CFP: Uncovering the Animal: Skin, Fur, Feathers 1450-1700 (London, 29 Jun 18)

Salvi_da_Macerata-Hippo_inventing_phlebotomy-16.originalKing’s College London, June 29, 2018
Deadline: Mar 15, 2018

Renaissance Skin Workshop – ‘Uncovering the Animal: Skin, Fur, Feathers 1450-1700

This half-day workshop will reflect on the multiple ways in which animal skin and the by-products of the evacuation of humoreal excreta (hair, fur, feathers) were conceptualised and used between 1450 and 1700. Combining different historiographical approaches and sources (textual, material, and visual), the workshop aims to open the field up to a wider audience, strengthen the need to consider animals compared to similar work on human skin and hair, and facilitate an interdisciplinary conversation, from natural history to material culture, on animal skin in a globalised world.

Confirmed speakers are Stefan Hanß (Cambridge) on feather-work, Patricia Lurati (Zürich) on fur in Renaissance art, and Thomas Rusbridge (Birmingham) on shagreen. We welcome proposals that complement these topics, in particular those that address shells, scales, and animal skin, hair, and fur in natural history texts, but we will consider papers that fall outside of these areas. Presentations will be followed by ample time for discussion and reflection, and so we are happy for works in progress.

Proposals (up to 250 words) for 20-minute papers should be sent to Kathleen Walker-Meikle at by 15 March 2018. We may be able to provide speakers with reasonable accommodation and travel costs. Please indicate when you apply if you will require reimbursements of expenses.

The workshop is organised as part of the Renaissance Skin project (

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Anastasija Ropa holds a doctoral degree from Bangor University (North Wales), for a study in medieval and modern Arthurian literature. She has published a number of articles on medieval and modern Arthurian literature, focusing on its historical and artistic aspects. She is currently employed as guest lecturer at the Latvian Academy of Sport Education. Anastasija’s most recent research explores medieval equestrianism in English and French literary art and literature, and she is also engaged as part-time volunteer horse-trainer. In a nutshell: Lecturer at the Latvian Academy of Sport Education Graduate of the School of English, University of Wales, Bangor. Graduate of the University of Latvia Passionate about history, particularly the Middle Ages A horse-lover and horse-owner

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