'Animal and Natural Worlds, c. 500-1750: Medieval and Early Modern Interdisciplinary Ecologies', 3 July 2015

full name / name of organization: 
Megan Cavell / Durham University

Organisers: Megan Cavell (Dept of English Studies), Sarah Semple (Dept of Archaeology) and Andy Wood (Dept of History)

Researchers from the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Durham University are pleased to announce a symposium on medieval and early modern ecologies, timed to coincide with the 2015 meetings of the International Medieval Congress in Leeds and the Early Modern Studies Conference in Reading.

Building on the work of Durham's Ecologies and the Arts research cluster, the aim of this event is to provide a forum for discussion and exchange for scholars of these periods working in the growing fields of ecocriticism and animal studies. These fields espouse the importance of engaging with the study of animal and natural worlds in a way that moves beyond a human-centred focus. Turning such a critical lens to the historical periods of this symposium is both a challenge and an exciting opportunity to uncover new information about marginalised landscapes and their inhabitants. Eight speakers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds will join keynote speaker, Gillian Rudd (University of Liverpool), in presenting their research to an international and interdisciplinary audience.

Proposals for papers on any topic within the scope of the symposium are invited from scholars at all career levels. Please email your abstract of 250 words, as well as contact and affiliation details, to Megan Cavell (megan.cavell@durham.ac.uk) by 1 February 2015. Please include 'abstract: Animal and Natural Worlds symposium' in your email's subject line. For more information, see the symposium website: https://animalandnaturalworlds.wordpress.com