CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Zoos and Zoo Cultures

full name / name of organization: 
Jamie S. Scott

The 2009 International Academic and Community Conference on Animals and
Society: Minding Animals,' hosted by the Animals and Society (Australia)
Study Group and the University of Newcastle, 13 and 18 July, 2009, at
Civic Precinct,Newcastle, Australia

Proposals are invited for panel presentations on zoos and zoo culture, to
be part of the ‘Minding Animals’ conference. The conference has six major
themes and objectives:
• To reassess the relationship between the animal and environmental
movements in light of climate change and other jointly-held threats and
• To examine how humans identify and represent nonhuman animals in art,
literature, music, science, and in the media and on film
• How, throughout history, the objectification of nonhuman animals and
nature in science and society, religion and philosophy, has led to the
abuse of nonhuman animals and how this has since been interpreted and
• To examine how the lives of humans and companion and domesticated
nonhuman animals are intertwined, and how science, human and veterinary
medicine utilise these important connections
• How the study of animals and society can better inform both the
scientific study of animals and community activism and advocacy
• How science and community activism and advocacy can inform the study of
nonhuman animals and society
Historically, capturing and keeping wild animals in zoos and cognate
institutions has been an integral aspect of these issues. We would like
to examine practical and theoretical dimensions of zoos and zoo culture
in the context of the conference’s themes and objectives.

Possible topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

Zoos and species preservation
Zoos and heritage
Zoos and conservation
Zoo design and architecture
Zoos and ecology
Zoos and education
Zoos and empire
Zoos and animal rights
Zoos and children’s literature
Zoos and film
Zoos and science
Zoos and the public realm
Zoos and fiction
Zoos and traditional knowledge

Suggestions for topics are welcome.

For the panels on zoos and zoo cultures, please send expressions of
interest and/or a proposed paper title and 250-word abstract to the panel

Deadline for panel submissions: 15 January, 2009

For full information on ‘Minding Animals,’ please see the conference

Please note, if you become a member of a panel, you will still need to
lodge your abstract separately on the conference website by 30 January,

We look forward to seeing you in Newcastle!

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