LINGUIST List 27.1027

Mon Feb 29 2016

Calls: Gen Ling Ling & Lit, Philosophy of Lang, Socioling, Translation/Italy

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Date: 26-Feb-2016
From: Alessia Polatti <>
Subject: Bestiarium. Human and Animal Representations
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Full Title: Bestiarium. Human and Animal Representations

Date: 28-Sep-2016 - 30-Sep-2016
Location: Università di Verona, Italy
Contact Person: Roberta Zanoni
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Philosophy of Language; Translation

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2016

Meeting Description:

UniversitàDegli Studi di Verona
Scuola di Dottorato in Studi Umanistici
Human and Animal Representations
International PhD Conference
28-30 September 2016

The PhD School of Humanities of the University of Verona is organising the international trans-disciplinary Conference “Bestiarium. Human and Animal Representations” which will take place from the 28-30 September 2016.

From Aristotle's philosophy to the Medieval Bestiaries, from the ancient fables to the works of artists such as Damien Hirst, Joseph Beuys and Bill Viola, through George Orwell's Animal Farm and Die Verwandlung by Franz Kafka, the animal and its various representations have always played a lead role in the cultural production of human kind.

In the last decades, however, new achievements in fields such as Ecology and Cognitive Ethology have created the social need to deeply reconsider the ethical status of animals. From a theoretical point of view, these peculiar social demands have imposed an interpretative shift in the Humanities, leading to the so-called “Animal Turn” in cultural studies (Harriet Ritvo, “On the Animal Turn”, 2007).

Hence the need to overcome the traditional tendency to read the animal merely as a symbol, a metaphor or an allegory, whose only purpose is that of representing and negotiating human power relations of race, class, and gender. This new perspective allows the adoption of a critical attitude capable of shortening the ontological distance between the human and the animal, referring to a phenomenological dimension in which the two elements are different, but equally possible, modes of corporeality of a particular form of animality.

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.

Given the strong interdisciplinary character of the reflection on the animal and its representation, the Conference is open to scholars of different disciplines such as Italian, ancient Greek, Latin, and foreign literatures and philology, philosophy, linguistics, history and anthropology, art, cinema and new media.

Call for Papers:

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 15 April, 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 15 June, 2016. Contributions in English will be preferred.

The publication of the Conference proceedings is expected.

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