Animal Magnetism: The Pushmi-Pullyu of Consocial Life

Friday, April 4-Saturday, April 5, 2014

Laura Brown, Cornell University
Clint Carroll, University of Minnesota
Cristiana Franco, University for Foreigners of Siena
Steven Kosiba, University of Alabama
Annie Potts, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Karl Taube, University of California, Riverside
Gary Urton, Harvard University

Click here for additional details


Beasts, Monsters, and the Fantastic in the Religious Imagination

February 28—March 1, 2014

Keynote Speaker:
John Lardas Modern (Franklin & Marshall College)

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference Hosted by the Department of Religious Studies at Brown University, with Additional Support from the Program in Early Cultures


The Rose-Marie Lewent Conference: Animals in Antiquitiy

Thursday, February 13th - Friday, February 14th
Location: New York University, 32 Waverly Place/31 Washington Place, New York, NY 10003

Presented by the NYU Animal Studies Initiative, the Center for Ancient Studies, and the Department of Classics.


Menageries and the Giving and Costly Pet

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Catherine Allen, George Washington University
Jeffrey Hyson, St. Joseph's University
Sarah Knight, University of Portsmouth
Ian Miller, Harvard University
Peter Sahlins, University of California-Berkeley
Roel Sterckx, University of Cambridge

Click here for full schedule


Ewen Bowie (University of Oxford)
"Masters, Slaves, Animals and Freedom: A Mytilenean Perspective"

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 5:30 pm
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Ewen Bowie was Praelector in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, from 1965 to 2007, and successively University Lecturer, Reader and Professor of Classical Languages and Literature in the University of Oxford. He is now an Emeritus Fellow of Corpus Christi College. He has published numerous articles on early Greek elegiac, iambic and lyric poetry; on Aristophanes; on Hellenistic poetry; and on many aspects of Greek literature and culture from the first century BC to the third century AD, including the Greek novels.


Snakes on a Plane

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 7:30pm
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Watch the movie, then the experts discuss:

Are snakes our friend or foe?

Free and open to the public.


The Emotional Bond: Deepening Relations Between Animals, Humans, Nature

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

View Full Schedule

Susan Curry (Brown University)
Erica Fudge (University of Strathclyde)
Eduardo Kohn (Mcgill University)
Kari Weil (Wesleyan University)



Building the Extended Society:

Friday, April 26, 2013
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

View full schedule


Why Do We Watch Stupid Cat Videos? How Do Pets Amuse?

Thursday, December 6, 2012 at Noon
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Organized by: Susan E. Alcock, John Bodel, and Stephen Houston (Brown University)

Come be introduced to Brown's Mellon Sawyer Seminar, "Animal Magnetism: The Emotional Ecology of Animals and Humans" (organized by the Program in Early Cultures).

Watch some of Brown faculty members' favorite YouTube clips of cat and other animal antics, and hear perspectives on why we find them funny, compelling, or even addictive.

The audience will vote on submissions in the student competition to create a logo for "Animal Magnetism".