Workshop “Animal Performances”: Call for Papers

Digital Workshop

Animal Performances (500-1500). A global perspective

July, 21, 2023 (via Zoom)

by Prof. Dr. Przemysław Marciniak

Animals performed (and still perform) a wide range of roles in human society. One of them was entertainment: from bloody venationes of the Romans to less bloody but nonetheless cruel, displays of dancing bears and dogs.

By “animal performances” we understand all forms of public displays of animals, including ceremonial hunts, parades of exotic animals, and animal trials. We invite twenty minutes contributions that would tackle these and related subjects. We especially invite papers approaching this topic from modern methodological perspective and discussing animal performances outside the European/Euromediterrenean area.

This workshop is planned as the initial stage of possible further cooperation.

Please send abstracts, no longer than 150 words, until April 30, 2023 to

Author: Dr. Bernard Mulholland

Dr. Bernard Mulholland is a Byzantinist, archaeologist, historian and Patristics scholar with a Ph.D. in history (QUB, 2012). Bernard's publications include: Fiction: Bernard Mulholland, Nazareth Quest (2022). Non-fiction: Bernard Mulholland, The man from MENSA - 1 of 600: Mensa research (2016). ---, The man from MENSA - 1 of the 600: Politics 1990-1995 (2016). ---, Ratio analysis of financial KPI in the Higher Education sector: a case study (2018). ---, Early Byzantine Ireland: a survey of the archaeological evidence (2021). ---, Navan Fort, Ireland: archaeological and palaeoecological analysis (2021). ---, The Early Byzantine Christian Church (Oxford, 2014). ---, 'Identification of Early Byzantine Constantinopolitan, Syrian, and Roman church plans in the Levant and some possible consequences', Patristic Studies in the twenty-first century: proceedings of an international conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the International Association of Patristic Studies, ed. Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony, Theodore de Bruyn and Carol Harrison (Turnhout, 2015), 597-633. Mulholland, B. (2021). 'Can archaeology inform the climate change debate?' Academia Letters, Article4385.

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