Research Seminar: Professor John Ó Maoilearca – “Postural Mutations: On Thinking Alongside the Nonhuman Animal” – 25th April

  The Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre is delighted to announce a seminar by Professor John Ó Maoilearca on Postural Mutations: On Thinking Alongside the Nonhuman Animal, taking place at 4pm on Tuesday 25th April in the Arts Tower, Lecture Theatre 7. John's work explores variations of 'non-standard-philosophy', arguing that philosophy is a subject that continually shifts its identity through engaging with (supposedly) 'non-philosophical' fields such as film. He is currently working on a book-film project dealing with the representations of animals in film and philosophy. Please find an abstract below: According to Cary Wolfe, 'Just…continue reading →

Fully-funded PhD studentship in Theories of Loss in Cultural Representations of Extinction starting 2017-18

Announcing a fully-funded three-year PhD studentship: Theories of Loss in Cultural Representations of Extinction.The Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre (ShARC) and the School of English at the University of Sheffield are pleased to announce a fully-funded three-year full-time PhD studentship on the topic of Theories of Loss in Cultural Representations of Extinction. The project will be supervised by Robert McKay (principal supervisor) and Stefan Skrimshire (Theology and Religious Studies, University of Leeds).This studentship will explore contemporary literary and other cultural portrayals of species extinction (including the extinction of the human animal). It will interpret them in the context of critical-theoretical approaches to loss—for example beliefs about death and the afterlife; life, vitalism and biopolitics;…continue reading →

CFP: Animals in Public: Care, Charisma and Knowledge – Science in Public, 10th-12th July 2017

Animals in Public: Care, Charisma and Knowledge CFP for a panel at Science in Public (10th-12th July, 2017): Panel submission deadline, 18th April 2017 This panel focuses on questions of how knowledge about animals is communicated, constituted and utilised in the public sphere. Animals have often played significant yet under-examined roles in engagements between science and wider publics. From ongoing historical traditions of amateur-professional collaboration, to the contemporary spectacles of natural history filmmaking, a mutual fascination with animals and their worlds has brought scientists and publics together since before the professionalization of the…continue reading →