This interdisciplinary conference explores the relationship between animality and religious discourses.

To address the real challenge of transhumanism and its vision for the future, those theologians who find themselves uneasy with its trajectory do so because of their adherence to alternative ways of viewing what human flourishing might look like.
— Celia Deane-Drummond, Keynote Speaker

keywords and fields

  • Human-Animal Studies
  • Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities
  • Literature and the Arts
  • Indigenous Perspectives on Nonhuman Life
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Equestrian History
  • Canine Cultures
  • Animism
  • Theological Anthropology
  • Ethics, Morality, Philosophy, and Politics of Animality
By furthering the investigation into new and old means of representing animals, literary animal studies can contribute to a broader understanding of porous species forms and can help model knowledges and responsibilities attendant to life in the twenty-first century.
— Susan McHugh, Keynote Speaker