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.