Animals in a changing landscape


Dr. Dominic Duckett: Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences, The James Hutton Institute

Dr. Rhoda Wilkie: Dept. of Sociology, School of Social Science, University of Aberdeen

Lucie Dupré, SadApt, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Ivry-sur-Seine

Agnès Fortier, SadApt, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Ivry-sur-Seine

Pierre Alphandéry, SadApt, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Ivry-sur-Seine

Julie Labatut, AGIR, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Toulouse

Dorothée Dussy, Centre National de la recherche Scientifique, Centre Norbert Elias, Marseille

Elsa Faugère, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Ecodéveloppement, Avignon

Nicolas Césard, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Unité Eco-anthropologie et ethnobiologie, Paris

Contact: (for non-bee related papers) (for bee related papers)


Animals, both wild and domesticated, are integral to rurality, intersecting with humans in diverse ways, providing food, recreation and contributing to spiritual and aesthetic cultural expression. This working group invites contributions that explore the changing dynamics of human animal interactions and the intersubjective connections between these relationships in the context of the meta-trends of this year’s congress. We invite papers that examine any of the following: (a) The changing governance of livestock or wild nature through globalising or localising reconfigurations of power; (b) The impact of socio-technical developments on farming, stewardship of nature, conservation or exploitation of fauna; (c) Risk management at the human/animal interface whether embodied as food pathogens, disease threats or food security concerns against the backdrop of environmental , socio-economic or socio-technical change; (d) Changing representations of animals as either bell-weathers of environmental danger, as "subjects-of-a-life" with an increasing ‘voice’ or as virtual entities apprehended within panoptic or post panoptic regimes.

A special mention is extended to research relating to beekeeping with particular interest surrounding the question of diversity. This diversity is contingent upon the wide variety of breeds, beekeeping practices and knowledge, the socio-economic history of beekeeping and its organization and trading modes, as well as on the various statuses of beekeepers. We welcome contributions that explore the tensions between the diversity attached to various beekeeping “worlds” in different European countries (and beyond), and the standardisation processes that go hand in hand with the development of the beekeeping sector in these countries. Does the development of beekeeping necessarily imply the standardisation of activities? Are standardisation and diversity compatible?


We have chosen a traditional format for the presentations, but participants are expected to send a short text (around one page) before the conference in order to facilitate, encourage and generate collective debates.