Animals and the Home Conference

Event Date: 1 May 2019

Wolfson Suite
Institute of Historical Research
University of London
Senate House
Malet St
London WC1R 7HU

The Department of History at Royal Holloway presents:

Animals and the Home

The ‘Animals and the Home’ conference will explore the relationship between animals, humans and the home in diverse forms. The study of the home is an important area in geography, history and anthropology but, as some animal studies scholars have remarked, animals figure in it infrequently. Animal presence is rarely mentioned in studies of idealised homes, domestic practices or family relationships. In recent decades studies of human-animal relationships have also developed and diversified, and a large body of scholarship now explores animal-human histories. While the cultural, economic and social significance of pet animals has been an important theme in this literature, discussions of these animals are sometimes abstract and removed from the everyday spaces and places they inhabited. Less attention has also been paid to the role of utility animals and household pests. This conference aims to bring home and animals together – thinking about the relationship between animals and ideas and emotional understandings of home, but also home as a lived experience.

 

Programme

Introduction and Welcome by Jane Hamlett and Julie-Marie Strange:

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Panel One: Animals at the Boundaries

Harriet-Jean Evans (York) – Where does the horse live? The space of animal-human relations in medieval Iceland

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Laura D. Gelfand (Utah State) – The Wolf at the Door and the Dog at our Feet

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Panel Two: Indoor Pets
Barbora Hunčovská (Charles University, Prague) – Cats Make It Home. Feline Presence and Symbolism in the Homes of the European Past

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Stephanie Howard- Smith (York) – Cuckoos in the Nest or Furbabies?: Defining Lapdogs as Family Members in the Long Eighteenth Century

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Keynote: Hilda Kean (UCL) – Ordinary Cats and Ordinary People in Nineteenth-Century Britain

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Panel three: Animals and Domestic Interiors
[only one speaker] Julia SchlosserDomestic Intimacies: Depictions of pet animals at home

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Panel Four: Making Domesticity and Home

Emma Barnes (Salford) – Sharing the Sioux Space: Animals and the Great Sioux Reservation in Zitkala-Ša’s Old Indian Legends (1901)

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Nora Schuurman and Taina Syrjämaa (Turku, Finland) – Cats and Dogs as Family Members. Practices of Multispecies Domesticity in Finland since the late 19th Century
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