Animal Biographies – Recovering Animal Selfhood through Interdisciplinary Narration?

9-11 March 2016, University of Kassel, Germany

Animal Biographies 2016 attempts to evaluate both the challenges and potentials of biographical narration for the representation of material animals in their own rights, while posing the question if and in what way animal biographies might be suited to recover the life peculiar to animals. For this task, we bring together researchers from various disciplinary backgrounds to discuss methodological as well as theoretical challenges of animal biographical writing. By asking for the consequences of scholarship on animal biographies for the genre of biography, we hope that a change of perspective and a consideration of animals might also give fruitful new insights into biographical writing and the corresponding theoretical discussion on life-writing more generally.

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