A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar
Organized by Susan Alcock, John Bodel, and Stephen Houston
This Sawyer Seminar was motivated by two fundamental contentions. First, animal studies have tended to remain, by and large, within disciplinary bounds. Second was the fact that—while humans and animals have cohabited for millennia—controlled comparisons and assessments of these relationships, across epochs ranging from ancient to modern times, have not been undertaken. “The Emotional Ecology of Animals and Humans,” a two-year series of events, aimed to bridge these gaps, offering support for comparative research on the historical and cultural sources of contemporary developments.