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Queen’s University Department of English is hosting an academic conference concerning the study of animals and animality across the humanities and social sciences, ranging from animal liberation issues and human-animal relationships to animals in literature and artistic representations of animals.  This conference goes for two days starting June 26-27, 2010 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

The conference is free to attend.

Keynote speakers include Carol J. Adams, discussing her book The Sexual Politics of Meat on its 20th anniversary edition, and David L. Clark, who will explore animality through the context of Nazi Germany.

Here is the itinerary schedule:

8:00 – 8:50 Breakfast (McLaughlin Hall)
8:30 – 8:50 Welcome (McLaughlin Hall) Jaime Denike, Jess Roberts, and Laura McGavin
1 (a). 9:00 – 10:20 Animal Advocacy (Watson 122)
*Brian M Lowe (SUNY College at Oneonta, Sociology) “Spectacular Strategies:Animal Advocacy through the
Deployment of Spectacles”
*Anthony Nocella (Syracuse University, Critical Animal Studies) “Critical Animal Studies”
*Craig McFarlane (York University, Sociology) “What’s So ‘Critical’ About Critical Animal Studies?”
1 (b). 9:00 – 10:20 Fictional Animals (Watson 517)
*Danielle Romanello (Windsor University, English) “The Power of a Gnat: Examining Anne Finch’s Fables from an
Animal Rights Perspective”
*Matthew Fellion (Cornell University, English) “Very Like a *****: Animals and Meaning in Tristram Shandy and
*Kimi Hamada (Queen’s University, English) “Biting Back: The Politics of Cuteness in the Comics of Chris Ware”
1 (c). 9:00 – 10:20 Artistic Representations of Animals (Watson 401)
*Emily Blacker (University of Victoria, English) “Playing With ‘She-Beasts’: Mitchell’s ‘Ladies Sasquatch’ as Counter-
*Mary Slavkin (CUNY, Art History) “Corporeal Snares: Gustave Moreau and the Threat of Feminine and Bestial
*Katie Mullins (University of Toronto, English) “Seeing Sympathy and Thinking Animals in Morrison and Quitely’s
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2. 10:30 – 11:50 Workshop (Watson 517)
*Carol Adams (Independent Scholar) “Ethics and Activism: Living With and For Animals”

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (McLaughlin Hall)

3. 1:00 – 2:20 Plenary Address (Dunning 14)
*David Clark (McMaster University, English and Cultural Studies) “Animal Witness, Animal Testament; or, Who was
‘the last Kantian in Nazi Germany?'”
4 (a). 2:30 – 3:50 J. M. Coetzee and Marian Engel (Watson 517)
*Tania Aguila-Way (University of Ottawa, English) “Beyond the Logic of Solidarity as Sameness: The Critique of
Animal Instrumentalization in Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing and Marian Engel’s Bear”
*Paul Barrett (Queen’s University, English) “’Animal Tracks in the Margin’: Tracing the Absent Referent in Marian
Engel’s Bear and J. M. Coetzee’s The Lives of Animals”
*Carlo Salzani (University of Bonn, Literature) “The Writer as a Bat: Animal Metaphors and the Ecologies of Fiction in
J. M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello”
4 (b). 2:30 – 3:50 Companion Species (Watson 122)
*David Briggs (University of Alberta, English) “When Good Pets Go Bad: Domesticating Violence in Contemporary
*Michelle Neely (University of California, English) “Belonging, To a Slave: Pet-Keeping and Self-Ownership in the
Literature of U.S. Slavery”
*Patricia Life (University of Ottawa, English) “Friendship or Slavery: The Ethics of Commercial Partnerships with
4 (c). 2:30 – 3:50 The Politics of Space (Watson 401)
*Rosemary O’Flaherty (Concordia University, History) “Death by Drowning: The Wild Animals of the St. Lawrence
*Andrea Bolla (University of Guelph, Geography) “The Role of Wildlife in Botswana: An Exploration of Human-
Animal Relationships”
*Miriam Love (University of Western, Theory) “A Beast Caged in the Heart of the City: Figuring Animals and
Posthuman Utopias”7:00 – 10:00 Just Act Natural Exhibition Reception and Creative Readings
(Studio 22, 320 King St. East)

5 (a). 4:00 – 5:20 Roundtable Discussion: “Intersections of Human and Non-Human
Animal Rights” (Watson 517)

*Victoria Haynes (University of Victoria, English) “”Whose Forest is This?: Exploring the Political Uses of the
Mountain Pine Beetle in BC’s Ecocrisis”
*MaryAnne Laurico (Queen’s University, English) “‘Who Cares if the Children Die of Mercury Poisoning? Stop Killing
those Majestic Dolphins’: Negotiating the Politics of Dolphin Meat in Louie Psihoyos’s The Cove”
*Kimi Hamada (Queen’s University, English) “Fishers of Men: Minority Rights and Environmentalist Discourse in Rob
Stewart’s Sharkwater”
*Dale Tracy (Queen’s University, English) “The Animal in Human Rights: Rachel Tzvia Back’s Buffalo Poems”
5 (b). 4:00 – 5:20 Vegetarianism (Watson 406)
*Jessica Carey (McMaster University, English) “Assuming Vegetarianism: A Challenge for Animal Studies”
*Rasmus Simonsen (University of Western Ontario, English) “Becoming-Vegan: a Queer Ethical Project”
*Kathryn Gillespie (University of Washington, Geography) “Killing with Kindness? Reconceptualizing ‘Humane’
5 (c). 4:00 – 5:20 Animal Signs and Signification (Watson 122)
*Sarah Bouttier (Sorbonne University, English) “'[S]omething so much purer than words’: D.H. Lawrence’s Speaking of
and through Animals”
*Cameron Cross (University of Chicago, Arabic and Persian Literature) “Metaphor, Catalyst, and Brother: Writing
Animals in Modern Arabic Literature”
*Casey McCormick (Georgia St. University, English) “Animals, Androids, Symbiotes, and Semi-Autonomous Guard
Units: Exploring Animal Ethics in Cyberpunk”
5 (d). 4:00 – 5:20 Canadian Ecologies (Watson 401)
*Maureen Riche (York University, Humanities) “Kimmiq, Kin and Killing: Narrating the Slaughter of Sled Dogs in
Canada’s North”
*Heather Love (Indiana University, English) “Singing Grizzlies and Bear Guardians: Wilderness Stewardship and Eco
Hegemony in Canada’s Mountain National Parks”
*Kirsten Greer (Queen’s University, Geography) “Henry G. Vennor’s Our Birds of Prey (1876): A Natural History
Museum in ‘Miniature’ in Late Nineteenth-Century Canada” (exhibition)
*Michelle Barrett (Carleton University, Politics) “Travelling Third Class: Regulating the Humane Transport in Canada”

7:00 – 10:00 Just Act Natural Exhibition Reception and Creative Readings
(Studio 22, 320 King St. East)

Chris Urquhart (University of British Columbia, Creative Writing) “Skinbound”

8:00 – 8:50 Breakfast (McLaughlin Hall)
6 (a). 9:00 – 10:20 Inter-species Boundary Transgression (Watson 122)
*Ashley Brock (University of California Berkeley, Comparative Literature) “From the mujer pantera to the mujer araña: the Ethics of Transgressing the Limit Between the Human and the Animal in Manuel Puig’s The Kiss of the
Spider Woman”
*Payal Taneja (Queen’s University, English) “Taming the Brute: The Critique of Domestication in Fables of Modernity”
*Megan Holmberg (Boston College, English) “In Suspension: The Open in Au Hazard Balthazar”
6 (b). 9:00 – 10:20 Human and Non-Human Sexuality (Watson 401)
*Amanda Henrichs (Indiana University, English) “Sexy Beasts and Bestial Sex: The Production of the Human in
Donne’s ‘Metempsychosis’”
*Carla Hustak (University of Toronto, History) “’The Preposterous and Bestial Fusion of Human and Ape Stock’: Risking
and Affirming the Human in Early Twentieth Century Sex Reform”
*Jess Roberts (Queen’s University, English) “You are what you eat: Meat and Sexuality in Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of
6 (c). 9:00 – 10:20 Ethics (Watson 406)
*Stephen Thierman, (University of Toronto, Philosophy) “The Vulnerability of Other Animals”
*Angeles Espinaco-Virseda (University of Alberta, History and Classics) “Fixing Identities: Classification, Description
and the Production of the Generic Animal”
*Carla Benzan (University of British Columbia, Art History) “The Life and Death of Carolee’s Cats: Intimate
Encounters, Gentle Transgressions and Uncalculable Ethics”

7 (a). 10:30 – 11:50 Workshop (Watson 122)
*Molly Wallace (Queen’s University, English) “What’s In a Breed? The Biopolitics of Breed-Specific Legislation”
7 (b). 10:30 – 11:50 Workshop (Watson 517)
*Myra Hird (Queen’s University, Sociology) “Animal, All Too Animal?”

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (McLaughlin Hall)

8. 1:00 – 2:20 Plenary Address (Dunning 14)
*Carol Adams (Independent Scholar, Texas) “The Sexual Politics of Meat and Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory”
9 (a). 2:30 – 3:50 Gender Studies (Watson 122)
*Kattie Basnett (Rice University, English) “Rehearsing Domestic Masculinity in Early Dickens: Men, their Animals,
and their Women”
*Adam Weitzenfeld (University of North Texas, Philosophy) “Queering the Breast: De-Naturing the Hu(man) through
Breastfeeding Performances”
*Kathryn Flynn (Queen’s University, Cultural Studies) “Flesh on the Plate: Sexual Politics in Vegetarian Popular
9 (b). 2:30 – 3:50 Urbanity and Wildlife (Watson 517)
*Emily Snyder (University of Alberta, Sociology) “The Ugly Animal: Aesthetics, Power, and Animal-Human
*Rosemary-Claire Collard (University of British Columbia, Geography) “The Bio-economic Subjects of Live Wildlife
Trade, How to Follow Them, and Why”
*Joyce Hwang (SUNY Buffalo, Urban Planning) “Pest Architecture”

9 (c). 2:30 – 3:50 Animals in Film (Watson 401)
*Matt Croombs (Carleton University, Cultural Studies) “Robert Bresson’s Au Hasard Balthazar and the Face of
*Sarah O’Brien (University of Toronto, Centre for Comparative Literature) “Undressing the Figural: Charles Burnett’s
Killer of Sheep and Sally Mann’s Matter Lent”
*Dru Jeffries (Concordia University, Film) “Animals were Harmed in the Making of this Film: Inside the Cinematic
Slaughterhouse of Fast Food Nation.”
10 (a). 4:00 – 5:20 The Role of Affect (Watson 401)
*Matthew Scribner (Queen’s University, English) “Animals, Sympathy, and Chivalry in The Awntyrs off Arthure”
*Kyle Burchett (University of Kentucky, Philosophy) “Conceptualizing Organisms – An Enactive Approach”
*Andrew Lee (Queen’s University, Sociology) “Mouse Matters: Empathy and Re-Materializing Experimental Animals”
10 (b). 4:00 – 5:20 Derridean and Psychoanalytic Approaches (Watson 122)
*Carmen Mathes (University of British Columbia, English) “‘Animal Others’: Derrida, Levinas and the Animal-On-Trial”
*Heather Wilson (Stony Brook University, Philosophy) “Human Self-Understanding in Relation to l’Animot: The Role
of ‘Giving Place’ in Derrida’s Challenge to Theoretical Discourse”
*Jeremy De Chavez (Queen’s University, English) “Dreaming of Animals: The Animal in Freud’s Analysis of a Phobia in
a Five-year Boy, History of an Infantile Neurosis,and Notes Upon a Case of Obsessional Neurosis”
10 (c). 4:00 – 5:20 Encountering the Non-Human (Watson 517)
*Ian Maness (Queen’s University, English) “Cats Behaving Monstrously: Animals and Outsiders in the Icelandic Sagas”
*Gene Tempest (Yale University, History) “Of Men and Horses: Animal Suffering and its Perception During the First
World War”
*Gina Granter (Memorial University, English) “At Home on ‘The Edge’: Project Grizzly and the Quest for Authenticity”

For information on transportation, accommodations, or other concerns, contact Jaime Denike at jaime.j.s.denike@queensu.ca.