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Calls for Abstracts and Submissions

The idea for a special issue called Joyce and the Non-Human, in the James Joyce Quarterly, began with a panel for the Toronto Joyce Symposium on “Our Funnaminal World,” which later turned into the theme for this year’s Zurich James Joyce Workshop (“Joycean Animals”). The topic came about as a result of our growing interest in animal studies and the nonhuman, specifically with reference to an increasingly technologically driven society. This theoretical context is one that intersects nicely with other theories — ecocriticism, Marxism, queer studies, gender studies, technology studies, postcolonialism, posthumanism, psychoanalysis, deconstruction — but it also transcends these frameworks, in that it is specifically relevant to 21st-century issues. The lens of the nonhuman provides new insights into well-trodden pastures such as Bloom’s cat, Garryowen, and cattle, in addition to bestiality, animality, and the beastly. We anticipate the special issue consolidating and building on recent work in Joyce Studies, including Brazeau’s and Gladwin’s Eco-Joyce: The Environmental Imagination of James Joyce (2014), Lacivita’sThe Ecology of Finnegans Wake (2015), and the special issue of the JJQ on Joyce and Physiology (2009); in addition to recent developments in literary theory, such as, Grusin’s The Nonhuman Turn (2015), and the works of Deleuze, Derrida, Haraway, Bennett, and Hayles (to name a few). We believe the ‘nonhuman turn’ is an especially appropriate methodology for the Joyce community (linking as it does animal studies, the posthuman and ecocriticism), allowing us to examine some neglected and unique aspects of Joyce’s oeuvre. The nonhuman turn provides a framework in which his interests in the potential sentience of rivers, machinery, and insects might speak to each other. In furtherance of the increased importance of animal studies and the nonhuman turn, this issue seeks to place Joyce’s works alongside these developments in a conceptualization that prioritizes both aspects of this theoretical paradigm. We welcome papers related to all aspects of animals and animality — from fleas to behemoth; worms to gulls; beast to beastly — across the range of Joyce’s works. We particularly encourage papers that position animal studies/the nonhuman alongside ecocriticism, Marxism, queer studies, gender studies, technology studies, postcolonialism, posthumanism, psychoanalysis, or deconstruction. Please send bios and abstracts of no more than 300 words to Katherine Ebury ( and Michelle Witen ( by June 30.

The field of human-animal interactions and the exploration of new ways in which animals can facilitate physical, social, and psychological well-being are growing rapidly. Much of the research, however, has been applied in nature – focusing on assessing a specific issue or testing the effectiveness of interventions. In contrast, far less research has evaluated the basic psychological processes that underlie human-animal interactions. This work is critical in helping inform existing interventions and creating the foundation for the development of novel treatments. Thus, the aim of this special issue on Basic Social and Personality Psychology Research on Human-Animal Interactions, in the Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, is to promote and advance research regarding the psychological roots of human-animal interactions from social and personality perspectives. Papers for this special issue may include (but are not limited to) one or more of the following topics: fundamental relationship processes underlying the human-animal relationship; social cognition and perception related to animals; animal stereotyping and discrimination; understanding the role animals play within the self-concept; attitude formation and attitude change in animal preferences; and contagion of emotions between humans and animals. All submissions focusing on basic research and processes underlying human-animal relations from a social and personality psychology perspective (experimental, correlational) will be considered for this the special issue. Although all types of HAIB submissions will be consider for the special issue (see Author Information), preference will be given for empirical and descriptive investigations. Manuscripts should not exceed 8000 words and should conform to the sixth edition of the APA style manual. Manuscripts should be submitted using the regular HAIB online system, specifying that the submission is for the special issue on basic research on social and personality psychology in human-animal interactions. Papers should be submitted by November 30 2018 with reviews to be completed by June 2019.  Please direct any inquiries (e.g., suitability, format, scope, etc.) about this Special Issue to the guest editors: Anthony Coy ( and Christopher Holden (

Animal Machines / Machine Animals. November 2-3, Phoenix Arts Venue, Exeter. We welcome papers that deal with the theme of ‘Machine Animals / Animal Machines’ in both contemporary and historical settings, and would especially like to see papers that address these issues from contexts outside the UK. Papers are welcomed from across animal studies, including disciplines such as (but not limited to) geography, anthropology, sociology, literary studies, art history, history, science and technology studies, ethology, psychology, behavioural sciences and ecology, bioscience/biomedical research. If you are interested in giving a paper addressing the topic from whatever disciplinary perspective please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words with a brief biography (also of no more than 200 words). Please send them to and The deadline for abstracts is June 29. Presentations will be 20 minutes long, and we hope to include work by individuals at different career stages. Sadly we have no money to support travel, accommodation or attendance costs. Meeting fees will be £25 for unwaged and £50 for waged attendees.

Decolonizing Animals: AASA 2019, June 30th — July 3rd 2019, Ōtautahi/Christchurch, Aotearoa/New Zealand. The next biennial conference of the Australasian Animal Studies Association will be held in Ōtautahi / Christchurch, Aotearoa / New Zealand – a city and a country that embody the impacts of colonialism on human and nonhuman animals alike. The conference committee calls for papers that address the themes of decolonization in ways that are scholarly, creative, or activist – or all three.  Please send abstracts in the form of an email attachment (MS Word or compatible – not PDF please) containing

  • your name
  • your institutional affiliation (if appropriate)
  • your proposed paper title and abstract (approximately 350 words)
  • a brief autobiography (no more than 150 words)
  • four keywords identifying the main themes of your paper

to Associate Professor Annie Potts, AASA 2019 Conference Convenor, at Closing date for abstracts: September 30.

The conference Horses, moving, seeks to address the movement and motility of horses from a wide array of perspectives, from prehistory until historical times. The Museum of Archaeology, University of Stavanger and the Høgskulen for landbruk og bygdeutvikling would like to invite you to “Horses, moving” a cross-disciplinary conference on the symbolism and relevance of horses in human societies throughout history, as well as the dynamics of human-horse interactions. The conference will take place at the Museum of Archaeology at September 25th-27th, 2018. Keynote speakers are professor Lynda Birke, University of Chester and professor Anita Maurstad, University of Tromsø. We would like to invite prospective participants to submit abstracts outlining their topic. Presentations may come from any field, archaeology, anthropology, ethnography, human geography, history, linguistics, folklore studies, equine studies or animal behavioral studies, to name but a few. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and must be submitted by June 30, 2018. For further information or to submit an abstract, please contact Sean Dexter Denham,


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