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Humans/Animals: A Contested Boundary

Lecturers
Main Lecturers: Richard Burkhardt, Susan Jones, Georgina Montgomery
Guest Lecturers: Mitchell Ash, Herwig Grimm, Tom Tyler

Course Objectives:
    Integrate lecture, readings, documentaries, and field trips to introduce students and early career faculty to key topics concerning the human-animal boundary
    Form a community of scholars who recommend readings and methodologies for students and early career faculty's ongoing and emerging research projects concerning the human-animal boundary and highlight journals and fellowships that may be a good fit for the projects / scholars
    Promote mentorship and networking that will continue to provide a source of community for enrolled students and early career faculty after the summer course ends
    Provide the necessary content and sources for students and early career faculty to formulate their own course on the human-animal boundary for their current / future positions in the academy

Preliminary Detailed Plan
Sunday July 6, 2014
14:00 Guided Cultural Tour
19:00 Social Gathering
 
WEEK I:
Monday July 7, 2014: The Human-Animal Boundary from Descartes to Darwin
9:00-10:20 Opening ceremony; Introduction (All)
10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Icebreaker focused on students' interests and on-going projects
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:20 Afternoon Lecture -- Descartes to Darwin (Burkhardt and Ash)
15:20-15:40 Break
15:40-17:00 Discussion: Descartes to Darwin
 
Tuesday July 8, 2014: The Human-Animal Boundary: Darwin to present
9:00-10:20 Learning teams: Descent of Man and Expression of the Emotions
10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Morning Lecture - Darwin to the present (Burkhardt and Ash)
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:20 Discussion - Darwin to the present
15:20-15:40 Break
15:40-17:00 Film from Evolution series, and discussion
 
Wednesday July 9, 2014: Anthropomorphism
9:00-10:20 The Shape of Things to Come: Anthropomorphism, Anthropocentrism and Anthroponormativity (Tyler via Skype); questions from students
10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Anthropomorphism - discussion
AFTERNOON FREE TO EXPLORE VIENNA
 
Thursday July 10, 2014: Looking at Animals I: Ethologists and Animals
9:00-10:20 Discussion of selected readings on history of ethology
10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 View and then discuss Signals for Survival
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
AFTERNOON: Field trip to Clever Dogs Lab
 
Friday July 11, 2014: Looking at Animals II: Animals in Zoos
9:00-10:20 Morning Lecture- Creating the new zoo (Burkhardt)
10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Zoo discussion, view excerpt from Wiseman's Zoo
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
AFTERNOON: Field trip to the Tiergarten Schönbrunn (Vienna Zoo)
 
WEEK II:
Monday July 14, 2014: Defining Animals - Pest, Vermin, Companion or Icon
9:00-10:20 Lecture (Jones)
10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Discussion of lecture and readings
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:20 Documentary, Chimps in Space, followed by discussion
15:20-15:40 Break
15:40-17:00 Sharing research interests and on-going projects: Part 1
 
Tuesday July 15, 2014: Guest lecturer, Prof. Herwig Grimm (Head of the unit "Ethics and Human-Animal-Studies" at the Messerli Research Institute, University of Vienna).
9:00-10:20 Lecture (Prof. Grimm)
10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Discussion of lecture, plus evaluation of readings, trips, and documentaries to date
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:20 Sharing research interests and on-going projects: Part 2
15:20-15:40 Break
15:40-17:00 Sharing research interests and on-going projects: Part 3
 
Wednesday July 16, 2014: Humans and Other Primates: Links, Missing and Found
9:00-10:20 Lecture (Montgomery)
10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Discussion of lecture and readings
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
AFTERNOON FREE
 
Thursday July 17, 2014: Zoonotic Diseases (Jones)
9:00-10:20 Lecture (Jones)
10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 Discussion of lecture and readings
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:20 Sharing research interests and on-going projects: Part 4
15:20-15:40 Break
15:40-17:00 Sharing research interests and on-going projects: Part 5
 
Friday July 18, 2014: Teaching Human-Animal Boundary Courses
9:00-10:20 Lecture and discussion (Montgomery)
10:20-10:40 Break
10:40-12:00 In-Class Activity: Applying Teaching ideas & Drafting Syllabi For Potential Future Course
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:20 Concluding discussion
15:20-15:40 Break
15:40-17:00 Closing remarks, Friedrich Stadler / Certificates are issued
 
7:00 p.m. "Heuriger" for Participants and Lecturers

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