Call for Papers: Borders and Boundaries in Animal History

RHN 17/2020 | Call

Organisers: Animal History Group

18–19 June 2020, King’s College London, UK

Deadline for submissions: 6 April 2020


Call for Papers:
Animal History Group 4th Summer Conference
Borders and Boundaries in Animal History

Keynote speaker: Professor Abigail Woods

This summer the Animal History Group will again hold a two-day conference. This event will conclude the 2019–20 programme of events organised by the Animal History Group, the London-based network for postgraduates, academics, museum workers and other professionals whose work engages with animals in history. We are delighted to welcome Professor Abigail Woods as our keynote. Abigail is (soon to be) Head of the College of Arts at the University of Lincoln. Her research addresses the history of animals, farming, and human and animal health in 19th and 20th century Britain. She is currently the President of the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine.  

We welcome papers that engage with the theme ‘borders and boundaries in animal history’. Topics may include discussions of the borders or boundaries that exist within human-animal relationships, whether concerning companion animals, domestic animals, wild animals, animal health and disease, or animal afterlives as museum specimens or artefacts, and from all periods from prehistory to contemporary history. Papers from graduate students are encouraged. Speakers will be convened into panels of related papers by the conference organisers. Please aim for a 15-20 minute presentation and a shared session for questions at the end of each panel. There will be a drinks reception and dinner on the evening of 18th June.

Paper proposals should be submitted to Please include a title, an abstract (250 words) and a speaker biography (up to 100 words). There is no registration fee for speakers at this conference. The deadline for submissions is 6th April 2020