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Animals & Culture area at Northeast Popular Culture Association (Northeast Popular Culture Association, 2024 Hybrid Conference)

Hybrid - online & Nichols College, Dudley, Massachusetts.
Organization: Northeast Popular Culture Association
Event: Northeast Popular Culture Association, 2024 Hybrid Conference
Categories: Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2024-10-03 to 2024-10-05 Abstract Due: 2024-06-15

Animals and Culture (an aspect of Northeast Popular Culture Association)

Current Chair: Kimberly Poppiti, St. Joseph’s University, kpoppiti@sjny.edu

This area explores the complex and multifaceted intersections between animals, animal representations, society and popular culture. Animal symbolism has appeared in human culture since the earliest cave paintings, and feature?s significantly throughout popular culture. In many cases, humans are more likely to interact with visual and material animals than actual animals their living counterparts. These mediated representations have been found to influence, not always positively, how living animals are perceived and treated. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged, and 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, including presentation on Facebook pages and YouTube channels
Commodification of animals
Animals in advertising, branding, and commercial franchises
News coverage of animals and animal issues
Animal photography
Animal memorialization

The Animals & Cultur area is part of the 2024 Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA), which will host its annual conference this fall as a hybrid conference from Thursday, October 3 – Saturday, October 5. Virtual sessions will take place on Thursday evening and Friday morning via Zoom, and in-person sessions will take place on Friday evening and Saturday morning at Nichols College, Dudley, Massachusetts.


Kimberly Poppiti