CFP: Equine Cultures in Transition 2020, Deadline January 31

There is still time to submit an abstract to the Equine Cultures in Transition Conference – Past, Present and Future Challenges (deadline: January 31). This conference will be held June 16–18 at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala and the Swedish Equestrian Centre of Excellence at Strömsholm, Sweden. From the conference website:

“Questions regarding past, present and future challenges in relation to horse – human activities and interaction are in focus for the conference, with the following sub-themes:

  • Psychological, pedagogical and didactic perspectives on the relation between human and horse. The theme also includes challenges for equestrian coaching.
  • Historical, philosophical and ethical perspectives on human-horse relationships
  • Consequences for the human-horse relationships connected to the lifestyle of modern humans – for example leisure, sport, tourism, technology and media.
  • Issues related to equine assisted therapy, in relation to the human body, mind and social work
  • We will also organize open sessions for those of you who would like to address an issue outside of the sub-themes.”

For more information about the conference sessions and themes, and to learn how to submit an abstract, visit

Registration for the conference opens February 17 and closes May 28.

CFP: Experimental Engagements, Society for Literature, Science & the Arts (Irvine, CA)

“Experimental Engagements” Society for Literature, Science & the Arts

November 7-10, 2019 in Irvine, CA

Call for Papers


The SLSA 2019 theme will be “Experimental Engagements,” and papers/panels on all SLSA-related topics are welcome as well as proposals for workshops and other events. “We are especially interested in creative, speculative, embodied, and other experimental engagements that take place at the margins of art, science, and literature.”

Proposals are due MAY 1st. 

SLSA was inaugurated at the 17th International Congress of the History of Science, Berkeley, CA, in August 1985 to foster the multi-disciplinary study of the relations among literature and language, the arts, science, medicine and technology.. Represented disciplines include: the history, sociology, anthropology, rhetoric, and philosophy of science, technology and medicine; literary history and criticism; art history and media studies; the cognitive sciences; and all areas of science, technology, engineering, and medicine.

For Equine Historians: The EHC 2019 “Embodied Equines” Conference will be November 13-15 in Pomona.  Richard Nash, our keynote at the Equine History Conference 2018, is past president of the SLSA and their conference is the weekend prior to the EHC 2019 in nearby Irvine, CA. Also in Pomona November 8-10 is California’s Western States Horse Expo in Pomona, where the EHC will be representing at the Horse Expo “University”. Make a week of it!   


CFP: Global Skins in Early Modern Europe, 1400-1700

Global Skins in Early Modern Europe, 1400-1700


Call for paper EXTENDED DEADLINE 31st May 2019


The Renaissance in Europe saw a reinvigorated focus on natural surfaces as a key to creating order. Medical and natural philosophical frameworks emphasized the continuity of surface between the human and non-human: skins covered the humoral bodies of humans, animals, vegetables, and even minerals. At the same time, as global encounters became more frequent and more densely interwoven in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, skin increasingly acted as a marker of social identity, hierarchy and difference. How and why did this change in emphasis on skin emerge? And did Renaissance theories of surface contribute to this process?

Much of the recent historiographical debate on the classification of humans has focused on the interactions between colour, and ‘race’ as a bio-political device to inscribe fixed characteristics onto the bodies of men and women. This conference adds to and builds on this approach by exploring skin in all its early modern manifestations. Ranging from rhinoceros hides, citrus peel, bark, and leather to the highly contentious notions of human skin colouring and skin marking, it looks for continuities and discontinuities in the early modern era. This can be between humans, between animals and humans, and between the vegetal, animal, human, and mineral. In doing so, this conference aims to explore how the social, political, scientific, and aesthetic perceptions of skin interacted in complex ways to construct hierarchies and categories of inclusion and exclusion.

Global Skins aims to create a workshop environment for critical and collaborative discussion of new ideas, approaches and research projects. Papers will be pre-circulated and may take a variety of formats, from presentation of working sources to discussion of methodologies. The intention is not to disseminate completed papers, but to discuss emerging approaches and questions in this field. Four keynote lectures will be delivered by Herman Bennett (CUNY), Chloe Ireton (UCL), Tatiana Seijas (Rutgers) and Anjana Singh (Groeningen).

We invite proposals for work in progress from scholars researching any aspect of skin or surface in the early modern world. Proposals should include a title, a 200-word abstract, a short bio or CV, and either some work in progress or finished work that speaks to the interests at the heart of Global Skins. We have limited funds available for help with expenses. Please indicate when you apply if you will require financial assistance to attend. The deadline for proposals is 31st May, 2019. All proposals and enquiries should be sent to

Global Skins is a Renaissance Skin conference, organised by Evelyn Welch (PI), Hannah Murphy, Paolo Savoia, Kathleen Walker-Meikle, Juliet Claxton. More information on Renaissance Skin can be found at our website

Renaissance Skin is a 5-year research project funded by a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award. Based at King’s College London, the project is led by Professor Evelyn Welch. Over the 5 years, we will study the wide range of ways in which skin, both animal and human, was conceptualised and used in Europe between 1450 and 1700, a period of enormous change in terms of global contacts and connections, and scientific innovation.

CFP: Bringing Science to the Stable, 15th International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) Conference

15th Annual International Society for Equitation Science Conference
Call for Abstracts

March 11, 2019 (Guelph, ON): Planning is well underway for the 15th Annual International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) Conference, being held at the University of Guelph, Canada’s largest agricultural university, on August 19-21, 2019.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Bringing Science to the Stable”, highlighting our past relationship with horses and examining where we are headed.

Abstract submissions opened on January 18, 2019 and are due by April 1, 2019. Researchers in the field of equitation science are invited to submit an abstract of their research findings for consideration to present during the conference. A direct link to the abstract submission form can be found here

Join our line-up of thought-provoking speakers as we journey through history and into the present, supporting and challenging the way we interact with horses through scientific research.


Early bird conference registration pricing available until June 1. After that date regular conference fees apply. Check the ISES website or the Horse Portal to learn more. Check our blog regularly for updates, sneak peaks, and local information


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CFP: Travel, Movement and Exploration in the Medieval and Early Modern World – MEMSA Conference, Durham (UK)

Call for Papers for the 13th Annual MEMSA Conference at Durham University on 11th-12th July 2019. This year’s theme is ‘Travel, Movement and Exploration in the Medieval and Early Modern World’.

13th Durham MEMSA CFP

The deadline for submission is Monday 25th March 2019.

We are looking for proposals of 200-300 words, for papers lasting twenty minutes to be sent to us at: Please find the full call for papers attached to this email.

MEMSA (the Medieval and Early Modern Student Association) is an interdisciplinary group of postgraduate students at Durham University. We accept paper proposals from postgraduate students and early career researchers working in any area of medieval and early modern studies.


#CFP: Gender and Horses

     In 2015 the fashion magazine Vogue placed US Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, on its cover. Captured by well-known fashion photographer Seven Klein, voguePharoah’s stylized portrait saw him classically situated before a white background, his side to the viewer, and with a garland of roses draped over his withers. The public outcry was immediate. Instantly equating the horse’s body with those of the human models in the magazine’s pages, many readers considered his lean, Thoroughbred shape ‘sickly’. One reader argued the editors had ‘altered the photo to reduce him to nothing more than some of the anorexic models featured in your magazine’. Similarly, another reader questioned whether ‘horses have to be as skinny as models nowadays? Awfull!! [sic].’ However, other readers quickly came to Pharoah’s defense, and using the language of body positivity often called upon to resist the fashion industry’s ideal body shape for women, quickly called for his critics to ‘#stopbodyshaminghorses’.

     The Pharoah controversy immediately equated the (male) horse with the feminine – a Thoroughbred of the racing world with the thoroughbreds of the modeling industry – in a gendered mixing of animal and human bodies. Such mixing is not unique, and is a ubiquitous component of human-horse relationships over time. However, the relationship between human and non-human gendered bodies, their performativity, and identities has only recently come under scholarly investigation. As a result, this book collection seeks to continue the discussions on horse-human gender and gender performance begun by such works as Monica Mattfeld, Becoming Centaur, Donna Landry, Noble Brutes, and Karen Raber and Treva Tucker, Culture of the Horse. It will explore horse-human interactions (and intra-actions) from a theoretically knowledgeable viewpoint, while offering new perspectives on how human and animal gender was created, experienced and performed.

Possible paper subjects can include, but are not limited to, the following:

– definitions of ‘performance’
– femininity and feminization of horse/human
– masculinity of horse/human
– material feminist perspectives
– female equestrians over time
– gender and identity
– gender and politics
– case studies of horse-human relationships

     We invite papers that explore the role and ‘intra-action’ of horses in gender from all time periods, from a wide array of geographies and contexts, and from multiple disciplinary perspectives within the humanities. Papers that explore horses and gender in non-Anglocentric equestrian cultures are especially welcome. Please send abstracts of not more than 300 words along with a brief biography, also of not more than 300 words, to Kristen Guest ( or Monica Mattfeld ( by March 30 2019.