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Human-horse relationships in work and play: Interspecies encounters in business, tourism and beyond


This, the second biannual Equine Cultures in Transition conference, will consider the various ways in which humans and horses live, work and play together.

Equine event

Hosted by the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management at Leeds Beckett University, the conference will be organised around four streams which will consider various ways in which humans and horses work and play together:

  • Equestrian tourism, events and leisure
  • Business, organisations and equestrian work
  • Ethics and methods in researching human-horse interactions
  • Open stream

Horses have long played important and varied roles in human societies, partnering people in work, warfare and, increasingly, leisure. The study of horses, and the range of practices they are embedded in, forms an emerging field of research for the social sciences and humanities. The proliferation of human-horse interactions, through practices ranging from tourism to therapy to sport, illustrates the complexity of these interspecies encounters, and the continued importance of horses to many aspects of human culture and societies. 

If you have any queries please contact: k.dashper@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Key dates

  • 19 January 2018 – deadline for submission of abstracts
  •  16 February 2018 – notification of acceptance
  • 30 April 2018 – Early bird registration deadline
  • 21 May 2018 – Registration deadline
  • 19-21 June 2018 – Conference 

Key note speakers

Plus Icon Dr Kendra Coulter; Department of Labor Studies, Brock University, Canada
Information to follow
Plus Icon Professor Guðrún Helgadóttir; Department of rural tourism, Hólar University College, Iceland
Information to follow

Registration

Registration will open in February

Costs

Early bird (until 21 May 2018)

Full conference - £270
Concession full conference - £200
Day rate - £95
Concession day rate - £75

After early bird
Full conference - £310
Concession full conference - £240
Day rate - £110
Concession day rate - £95

Included in conference fee – all coffee breaks and 3 lunches
Conference dinner - £40 

The concession rate applies to registered students, retired academics and colleagues from developing countries*.

* To qualify for Developing Country rate, you must be a citizen of and reside in a country listed below:

Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Congo Dem. Rep., Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bisau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Mauritania, Micronesia, Moldova, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

 

Call for abstracts

Abstracts are invited from international scholars from a range of disciplinary perspectives, working across the social sciences and humanities. We encourage contributions from artists and visual/creative scholars exploring these themes.  We welcome submissions from colleagues at any stage of their academic career.

An abstract of 250 words should be submitted to k.dashper@leedsbeckett.ac.uk by 19 January 2018. Submissions should include the title of the presentation, author(s) and affiliation, a succinct abstract of 250 words (maximum), 100 word author bio, and an indication of which stream the paper falls under.

Abstract themes

Plus Icon Stream one - Equestrian tourism, events and leisure

Within this stream we invite papers that explore human-horse interactions through tourism, leisure and events, questioning how humans and horses work and play together in different cultures, how these relationships can be understood theoretically, and the practical and ethical implications of including horses within different tourism and leisure practices.

Plus Icon Stream two - Business, organisations and equestrian work

Within this stream we invite papers that consider different types of work and organisations connected to horses and equestrian practices, and the opportunities and challenges of working across species boundaries. 

Plus Icon Stream three - Ethics and methods in researching human-horse interactions

Within this stream we invite papers that explore some of the thorny ethical issues that arise when people ask horses to join them in their labour and leisure pursuits, and consider the methodological challenges of trying to understand interspecies encounters from multiple, more-than-human perspectives.

Plus Icon Stream four - Open stream

In addition to the three central streams, we also invite social science and humanities research that focuses on other aspects of human-horse relationships and the role(s) of horses in human cultures, through work and play.

Abstracts are invited from international scholars from a range of disciplinary perspectives, working across the social sciences and humanities. We also encourage submissions from artists and those in the creative sectors, working on topics within this area. We welcome contributions from colleagues at any stage of their academic career.

An abstract of 250 words should be submitted to k.dashper@leedsbeckett.ac.uk for a paper to be presented at the conference in June 2018. Submissions should include the title of the presentation, author(s) and affiliation, a succinct abstract of 250 words (maximum), 100 word author bio, and an indication of which stream the paper falls under.

Programme

To follow.

Venue and Accommodation

Plus Icon Accommodation

Leeds has a wide variety of accommodation options. More information can be found here:

https://www.visitleeds.co.uk/
Plus Icon Getting to Leeds

Leeds is centrally located in in the UK, making the city easily accessible to delegates: Just two hours from London by train, with direct train links to most major UK cities. Leeds Bradford International Airport provides speedy domestic links and daily flights from more than 65 destinations and a wide network of inbound connections worldwide. Leeds is at the heart of the UK motorway network, with excellent connections in all directions. The A1 and M1 link to the north and south, and the M62 to the east and west.

Plus Icon Venue

The conference venue is The Rose Bowl, the flagship development for Leeds Beckett University and a landmark for the city of Leeds. This centrally located state of the art development features the very latest in modern conferencing facilities and design, including free Wi-Fi. It is within easy walking distance of major hotels, restaurants and bars, as well as the train station and other public transport links.

 

You can download our campus map here.

Organising committee

Plus Icon Dr Kate Dashper (Conference Chair)

Kate is a Reader in the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management at Leeds Beckett University. She researches human-horse relationships in tourism, events, sport and leisure, with particular focus on gender, identity and embodiment. She is author of ‘Human-animal relationships in equestrian sport and leisure’ (Routledge, 2017) andeditor of ‘Diversity, equity and inclusion in sport and leisure’ (Routledge, 2014), ‘Sports events, society and culture’ (Routledge, 2014) and ‘Rural tourism: An international perspective’ (Cambridge scholars, 2014). Kate was co-chair for the 2017 Leisure Studies Association conference at Leeds Beckett, and the academic lead for the ‘Active countryside tourism’ conference, hosted in association with the Regional Studies Association, at Leeds Metropolitan, 2013.


Event Details

19 June 2018 -
21 June 2018

Campus Map PDF

Call for papers PDF

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