Wednesday, November 09, 2011

The British Animal Studies Network Lives Again!

'Wild,' Friday 25-Saturday 26 May 2012, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Thanks to the generosity of the University of Strathclyde, BASN is being revived - and it now has its own website:

The first meeting of BASN-Glasgow will take place from 2.30pm on Friday 25 May to 5.00pm on Saturday 26 May 2012 at the University of Strathclyde in central Glasgow. There will be a small charge for attending the meeting to cover the cost of refreshments (which will be vegetarian and vegan). Details will be issued in the new year.

As with all previous BASN meetings, this one takes as its focus a key term in animal studies that it is hoped will be of interest to scholars from a range of disciplines. This meeting's title is 'Wild'. Invited speakers who are already confirmed for May are Tim Ingold (University of Aberdeen), Hayden Lorimer (Glasgow University) and Richard Nash (Indiana University).

As well as these invited speakers we are also issuing this call for papers. If you are interested in giving a paper addressing the topic 'Wild' 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). These should be included within your email - i.e. not as attachments. Please send them to The deadline for abstracts is 13 January 2012. 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.

Topics covered at this meeting might include (but are not limited to):

* The reintroduction of wild animals
* Wildness as a philosophical construct
* Wild animals in captivity
* Wildness as a cultural trope or theme
* Ferality and wildness
* Encounters with the wild - safaris, walking, urban wildlife

Also, if you'd like to join the mailing list for BASN, and receive information about this and future meetings/events please go to and click on the 'Register for Updates' link.

We look forward to seeing you in Glasgow in 2012.

Professor Erica Fudge, School of Humanities, University of Strathclyde, 7.28 Livingstone Tower, 26 Richmond Street, Glasgow G1 1XH
Phone: +44 (0)141 548 3054 (Ext. 3054)


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