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2017 Conference

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Conference is held in the Perkins Conference Center

Living with AnimalsEastern Kentucky University and the third biennial Living with Animals Conference welcome visitors from all countries and all cultural, religious and secular backgrounds to attend our conference.

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

EKU will host the third biennal "Living with Animals," conference on March 22-26, 2017, organized by Robert W. Mitchell and Radhika Makecha. The theme is Co-existence (though we will accept papers on a diversity of topics).  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.

Julia Schlosser, Jessica Dallow, and Martha Robinson are co-organizing “Seeing with Animals,” focusing on animal imagery and visual representation, beginning on Wednesday, 22 March. We are continuing our “Living with Horses” theme, with talks again selected and chaired by Gala Argent and Angela Hofstetter, beginning on Thursday, 23 March.  In addition, we will be celebrating 25 years of the journal Society and Animals with a panel organized by Ken Shapiro and Margo DeMello, on Friday, 24 March. We also plan to again devote time (breakout sessions and talks) on Saturday, 25 March, to issues surrounding teaching the animal (topics will depend on the abstracts about teaching we receive).

Our scheduled keynote speakers are Steve Baker, Keri Cronin, Brett Mizelle, Michał Pręgowski, and April Truitt.


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?

  •  Next line: If you wish your abstract to be evaluated to be part of EITHER the "Seeing with Animals" OR the "living with Horses" sessions, please state which here.
  • Attach to abstract on a separate sheet: a one-page CV of your most relevant work and experience.

(All submissions will be evaluated for participation throughout conference.)

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

Abstract submission deadline: December 12, 2016 (We are open to receiving late submissions, but we will begin making decisions in mid-December.) Author notification due: December 31, 2016.

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