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Living with Horses

Living with Horses

Living with Horses CFP

Living with Horses will run Thursday, March 23, in conjunction with the Living with Animals conference at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, from March 22-26, 2017. The theme of this year’s Living with Animals conference is Co-Existence.

In lieu of keynote speakers, this year’s Living with Horses program format will include an initial introduction of the selected topics covered, and a final wrap-up roundtable session designed to elaborate upon the state of scholarship about human-horse relations today, led by the program’s co-chairs Dr. Gala Argent and Dr. Angela Hofstetter.

In keeping with the overall conference theme of Co-existence, Living with Horses will explore what it means to co-exist with horses. We are particularly interested in ways of thinking about human-horse interactions which consider the various ways that lives are intertwined that are—or are not—mired in conceptions of power and inequality, with an eye toward how these power distributions might be influenced by individual and cultural conceptions and understandings. While it is our hope that topics concern these sub-themes, 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 addressing co-existence with horses include but are not limited to:

  • power and inequality within human-horse relations
  • our horses, ourselves: being with horses in film and literature
  • equine subjectivity and agency
  • wild or feral horses: representation, cultural heritage, and conservation
  • equine rhetorics and rhetorics of equine representation
  • human-horse inter-personal, inter-social or inter-cultural relationships
  • human-horse co-existences outside of the EuroAmerican context
  • the use of horses within specific human-controlled contexts (therapeutic, racing, recreational disciplines, work, etc.)
  • equitation or exploitation? the ethics of human-horse interactions (responses to recent calls to exclude horses from sport, leisure, and work)

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: Living with Horses invites abstracts for pre-formed panels, individual papers, and posters. Please indicate if you would like your presentation to be considered as a panel, presentation or poster. Panels usually consist of three people—three papers or two papers and a respondent—with a maximum time of one hour. Individual paper presentation times will be 20 minutes, including time for questions.

Abstracts of 200 to (approximately) 400 words 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. In addition, provide a one-page CV of your most relevant work and experience. Abstract files should be titled with the last name and first initial of the (lead) presenter plus the word abstract (e.g. Smith_D_abstract.doc.) CVs should be titled with the last name and first initial of the presenter plus the word CV (e.g. Smith_D_CV.doc)

Send your conference submissions to

Please send your abstract and CV in the form of a Word document (.doc or .docx) NOT a PDF.

Address questions about Living with Horses to co-conveners Dr. Gala Argent,, and Angela Hofstetter, Questions about the conference or submission process go to

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: December 12, 2016 (Late submissions will be accepted, although the selection process will start mid-December).
Selected participants will be notified by December 31, 2016.

Published on October 26, 2016

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