CFP – Urban-Rural-Wilderness: The Co-living of Humans and Animals in the North since the Nineteenth Century

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We live in constant contact with non-human animals and they influence us in myriad ways. To mention merely a few, they comfort us at home, we use them to gain vital proteins, they infect us with diseases, and sometimes they just remind us of our connections to the reality we call nature. However, until recently these interactions have been overlooked in academic inquiries on human societies.

We invite scholars from any field of humanistic studies (e.g. history, ethnology, anthropology, literary studies) to submit proposals for chapters for an anthology on the interaction of humans and animals in northern climes.

Prospective chapters may examine the encounters and co-living of humans and individuals or groups of any animal species, but the authors are particularly asked to focus on the following:

a)            Animal agency in human-animal interaction in urban, rural or uninhabited places

b)            The special characteristics of human-animal relationships in the northern environment (including temperate zones in Eurasia and North America)

The planned book, provisionally entitled “Urban-Rural-Wilderness: The Co-Living of Humans and Animals in the North since the Nineteenth Century”, will be offered to an international publishing house.

Submission Guidelines:

Please send 500-word abstracts with one-page CVs to by January 15, 2014. Notifications will be sent by February 15, 2014.

The editors of the anthology (Taina Syrjämaa, Helena Ruotsala and Tuomas Räsänen) will host a workshop, between June 3–4, 2014, in Turku, Finland, during which the authors will be able to get to know each other and discuss and develop ideas pertaining to the book and individual papers. The authors are requested to submit enlarged synopses (approximately 1000–1500 words) for the workshop by April 30, 2014. The workshop will also include two keynote speeches delivered by world famous scholars: the environmental anthropologist Prof. Emeritus Julie Cruikshank (University of British Columbia) and the historian of the environment and human-animal relations, Prof. Harriet Ritvo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

The final papers (approximately 6000 words in length) should be submitted by November 1, 2014.

The book will follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition.

For further information, please contact Taina Syrjämaa –

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I am the author of Becoming Green Gables (spring 2024), The Summer Trade (with Edward MacDonald, 2022), & The Miramichi Fire (2020), & the editor of the print/open-access Canadian History & Environment series at University of Calgary Press. I was Director of NiCHE, 2004-15. Contact me at
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