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Post-Doctoral Researcher – “Moving Animals: A History” (Maastricht University)

From Jobs UK:

This is an exciting opportunity to join a research team working on the history of human-animal interactions in the twentieth century.

We are looking for candidates who have a completed PhD in History, or another field relevant to the project, such as Political Ecology, Human-Animal Studies, Science and Technology Studies or Geography.

Maastricht University Faculty of Arts and Sciences

The deadline for submitting your application is: 7 May 2019

Interested candidates are invited to submit:
1. A letter of motivation summarising relevant experience and reasons for interest in the position
2. A CV including a complete list of publications
3. A grade transcript of previous education at Master/graduate level
4. PhD degree certificate
5. Their best article or book chapter, preferably single-authored

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One mission of the Equine History Collective is to establish a common historiography for equine history as a recognizable field of research. To this end, we have established an page for the Equine History Collective in order to generate a feed of articles and publications, and connect researchers with overlapping interests through the tag features. Follow us there!

Research Tags include: 

Animals in Literature; Animal Studies; Domestication; Equine; Equine Science; Equestrian Sports; Equestrian Nomads; Horses; Horse culture; Medieval History; Veterinary History; Zooarchaeology

Any other suggestions? 


Recent Titles to browse:

William T T Taylor, Investigating ancient animal economies and exchange in Kyrgyzstan’s Alay Valley

John Clark, Bibliography: early medieval ‘hinged’ curb bits

An annnotated bibliogaphy of early medieval “hinged” curb bits. This early medieval type of bit, first brought to wider attention in publications by Walter Gaitzsch, consists of two elements (often found detached): first, an upper frame, comprising a complex mouthpiece, mounted solidly to side structures, the cheeks, to which the head-harness would be attached; and second, pivoted to it and swivelling freely, a lower frame, usually rectangular, with attachments for the reins at the bottom. In some early examples the mouthpiece has a single long central rod ending in a knob that would have…

Darius von Guttner, Poland, Holy War and the Piast Monarchy,1100-1230

“Poland, Holy War and the Piast Monarchy” explores the evolution of the idea of holy war in medieval Poland. It examines the origins and practice of holy wars conducted by the Poles in the southern Baltic, the last bastion of paganism in Europe. The book traces the transmission of the idea of holy war to Central Europe and explains its impact on political and religious life in Poland. It takes account of the Polish missionary and crusading activity in Prussia, Pomerelia, and Pomerania. The book analyses the interplay between wars of conquest and holy wars and the emergence of the crusades…

Emilie Savage-Smith, Anatomical Illustration in Arabic Manuscripts. In: Arab Painting: Text and Image in Illustrated Arabic Manuscripts, ed. Anna Contadini [Handbuch der Orientalistik, I, 90]. Leiden: Brill, 2007, pp. 147−59 and Figs. 1-6

Katharine Mershon, The Theology of Dog Training in Vicki Hearne’s Adam’s Task

“The Theology of Dog Training” demonstrates the rich and surprising ways in which religion plays a primary role in how people make sense of their relationships with their companion animals. In the first sustained analysis of Adam’s Task in religious studies, I argue that feminist writer and dog trainer Vicki Hearne describes a form of relational redemption that allows for the restoration of a prelapsarian language between humans and animals; a recovery of a time before humans sinned against God and subsequently lost their authority over animals. Training, which begins with the act of naming…

Andrea Ford, Sport horse leisure and the phenomenology of interspecies embodiment

This article presents an auto-ethnography of the experience of sport horse riding. Drawing on phenomenological and anthropological theories of embodiment, I argue that the aspirational goal of sport riding is co-embodiment between horse and human, in which kinesthetic perception, intention, and volition merge. Co-embodiment requires time and practice to develop a shared multi-species culture in which bodies can be attuned to one another, and profound attention to both the immediate moment and the other being. I suggest that the interspecies component of sport riding, and the sport component…

Tom Tyler, The Rule of Thumb

The opposable thumb is commonly considered to be a unique and defining component of the human hand, itself the perfected endpoint of accumulated ages of evolution. Aristotle, Galen, Macrobius, Montaigne and many others have all sung the praises of this magnificent digit, which makes possible the indispensable variety of grips and grasps on which human supremacy depends. The anatomist Charles Bell argued that the hand evinces intelligent design, and that the superficial similarities of this incomparable appendage with those of other creatures are by no means indicative of homological…





Job Opening: Cal Poly Pomona Animal Science (with a new Equine Studies Minor)

At the Equine History Conference (Nov. 30, 2018), the Cal Poly Pomona Provost Sylvia A. Alva opened the first day of events by announcing that the Don B. Huntley School of Agriculture was looking to hire an assistant professor in Animal Science, with a special interest in promoting their new Equine Studies minor. The position can be found though this link, and is open until February 1, 2019:

Information on the Animal & Veterinary Sciences Program and Equine Studies minor can be found here:

Small Grant, Animal Law and Policy from UCLA Law School – Dec. 1

Deadline: December 1, 2018


“Thanks to generous funding from Bob Barker, UCLA Law School is pleased to offer the Animal Law and Policy Small Grants Program (“UCLA ALP Program”). The UCLA ALP Program exists to encourage new research, with the goal of developing better empirical bases from which to understand, evaluate, and pursue animal law reform.”

“Applicants from a variety of academic disciplines – including economics, sociology, demography, social psychology, moral psychology, medicine, plant-based nutritional science, cognitive science, law, public health, and public policy – are encouraged to apply.  Scholars interested in expanding their non-legal research agenda to include topics related to the UCLA ALP Program’s goals are welcome.”

“The UCLA ALP Program anticipates funding five to seven individual projects with a suggested total budget in the range of $1,000 to $4,500.”

For questions, please email the UCLA ALP Program: