Extended deadline: (Un)Common Worlds III Human-Animal Conference

deadline for submissions: 
June 10, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Finnish Society for Human-Animal Studies & University of Oulu
contact email: 

Due to several requests, we have decided to extend the call for papers of the (Un)Common Worlds III - Navigating and Inhabiting Biodiverse Anthropocenes Human-Animal Studies Conference until the 10th of June

Submit your abstract (max. 250 words) to uncommonworlds3@ykes.org (preferably as a word doc or a pdf file with the word “abstract” in the subject field of the e-mail). Remember to add a title for your presentation as well as your name and affiliation and contact information. Add to the abstract if the paper will be presented in-person or online.

The conference welcomes individual or working group proposals that engage critically with ongoing environmental crises and existing framings – be they global ones such as climate change or the loss of biodiversity, coupled with framings such as the Anthropocene or sustainable development, or more local and situated conflicts arising from particular ways of perceiving animals and non-human life in our communities and societies. Working group proposals consist from 3 to 5 individual papers and a possible discussant that should fit in the time frame of a two-hour slot. Abstracts of papers are asked to be provided together with the proposal. The proposed presentations can be conventional scholarly or more arts-based interpretations of the conference theme and include a range of research designs from conceptual/theoretical to empirical and creative/experimental.

The proposals can include, but are not limited to, the following themes of navigating and inhabiting the biodiverse Anthropocenes:

  • Animal ethics and the Anthropocene
  • Post-colonial responses to the Anthropocene
  • Historical framings of the relationships between humans and other animals
  • Feminist understandings of environmental crisis
  • Ways of productive interdisciplinary engagement to tackle the challenges of the Anthropocene
  • The opportunities and challenges of alternative frameworks for addressing the current ecological crises (e.g. multispecies sustainability
  • Representations of biodiversity loss/extinction in art (visual arts, literature, films)
  • Affective responses to biodiversity loss and threatened non-human species
  • Critical animal studies perspectives to the questions of biodiversity loss and the Anthropocene
  • The futures of food, veganism and the animal industrial complex in navigating the Anthropocene
  • The role of non-animal living beings, e.g. microbes, in inhabiting a biodiverse anthropocene
  • Imagined futures in the post-Anthropocene

For more information on the conference, please visit uncommonworlds3.wpcomstaging.com