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: March 6-7th, 2020

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


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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? 

This, the third Animal Gaze symposium, brings together practitioners and academics to consider human/animal interactions and spatial practices as they manifest themselves in art and architecture and human-animal studies. 

We invite considerations of all kinds of animality and at all scales, in response to the following five loose themes: ‘House training’ surmises the diminution of binary inhabitation and explores the spatial, social and physical limits of our domestic environments. ‘In common’ probes the rights of shared public spaces, both physical and ethereal.  ‘Marking territories’ is concerned with the control of landscapes, whether ocean or ‘eco-field’ and challenges contemporary practices of production such as robotics, artificial intelligence, hydroponics, city farms. It asks, what new kinds of landscape might curate an environmental balance? In opposition to ‘House training’, ‘Going feral’, invites human-animal behaviours which counter the order of things and in doing so, suggests order and disorder are both restorative and simultaneously, symbolic of power and danger. (Douglas, 1966, p. 98). '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                                                                                            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