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Animal Studies


Trivent Publishing, H-1119 Budapest, Etele u. 59-61


Andrea Maraschi, University of Bari,

Marco Masseti, IUCN: International Union for Conservation of Nature; Società Italiana per la Storia della Fauna Giuseppe Altobello

Angelica Aurora Montanari, University of Bologna,

Cristiano Vernesi, Research and Innovation Centre, Fondazione E. Mach


This series, dedicated to Animal Studies, focuses on the study of the history of non-humans and the historical investigation of the interactions between humans and non-humans from prehistory to the contemporary era (Human-Animal Studies) through a multidisciplinary perspective that combines humanistic and scientific approaches, encompassing genetics, anthropology, and history.

The themes addressed also include the study of symbolism inspired by all living beings, representations of hybrid creatures, animal alterity reinterpreted in a ritualistic, artistic, performative and literary key. The proposed historical perspective is therefore based on a transdisciplinary comparison that includes thematic areas such as archaeology, palaeontology, biology, genetics, ethology, philology, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology, ethnography, museology, legal sciences, history of the performing arts, and history of art.

We also aim to give space to any non-anthropocentric perspective, which shifts the axis of research from the human to the different forms of heterospecific interactions. In particular, studies based on zooanthropology are welcomed. This perspective admits a true dialogue between humans and nonhumans: according to this theory, human predicates are the result of the contact between humans and heterospecifics, through a process of reciprocity.


Topics can include, but are not limited to:

- Non-human history

- Human/Non-human history

- Animals and their habitat

- Ethology and behaviour

- Legal framework on the protection of the heterospecific

- The media image of the heterospecific

- Population genetics of the species

- Domestication processes

- Conservation biology

- Archaeological evidence

- Non-human and hybrids in folklore, literature and art

- Anthropological and linguistic-cultural studies

- Fictional, mythology and teratology

Animal Studies

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