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Bestiarium. Human and Animal Representations - 28-29-30/09/2016, Verona (Italy)

The international trans-disciplinary Conference “Bestiarium. Human and Animal Representations” intends to give a contribution to this debate by focusing on texts and discursive practices which reveal the epistemological and cultural dynamics structuring the representation of the animal.

The human-animal relationship has always been characterised by a wide net of interactions and exchanges. The aim of the Conference will be to rethink the very nature of humanity through animality - considering all the various meanings that this term can acquire - in order to highlight diversity and to find a new sense of the human and of the animal.

What are the ontological, phenomenological and ethical differences emerging from the comparison of the human with the animal? How does the distinction between humanity and animality change over time and in different cultural contexts? How can we rethink the categories of otherness, agency, embodiment and experience in the human-animal relationship? How are the mechanisms of empathy triggered through the textual representation of the animal? How does the interpretation of a text change when assuming a non-anthropocentric point of view on the representation of the animal? Which linguistics strategies are deployed when speaking of animals and what do they reveal?

FECHA /DATE/DATA: 28-29-30/09/2016

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Scuola di Dottorato in Studi Umanistici, Università degli Studi di Verona (Verona, Italy)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Mariaelisa Dimino, Alessia Polatti, Roberta Zanoni (Università degli Studi di Verona)

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