Published: 22 December 2015

Too Cute to Kill? Animals in Children’s Literature and in Government Policy

Academics from the University of Surrey’s School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Psychology, and School of English and Languages, along with the University of Reading’s Department of Modern Languages, are coming together to run a unique cross-disciplinary workshop.

The event is being organised by Professor Mark Chambers (Professor of Veterinary Bacteriology), Dr Birgitta Gatersleben (Senior Lecturer in Environmental Psychology), Dr Adeline Johns-Putra (Reader in English Literature), and Dr Sophie Heywood (Lecturer in French Studies, University of Reading) and is generously supported by the University of Surrey’s Institute of Advanced Studies.

The workshop, entitled ‘Too cute to kill? From the depiction of animals in children’s literature to the framing of government policy by adults’, will explore the extent to which the representation of animals in children’s literature plays a role in forming cultural attitudes to animal species, subsequently influencing policy development in such matters as animal welfare and biodiversity.

From cunning foxes to friendly badgers, from big bad wolves to little pigs, how do the animal characters we read about as children create sentimental and symbolic associations that have wide-reaching effects into adulthood and the public arena? How do these impact on the complexity of policy development and implementation by government and on environmental, public and veterinary health?

The workshop will take place on 21 and 22 July 2016 at the University’s new Vet School building on the Manor Park campus.

Further information and details on how to submit papers can be found on the Institute of Advanced Studies website.



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