Symposium and Exhibition

Call for Papers:

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

Abstracts - Submission Deadline: Oct 14th, 2019                                                        - Selection Deadline:     Dec 14th, 2019


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Keynote Speakers for The Animal Gaze Constructed (2020)

Emeritus Professor Steve Baker, University of Central Lancashire

Emeritus Professor Andrew PickeringUniversity of Exeter
Professor Peg RawesThe Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL)


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 in architecture and in both.

We invite considerations of all kinds of animality and at all scales, in response to the following five loose themes: ‘House training’ invites the exploration 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, as shared with other creatures.  ‘Marking territories’ calls for considerations of how modes of production shape animal space at wider territorial scales. What, for example, might the consequences be for the animal world of changes in farming technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence and hydroponics?  ‘Going feral’ invites investigations of 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, frame and intention.


1. House Training                                                                                       Working, human-animal relationships                                                              Kinship, companionship and wellbeing                                                              Memory, its representations and materiality  

2. In Common                                                                                            Air                                                                                                                Ground                                                                                                          Fairs, fetes, festivals and rituals 

3. Marking Territories                                                                                ‘Eco-field’                                                                                                      Boundaries; fences, walls, hard shoulders and hedges                                        Contested territory

4. Going Feral                                                                                              Rewilding                                                                                                      Foreign                                                                                                        Disobedience

5. Scoping and Visibility                                                                             Absence                                                                                                        Privacy                                                                                                          The unconfiding

Abstracts & Bio:

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

Bio: Maximum 150 words

Deadline: 14th Oct 2019