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26 and 27 April 2019 at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow


This meeting of the British Animal Studies Network will be held in the Collins Building, Richmond Street G1. To register to attend please go to the online shop. A vegan buffet will be held on Friday evening, so please register to come along to that for more discussion. The conference venue is very close to George Square, the heart of Glasgow and so is within 10 minutes walk of both main train stations (Central and Queen Street) and Buchanan Bus Station. We do not have a recommended hotel for this event, but the Premier Inn, Glasgow City Centre (George Square) is the closest hotel to the conference venue.  


Please note: if you are a current PGR student and you are registered to attend the meeting you may be eligible to attend a free writing workshop with our poet-in-residence Susan Richardson on Friday 26 April from 11.00-1.00 - with lunch to follow. This event is supported by the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities, and the School of Humanities, University of Strathclyde. If you are interested in attending the workshop, please contact once you have registered for the meeting. 


Friday 26 April

2.00-2.30 – Registration


2.30-3.30 – Plenary 1: Marie Haskell (Scotland’s Rural College)

‘Studying emotions in domestic animals: why and how’


3.40-4.40 – panel 1: Emotional Contagion


Sara Owczarczak-Garstecka (University of Liverpool)

‘“They can Sense that You’re Worried, so Something could Happen”: Managing Emotions to Stay Safe Around Dogs’


Tim Baker (University of Aberdeen)

‘Animal Joy: Children’s Animal Fiction and Love of the World’


4.40-5.10 – coffee


5.10-6.40 – panel 2: Attunement


Megan Donald (University of Glasgow)

‘How to Work with Infinite Bodies: The Emotional Geographies of Diagnosis in Small Animal Hospital’


Maisie Tomlinson (University of Manchester)

‘Mowgli’s Melancholia: The Exemplary Role of “Prey Animal” Emotions in an Equine-Assisted Personal Development Site’


Harriet Smith, Mara Miele, Nickie Charles and Rebekah Fox (Cardiff University and University of Warwick)

Fun? How to Become-With a Police Dog (Handler)’


6.40-6.50 – comfort break


6.50-7.30 – Susan Richardson (BASN Poet-in-Residence, and shortlisted for the 2018 Ted Hughes Award for Words the Turtle Taught Me)

‘“Viewing their lives through a glass-bottomed heart”’


8.00 - BASN Buffet, Saramago Bar, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Sauchiehall Street


Saturday 27 April


9.00-10.00 – plenary 2: Anat Pick (Queen Mary University of London)

'Insects and Melodrama'


10.00-10.30 – coffee


10.30-12.00 panel 3: The Sciences of Animal Emotions


Will Abberley (University of Sussex)

‘Sympathizing with Animals in Edwardian Nature Photography: Douglas English’s Wee Tim’rous Beasties


Amy Nelson (Virginia Tech)

‘Ties that Bind: Dogs and Humans in the Soviet Space Program’


Mariam Motamedi Fraser (Goldsmith’s, University of London)

‘Challenging Reason? The Passions and Passivity of Animals’


12.00-12.45 lunch


12.45-2.15 – panel 4: Feeling Death / Dead Feeling


Louise Logan (University of Strathclyde)

‘Drawing Species Lines: The Role of Empathy in Illustrations of Vivisection in the Illustrated Police News


Kerstin Weich (Messerli Research Institute)

‘On the Emotional Design and Interior Architecture of Putting Down’


Eimear McLoughlin (University of Exeter)

‘Knowing Cows: Transformative Mobilizations of Human and Non-Human Bodies in an Emotionography of the Slaughterhouse’


2.15-2.45 – coffee


2.45-3.45 – panel 5: Sensitivities 


Nicole Mennell (Birkbeck/University of Sussex) 

‘The Emotional Bond of Love (or Obedience) Between Early Modern Falconers and their Raptors' 


Aline Vogt (University of Basel)

‘Animals, Gender and Feelings in Late-Eighteenth-Century France’


3.45 End




Abstracts of papers and biographies of the speakers can be found here.