The Human-Animal Line Interdisciplinary Approaches

This international conference will bring together in Prague researchers from different European countries. One of its main purposes is to create a Central European network of scholars dealing with the topic of the human-animal relations across disciplines.
Organizers: Dr. Chiara Mengozzi (CEFRES & FF UK) & Dr. Anna Barcz (University of Bielsko-Biala in Poland)
Language: English


7 February 2017 – French Institute in Prague

French Institute in Prague, Štĕpánská 35, 5th floor

5:00-5:30 Welcome speech by the organizers, Chiara Mengozzi (CEFRES & Charles University) and Anna Barcz (University of Bielsko-Biala) 5:30-7:00
Lecture by Anne Simon (CNRS/EHESS)
: Literature and Animal Expressiveness: of the Cognitive and Ethic Aspects of Zoopoetics

8 February 2017 – CEFRES

Na Florenci 3, 3rd floor, conference room

Panel I Animals’ Biography, History and Microhistory

Chair: Lucie Storchová (Charles University)

9:00-9:20 Maria Gindhart (Georgia State University): Animals and Humans in Belle Époque Postcards from the Jardin des Plantes Menagerie

9:20-9:40 Violette Pouillard (Wiener-Anspach Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Oxford): Nonhuman Animals as Objects or Individuals? A History of Primates at the London Zoo from 1828 to the Present Time

9:40-10:00 Discussion

10:00-10:20 Coffee Break

Panel II Literary Lines I

Chair: Alice Flemrová

10:40-11:00 Chiara Mengozzi (CEFRES-Charles University, Prague): The Blind Spot of the Plot: Thinking Beyond Human with Karel Capek 

11:00-11:20 Matilde Accurso Liotta (University of Pisa): The Renegotiation of the Human-Animal Line in Anna Maria Ortese’s L’iguana

11:20-11:40 Discussion


11:40-12:50 Lecture by Kari Weil (Wesleyan University): Animal Magnetism and Moral Dressage: Horses and Their Humans in 19th Century France

12:50-2:00 Lunch

Panel III Philosophical and sociological narratives

Chair: Ondřej Švec (Charles University)

2:00-2:20 Kári Driscoll (Utrecht University): ‘Une langue ou une musique inouïe, assez inhumaine…’: Narrative Voice and the Question of the Animal

2:20-2:40 Michał Krzykawski (University of Silesia): Animal, Number

2:40-3:00 Tereza Vandrovcová (University of New York in Prague): Moral Evolution Toward the Earthlings: A Sociological Approach

3:00-3:20 Discussion

3:20-3:40 Coffee Break

Panel IV Visual Line I

Chair : Anna Barcz (University of Bielsko-Biala)

3:40-4:00 Olivier Vayron (Paris-Sorbonne University): From Frémiet to Kipling: the Orangutan on the Fringe of Mankind 

4:00-4:20 Fae Brauer (University of East London): Becoming Simian: Creative Evolution and Interspecies Modernism

4:20-4:40 Discussion

9 February 2017 – French Institute in Prague

French Institute in Prague, Štĕpánská 35, 5th floor

Panel V Human-Animal History

Chair: Kari Weil

9:00-9:20 Quentin Montagne (University of Rennes 2): Seeing Eye to Eye, Through a Glass Clearly ? The Blurring of the Boundary Between Humans and Animals

9:20-9:40 Anna Barcz (University of Bielsko-Biala): Visualising Human-Animal Bond during the Flood 1997/2010 in Poland

9:40-10:00 Discussion

10:00-10:20 Coffee Break

Panel VI Visual Lines II

Chair: Clara Royer (CEFRES)

10:20-10:40 Concepción Cortés Zulueta (Autonomous University of Madrid): Cameras that Pose as Animals: Imagining Non-human Animals through the POV Shot

10:40-11:00 Discussion


11:20-12:30 Lecture by Éric Baratay (Jean Moulin Lyon III University): Writing Biographies on Animals (in French, with simultaneous translation)

12:30-1:30 Lunch

Panel VII Literary Lines II

Chair: Richard Müller (Czech Academy of Sciences)

1:30-1:50 Anita Jarzyna (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań): Laika’s Lullaby

1:50-2:10 Nicolas Picard (University of Paris III): Hunt Practices: In Quest of Animal Existences

2:10-2:30 Eva Beránková (Charles University, Prague): Animals As Victims and Monsters at the Age of Decadence

2:30-2:50 Discussion

2:50-3:10 Coffee Break

Panel VIII Animals in Pop Culture

Chair: Anne Simon (CNRS / EHESS)

3:10-3:30 Lenka Svobodová, Ondřej Krajtl (Masaryk University): Animal Monster as a Representation of Contemporary Culture

3:30-3:50 Catherine du Toit (University of Stellenbosch): It is not for the Pig to Call the Sheep Pen Dirty. Identity and Animality in Multiethnic Crime Fiction

3:50-4:10 Discussion

Session IX Literary Lines III

Chair: Jan Matonoha (Czech Academy of Sciences)

4:10-5:30 Jana Gridneva (Charles University, Prague): Liminal Creatures: Representing Animals in Ulysses

4:30-4:50 Jonathan Pollock (University of Perpignan): From Becoming-Animal to Being a Beast. Literary Experiments in Crossing the Species Divide

4:50-5:10 Enrico Riccardo Orlando (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice): Between Silence and Effusiveness: Garnett’s Fox and Bacchelli’s Tuna

5:10-5:30 Discussion


Scientific committee

Éric Baratay (Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University), Anna Barcz (University of Bielsko-Biala), Jakub Čapek (Charles University), Chiara Mengozzi (CEFRES – Charles University), Anne Simon (CNRS/EHESS), Petr Urban (Czech Academy of Sciences)

See the call for papers here