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Animals and Culture (Northeast Popular and American Culture Association virtual conference) (Northeast Popular & American Culture Association 2021 virtual conference)

Organization: Northeast Popular and American Culture Association
Event: Northeast Popular & American Culture Association 2021 virtual conference
Categories: Digital Humanities, American, Comparative, Interdisciplinary, British, Genre & Form, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Women's Studies, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Medieval, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, Science, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2021-10-21 to 2021-10-23 Abstract Due: 2021-08-01

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) invites paper and panel proposals for its special topics Animals and Culture area.

The 2021 NEPCA annual conference will be online: October 21-23, 202 Thursday evening, Friday late afternoon, Saturday morning [EDT].

Abstracts due: August 1, 2021

Paper and panel proposals that explore a range of animal-culture interactions are invited.

Below is a list of possible topics but in general historical and contemporary analyses and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome. Keeping in mind that proposals should appeal to a broad audience and minimize specialized terminology, submissions that engage with the anthropocene and other ecocritical approaches are especially encouraged.

All submissions should be framed by a research perspective and not be overtly commercial. Also, despite how much we all want to help, not limited to information about animal/rescue organizations and advocacy. Possible topics could include (but are not limited to):

- Animals as companions to humans ?
- Therapy animals
- Animals in literature?, art and other media
- Wildlife genre and documentary
- Symbols and caricatures
- Celebrity animals and animal performers
- Commodification of animals
- News coverage of animals and animal issues
- Animal memorialization

NEPCA welcomes individual papers and complete panels. Papers are generally 15-20 minutes in length. Proposals can be of completed studies of the topic or research in progress. It is especially helpful if images or other material can be included during the virtual presentation in order to help those attending best understand the arguments being made.

For more information visit the NEPCA website: https://nepca.blog/conference/

Abstracts should be submitted by August 1, 2021 via the proposal form link (also available on the NEPCA website) https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-ywks4p4OJv4pwR5LqOfQiriePr3pP26wJn48nttcDV1thA/viewform

If you have questions about this CFP, please reach out to the Area Chair for the Animals and Culture area, donna.varga@msvu.ca

Donna Varga, Area Chair

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6 Canada




Donna Varga