Animals and Human Society (1996-1998)

Bullfighting: Mazzantini, Luchon, July 3, 1899

During the academic years 1996/97 and 1997/98, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies focused on the problem of animals and human society.

Topics Included:

  • Behavior and aggression
  • Symbolic interpretation of animals
  • The slaughterhouse
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Ethics and humane treatment
  • Social hierarchies
  • Language and modes of communication
  • Self-awareness
  • Human intervention in ecosystems
  • Social Darwinism
  • The construction of group identity
  • Classification

Davis Center Fellows


  • Katherine Grier, University of Utah
  • William Hallo, Yale University
  • Richard Hoffman, York University
  • Andrew Isenberg, Brown University
  • Karen Rader, Harvard University
  • Nigel Rothfels, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Edward Steinhart, Texas Tech University


  • Mary Fissel, Johns Hopkins University
  • Maryanne Kowaleski, Fordham University
  • Susan Lederer, The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Robert Meens, Utrecht University
  • Gregg Mitman, University of Oklahoma
  • Francois Pouillon, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
  • James Serpell, University of Pennsylvania

Shelby Cullom Davis Center Volume

The Animal Human Boundary Edited by Angela Creager & William Chester JordanThe Animal / Human Boundary: Historical Perspectives

Edited by Angela Creager and William Chester Jordan
Copyright 2003 University of Rochester Press

Animals in Human Histories: The Mirror of Nature and Culture Edited by Mary Henniger-VossAnimals in Human Histories: The Mirror of Nature and Culture

Edited by Mary J. Henniger-Voss
Copyright 2003 University of Rochester Press