Animals and Emotions Workshop

Animals and Emotions in History Workshop

11 Bedford Square, Royal Holloway, University of London

Friday November 17th 2017

We have a restricted number of places available for attendance at the workshop. If you are interested in coming along please email to sign up.

We will however be live-tweeting on the day, so do follow us @pethistories or use the #pethistories for updates.

Registration from 9am

 9.15am Welcome and Introduction

9.30-11.00 – Panel 1: Emotions and experts

The ‘incalculable loss’ of Mr Taylor’s Bulldogs: love, rage and money in the Edwardian dog fancy.

Alison Skipper, PhD Student, Department of History, King’s College London.


Surviving twentieth-century modernity: birdsong and emotions in Britain 
Michael Guida, AHRC PhD Researcher and Tutor
Media & Cultural Studies / University of Sussex / UK

 The Emotional Animal and the Asylum

Liz Gray, PhD Candidate, History of Nineteenth-Century Comparative Psychology, Centre for the History of the Emotions, Queen Mary, University of London


11.00-11.30 Coffee Break

11.30-13.00 – Panel 2: Emotions, space and power

Animals and emotions in the history of the refugee camp, from the first world war to the present

Benjamin Thomas White, University of Glasgow.


 Canine affective agents in modern London, New York and Paris

Chris Pearson, University of Liverpool


Companion Animals and Emotions at the Renaissance Court

Dr Sarah Cockram, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh

13.00-14.00 – Lunch Break

14.00-15.00 – Panel 3: Representing animals and emotions

“Animals and Birds as Patients”: Representations of Prostheticised Nonhuman Animals in the Victorian Periodical Press.

Dr Ryan Sweet, Wellcome Trust/LHRI ISSF Early Career Research Fellow, School of English, University of Leeds


Canarian happiness: birds and the conquest of nature in late imperial St. Petersburg

Dr Olga Petri, Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow, Department of Geography
University of Cambridge

15.00-15.30 – Coffee Break

15.30-16.30 – Panel 4: Challenging the pet-human relationship


Julia Stetter, Ruhr-University Bochum

Multifunctional companions. Animals and the farming population in the agrarian-industrial knowledge society 1850-1950

Peter Moser, Archiv für Agrargeschichte/ Archives of Rural History

16.30-17.00 Concluding Remarks and Summary Discussion

The workshop is organised by the AHRC Pets and Family Life Project which is based at Royal Holloway, University of London and Manchester University and the Centre for the Study of the Body and Material Culture in the History Department at RHUL.