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Feeling: Glasgow, April 2014

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This meeting of BASN took place on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 April 2014 in the Collins Building at the University of Strathclyde in central Glasgow


The Programme

Friday 25 April

2.30 - 3.00 - Coffee/tea and registration

3.00 - 3.10 - Welcome and Introduction: Erica Fudge (University of Strathclyde) [click here to listen to the introduction]

3.10 - 4.20 - Plenary 1. Chair: Erica Fudge

John Law (Open University), 'The Practices of Fish Sentience'

4.20 - 4.30 - Comfort break

4.30 - 5.30 - Panel 1: Mind. Chair: Mara Miele (Cardiff University)

Stephanie Eichberg (UCL), ‘Chloroform cries, sham-rage and pseudoaffective states: the perception of animal feelings in the context of research on the “reflex”’ [click here to listen to the paper]

Julia Walker (Southampton), ‘Perceptions and representations of fish feelings – pain’

5.30 - 6.00 - drinks

6.00 - 7.20 - Plenary 2 / Public Lecture. Chair: Erica Fudge

Françoise Wemelsfelder (Scotland’s Rural College), ‘Animal feeling: recognising animals as whole sentient beings in animal welfare science’

7.30- BASN Buffet at The 13th Note, King Street, Glasgow.


Saturday 26 April

9.30 - 10.20 – Plenary 3: Chair: Erica Fudge

Robert McKay (University of Sheffield), ‘The Murkiness of Mercy: the Discourse of Species and the Ethics of Feeling in Michel Faber’s Under the Skin’ [click here to listen to the paper]

10.20 - 10.40 – Coffee/tea

10.40 - 12.10 - Panel 2: Touch. Chair: Tom Tyler (Oxford Brooks University)

Sarah Cockram (University of Edinburgh), ‘Stroking and Feelings:  Human and Animal at the Italian Renaissance Court’ [click here to listen to the paper]

Jonathan Saha (Bristol University), ‘Touching Animals in Colonial Burma: The Politics of Proximity’ [click here to listen to the paper]

Racheli Ben David (AAT Therapist, Israel), ‘Feeling with Animals?’ [click here to listen to the paper]

12.10 - 12.50 - lunch

12.50 - 1.50 - Panel 3: Family. Chair: Diana Donald (Emerita, Manchester Metropolitan University)

Nickie Charles (University of Warwick), ‘Written and spoken words: representations of animals and intimacy’ [click here to listen to the paper]

Orit Hirsch (Haifa University, Israel), ‘“When He Opened his Eyes - He Entered My Heart”: First Steps of Attachment in Human-Newborn Puppies Interactions’ [click here to listen to the paper]

1.50 - 2.10 – Coffee/tea

2.10 - 3.10 - Panel 4: Children. Chair: Henry Buller (University of Exeter)

Bel Deering (RSPCA), ‘“I used to kill spiders but I wouldn't do that now”: an exploration of young peoples' journey towards empathy’ [click here to listen to the paper]

Roberto Marchesini (Scuola Interazione Uomo Animale, Italy), ‘The Animal Epiphany in the Child Development’ [click here to listen to the paper]

3.10 - 3.20 - Concluding discussion

3.20 – Close 

To read abstracts of the papers, and read biographies of the speakers, please click here.









Praise for Feeling




“…extremely successful in bringing together academics and professionals from a range of disciplines, spanning humanities, natural sciences and various fields of practice ... Many of the papers were extremely thought-provoking, as was shown in the high quality of the discussion, both in the lecture theatre and in conversation during the breaks.” 


 Diana Donald, emerita Manchester Metropolitan University






"It was my first time at a BASN conference, and it was a boost to see proper interdisciplinarity, and to know that science and arts can work in tandem to produce quality research and - ever hopefully - effect real change." 

Abi L. Glen, postgraduate student, Glasgow University