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CALL FOR PAPERS for the 3nd Biennial Conference (2017) on Living with Animals: Co-Existence

CALL FOR PAPERS for the 3nd Biennial Conference (2017) on Living with Animals: Co-Existence

EKU will host the third "Living with Animals" conference from March 22 to 26, 2016.  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. This year we are again pleased to welcome an international set of speakers to our biennial conference. The conference will be held in the Perkins Conference Center on the EKU campus.

An optional excursion is planned to the Primate Rescue Center and the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, both in nearby Nicholasville, on March 26.


The conference centers on our ever-present relationships with animals examined through the arts and humanities, sciences, and applied fields. Our focus this year is Co-existence: How do or can we co-exist with animals, and they with us? How have we failed to co-exist? Can we educate each other to support and sustain co-existence? Of course any topic related to animals or human-animal interaction is welcome.

The conference will include three special tracks:

“SEEING WITH ANIMALS” will focus on animal imagery and visual representation

Co-organizers: Julia Schlosser, Jessica Dallow, and Martha Robinson

In addition to presentations, this track will include a portfolio review for artists attending the exhibition and an on-site juried art exhibition.

“LIVING WITH HORSES”, our continuing theme

Organizers: Gala Argent and Angela Hofstetter


Organizers: Kenneth Shapiro and Margo DeMello

In addition, we have five keynote speakers:

Steve Baker, Emeritus Professor of Art History, Central Lancashire (United Kingdom), will present “The Disorderly Animal in Contemporary Art.”

Keri Cronin, Associate Professor of Visual Arts, Brock University (Canada) will present “Looking Back: The Art of Early Animal Advocacy Campaigns.”

Brett Mizelle, Professor of History, California State University, Long Beach, will discuss history and domesticated animals.

Michał Pręgowski, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Warsaw University of Technology (Poland), will present a talk on animal commemoration.

April Truitt, co-founder of the Primate Rescue Center in Nichlasville, Kentucky, will tell us about her work developing and sustaining this refuge for primates in rural Kentucky.

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Abstracts of 200 to (approximately) 400 words (see Submitting Abstracts) should be sent to -The first line of the abstract should be the title of the talk, and the next line(s) should be the authors’ names, positions, affiliations, and email addresses.

  • Following this should be a blank line, followed by the text of the abstract.
  • All should be single-spaced.
  • Reference to existing bodies of work might be made.
  • Please also indicate if you would like your presentation to be a talk or a poster, or if you are offering a panel.  (We are open to other forms of presentations.) Posters are an excellent way to present some scientific and artistic works, and allow the presenter to engage closely with conference attendees who are most interested by their work. Posters will be available during the buffet lunch on Saturday, March 25.
  • In addition, provide a one-page CV of your most relevant work and experience.

Individual paper presentation time will be 20 minutes, including time for questions. Panels (usually 3 people; maximum time, 1 hour) are welcome.

All presentations and panels will be reviewed by the organizers and/or chairs.


Abstract submission deadline: December 12, 2016

(Abstracts received after this date will be reviewed and, if accepted, put in the program if space allows.)

Author notification: around December 31, 2016

Conference begins: March 22, 2017

Conference ends: March 26, 2017

Optional excursion: March 26, 2017

We recommend that participants arrive on March 21, and depart no earlier than the evening of March 25 (or March 26, if you plan to go on excursions), to enjoy the conference fully.

Published on September 08, 2016

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