As part of All Things Great and Small, an interdisciplinary animal studies conference hosted at the University of California- Davis, I will give a talk about my photographic series Unbidden, chair a panel about Animal Arts, and exhibit my recent video Gus and Deuce Go Elsewhere. Special thanks to Gala Argent and Ted Geier.
Bringing in the Animals I: Intersubjectivity, Agency & Narrative (Chair: Gala Argent)
Kari Weil Autobiographical Animals: Cixous’ Animots
Angela Hofstetter Aesthetics, Agency, and Horses in Hollywood Cinema
Lee Deigaard Unbidden
Animal Arts (Chair: Lee Deigaard)
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
November 14-18, 2014
“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.”