The Human-Animal Boundary Symposium


Coordinator: Nandita Batra
Consulting Coordinator: Mario Wenning
Chief Associate Coordinator: Ana Kothe
Associate Coordinator: Mary Leonard

Finance Committee President: Nancy Vicente
Contracts Committee President: Rosita Rivera
Student Assistants: Lynda Castro, Emanuel De León, Bianca Ortiz, Lyannís Ortiz, Odette Ortiz, Roselyn Pérez, Ada Rodríguez, Denise Salas, Carolina Santiago, Nicole Talavera, Nivializ Toro

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    Symposium Programme

    FRIDAY 10 April 2015 – Site: Salon de Anexo (Student Center Annexe)

    1:00 pm. Opening words, Nandita Batra, Symposium Coordinator, and Dean Manuel Valdes-Pizzini; University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez

    Session A:
    1:45-2:45 Plenary Speaker: John Hartigan; University of Texas at Austin

    “Aesop: figuring human/animal relations”

    Session B: 3:00-5:00 Exceptionalism
    ~ Moderator: Mario Wenning

  • Stephen T. Newmyer; Duquesne University
    “Guarding the Boundary: ‘Human Exceptionalism’ in Greek Natural Philosophy”

  • Alex C. Parrish; James Madison University
    “Rhetorics of Human Exceptionalism: Ancient and Modern ‘Animaling’ as Justification for Oppression”

  • Anderson Brown; University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez
    "Ontological Problems with Cognitivist Accounts of Human Uniqueness”

  • Paul Carron, Baylor University
    “Monkeys, Men, and Moral Responsibility: A Neo-Aristotelian Case for a Qualitative Distinction”

    Session C: 5:00-6:00 Ethics and Individuals
    ~ Moderator: Anderson Brown

  • Kevin Kaiser;  Richland College
    “The Passion of 93990: George Saunders and the Question of Biomedical Ethics”

  • Sara Gavrell; University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez
    “A Sea Ethic for Islands: Helping Others and the Persons of the Sea”

    SATURDAY 11 April 2015 – Site - Administración de Empresas 242 (Business Administration)

    9:00-9:45 am Ana Kothe, Symposium Chief Associate Coordinator, introduces Mario Wenning

    Session D: 9:00 am.
    Mario Wenning; Symposium Consulting Coordinator; University of Macau

    "What is animal becomes human and what is human becomes animal"

    Session E 9:45-11:45 Food and Farms
    ~ Moderator: Ana Kothe

  • Jerome Bump; University of Texas at Austin
    “The Ultimate Boundary: Food Animals?”

  • Richard C. Delerins; Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
    "‘Ethical Foie Gras’: Between Gastro-nationalism and Animal Well-being”

  • Gary Comstock; North Carolina State University
    “The Cattle in the Long Cedar Springs Draw”

  • Sally J. Delgado; University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras
    “Protein or People: an analysis of the ideological separatism embedded in how we think about food”

    LUNCH 12:00-1:00

    Session F 1:15-3:15 Boundary Crossings
    ~ Moderator: Nick Haydock

  • Kurt Milberger; University of Notre Dame
    “Fear of Further Falling: The Human/Boundary in Seventeenth-century British Theological Literature”

  • James P. Conlan; University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras
    “Milton’s Elephant”

  • Sukanya Senapati University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
    Ramayana’s Hanuman – Animal, Human or Divine”

  • Lee Rozelle; University of Montevallo
    “Permeable Membranes:  Redrawing the Human Animal in The Walking Dead”

    Session G 3:30-5:00 Animal Images and Myth
    ~ Moderator: Mario Wenning

  • Dannabang Kuwabong; University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras
    “Indigenous myth as narrative of ecological balance between humans and non-human animals among the Dagaaba of Ghana and Burkina Faso in The Third Bagre: A Myth Revisited

  • Dawnja Burris; New School
    “Animal Instances: Relationship to the Non-Human Animal through its Image”

  • José Neftalí Recinos; Stephen F. Austin State University
    “The Animal Kingdom:  From  Bestiaries  to  Cyber/Mythology.  Literature  in  
    Postwar  Central  America”

    SUNDAY 12 April 2015 – Site - Salon de Anexo (Student Center Annexe)

    Session H  9:00-11:00 Language and Tools
    ~ Moderator: Odette Ortiz

  • Layla Colón Vale; University of Puerto Rico-Rio
    “Flush: The Little Dog That Could”"

  • Fiorella Cotrina, University of Miami
    "Dog City: Undoing the Human-Animal Dichotomy in Amores Perros"

  • Kristian Bjørkdahl; Rokkan Centre for Social Studies
    “‘Now We Must Redefine Tool, Redefine Man, or Accept Chimpanzees as Humans’: The Rhetorical History of a Very Famous Statement”

  • Andrea Gutierrez; University of Texas at Austin
    “Parrot's Voice: An Exploration of Animal Language and the Languaging of Animals in Early Indian Texts”

    Session I 11:00-12:00  Posthumanism and Dislocations
    ~ Moderator: Stephen Newmyer

  • Fernando Rodríguez; University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez
    “Mechanical Animals: We3”

  • Natasha Lushetich; University of Exeter
    “Transgenic Art: A Multilogue with Bataille, Heidegger and Derrida”

    LUNCH 12:15-1:15

    Session J 1:30-3:30 Reconfigurations, Personhood and Sexuality
    ~ Moderator: Natasha Lushetich

  • Ameen Mettawa;  University of Florida
    "Tropical Malady and Animal Histories"

  • Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio; University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez
    “Ecosexuality: A New Take on Interspecies Love”

  • Shane Stroup; Southern Illinois University
    “When is an Animal a Person?”

    3:30-4:00 pm Closing Words and thanks. Nandita Batra and Mario Wenning

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