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HRI Spring Symposium “The Elephant in the Room”

April 17 | 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The Humanities Research Institute will be hosting its Spring Symposium on Tuesday, April 17, 1:00 to 4:30 pm at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts room 406.

This year’s theme, “The Elephant in the Room: Making Space for Animals in Our Research and Teaching,” explores the use and depictions of animals in history, literature, art, and society. Faculty members from the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social Science will share their work on various aspects of animal studies, including critical animal studies and human-animal studies.

Limited parking available on site. Members of the Brock University community and guests are welcome to park on a first-come first-served basis.
City parking lots are available nearby. See http://www.stcatharines.ca/en/livein/ParkingLotsGarages.asp

Opening remarks
Michael Carter, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Humanities

Session I: 1:00 p.m.
Chair: Keri Cronin (Visual Arts)
John Bonnett (History), “Turns, Convergences and De-Stabilization: Is the Animal turn the next Big Thing in History?”
Barbara Seeber (English Language & Literature), “Animals and the Country House Tradition Revisited in Mary Leapor and Jane Austen”
Elizabeth Neswald (History), “Feeding the Dog”
Adam Dickinson (English Language & Literature), “Anatomic: Microbes, Chemicals, and Metabolic Poetics in the Anthropocene”

Coffee/tea break
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Session II: 2:45 p.m.
Chair: Keri Cronin (Visual Arts)
Kendra Coulter (Labour Studies), “The Elephants are Working: Animals, Labour, and Care”
Keri Cronin (Visual Arts), “Surveillance or Sancturary?: The Power and Potential of Live Cams for Humane Education”
Lauren Corman (Sociology), “Vile Creatures: Abject Animals at the Limits of Society and Culture”

Presentation of Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity to Professor Donna Szoke
Donna Szoke (Visual Arts), “Invisible Animals”

Closing remarks
Carol Merriam, Dean, Faculty of Humanities

Image: Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals.


April 17
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts
15 Artists' Common
Saint Catharines, ON L2R 0B5 Canada
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