Malin Ah-King is an evolutionary biologist and gender researcher at the Department Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden.
She has a Ph.D. in Zoology from Stockholm University, and started her interdisciplinary gender research at the Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden. Furthermore, she has worked at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, the Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, the Centre for Gender and Future Research, Marburg University, Germany and Department of History, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. Her research aims to 1) problematize the description of biological sex as stable, 2) make visible gender stereotypes and heteronormative notions of theory and research, and 3) developing a theoretical framework for understanding the biological sex as variable and constantly changing.
She has worked on gender/queer perspectives in Biology in different ways – investigating gender bias in current research on genital evolution, reviewing and criticizing the concept of ”sex roles” in animal behaviour, exploring variation in sex and sexuality in different organisms and over evolutionary time, reviewing mate choice flexibility in relation to social and ecological influences among animals, and investigating how textbooks in Biology present animal sexual behaviour.
Roland Borgards ist Professor für Neuere Deutsche Literaturgeschichte an der Universität Würzburg. Forschungsschwerpunkte: Tiere, Büchner, Romantik. Publikationen (Auswahl): Robinsons Tiere. Rombach: Freiburg 2016 (hg. zusammen mit Marc Klesse und Alexander Kling); Tiere. Kulturwissenschaftliches Handbuch. Metzler: Stuttgart 2015 (als Hg.); Tier – Experiment – Literatur. 1880 – 2010. Würzburg 2013 (hg. zusammen mit Nicolas Pethes); Literatur und Wissen. Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch. Metzler: Stuttgart 2013 (hg. zusammen mit Harald Neumeyer, Nicolas Pethes, Yvonne Wübben); Die biologische Vorgeschichte des Menschen. Zur Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft einer modernen Konstellation. Freiburg 2012 (hg. zusammen mit Maximilian Bergengruen u. Johannes Lehmann).
Smilla Ebeling is a biologist and received her PhD in the history of science from the TU Braunschweig. She currently serves as senior researcher at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Women and Gender in the project Gender Knowledge in and between Disciplines (University of Oldenburg). Ebeling held several positions in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the USA, among them a junior professorship for Gender, Biotechnologies and Society (Institute of Social Sciences, University of Oldenburg) and a guest professorship at the University of Salzburg.
Her scientific fields of interest are Gender & Science Studies, Animal Studies and Museology. In her research and teaching she analyses the development of gender knowledge, gender narrations in museal representations of nature, gender politics with animals, and the production of biological knowledge. Moreover, she explores queer perspectives on biology.
Some of her recent publications include Museum & Gender. Ein Leitfaden. Münster: Waxmann 2016; Tierisch bürgerlich. Musealisierung von Natur und Geschlecht in Regionalmuseen. In: FKW // Zeitschrift für Geschlechterforschung und visuelle Kultur, Re-Visionen des Museums. Praktiken der Sichtbarmachung im Feld des Politischen, Nr. 58 (2015), 76-88; What Made those Penguins Gay? Gender and Sexuality Politics in the Zoo. In: Jill A. Fisher (Hrsg.): Gendering Difference. Studies in Contemporary Science and Medicine. New Brunswick New Jersey London 2011, 126-144 (zus. mit Bonnie Spanier)
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Michaela Keck is a lecturer at the English and American Studies Institute at Carl von Ossietzky University. One of her major research interests is the intersection between literature/culture and the environment, and she has been teaching several courses on ecocriticism, ecofeminism, and environmental issues during the past years. She is also the author of Walking in the Wilderness. The Peripatetic Tradition in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Painting (2006). For further details, see http://www.staff.uni-oldenburg.de/michaela.keck/.
Anton Kirchhofer is Professor of English Literature at the University of Oldenburg.
André Krebber is a postdoctoral researcher in history and human-animal studies at the University of Kassel and a member of the interdisciplinary LOEWE research cluster “Humans – Animals – Society”. His research interests focus in particular on epistemological approaches to animals and nature, social theory in the context of the environmental crisis and critical theory. He is currently working on two projects, one on animal aesthetics and another tracing animal agency within evolutionary theory since Darwin in relation to Adorno’s concept of natural history. Relying on the latter’s writings on aesthetics and negative dialectics, André developed in his PhD a concept and epistemology of the animal as nonidentical through a study of select early modern works on animals. He is an international associate of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies and a member of the Association for the Study of Literature, Environment & Culture – Australia & New Zealand.
Michael Lawrence is Reader in Film Studies at the University of Sussex. He is the author of Sabu (BFI, 2014) and the editor, with Laura McMahon, of Animal Life and the Moving Image (BFI, 2015) and, with Karen Lury, of The Zoo and Screen Media: Images of Exhibition and Encounter (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2016). His articles have appeared in Screen, Journal of British Cinema and Television and Adaptation.
Lisanne Wepler is an art historian who works since April 2016 as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leiden, in a project about the Aesopian fable (http://www.nwo.nl/onderzoek-en-resultaten/onderzoeksprojecten/i/89/25989.html). After finishing her Ph.D. at the university of Bonn in art history (dissertation: Bilderzählungen in der Vogelmalerei des niederländischen Barocks, Petersberg 2014), she worked as a junior conservator at the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum in Braunschweig.
Her aim is now to collect fables in the fine arts, graphics and applied arts from 1600 til 1900 and to specify the presentation of (living) animals in the fine arts. She is very interested in image-text relations and in the combination of pictures, animals and fables.
Dr. Wolf ist seit 20 Jahren Tierärztin und hat selbst viele Tiere. So sieht sie sich fast täglich mit der Frage der Rechtmäßigkeit und der Vertretbarkeit des Tötens konfrontiert.