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International Summer School in Human-Animal Studies


International Summer School in Human-Animal Studies

This Summer School aims at training PhD students, early-stage researchers, as well as scholars interested in the topic, in the study of human-animal relations and its many-fold dimensions. The course will cover both the theoretical and methodological challenges of studying non-human animals in the interface with human life. It will cover key concepts and methods from different disciplines and epistemologies within the social sciences and humanities. It will fill a gap in the offer of European academia and summer schools. The course will provide 5 ECTS and have as a main goal the training of a new generation of researchers in the field. The course will provide them with expertise to work with policy makers, veterinarians, NGOs and other stakeholders involved in activities with animals and the welfare of animals. The course will not only be relevant to those specifically interested in the field of human-animal studies, but also to all scholars who encounter human-animal relations in their field: pests and stray animals in urban studies; farm animals in rural studies, zoonotic diseases in risk studies, laboratory animals in bioethics, and so on. The school also aims at meeting the students’ needs in the course of preparing their PhD or research projects.


Module 1: Theory & Concepts: Human Animal Studies: re-mapping the field
Keynote Lecturer: Margo de Mello

Module 2: Theory & Concepts: Animal practices, human-animal relationality and animal agency
Lecturers: Verónica Policarpo, Nora Schuurman and David Redmalm

Module 3: Methodologies: Experimenting with methods in HAS
Lecturers: Nora Schuurman, Verónica Policarpo and David Redmalm

Module 4: Methodologies: “I love you. You’re mine” - On artistic engagements with dogs
Lecturer: Lisa Strömbeck

HAS@ICS-ULisboa Seminar 2019: Children-Animals Relationships
Invited Keynote: Margo de Mello

Title: Rabbits and Children: A Complicated History

Module 5: Theory and concepts: Death, loss and grief for a companion animal
Lecturers: David Redmalm and Nora Schuurman

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