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Call for Papers for Living with Horses

Call for Papers for Living with Horses

CALL FOR PAPERS for the fourth biennial Living with Horses conference

The fourth biennial “Living with Horses” conference, again organized and co-chaired by Gala Argent and Angela Hofstetter, is scheduled Friday, March 22, 2019.

In keeping with the theme of this year’s Living with Animals conference, Living with Horses will explore the various roles horses play in human lives and the impact of those roles on both humans and horses.

We are pleased to announce that equine ethologist, writer and horse trainer, Lucy Rees, will keynote this year. For decades Lucy has studied wild and feral horses in Wales, Spain and Uruguay and used her work in search of the easiest way of dealing with horses, one which is universally applied and is successful. Her 2017 book, Horses in Company, challenges commonly held conceptions of equine dominance hierarchies—something which is not observed in horses living under truly natural conditions—which form the basis of many schools of horsemanship.

Additionally this year, in honor of equine academic, researcher and wild horse advocate, Karen Dalke, we invite submissions to the Karen Dalke Memorial Panel on Wild Horses, with topics covering any aspect of current wild or feral horse research, representation, cultural heritage, and conservation.

For the standard Living with Horses presentations, we are particularly interested in ways of thinking about the human-horse interface which consider the ways that lives are intertwined at various levels of scale, with an eye toward how individual and cultural conceptions and understandings of equine subjectivity, or objectivity, play out in these interactions. While it is our hope that presentation topics concern this sub-theme, other topics related to the human-horse interface are welcome.

We welcome submissions from the sciences, social sciences and humanities, as well as those that are transdisciplinary, or bridge cultural and temporal boundaries. Potential topics for panels, papers and posters include but are not limited to:

  • The different ways that horses might be objectified or subjectified within various scenarios;
  • The impacts of those conceptions on human-horse relations and equine management and care;
  • Human-horse inter-personal, inter-social or inter-cultural relationships;
  • Our horses, ourselves: being with horses in film and literature;
  • Equine rhetorics and rhetorics of equine representation;
  • Human-horse co-existences outside of the EuroAmerican context;
  • The use of horses within specific human-controlled contexts (therapeutic, racing, recreational disciplines, work, etc.); and
  • Equitation or exploitation? The ethics of human-horse interactions.

Please note whether you want your abstract considered for Living with Horses, and/or the Karen Dalke Memorial Panel. Address questions about Living with Horses to co-conveners Dr. Gala Argent,, and Angela Hofstetter, Questions about the conference details or submission process go to Send your conference submissions to For more information on the Living with Animals conference, visit: (still under construction).

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: December 10, 2018 (Late submissions will be accepted, although the selection process will start mid-December). Author notification due: December 22, 2018.


Published on October 01, 2018

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