Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014


Classics Building, Room 110
1010 East 59th Street

Welcome by Joela Jacobs, Animal Studies Workshop Coordinator

Animal Studies: The Ends of Empathy and Beginnings of Reading

Kari Weil (Wesleyan University)

Moderator: Ashley Drake

RECEPTION: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Smart Museum of Art
5550 South Greenwood Street

Friday, April 4th, 2014

MORNING PANELS: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Franke Institute for the Humanities
1100 East 57th Street


Panel I—9:00 to 10:30 AM

(De)Constructing Bodies:
Structures of Exclusion in Human-Animal Cultures

Moderator: Agnes Malinowska

Jessica Carey (University of British Columbia)
Meat Tourism and an Intersectional Animal Studies

Nurfadzilah Yahaya (Washington University in St. Louis)
Animal Welfare and ‘Halal’ Slaughter in Islam

Karalyn Kendall-Morwick (Washburn University)
Of Mad Dogs and Men: Race, Gender, and Animality in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God


Panel II—11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Animals and Empire:
Interspecies Contact Zones in a Global Economy

Moderator: Les Beldo

James Hevia (University of Chicago)
Animal Labor and Colonial Warfare

Krista Maglen (Indiana University)
The Teeth and the Venom of Empire:
Animal Protagonists and the European Settlement of Australia

Neel Ahuja (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Atmospheres of Extinction


Panel III—1:30 to 3:00 PM

Gazing across Species:
Visual Culture and the Animal that Looks Back

Moderator: Katharine Pflaum Mershon

Giovanni Aloi (Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture/
Queen Mary University of London)
Which Animal, What Gaze?: Discourses on the Method

Alex Link (Alberta College of Art + Design)
Revisiting Comics’ “Funny Animals”

Stephen F Eisenmann (Northwestern University)
“The Cry of Nature”: An Alternative Basis for Art History


Panel IV—3:30 to 5:00 PM

Locating Capabilities:
Animal Subjects and the Politics of Discourse

Moderator: Bill Hutchison

Sean Meighoo (Emory University)
Human Language, Animal Communication, and the Question of Beeing

Monika Baár (University of Groningen)
Animals and Humans in an Equal Partnership: the History of Guide Dogs for the Blind

Gary Steiner (Bucknell University)
The Need for Genuine Pluralism in Animal Studies