2014 Conference

All Things Great and Small: Interdisciplinary Interspecies Community

Keynote Speaker: Frans de Waal
Date: November 15-18, 2014
Location: UC Davis campus and special off site locations
Inquiries: Ted Geier, tegeier@ucdavis.edu

An interdisciplinary conference of animal science and medicine, contemporary humanistic approaches, and other fields engaging the key problems and prospects of interspecies community, traditional Animal Studies, and current directions in order to challenge and provoke new work. Exciting new directions in Animal Studies are producing some of the most compelling contemporary scholarship across the entire academy. The UC Davis Interdisciplinary Animal Studies Research Group will host a three-day conference Saturday, November 15th through Monday, November 17th, with special excursions through Tuesday, November 18th, to explore work from the sciences and humanities through the conference theme of interspecies community.

This innovative interdisciplinary conference will bridge new and established work in cognition and emotional experience, veterinary medicine, ethics and law, agriculture and food studies, and historical human-nonhuman bonds with historical trends and current directions in indigenous and postcolonial studies, post- and nonhuman theory, environmental studies, intersections with critical race studies, literature, and religious nonhumans to engage the challenges and prospects of animal studies work. The conference also features special guided excursions to area animal rehabilitation centers including the P.A.W.S. ARK 2000 sanctuary and the UC Davis California Raptor center. Conference participants may register separately for these events. UC Davis has been– problematically at times– at the forefront of animal research since its formation as a major agricultural and animal science school and has a strong core of Animal Studies scholars in multiple disciplines among its faculty and graduate ranks.

Conference Sponsors and Affiliates:

The Paul A. and Marie Castelfranco Endowment

The Office of the Provost & Vice Chancellor, Ralph Hexter

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All Things Great and Small: Interdisciplinary Interspecies Community
UC Davis Conference Center – The Interdisciplinary Animal Studies Group at UC Davis

Schedule PDF: All Things Schedule
Abstracts: All Things Abstracts

Saturday, November 15th
8:00 – 8:50 Registration; Coffee, Refreshments
8:50 – 9:00 Welcome, Introductions, Ted Geier, UC Davis
9:00 – 9:45 Dangerous Crossings: Race, Species, and Nature in a Multicultural Age
Claire Jean Kim, UC Irvine – Ballroom B
9:45 – 10:30 Animal History, Carla Freccero, UC Santa Cruz – Ballroom B
10:30 – 11:00 BREAK
11:00 – 12:00 Concurrent Sessions (Stream A)
12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 – 2:00 Concurrent Sessions (Stream B)
2:00 – 3:00 What Remains to be Seen: Animal, Atrocity, Witness
David L. Clark, McMaster University – Ballroom B
3:00 – 3:30 BREAK (Coffee)
3:30 – 5:00 Canine Soldiers screening with Nancy Schiesari, University of Texas
Discussants: Jennifer Ladino & Ryan Hediger – Ballroom B

Dinner on your own- group up with other conference participants!
Local options listed on the Davis Wiki

Sunday, November 16th
8:00 – 8:30 Coffee, Refreshments
8:30 – 9:00 Problems & Issues in Teaching Human-Animal Studies from an Interdisciplinary Perspective, Margo DeMello, Animals & Society Institute – Ballroom B
9:00 – 10:00 Concurrent Sessions (Stream C)
10:00 – 10:30 BREAK
10:30 – 11:50 Concurrent Sessions (Stream D)
11:50 – 12:50 LUNCH
12:50 – 1:20 Ed Stewart, President & Co-Founder, Performing Animals Welfare Society – Ballroom B
1:20 – 1:40 Assessing giants: using welfare science to enhance the care of zoo elephants
Brian Greco, UC Davis – Ballroom B
1:40 – 2:00 The Big Brains of Elephants: Relevance to Human, Chimp and Elephant Behavior
Ben Hart, UC Davis – Ballroom B
2:00 – 2:30 Roundtable of Ed Stewart, Brian Greco, and Ben Hart – Ballroom B
2:30 – 3:00 BREAK (Coffee)
3:00 – 4:30 Prosocial Primates: Empathy, Fairness, and Cooperation
Frans BM de Waal, Living Links, Yerkes National Primate Research Center Emory University, Atlanta, USA
Discussants: Geoffrey Wandesforde-Smith, Alexander Harcourt – Ballroom B
5:00 – 6:00 Art Exhibit & No Host Wine/Beer Bar, Buehler Alumni Center AGR Room
6:00 – 8:00 Buffet Dinner, Buehler Alumni Center AGR Room (Registration Closed)

Monday, November 17th
8:00 – 8:30 Coffee, Refreshments
8:30 – 9:50 Concurrent Sessions (Stream E – 4 papers)
10:00 – 10:55 Writing Animals Pam Houston. Discussant: James Barilla – Ballroom B
11:00 – 11:55 Don’t neglect your/their microbiomes: the importance of microbial communities to understanding animal biology Jonathan Eisen, UC Davis – Ballroom B
11:55 – 12:00 Conference Close
2:00 – 4:00 UC Davis California Raptor Center Tour (Registration Closed)

Tuesday, November 18th
10:00 – 4:00 P.A.W.S. ARK 2000 Tour (Registration Closed)

The National Museum of Animals & Society will have a display up for parts of the conference, and Director Carolyn Mullin will be on hand to discuss the museum’s work.

Conference Speaker Book Sales: Saturday 10:30 – 1:30 & Monday 9:00 – 12:00

Saturday, November 15th
STREAM A (11:00 – 12:00)
A1. Philosophy (Chair: Rick Morris) – Ballroom A
Robert C. Jones How Not To Be a Vegan
Andrew Fenton Looking for Moral Norms in All the Wrong Places
Christopher Foster Rationality and Animal Use

A2. Bringing in the Animals I:
Intersubjectivity, Agency & Narrative (Chair: Gala Argent) – Ballroom C
Kari Weil Autobiographical Animals: Cixous’ Animots
Angela Hofstetter Aesthetics, Agency, and Horses in Hollywood Cinema
Lee Deigaard Unbidden

A3. Thinking the Nonhuman Well (Chair: Shannon Pufahl) – Conference A
Chris Tong Carl Hagenbeck in China: Notes on Animals and Colonialism
Ryan House Life in the Universe Ain’t No Picnic: The Alien, the Absurd, and the Ecological Thought in Arkady and Boris Strugatshy’s Roadside Picnic
Helena Feder Fantasy of Detachment: Humanism, Nonhuman Cultures, and Empathy

A4. Comparative Animal Histories/Geographies (Chair: Katja Jylkka) – Conference B
Brett Mizelle Speculation, Violence and Multispecies Communities: Pigs as Invasive Species and Biosecurity Threats
Martha Geiger/Alice Hovorka Donkey Positionality and Welfare in Botswana
Thomas Doran Natural History in the Indigenous Atlantic: Cultures of Animal Protection

STREAM B (1:00 – 2:00)
B1. Against Extinction: Inheritance, witness and care in the Hawaiian Islands
(Chair: Deborah Lilley) – Ballroom A
Thom van Dooren Living with Crows in Hawai’i: Conservation in Haunted Landscapes
Deborah Bird Rose Monk Seals at the Edge: Blessings in a Time of Peril
Note: These talks and Q/A will be conducted via teleconference from Australia and UK.

B2. Bringing in the Animals II:
Intersubjectivity, Agency & Narrative (Chair: Angela Hofstetter) – Ballroom C
Kristin Armstrong Oma Herding, Training, and the Ontology of Being: How Working with Sheepdogs Informed My Approach to Sheep-herding Bronze Age Socieities
Gala Argent Living With Horses: Analogy and Anecdote in Anthropological and Archaeological Research

B3. Nonhuman Literatures (Chair: Chris Tong) – Conference A
Amber Strother Attack of the Mechanical Woman: Reshaping Nonhuman Bodies in Just So Stories and The Clockwork Jungle Book
Laura Ofstad Interspecies Relationships and Novel Ecosystems in Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy
Rachael Nichols Imagining with Animals: Jack London’s Nonhuman Fictions

B4. Law (Chair: Annalisa Batanides, JD) – Conference B
Paola Fosati/Alma Massaro Ritual Slaughter: Legal and Theological Inconsistencies
Victor Krawczyk/MA Hamilton-Bruce Colonel Richard Martin and Lord Thomas Erskine’s Crusade: Compassion for Animals in Georgian Britain
Ashley Drake Subjects of Justice: Representing Animals in Dutch Legislature

Sunday, November 16th
STREAM C (9:00 – 10:00)
C1. Literary Use and Abuse of Animals (Chair: Thomas Doran) – Ballroom A
Sarah Thaller Unchained Animality: Monstrous Representations of Mental Illness in Young Adult Literature
Katja Jylkka “Willing to be killed”: The Self-Sacrificing Animal Motif in the 17th & 20th c.
Laura Brown “Who wou’d be Man?”: Lapdog Lovers and the Rise of the Literary Animal

C2. Narrating Spaces (Chair: Emma Grigg) – Conference A
Gavin Van Horn From Basement to Bioregion: Urban Animals and Narratives of Place
Sara Crosby Swamp Monsters and the Death of America’s Wetland
Laura Watt A Question of Wildness: Tule Elk and Cattle Ranches at the Point Reyes National Seashore

C3. Spirituality, Sympathy, Community (Chair: Christopher Miller) – Ballroom C
Allison Coudert Extending the Boundaries of Sympathy in the Long Eighteenth Century
Sarah Pike Internal revolutions: the spiritual roots of radical animal rights activism
Marilyn Matevia Justice For All: revisiting the prospects of a (bio)communitarian theory of interspecies justice

C4. Animal Arts (Chair: Lee Deigaard) – Conference B
Vivian Sming Symptoms of the Prey
Linda Brant Honoring, Contradiction and Chance in American Pet Cemetery Gravestone Image Pairings: Visual Art Meets Human Animal Studies
Roundtable discussion on animal arts with Linda Brant, Lee Deigaard, and Vivian Sming to follow

C5. Intolerable Cruelty, Tolerable Contradictions: A roundtable on the politics of Animal Studies with Lori Gruen, Claire Jean Kim, Robert C. Jones, and Stephen Eisenman – Ballroom B

STREAM D (10:30 – 11:50)
D1. Ethics of Invasive Species Management (Chair: Crystal Fortwangler) – Conference A
Charlie Nichols Perceiving Wrongs: Feral Cats and Birds in the Environment
Sophie Riley Invasive Animals: Killing for the Greater Good or Short-Term Expediency?
Carol Y. Thompson Cats Versus Birds in Urban Areas: Understanding Ideological Divides Among Animal Conservation, Protection and Welfare Groups
Alex Simon Socially Constructing Wolves as an Invasive Species
Amanda D. Concha-Holmes Interspecies relationships and ethics of environmental policies in motion
Crystal Fortwangler Dancing with Lionfish

D2. Domestic Concerns (Chair: Sarah Thaller) – Conference B
Gaynell Gavin Gone to the Dogs: Confessions of a Traffic Scofflaw
John Drew Interspecies Internationalism: The Politics and Poetics of Animal Studies in Globalized Classrooms
Karin Bolender Postdomestic Cowgirl
Suzanne Barber The Allegorical Animal: (re)Articulating the Chinese Animal Welfare Movement in Recent Years

D3. Film & Media (Elizabeth Crachiolo) – Ballroom A
Jon Hegglund The Horse at the End of World: Species Melancholia
Bart Welling Animals Watching Animals: A Biocultural Approach to Nonhumans on Film
Pete Porter Scenes of Capture: The Dark Beginning of the Animal Rescue Narrative

D4. Animal Concerns (Chair: Brett Mizelle) – Ballroom C
Stephen Eisenman The Real Swinish Multitude
Kari Weil The War on Pity in 19th Century France
Boria Sax Animal Models and Utopias: “A Bird of Paris” by J.J. Grandville, George Sand, and P.J. Stahl

Monday, November 17th
STREAM E (8:30 – 9:50)
E1. Labor (Chair: Abby Thigpen) – Ballroom B
Mariko Yamamoto Assistance Dog Registrations in California
Ryan Hediger The Canine Cure? Soldiers, Therapy Dogs, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Kendra Coulter Beasts of Burden? Labor of Love? Understanding Interspecies and Multispecies Work
James Barilla After Work: The Wild

E2. Zoos, Animal Displays (Chair: Kristen Denninger Snyder) – Conference B
Cassie Freeman/Ashley Drake Zoo Visitors’ Subjective Meaning-Making Across 4 Species
Teresa Lloro-Bidart Charismatic Shark
Catherine Doyle (P.A.W.S.) Patterns in keeper perception of the human-elephant relationship and the potential for disconnect
Kristen Denninger Snyder Wellness driven management for common hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) – current practices and recommendations

Special thanks to our event sponsors & collaborators:
The Paul A. and Marie Castelfranco Endowment
The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
The Department of Comparative Literature
The Division of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies
The Davis Humanities Institute, The School of Veterinary Medicine,
The Departments of English, French & Italian, and Religious Studies
UC Davis Stores

Minding Animals

Event Committee Members: Ted Geier (Chair), Allison Coudert, Lynette Hart, Juliana Schiesari, Dorian Signori, Marty Bryant, Katja Jylkka, Gareth Love, Rachel Taylor


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