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Thursday 19 March 2020

9:00a.m. – Welcome and land acknowledgement

9:10 to 9:30a.m. – Coffee 

9:30 to 11:00a.m.

(3 papers at 15-20 minutes per paper; 30 minutes discussion)

Session 1A – Working Animals

Chair: Jamie Sippert

Margherita Duesbury, “The Implication of Marijuana Legalization on the Lives of Working Canines”

Alaina Interisano, "'It’s a Privilege:’ The Critical Examination of University Students’ Perspectives of Animal Experimentation

in Science Education”

Brandon Keim and Elizabeth Tavella, “The Fluctuating Status of Fistulated Cows: Workers, Saviors, or Commodities?”

Session 1B- Quilting Interdisciplinary Pedagogies: Reflections on Teaching and Learning Human-Animal Studies in Higher Education – Roundtable

Chair: Carly Ciufo

Margo DeMello

Leesa Fawsett

Joshua Russell

Miranda Workman 

11:00 to 11:15a.m. – Break

11:15a.m. to 12:45p.m. 

(4 papers at 15-20 mins each and 30 min discussion)

Session 2A – Reconceptualizations

Chair: Cassia Jager

Benjamin Kapron, “‘[A] Vision and Vital Condition to Endure, to outwit evil and dominance, and to deny victimry’: Exploring Animal Survivance”

T.N. Rowan, “Animals Studies, Darwin, and Species Skepticism”

Vasile Stanescu, “‘She’ or ‘They:’ Animals and the Trans and Non-binary Question”

2B – Animals in Literature and Thought

Chair: Mandy-Suzanne Wong

Taylor O’Connor, “The Logic of Vengeance – An Anti-Anthropocentric Reading of En Eaux Troubles by Jean-Francois Samlong”

Stefan Dolgert, “Ichneumenoid Athena: The Posthuman Origins of 'The West' and the Xenopolis to Come”

12:45 to 2:00p.m. – Lunch

2:00 to 3:30p.m.

(3 papers at 15-20 minutes per paper and 30 minutes discussion)

Session 3A - Reading the Visual Culture of Animals Across the Boundaries of Art and Science

Chair: Danielle Taschereau Mamers

Vanessa Bateman, “Taxidermy, as a fine art, subservient to science: Martha Maxwell’s Rocky Mountain Museum”

Matthew Brower, “Curating Contemporary Animal Art from a Visual Culture Perspective” 

Session 3B - Different Non-Humans

Chair: Samantha Clarke

Brian McCormack, “Bodies, Care Work, and Interspecies Ethical Relations: Empathy, Dignity, and Relationality”

Andrew Smyth, “Talking Back to Militarization: The Recovery of Animal Identity in WE3”

Emily Wanderer, “Life Without Conditions: Model Organisms and New Human Biologies”

6:00 to 8:00p.m. – Artist Talks at the McMaster Museum of Modern Art

Chair: Tracy McDonald

Mary Anne Barkhouse, Kathryn Eddy, Erica Gajewski, Derek Jenkins, Colleen Plumb

Please note that, due to space limitations, our Thursday and Friday sessions are open to contributors only.

We welcome you to join us Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00p.m. for our artists talks, held at the McMaster Museum of Modern Art. This event is open to the public.


We also invite you to join us Saturday 21 March. These sessions are open to the public.

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