Zoosemiotics and Animal Representations Program outline 4 April 9.30/10.00 –11.30 5 April Sessions (3 talks): 1.
Theory and history of zoosemiotics I 2. Philosophical perspectives I 6 April Sessions (4 talks): 1. Communication in animals II 2. Perspectives in zoosemiotics I 3. Animals and literature I Plenary lecture. Jesper Hoffmeyer Lunch Sessions (4 talks): 1. Perspectives in zoosemiotics II 2. Cultural and anthropological perspectives II + Graduate seminar Roundtable. Futures of zoosemiotics 7 April Sessions (4 talks): 1. Domestication and hybrid environments I 2. Animals and literature II 3. Theory and history of zoosemiotics II Plenary lecture. Graham Huggan Lunch Sessions (3 talks): 1. Perspectives in zoosemiotics III 2. Animals and art II + Graduate seminar 8 April Sessions (4 talks): 1. Cultural and anthropological perspectives III 2. Domestication and hybrid environments II Plenary lecture. David Rothenberg Lunch Sessions (4 talks): 1. Philosophical perspectives III 2. Animals and literature III + Graduate seminar Roundtable. Animals and ecocriticism
12.00 –13.30 13.30 –14.30 14.30 –16.00/16.30
Plenary lecture. Colin Allen Lunch Sessions (3 talks): 1. Communication in animals I 2. Philosophical perspectives II
Sessions (3 talks): 1. Animals and art I 2. Cultural and anthropological perspectives I 18.00 Welcome session
Roundtable. Zoo as a semiotic environment
20.00 Conference dinner
Zoosemiotics and Animal Representations Program
Tuesday 5 April
10.00 – 11.30 Theory and history of zoosemiotics I Stephen Pain. Significance in animal communication. Kalevi Kull. Zoosemiotics is the study of animal knowledge. Nataliya A. Abieva. What is common in human and animal semantic communication? Philosophical perspectives I Marina Paola Banchetti-Robino. Is Peter’s dog barking intentionally? A Husserlian critique of the Latratus Canis in Abelard’s zoosemiotic theory. Ian Ground. “Only in the application that a living being makes”: Wittgenstein, signs and animal minds. W. John Coletta. Evolutionary bodies of knowledge; or, the evolutionary phenomenology of J. J. Audubon, Georges Bataille, Theodore Roethke, and Octavia Butler. 11.30 – 12.00 Coffee break 12.00 – 13.30 Plenary lecture. Colin Allen. Umwelt or Umwelten? How should shared representation be understood given such diversity? 13.30 – 14.30 Lunch 14.30 – 16.00 Communication in animals I Brianne Donaldson. How dogs and cats explained what data could not: writing neuroscience at its “othermost”. Sofia Panteleeva, Zhargal Danzanov, Zhanna Reznikova. A new method for evaluating the complexity of animal behavioural patterns based on the notion of Kolmogorov complexity. Rachele Malavasi, Almo Farina. The sound of music – an hypothesis on heterospecific cooperation in songbirds. Philosophical perspectives II Elisa Aaltola. Animal suffering and phenomenological persuasion. Les Mitchell. Portraying purpose in the lives of nonhumans. Farouk Y. Seif. Dialogue with Kishtta: a semiotic revelation of the paradox of life and death. 16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break 16.30 – 18.30 Animals and art I Jessica Ullrich. Animal minds and minding the animal in contemporary art. Joanne Bristol. Signs, marks, gestures: New Art Examiner. Sonja Britz. Of the colour of snow or milk. 2
Cultural and anthropological perspectives I Nils Lindahl Elliot. On the social semeiotics of wildlife observation: the case of Barro Colorado Island. Jesse Bia. Constructing Leviathan: “The domestic manifestations and transnational ramifications of anthropomorphism in Japan and the United States”. Anna Mossolova. Some perspectives on animal representation in the light of human masking practice. Rita Turner. Teaching zoosemiotics: discourse about and representations of animals and the nonhuman world in college humanities classrooms.
Wednesday 6 April
9.30 – 11.30 Communication in animals II Stanislav Komárek. Volucella bombylans – the mimicry puzzle. Zhanna Reznikova, Boris Ryabko. An information-theoretic approach for analysis of animal communication, with ant “language” as a model. Jacob Bull. Reflection and refraction: where the airy and aquatic meet. Arlene Tucker. This is fun: a basis for the criteria and categorization of play. Perspectives in zoosemiotics I Katya Mandoki. Zoo-aesthetics: a natural step after Darwin. Karel Kleisner. Geometric morphometrics – a possible method for zoosemiotics. Elina Vladimirova. Semiotics characteristics of mammal’s adaptation in natural conditions. Andrew Whitehouse. The language of sound: exploring the interaction between people and birds. Animals and literature I Roland Borgards. Literary animal experimentation. Laura Byrne. Creative Intuition: D. H. Lawrence and humananimal mind. Sandra Grötsch. Animal representation and attitudes of humans toward non-humans in fantasy literature. Maria Laakso. Representation of humans in tradition of animal fantasy. 11.30 – 12.00 Coffee break 12.00 – 13.30 Plenary lecture. Jesper Hoffmeyer. From genetic to semiotic scaffolding. 13.30 – 14.30 Lunch 14.30 – 16.30 Perspectives in zoosemiotics II Felice Cimatti, Marco Mazzeo. Uexküll’s heritage: do human animals live in an Umwelt? Morten Tønnessen. The Umwelt trajectories of wolves, sheep and people. Katya Mandoki. Performative acts among animals? Considering zoo-pragmatics Mara Woods. An affective model of perception-action.
Cultural and anthropological perspectives II Dagmar Schmauks. Predators, locusts, and stupid cows. Animal names as swear words. Eliane Ramos Espírito Santo, Eraldo Medeiros Costa Neto. Animals in advertising: a semiotic study of animal representation in the facades of commercial establishments and billboards in the city of Feira de Santana, Bahia State, Northeastern Brazil. Adam Dodd. Insects to amuse and instruct: popular entomology and anthropomorphism in the nineteenth century: L. M. Budgen’s Episodes of Insect Life. Larissa Budde. The semiotics of insects and the hive in popular culture. Seminar of Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts Animals. Culture. Environment. 16.30 – 17.00 Coffee break 17.00 – 18.30 Roundtable. Futures of zoosemiotics. Chair Morten Tønnessen.
Thursday 7 April
9.30 – 11.30 Domestication and hybrid environments I Marco Stella. “But ask the animals, and they will teach you”. Domestication as a zoosemiotic problem. Aleksei Turovski. An attempt for a semiotic approach to charismatic leadership in eusocial animal species. Wendy Wheeler. Captivation and ecstasy: animal immersion and human enchantment. Animals and literature II Anne Milne. Feral signs: eighteenth-century British poets and the marginal animal. Onno Oerlemans. The semiotics of bird poems. Karoliina Lummaa. Bird-like poetry? Sauli Sarkanen’s “In the morning” and Timothy Morton’s ecomimesis. Killian Quigley. Animals, nature, and empire in A Voyage Round the World. Theory and history of zoosemiotics II Paul Cobley. Codes, coding, communication and semiotics Matthew Chrulew. Sebeok, Hediger, Foucault: on power and communication in humananimal relations. Robert Rose. Insider information for real outsiders: a fresh look at Peter Marler’s “The logical analysis of animal communication”. Timo Maran. A search for the identity of zoosemiotics: communication and semiosis. 11.30 – 12.00 Coffee break 12.00 – 13.30 Plenary lecture. Graham Huggan. Attenborough, colonialism and the British tradition of nature documentary. 13.30 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.00 Perspectives in zoosemiotics III Gerald Ostdiek. Minding signs, the semiotics of Chauncey Wright’s psychozoology. Ralph R. Acampora. The (proto-)ethical significance of semiosis: when and how does one become somebody who matters? Jonathan Beever. Toward a zoosemiotic approach to animal ethics. Animals and art II Arja Rosenholm. Animal representations in post-perestroika and contemporary Russian Women’s art and literature. Anna Sharibzhanova. Origin of the composition with heraldic treated by feline predators in the medieval Islamic art: fragment from the cope of St. Mesme of Chinon (National Museum of the Middle Age – The Roman Baths of Cluny, Paris). Jennifer Willet. Cell Break: a case study for interspecies interrelations in the biological sciences. Seminar of Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts. Animals. Culture. Environment 16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break 16.30 – 18.00 Roundtable. Zoo as a semiotic environment. Chair Nils Lindahl Elliot.
Friday 8 April
9.30 – 11.30 Cultural and anthropological perspectives III Art Leete. Dog in the worldview of the Komi hunters. Palmira Fontes da Costa. Representations of the elephant in sixteenth-century Portuguese India. Christos Lynteris. Speaking marmots, deaf hunters: animal-human semiotic breakdown as the cause of the Manchurian pneumonic plague of 1910–11. Renata Sõukand, Raivo Kalle, Ingvar Svanberg. From repelling to killing: human-insect relationship in Estonian folk tradition Domestication and hybrid environments II Nelly Mäekivi. Human animal in the zoo — trying to help zoo biology with semiotics Mark Haywood. Semiotics of colonial and post-colonial displaying of indigenous animals in South Africa zoos Riin Magnus. Training the guide-dogs of the blind with a “dog-carriage” method: the historic background and semiotic footing. Małgorzata Zofia Kozłowska. Preschool children understanding of dogs’ body language. 11.30 – 12.00 Coffee break 12.00 – 13.30 Plenary lecture. David Rothenberg. Animal music, animal aesthetics 13.30 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.30 Animals and literature III Tobias Menely. Georgic semiosphere. Kadri Tüür. Like a fish out of water: literary representations of fish. Maki Eguchi. Representation of sheep in modern Japanese literature: from Natsume Sōseki to Murakami Haruki. Taija Kaarlenkaski. Communicating with the cow: human-animal interaction in written narratives. Philosophical perspectives III Silver Rattasepp. A posthuman view on humans and animals. Jean-Claude Gens. Jakob von Uexküll and Aldo Leopold in dialog. Luanne Frank. The reciprocal gaze between human and animal: an inquiry. Artis Svece. Practical anthropomorphism and its limits. Seminar of Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts. Animals. Culture. Environment 16.30 – 17.00 Coffee break 17.00 – 18.30 Roundtable Animals and ecocriticism. Chair Wendy Wheeler.