ANIMALS : Non-Human and Human Alike

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Human relationships and convergences with other-than-human animals have recently become the subject of increasing interest to researchers across the spectrum of disciplines – from philosophers to geographers to veterinarians. The University of Bristol has a number of leading figures in the emergent field of ‘Animal Studies’. Despite the interdisciplinarity at the heart of this work, and its synthesis of arts and sciences, these scholars continue to work largely separately from each other.

By making ‘Animal / Human’ one of its themes for 2015-16, the IAS brought together researchers from across the university, to develop critical mass, nurture collaborations and lay the groundwork for future funding bids. 

Programme of events:

  Tuesday 17 May

IAS Public Lecture The Wild Within
IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Harriet Ritvo (MIT)
Peel Lecture Theatre, Geographical Sciences, University Road

  Wednesday 18 May
11:00-17:00 Literature's Animals conference
Keynote Speakers: John Miller (Sheffield), Cecilia Muratori (Warwick) and Harriet Ritvo (MIT)
  Tuesday 24 May
16:00-18:00 Panel Discussion - Animals and People – is co-existence possible? (Bristol Zoo) 
Speakers include: Professor Catherine Hill (Oxford Brookes) and Matt McLennan (Bulindi Chimpanzee and Community Project), Dr Ed van Klink (Bristol), Julia Newth (WWT) and Lydia Tiller (Kent). 
19:30 Messiaen's Music of Animals 
A lecture by Jonathan James and piano recital by Helen Reid at Clifton College Music School

The Future of Animal Rights hosted by the Festival of Ideas
A debate with Stephen F Eisenman, Harriet Ritvo and Kate Soper

  Wednesday 25 May
09:30-18:00 Animals under Capitalism Conference
Keynote Speakers: Robert McKay (Sheffield) and Kate Soper (London Metropolitan)
  Thursday 26 May
09:30-12:30 Postgraduate Roundtable - Animals under Capitalism (Verdon-Smith Room, Royal Fort House)

Animals in Art (Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery) 
Tours led by Rhian Rowson (Curator, Natural History) 


Discovery Through Drawing (Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery)
Drawing workshop led by Clara Drummond


Animals in Art Panel Dicussion (Verdon-Smith Room, Royal Fort House) 
Speakers include: Cicely Robinson (National Horseracing Museum), 
Jack Ashby and Sarah Wade (co-curators of Strange Creatures, 
UCL Grant Museum), Alison Wright (curator of Curious Beasts, Animal Prints at the British Museum), Ray Barnett (Head of Collections & Archives, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery)