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Living With Animals

Living With Animals Conference at
Eastern Kentucky University
March 21-23, 2019


The 2019 Living with Animals Conference is held in the Perkins Conference Center

Eastern Kentucky University and the fourth 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 fourth biennal "Living with Animals," conference on March 21-23, 2019, organized by Robert W. Mitchell, Radhika Makecha, and Michał Piotr Pręgowski. The theme is Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat, Some We Need (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. As usual, Friday includes the day-long “Living with Horses” conference (co-organized by Gala Argent and Angela Hofstetter), and this year we’re hoping to have a stream on “Living with Insects.” Our scheduled keynote speakers are Hal Herzog, Marcy Norton, Seth Magle, Clare Rittschof, and Lucy Rees.


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?
  • 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 10, 2018 (We are open to receiving late submissions, but we will begin making decisions in mid-December.) Author notification due: December 22, 2018.

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