NY Times Features Academic Trend: Convergence of Science, Humanities Over Animal Studies

This spring, the NY Times reported that an increasing number of university classrooms are taking on the issue of animal-human relations.  The
courses, which traditionally were limited to science and philosophy classrooms, are spreading quickly in disciplines such as literature and sociology.
Such a trend is promising, as it offers the possibility of cross-disciplinary conversation that can lead to a greater understanding of not only how humans and animals relate genetically, but also how they perceive and express perceptions about their identities and relationships. How have these ideas changed over time, and what are their ethical and political implications? 
Recent conferences in early modern studies have participated in this trend, with numerous seminars and panels on non-human animals occurring at the Shakespeare Association of America (notably that designed by Laurie Shannon and Andreas Hoefele) and Sixteenth Century Studies in 2012 and 2013.


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Miranda Garno Nesler is a specialist in early material culture, gender, textuality, and animal studies. View all posts by MGN

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