The Animal Gaze Constructed, London Mar-6-7-2020

The Animal Gaze Constructed, London Mar-6-7-2020

Symposium and Exhibition

Call for Papers: deadline Oct 14th, 2019

3rd Animal Gaze Symposium: ‘The Animal Gaze Constructed – Art, Architecture and Human-Animal Studies’
Location: The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University, London, U.K.
Symposium Dates: FRI 6 MAR and SAT 7 MAR, 2020

– Submission Deadline: Oct 14th, 2019
– Selection Deadline:     Dec 14th, 2019


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Description: Shrinking horizons, slim pickings, poverty of scope. What new politics of nature are needed here for animals? What representations and spatial practices are required to redress the balance of our shared environments? What is a more animal-centric world like?

The third Animal Gaze symposium will bring together practitioners and academics to consider human/animal interactions and spatial practices as they manifest themselves in art and architecture.

We invite considerations of all kinds of animality and at all scales, in response to the following five loose themes: ‘House training’ invites explorations of the spatial, social and physical limits of our relations with animals and animality at the domestic scale.   ‘In common’ seeks examinations of the social and political logics of public spaces both physical and ethereal, shared with other creatures. ‘Marking territories’ calls for considerations of how modes of production and representation shape animal space at wider territorial scales. What, for example, might the consequences be for the animal world, of advances in farming technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and hydroponics? ‘Going feral’, invites investigations into human-animal behaviours which counter the order of things. What might a new wilderness be? ‘Scoping and visibility’ gives headway to an ongoing debate about the representation of animal presence – scale, size and intention.



1. House Training
Working, human-animal relationships
Kinship, companionship and wellbeing
Memory, its representations and materiality
2. In Common
Fairs, fetes, festivals and rituals
3. Marking Territories
Boundaries; fences, walls, hard shoulders and hedges
Contested territory
4. Going Feral
5. Scoping and Visibility
The un-confiding

Abstracts & Bio:

Abstract: Maximum 300 words. State your topic, aims, method and outcomes. Include max 4 images, each at a minimum 300 dpi density or at least 10cm on the shortest length
Bio: Maximum 150 words


Deadline: Oct 14th, 2019