CFP – Animals and Their People: The Fall of the Anthropocentric Paradigm?

Animal Studies PolandMiędzynarodowa konferencja Zwierzęta I Ich Ludzie

12-14 March 2014
Warsaw, Poland
The Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Science

Interest in animal studies has been growing in the recent years, especially within contemporary culture studies.  “Animals and their People” answers the need, just beginning to be articulated in Poland and Central Eastern Europe countries, to analyze these transformations within the broader non-anthropocentric perspective of culture transitions, focusing on philosophical and literary texts in their reference to actual animal problems.  Poland has numerous texts that pose the question of the animal and ask about human-animal relations that need to be analyzed and interpreted from the perspective of animal studies.  Taking an animal studies approach also enables scholars looking at the literature, art, philosophy, and attitudes of older cultures before animal studies becomes established in academic institutions.

At the conference we would like to raise questions about the status of the animal and the relation between human and non-human animals as a part of deeper culture transformation.  In creating a theory or thinking about animals we are reminded about real animals, their situation in the world now and in the past.  This is one of the reasons why the ethical context is not only difficult to avoid but crucial for animal studies.  While the conference is interdisciplinary, philosophical approaches and eco-critical interpretations are sorely missing.

We would like, then, to ponder changes that are visible in culture in relation to animals, and question whether and if so, how we can speak of the fall of anthropocentric paradigm.

To Submit

Deadline for submitting papers in Polish or in English (about 1500 words) is October 31, 2013.  Abstracts of 20 minutes presentations and short biographical note (400-700 words) should be send to the following address


The result of the conference and exhibition will be a bilingual Polish-English conference publication, designed as a combination of articles with the catalog of the exhibition.

More Information

Detailed information about the conference can be found on the Animal Studies PL website.