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Masterclass: Thinking Across Boundaries with Animals, and the work of Vinciane Despret

July 9, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

In this masterclass, Professor Fudge will draw on articles by the Belgian philosopher and ethologist Vinciane Despret as a starting point for thinking about a number of issues central to thinking in animal studies, but also to thinking about interdisciplinarity.

The masterclass will lay the foundation for a wide-ranging discussion of Despret’s work, its implications, and its value for those working in very different areas and will be of interest to postgraduates from a range of disciplines.

Professor Fudge’s research is in the fields of Animal Studies and Renaissance Studies, explores issues as varied as meat eating, dreams, children,

laughter, reason, bladder- control, animal faces, pet ownership, experimentation, the wearing of fur, anthropomorphic children’s literature and vegetarianism.

She has recently published articles on human-livestock relations in early modern England in the journals Angelaki; Theory, Culture & Society; and History and Theory.

Her books include: Pets (Acumen Press, 2008), Brutal Reasoning: Animals, Rationality and Humanity in Early Modern England (Cornell University Press, 2006), Animal (Reaktion Books, 2002), and Perceiving Animals: Humans and Beasts in Early Modern English Culture (Macmillan/St Martin’s Press, 2000). Erica is director of the British Animal Studies Network (BASN).

This visit has been supported by the Macgeorge Bequest.

Image: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals. Nancy at Farm Sanctuary, NY, USA.


July 9, 2015
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Australian Centre
03 9035 5280


Linkway Meeting Room
4th floor, John Medley Building, University of Melbourne
Parkville, VIC 3010 Australia