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The 10th Anniversary Meeting





This meeting of the British Animal Studies Network took place at the University of Strathclyde in central Glasgow on 19 and 20 May 2017.


Friday 19 May

2.30 - 3.00 Registration and coffee

3.00 - 3.10 Welcome - Erica Fudge (University of Strathclyde)


3.10 – 4.10 Plenary 1:  introduced by Henry Buller (University of Exeter)

John Webster (emeritus, University of Bristol)

‘Hearing and listening, survival and satisfaction in sentient animals’ [to read the paper click here: to view the powerpoint slides click here]


4.10 – 4.15 comfort break


4.15-5.15 Panel 1 – Hearing Ears: chaired by Mara Miele (Cardiff University)

Jeremy Gibson (University of Strathclyde)

            'Engineering Model Hearing Systems Inspired by Nature' [to listen to the paper click here

Ben De Bruyn (Maastricht University)

‘Horse Whisperer. Fiction, Nonhuman Voices and Stethoscopic Modernity’  [to listen to the paper click here


5.15-5.45 Coffee - sponsored by Columbia University Press


5.45 – 6.45 Panel 2 – The History and Use of Language: chaired by Louise Logan (University of Strathclyde)

Sandra Kottum (University of Gothenberg, Sweden)

‘Silver-Tongued Sheep and Spider-Men: Animal Speech and Social Criticism in Late Seventeenth-Century England’

Alison Sealey (Lancaster University)

‘“The Song of the Humpback is the most Beautiful Sound you Can Hear in the Sea”: The Language of How People “Hear” Animals’  [to listen to the paper click here


The BASN poet-in-residence Susan Richardson was unable to attend, but has recorded a performance of her specially written poem, 'Unsonged'. To listen to it click here.


7.30-late -  Buffet at Saramago, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow


Saturday 20 May

10.00-11.00 – Plenary 2

Cary Wolfe (Rice University)

            'Never Again would Birds' Song be the Same'  [to listen to the paper click here


11.00-11.20 – coffee


11,20-12.20 – Panel 3 – Animal Music: chaired by Heather Lynch (Glasgow Caledonian University)

Susanne Heiter (Berlin University of the Arts)

‘Contemporary Music with Animal Sounds’

Martin Ullrich (Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg)

‘Lab Animals as Listeners: Intersections of Music Aesthetics and Scientific Research in Animal Experimentation (and By the Way, What about Ethical Problems?)’  [to listen to the paper click here


12.20-1.00 – Lunch


1.00-2.00 – Panel 4 – Listening to the World: chaired by Abi Glen (Cambridge University)

Julia Tanner (Harvard University)

‘Hearing the Herd: The Soundscapes of Sensory Ethnography’  [to listen to the paper click here

Cara Clancy (Plymouth University)

‘Hearing Anima Urbis: Attending to the “More the Human” in Twenty-First-Century Urban Conservation’  [to listen to the paper click here]


2.00-2.05 – comfort break


2.05-3.05 – Plenary 3

Karen Lury (University of Glasgow)

'Speaking For or Speaking With: Talking Dogs and Doggy Sounds in Film'


3.05-3.15 - Concluding Remarks

3.15 - End


To read abstracts click here.