[H-verkko] CFP: Animals wild and tame – Peering beyond categories

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Agricolan artikkelipyyntöihin on lähetetty uusi ilmoitus:
Animals wild and tame – Peering beyond categories
Symposium 30–31 May 2016, University of Turku



Call for Papers


Depending on their position in human society, animals are often categorized as
either wild or tame. Although seemingly mutually exclusive categories, in
practice, however, the borderline between wildness and tameness is ambiguous.
The complexity and diversity of the phenomenon exceeds the limits of two clear
cut categories and requires a more elaborate and nuanced examination.


What is more, categories of wildness and tameness are historically in constant
flux, resulting from changing interactions of both humans and animals. No animal
species, of course, has originally been “tame”, but their tameness results
from the changing human-animal relationship, where wild may become domesticated
or otherwise adapt to human presence. Alternatively, there are numerous examples
of tame or domesticated animals becoming feral. Although grouping of animals
according to their wildness and tameness eludes ontological reasoning, it
nevertheless defines the way animals are perceived and treated in human
societies as species and individuals. 


We invite scholars interested in human-animal relationship to discuss the
problems and repercussions of the concepts wild and tame.


Symposium will take place in University of Turku 30–31 May 2016.


Keynote lectures:

Harriet Ritvo: Wanting the Wild

Sverker Sörlin:  Boundaries and Becomings – Contesting Concepts of
Anthropocene Conversations


More detailed program in animalagency.utu.fi


The symposium is organized by the research project Animal Agency in Human
Societies, funded by the Academy of Finland.


Possible approaches are for example

•                          Mutual adaptation to

•                          Histories of wildness and

•                          Possible futures of wild
and tame animals in human society

•                          Feral animals

•                          Wildness of pets and
domesticated animals

•                          Wildness/tameness as moral

•                          Legal perspectives on wild
and tame animals




Please send max. 200 word abstract to Jussi Lehtonen, jussi.lehtonen at utu.fi by
29 February 2016.

More information: prof. Taina Syrjämaa, taisyr at utu.fi, European and World
History, University of Turku.


Animal Agency in Human Society – Finnish Perspectives 1890–2040


Academy of Finland 2014–2018

European Ethnology & European and World History, University of Turku


Ilmoituksen lähetti: Taina Syrjämaa <taisyr at utu.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 1.3.2016
Lisätietoja WWW-osoitteesta: http://animalagency.utu.fi