CfA: European Summer School “Interspecies Relationality”; University of Kassel; 28 July to 4 August 2019; (fully funded by the Volkswagen Foundation). 

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From: Krebber, André, Dr. [mailto:krebber@uni-kassel.de]
Sent: 11 March 2019 13:43
Subject: Eur. Summer School Interspecies Relationality – ESSIR

Dear Colleague,

We are currently inviting applications for the European Summer School Interspecies Relationality which will be held at the University of Kassel from 28 July until 4 August 2019. Participation is open to students of all nationalities and is fully funded, including travel and accommodation.

We would very much appreciate if you could circulate the CfA you find below amongst your students and colleagues. In addition, we have posted a letter with posters to advertise the event at your institution.

Very best wishes,

André (Krebber, for the directors of ESSIR)

CfA: European Summer School “Interspecies Relationality”

Deadline for Applications: 31 March 2019

We are inviting applications for the European Summer School “Interspecies Relationality” (ESSIR) that will take place at the University of Kassel from 28 July to 4 August 2019 (fully funded by the Volkswagen Foundation).

“Relationality” has been a central approach to the development of Human-Animal Studies as a field of academic inquiry. Therein, the reevaluation of human-animal relations has so far followed primarily an assessment of the individual entities in a relation, followed by a comparison that establishes corresponding or differing capacities, or the effects one has on the other. More than looking at the relation as such, relationality follows here as a consequence a comparative approach, from which insights on the relationship are deduced.

ESSIR aims at further refining and expanding relationality as a methodological lens for HAS by focusing on interspecies relationality and making the relation our analytical priority. The focus, then, becomes studying the interrelation and interdependency itself, as well as the mutual coproduction, influencing and curtailing of the entities in a relation, and thus to always think of entities within and through their relations to others. In addition to this conceptual refinement of relationality, we also call for explicitly expanding the perspective of relationality as well by asking about relations between nonhuman animals, of the same species, across different species, and between groups of animals.

The program will offer a shared space of critical inquiry to explore and develop interspecies relationality as a methodological research approach in close connection with the paticipants own projects. It will bring the participants’ work-in-progress to the attention of a network of influential HAS scholars, and provides the participants with the guidance and feedback to develop their work.

ESSIR’s faculty comprises of leaders in HAS that simultaneously serve as representatives of established research initiatives and groups throughout Europe as well as the Animals & Society Institute (USA). In addition to developing “Interspecies Relationality” as a research approach, ESSIR thus provides an opportunity for early career scholars to build their professional networks with established researchers in the field of HAS. Participants should expect a stimulating intellectual environment reflecting a diversity of approaches, projects, disciplinary backgrounds, and ethical positions on animal issues.

The Summer School is co-hosted by Mieke Roscher and André Krebber (Resident Directors) alongside Margo DeMello and Kenneth Shapiro (ASI).

Structure

ESSIR will feature intense workshop sessions where participants discuss their own work while developing “interspecies relationality” as a methodological approach. Public lectures, field trips, sessions on career support and social events complement these sessions.

Tuition Fees/Scholarships

There is no tuition fee. Accommodation, travel and activities during the school are fully funded for all participants. The language of conversation at ESSIR will be English and residency in Kassel throughout the school is compulsory. Childcare will be provided when the school is in session.

Eligibility

Applicants must (1) be a doctoral student or early career scholar no more than two years past the Ph.D., OR be an MA/JD student in the advanced stages of their degree, OR a professional degree student seeking a degree in law, veterinary medicine, public policy, and so on; (2) have a commitment to advancing research in Human-Animal Studies; and (3), submit a follow-up report six months after the program’s completion. Applications are encouraged from the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences, as long as the project is taking a Human-Animal Studies approach. The summer school is open to all nationalities. If you are interested and unsure if you are eligible, please contact the directors.

Application

To apply, please submit electronically: (1) a cover letter outlining your motivation for participating in the summer school (1‒2 pages), (2) a description of your project (1 page), (3) a CV (no more than 3 pages) and (4) a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) to: Kassel-Institute@animalsandsociety.org. Participants will be chosen primarily with regard to the HAS focus and relevance for the central theme of their projects and their relevance for further developing “Interspecies Relationality” as a method.

The application deadline is 31 March 2019.

For more information please refer to:

https://www.animalsandsociety.org/human-animal-studies/european-summer-school-in-human-animal-studies/

Dr. André Krebber

Current project: www.okto-lab.org

University of Kassel

FB 05, Social & Cultural History / Human-Animal Studies

Nora-Platiel-Str. 1, 34109 Kassel, Germany

Author: Owain Jones

I work at Bath Spa University as a Professor of Environmental Humanities, and I am Director of the University's Environmental Humanities Research Centre

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