Human-Animal Studies

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The University Seminar on Human-Animal Studies is open to faculty and professional membership in the field of Human-Animal Studies. Vibrant new scholarship is emerging in this area of work.  The field’s focus is on how humans and (other) animals have interacted across cultures and histories: how the protein, work, and products derived from animals have contributed to human projects; how cross-species relationships have shaped human histories; and how animals’ imaginative and aesthetic roles in cultures are connected to the living presence of animals. Work in this field tends to be interdisciplinary, drawing on the social sciences and the humanities as well as on the already interdisciplinary fields of environmental and posthumanist studies.

Professor Brian Boyd

Professor Susan Crane

Matt Margini

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



09/27/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
“Dingo politics: the cultural politics of eradication”
Fiona Probyn-Rapsey, University of Wollongong

10/05/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
“Vegan Cinema: Looking, Eating, Letting Be”
Anat Pick, Queen Mary University of London

11/27/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
“Points of Passage/Points of View: Iroquoian Animal Effigy Pipes and the Crossing of Corporeal Borders”
Christopher Watts, University of Waterloo

01/30/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
"Unleashing the Beast: Animals, Energy, and the Economy of Labor in Ottoman Egypt."
Alan Mikhail, Yale University

04/18/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
"Biology, Culture, and the Origins of Pet-Keeping"
Hal Herzog, Western Carolina University

04/25/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
"The Animal Commons in Experimental Laboratory Science"
Lesley Sharp, Barnard College / Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University