of the openhearted pursuit of academic freedom, we strive to create an atmosphere in which attendees holding a rich diversity of thoughts, beliefs and backgrounds can come together to broaden the human-animal studies discourse. We work together to nurture all members of our extended community, human and non-human animals alike.

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.Eastern Kentucky University supports religious, gender, racial/ethnic, and other forms of diversity in people.

EKU will host the fifth biennial "Living with Animals," conference on March 9-11, 2023, organized by Robert W. Mitchell, Radhika Makecha, and Michał Piotr Pręgowski. The theme is Habitat and Home. The theme reflects our dual concerns that accompany the ongoing devastation of landscapes across the globe: first, that these landscapes are homes and habitats shared by humans and nonhumans alike; and second, that this crisis shared among species calls for an attempt to forge a connection between the emotional appeal of "home" with the scientific language of "habitat.” In addition, so many of us have animals (wanted and unwanted) in our homes that the human home has become their habitat, or at least a significant part of it. You may find other resonances between the terms when thinking of your talk! As always, while we hope to see a wide variety of abstracts dealing with the conference theme, we also welcome papers on a diversity of topics.

As usual, the “Living with Horses” conference (co-organized by Gala Argent and Jeannette Vaught) will be presented on Thursday and Friday. The “Living with Art and Animals” conference (organized by Julia Schlosser) will be on Saturday. We are working on our scheduled keynote speakers; we are delighted to have Jeannette Vaught speaking on “Locusts” as a keynote to support a stream of talks on “Living with Insects.”


If you would like to present at the Living with Animals conference, please send 200-400 word abstracts and CV to

If you would like to be part of the Living with Horses conference within the LwA conference, please send your abstract to the following two email addresses: and

If you would like to be part of the Living with Art and Animals conference within the LwA conference, please sent your abstract to the following two email addresses: and

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?
  • Attach 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 may be made.

Abstract submission deadline: December 22, 2022 (We are open to receiving late submissions, but we will begin making decisions in late December/early January.) Author notification due: January 5, 2023.

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