#sourcesaturday: Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum and Archive (Colorado Springs, CO)

Caption: George Catlin, Wild Horses at Play, 1834-1837, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.499


The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum has collections and exhibitions that focus on regional history of the Pike’s Peak area. In the next years, they will be opening three major exhibitions: Palmer, Cultural Crossroads, and the Sesquicentennial of Colorado Springs. A dynamic mapping project in the Story of Us exhibit highlights “R” for the original “Riding Master” of Colorado Springs.

CSPM has over 6,500 cubic feet of archival materials, including over 80,000 historic photographs (horses digitized — plus many, many more photographs that are not digitized). In these collections are a number of archival resources that may be of interest to equine topics for Western History and Indigenous Studies:

  • Examples of saddles in the artifact collection
  • Francis W. Cragin Collection (database link and finding aid/transcription link), a professor
  • General William Jackson Palmer papers, an American civil engineer, soldier, and industrialist
  • Winfield Scott Stratton Collection, an American prospector and capitalist
  • Virginia and Gilbert McClurg Collection, founder of the Colorado Cliff Dwellings Association (later Mesa Verde National Park)
  • Papers of various early pioneers such as Anthony Bott, A.Z. Sheldon,  Henry Templeton, David McShane, Irving Howbert, M.S. Beach, and S.M Buzzard




Do Unicorns count as Equines? Upcoming Conference & Exhibit on Bestiaries (Los Angeles, CA)

The UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, one of the EHC 2018 sponsors, is hosting a conference on animal images in medieval bestiaries, “Beastly Imagery in the Medieval World”, complementing a new exhibit at the Getty Museum Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World at the J. Paul Getty Museum May 14-August 18, 2019).

Beastly Imagery in the Medieval World, CMRS Conference at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (May 19, 2019)

Program available here.


On view at the J. Paul Getty Museum May 14 through August 18, 2019, Book of  Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World explores the bestiary and its widespread influence on medieval art and culture.  This exhibition features one-third of the world’s surviving Latin illuminated bestiaries and gathers together more than 100 works in a variety of media from institutions across the United States and Europe, including manuscripts, paintings, tapestries, sculpture, and decorative arts from the Middle Ages.

Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World, Getty Museum Exhibit, Los Angeles, CA (May 14 – August 18, 2019)



[Dis]Information: American Indians through the Lens of Roland Reed (Colorado Springs, CO)

[Dis]Information: American Indians Through the Lens of Roland Reed” 

March 30, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum

Colorado Springs, CO


“[Dis]information” is a new exhibit that has just opened at the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum and will run through January 2020. The striking image here is just one of dozens of pictorialist photographs of American Indians taken by Roland Reed in the early twentieth century. Reed saw himself as both an artist and an ethnographer, and his images are strikingly beautiful but deeply problematic as romantic scenes situating American Indians in an imagined past. [Dis]Information includes original artwork and commentary by Gregg Deal, Pyramid Lake Paiute, in addition to contemporary American Indian photographs. Combined with Reed’s photography, the exhibit encourages visitors to examine the role “retrospective photography” plays in shaping our understanding of American Indians, and celebrates the power and beauty of photography while challenging misconceptions and stereotypes of indigenous people.


Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum: “Ignite Your Curiosity. Discover Your
Story.”  The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum’s mission is to
build a lasting connection to the Pikes Peak Region by preserving and sharing our cultural history. Admission is free.

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

From Jobs UK: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BRQ347/post-doctoral-researcher-moving-animals-a-history

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

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 renaissanceskin@kcl.ac.uk.

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 www.renaissanceskin.ac.uk

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.

Conference Recap: Living with Animals/Living with Horses (Richmond, KY)

‘Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat, Some We Need’: the 4th Biennial Living with Animals Conference

Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY

March 21-23, 2019

Living with Animals is a biennial conference (on the odd years) hosted by the pioneering Eastern Kentucky University Animal Studies Program. Keynote speakers this year included Hal Herzog on dogs, Marcy Norton on iegue relationships in Amazonia and the Caribbean, Seth Magle on the Urban Wildlife Institute, Lucy Rees on wild horse ethology, and Clare Rittschof on the social lives of honey bees (bio and abstract info here). This diversity of speakers draws attention to the EKU Animal Studies Major, established in 2010 as the first degree-granting program in Animal Studies in the Department of Psychology, and its fundamentally interdisciplinary curriculum and methodology.  In this vein, the Living with Animals conference organizers Robert W. Mitchell, Radhika Makecha, and Michał Piotr Pręgowski have established an open and welcoming conference based on a clear mission statement: “In the spirit of the openhearted pursuit of academic freedom, we strive to create an atmosphere in which attendees holding a rich diversity of thoughts, beliefs and backgrounds can come together to broaden the human-animal studies discourse.”


The blue-tinted “Big Lex”, an adaptation of the oil painting of the famous racehorse “Lexington” by the equine artist Edward Troye, to represent Bluegrass Country. 

Living with Horses represents a day-long stream of panels, a mini conference within a conference, co-organized by Gala Argent and Angela Hofstetter. Also in its 4th iteration, the Living with Horses explored the roles horses play in human lives and the impact of those roles on both humans and horses.  Equine History members presented in several panels and enjoyed hearing new and exciting research in the field to follow!

Lucy Rees, “Synchrony, Conflict, and the Human-Horse Relationship” (keynote)

As an equine ethologist, writer and horse trainer, Lucy has studied wild and feral horses in Wales, Spain and Uruguay for decades. Her 2017 book, Horses in Company, challenges commonly held conceptions of equine dominance hierarchies—not observed in horses living outside of stables and human handling—which form the basis of many schools of horsemanship.


Chimera or Centaur; or, Discourses of Modernity and the History of Breeding Practice, Kristen Guest & Monica Mattfeld

The Rise and Fall of the Atlanta Mule Market and the Cultural Work of Nostalgia for Mules in Georgia and the South, Brett Mizelle

The Farrier of Monticello: How Horse Husbandry Reflects Republican Virtue, Christian Y. Krueger


Knowing Horses as Natural Beings and Social and Cultural Becomings; A Prerequisite to Understanding How to Live Better with Horses, Anita Maurstad

Equestrian Art as a Practice of the Self-With-Others, Stephen Smith

The Eroika Project: Classical Equitation, Trauma, and Horse-Human Bond, Angela Hofstetter


From Commodity to Relic: Locating the Sumbawa Horse in Modern Indonesia, Michael Kirkpatrick Miller

Zydeco Beats and Dancing Horses: Music, Identity, and Non-Human Actors at Creole Trail Rides in Southwest Louisiana, Gwendolen von Einsiedel

Unpacking the Palio of Siena: The Cultural Roles of the Horse in Sienese Ritual and Remembrance, Tom Paradis


Equine History Collective’s “Horse Human Relationships in Post-secondary Education Roundtable” (Panel Discussion), Kathryn Renton, Katrin Boniface, & Jeanette Vaught


The Space In Between, Sara B. Willerson

Horses and Cattle, Erin McKenna

Teaching Cowgirl Stories: The Rhetoric of Freedom, Ashley Wells


Straight Outta Barbary: Arabian Wild Horses and Their Racialized Representation in Sixteenth Century Literature, Jonathan W. Thurston

Moons Revolve, Moons Adore, Lee Deigaard

The “Read Horse” – Exploring the Possibility of Projection Mapping as an Equinebased Science-Art Worlding, Tamar V. S. McKee


Tourists’ Intrigue with Free-Roaming Horses, Ginny Grulke

Utilizing Horses for Therapy and Companionship in Order to Enhance their Adoptability, Karen Gustin

Tools for Protecting Endangered Equine Breeds, Victoria Tollman

Preserving an Historical Legacy: The Mountain Horse Oral History Project, Stephanie McSpirit, Neil Kasiak, Chad Cogdill, & Dan Renfrow