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Call for Participants: Workshop IV: Exhibition – Curation – Decolonization

Reading Zoos in the Age of the Anthropocene Workshop 4: Exhibition – Curation – Decolonization 10–12 November, 2021 Utrecht University, Netherlands [Online via Zoom] In the context of my research project, “Reading Zoos in the Age of the Anthropocene”, funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO), I invite scholars, including advanced PhD students and early-career…

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National Geographic Profile

In February, I was interviewed for National Geographic about my research into the figure of the Zoo in the Anthropocene: “Through mass-extinction and global climate change our image of the human–animal relationship is changing. In my research I explore how these changes are reflected in the representation of zoos in literature and film. What interests me…

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Online Lecture: Zoo-break narratives

This coming Wednesday, 27 May, I will be speaking to the members of SV Euphorion, the Utrecht University Literary Studies students’ association, about my zoo research, specifically about the trope of the ‘zoo-break’, i.e. the breakdown of the barrier between inside and outside the cage, which has become the dominant mode of representing zoos over…

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An Inconvenient Conference

I will be speaking at the annual RMA History Graduate Student Conference, which is entitled “An Inconvenient Conference? — Interdisciplinary and New Approaches to the Environment and History.” My talk is entitled “‘Kein Welt’: Reading Rilke’s Panther in the Anthropocene.” More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.

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Workshop 3 postponed due to COVID-19

The third and final Reading Zoos workshop was due to be held on April 1–3. In light of the rapidly escalating coronavirus situation, the workshop has been cancelled, or rather, postponed until 28–30 October 28–30. Further details to follow.

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Call for Participants: Workshop III: “Extinction – Conservation – Resurrection”

Reading Zoos in the Age of the Anthropocene Workshop 3: Extinction – Conservation – Resurrection 1–3 April, 2020 Utrecht University, Netherlands In the context of my ongoing research project, “Reading Zoos in the Age of the Anthropocene”, funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO), I invite scholars, including advanced PhD students and early-career academics, as…

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Talk on Zoos and Zoopoetics in Frankfurt

On 27 November, I will be giving a talk on zoos and zoopoetics at the Goethe University in Frankfurt entitled “‘Das Zeugnis einer innerlichen Beschäftigung’, oder: Was heißt zoopoetisch lesen?”

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Lecture on Zoos in Wartime at Goldsmiths

On 5 December, I will be giving a lecture at Goldsmiths, University of London, as part of the Department of Visual Cultures’ autumn 2019 public programme, which is entitled Living Extinctions. I will be talking about the motif of the zoo in wartime and its bio- and zoo-political implications for the cultural imaginary surrounding climate change…

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Call for Participants: Workshop “Captivity/Escape”

Following the first workshop on “War/Memory” as part of the research project Reading Zoos in the Age of the Anthropocene, the second workshop on “Captivity/Escape” will take place on 7 – 9 November, 2019 at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. The workshop will feature keynote presentations by Thijs de Zeeuw and Lori Gruen. I invite…

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Call for Participants: Workshop “War/Memory”

The first workshop on “War/Memory” as part of the series organised for the research project Reading Zoos in the Age of the Anthropocene, will take place on 3–5 April, 2019 at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. I invite scholars, including advanced PhD students and early-career academics, as well as artists, writers, and zoo professionals, to…

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