HAS-Hub International Seminar     

9 June 2021 at 10am Lisbon/London time (Zoom)

Invited Keynote: Sevasti-Melissa Nolas

On the 9th of June, we are honoured to have with us Sevasti-Melissa Nolas of Goldsmiths, University of London to talk about “A cat amongst the pigeons: becoming an audience member for a childhood publics”.

The event will take place online (Zoom) and have a limited number of places.

A cat amongst the pigeons: becoming an audience member for a childhood publics

Geographer Clive Barnett (2014) has described public life as ‘a family of practices of sharing with others’ and has argued that any analysis of transformations to the institutional configuration of publics must pay close attention to ordinary contexts of everyday life and to seriously consider what matters to people, engaging with what he calls ‘vocabularies of worth’. In this presentation, I focus on children’s ‘vocabularies of worth’ that emerged in a three-country study on children’s everyday lives and their encounters, experiences and engagement with public life, as those related to the animals in their lives, in their neighbourhoods and cities, and in their imaginations. Through a reflexive analysis of the study’s multimodal ethnography and our public engagement activities, I focus on the figure of the audience for a childhood publics. In childhood studies, the case has long been made for listening to children but less attention is paid to who does the listening, what sort of audience member they might need to be, and how they might need to ‘pay attention’ in order for children’s voices to resonate as intended. The presentation explores the many different ways in which animals were part of the lexicon of children’s vocabularies of worth. I argue that attention in the field and in analysis was commanded through noise and antihistamines, as well as encounters with pigeons, cats and caterpillars (and dogs and peacocks and elephants and fish and meerkats and dolphins… and… and… ), and their representations in children’s photo-stories, poetry, and drawings. A tentative and provisional conclusion is reached that an audience for a childhood publics is one whose members allow themselves to become ‘undone’, and in so doing rediscover their childish ways again.

Sevasti-Melissa Nolas // Goldsmith, University of London

Melissa Nolas teaches in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the co-director of the research programme Childhood Publics and of the Children’s Photography Archive. She also co-edits the online journal entanglements: experiments in multimodal ethnography. Her most recent research focuses on the relationship between childhood and public life, multimodal ethnography, and publics creating methodologies. Prior to this she spent a number of years critically researching welfare, well-being and social support for children, young people, and women/mothers. 




Seminário de Abertura – Animais, Literatura e Artes 
22 de Setembro 2020 – 18h00 – ICS-ULisboa (Zoom)

Orador convidado: Gonçalo M. Tavares 

No dia 22 de Setembro, o curso Animais & Sociedade terá o prazer de receber o escritor Gonçalo M. Tavares como orador convidado para o seu seminário de abertura.
O seminário irá decorrer em formato online. Oportunamente o link Zoom para aceder ao seminário será disponibilizado aos alunos inscritos.


Gonçalo M. Tavares // FMH-ULisboa

Gonçalo M. Tavares, escritor português e professor universitário na Faculdade de Motricidade Humana, nasceu em 1970.
Os seus livros deram origem, em diferentes países, a peças de teatro, peças radiofónicas, curtas metragens e objectos de artes plásticas, vídeos de arte, ópera, performances, projectos de arquitectura, teses académicas, etc.
Em Portugal recebeu vários prémios entre os quais o Prémio José Saramago 2005 e o Prémio LER/Millennium BCP 2004, com o romance – “Jerusalém” (Caminho); o Grande Prémio de Conto da Associação Portuguesa de Escritores “Camilo Castelo Branco” com “água, cão, cavalo, cabeça” 2007(Caminho). Prémio Branquinho da Fonseca/Fundação Calouste Gulbenkain com “O Senhor Valéry”, Prémio Revelação APE com “Investigações. Novalis”. Prix du Meuilleur Livre Étranger 2010 (França). Prémio Fernando Namora 2011 com “Uma viagem à Índia”. Prémio Virgílio Ferreira 2018. 




HAS@ICS-ULisboa 2019 – Children-Animals Relationships
6 June 2019 – 10h00 – ICS-ULisboa,
Room: Polivalente

Invited Keynote: Margo de Mello

Title Rabbits and Children: A Complicated History

This talk will look at the history of rabbits and children—a relationship that we take for granted today, but that is much more complicated than it appears.

The talk will cover the origins of the rabbit/child connection in the myths and symbols of cultures around the world, many of which play on the rabbits’ biological propensity for reproduction.

Those myths evolved into, for example, the centrality of the rabbit in children’s Easter celebrations, the dominance of rabbits as the subject of children’s stories and toys, the boom in rabbit breeding during the Victorian era, and ultimately, the concept of the rabbit as a children’s or “starter” pet for families around the world.

Margo DeMello // Animals & Society Institute, USA

Received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from U.C. Davis in 1995. She is an Adjunct Professor at Canisius College in the Anthrozoology Masters Program, and the Program Director for Human-Animal Studies at the Animals and Society Institute. Her books include Bodies of Inscription: A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community (2000), Stories Rabbits Tell: A Natural and Cultural History of a Misunderstood Creature (2003), Low-Carb Vegetarian (2004), Why Animals Matter: The Case for Animal Protection (2007), The Encyclopedia of Body Adornment (2007), Feet and Footwear (2009), Teaching the Animal: Human Animal Studies Across the Disciplines (2010), Faces Around the World (2012), Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies (2012), Speaking for Animals: Animal Autobiographical Writing (2012), Inked: Tattoos and Body Art around the World (2014), Body Studies: An Introduction (2014), and Mourning Animals: Rituals and Practices Surrounding Animal Death (2016).

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