Making Sense of the Animal – Human Bond and Relationship(s)

Human Bond Project: 3rd Global Meeting
Monday 19th September – Wednesday 21st September 2016

Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

While humans are clearly classified as part of the animal world, we have a long and sometimes questionable history of both differentiating ourselves from animals and at the same time identifying ourselves with specific animals or unique animal qualities. This conference invites scholars from many disciplines and across cultures to reflect upon the conundrum of meaning: we are same but different.  What do animals mean in our personal lives as well as our societal and cultural lives? And how have those relationships been collaborative or at cross-purposes?