CFP: Animals and Culture

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Associations invites paper and panel proposals for its special topics – and hopefully continuing –  Animals and Culture area!

A book cover toe Friends in the Field, ABC, a book from 1911.  Two girls stand next to two baby sheep.  One of the girls is putting a blue ribbon on one of the sheep.

Paper and panel proposals that explore a range of animal-culture interactions are invited.

Below is a list of possible topics but in general historical and contemporary analyses and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.  Keeping in mind that proposals should appeal to a broad audience and keep specialized terminology to a minimum, submissions that engage with the Anthropocene and other ecocritical approaches are especially encouraged.

All submissions should be framed by a research perspective and should not be overtly commercial. Also, despite how much we all want to help, not limited to information about animal/rescue organizations and advocacy.  

Possible topics could include (but are not limited to):

  • Animals as companions to humans ​
  • Therapy animals
  • Animals in literature​, art and other media
  • Wildlife genre and documentary
  • Symbols and caricatures
  • Celebrity animals and animal performers, including presentation on Facebook pages and YouTube channels
  • Commodification of animals
  • Animals in advertising, branding, and commercial franchises
  • News coverage of animals and animal issues
  • Animal photography
  • Animal memorialization

NEPCA welcomes individual papers and complete panels. Papers are generally 15-20 minutes in length. Your proposal can be of completed studies of the topic or research in progress. It is especially helpful if you are able to present images or other material  during the virtual presentation in order to help those attending best understand the arguments being made.

Visit our Conference page more information. Abstracts should be submitted by August 1, 2021 through this form.

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If you have questions about this area, please reach out to the Area Chair for the Animals in Culture area, Donna Varga, Mount Saint Vincent University:

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