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CALL. 15.04.2016: Bestiarium. Human and Animal Representations - 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?



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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We invite contributions which study, discuss and promote, among others, the following issues:

- Human-animal relationship

- Animalising the human and humanising the animal

- Animal bodies and human bodies

- Discursive significance of animal metaphors, symbols and tropes - Textual animals

- Animal societies and Human societies

- Animals and visual culture

- Language and animality

The Conference is addressed to PhD students and researchers who have no more than 5 years post-Doctoral experience.

The time limit for each presentation is 20 minutes, followed by discussion. Please submit an abstract of 300 words (title included) in .pdf format by April 15, 2016 to the following address:

All submissions should be written in English or Italian, and be prepared for anonymous review. Name, affiliation, and research field should appear only in the text of the e-mail. All submissions will be acknowledged and acceptance of abstracts will be communicated by June 15, 2016. Contributions in English will be preferred.

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