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>Subject: CFP: Animals and Agency (5/1/07; collection)
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>From: "Sarah McFarland" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Animals and Agency
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>Edited by Sarah E. McFarland and Ryan Hediger
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>Scholars increasingly consider the presence and function of animals in
>literature, film, art, and philosophy, while hugely popular documentary
>films like _March of the Penguins_ and _Grizzly Man_ and a significant
>number of animated films show this interest in film and popular culture
>as well. Some scholars focus on how representations of "the animal" as
>an "other" help to construct the human, whereas others examine the
>relationships between humans and other animals and how human and animal
>subjectivity are articulated.
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>This collection will examine the presence of animal agency in
>literature, film, pop culture, and theory to answer the following
>questions:
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>What do representations of animals in texts of all sorts (literature,
>film, popular media, advertising, and so on) signify about animal agency
>and human agency? 
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>How do such representations call into question the distinction between
>humans and animals?
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>How do animals' actions indicate their agency?  
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>How has human agency been constructed with reference to animals?  What
>influence does this construction have on agency? On animals?  On humans?
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>How do popular media and/or advertising make use of animal
>representations to encourage human actions? (Frontier Airlines, for
>instance)
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>How can we understand the connections (historical, theoretical, or
>otherwise) among the categories "animal," "agency," and
>"representation"?
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>What political or policy ramifications should ensue from complications
>of human and animal agency? 
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>How do representations of animals undermine or complicate the boundary
>that supposedly differentiates animals from humans?
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>Please submit 1000-word proposals via email to Sarah McFarland at
>[log in to unmask] by May 1, 2007 as a .doc or .rtf attachment.
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>Accepted essays (6-8,000 words) will be due August 1.
>
>Questions are welcome.
>

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