Joint Tenant of the Shade: Environmentalism and Animal Welfare in the Long Eighteenth Century - May 30-June 2 2015

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Once a traditional theme of eighteenth-century studies, the study of "Nature" is re-emerging in the light of recent developments in ecocriticism. This period (1600-1820) saw the radical redefinition of "humanity" and of the human place in the environment, the establishment of scientific empiricism and a subject-object relationship between human observer and the natural world, and the exponential growth of urbanisation, with its concomitant growth in landscape aestheticism and environmental philosophy. This session invites papers examining the idea of ecology–defined as the understanding of the natural environment as being separate from human definition / domination and as having its own reason for being—in works from a range of writers and/or artists of the long eighteenth century, and from a variety of approaches. The pictorial representations of this theme in the works of artists such as Hogarth and Blake are also potential material for critical discussion. Of key relevance also is the changing representation of animals in the period, in the shift from their traditional emblematic significance, to the renegotiation of traditional animal-human boundaries, to the growth of the concept of animal welfare.

Paper proposals should be sent to no later than November 1st. Proposals must follow ACCUTE submission guidelines: one 300-500 word paper proposal (without identifying marks), a 100-word abstract, a 50-word biographical statement, and the ACCUTE Submissions Information Sheet available at .