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Prof Erica Fudge

English

Personal statement

My research is in the fields of Animal Studies and Renaissance Studies. In my work on the early modern period I have written on issues as varied as meat eating, dreams, children, laughter, reason, bladder-control and animal faces. In addition, I have also published work on contemporary culture, and  have looked at a range of areas where humans interact with animals, including pet ownership, experimentation, the wearing of fur, anthropomorphic children's literature and vegetarianism. I am also interested in the historiographical impact of animal studies and have had recent work on this in History and Theory, and in The Oxford Handbook on Animal Studies. In addition, I am always interested in the links between my historical work and current debates about animals and in October 2017 a short essay, 'Re-enchanting the Farm,' was published on the website of the Centre for Animals and Social Justice

My work is interdisciplinary: I use literary as well as archival materials in research and am currently completing a book, Quick Cattle and Dying Wishes: People and their Animals in Early Modern England, which uses wills to trace people’s relationships with their livestock animals. I was awarded an AHRC Leadership Fellowship in 2015-16 to complete this book which will be published by Cornell University Press in 2018. In recent years I have also held a Lynnette S. Autrey fellowship at Rice University (2014) and a Macgeorge Fellowship at the University of Melbourne (2015).

Throughout my career I have worked collaboratively with scholars from different disciplines. In 2006, I was a member of the Animal Studies Group whose collective work Killing Animals was published by the University of Illinois Press. In 2011 I co-edited a living book, Veterinary Science: Humans, Animals and Health, for the JISC-funded project Living Books About Life with the environmental ethicist Clare Palmer (Texas A&M University). This is available to download for free here. And in 2012 I received a small grant from the Wellcome Trust to undertake a project with the zooarchaeologist Richard Thomas (Leicester University) on animal healthcare in the early modern period.  The outcome of this project was published as a feature article in History Today in December 2012

I am the director of the British Animal Studies Network (BASN) which holds two meetings a year, one always at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. The network brings together those with an interest in human-animal relations from a range of backgrounds from both within and beyond academia and first ran in London from March 2007 to February 2009, funded by the AHRC and Middlesex University. It is now funded by the University of Strathclyde. 

I am on the editorial board of a number of journals: Society & Animals; Humanimalia: A Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies and The Animal Studies Journal. In recent years I have reviewed books for Society and Animals, History Today, Renaissance Quarterly, and The American Historical Review, and have contributed to recent BBC Radio 4 programmes Natural Histories and Natural History Heroes. An article on the history of vegetarianism came out in History Today in February 2017.

Publications

Interspecies interactions : animals and humans between the middle ages and modernity
Fudge Erica
Interspecies InteractionsInterspecies Interactions, (2017)
What was it like to be a cow? History and animal studies
Fudge Erica
The Oxford Handbook of Animal StudiesThe Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199927142.013.28
You are what you eat
Fudge Erica
History Today Vol 67, (2017)
Farmyard choreographies in early modern England
Fudge Erica
Renaissance PosthumanismRenaissance Posthumanism, (2016)
Animals and early modern identity
Fudge Erica
Animal Studies Journal Vol 3, (2014)
Looking for livestock in wills, 1620-1635
Fudge Erica
Essex Journal Vol 48, (2013)

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Teaching

I teach on the second year interdisciplinary option class 'The Making of the Modern Human'. In the third year I teach on the options 'Sex, Revenge and Corruption in Renaissance Drama' and 'Shakespeare'; and the fourth year option 'Wild in the Renaissance'. I also teach a class called 'The Wild and the Tame' on the MLitt, Literature, Culture, Place at the University of Strathclyde.

have supervised and am supervising postgraduate research students working in early modern and modern and contemporary periods and would be particularly interested in working with graduates interested in PhD, MPhil or MRes in animal studies and / or Renaissance literary and cultural studies. I would also be interested, also, in supervising interdisciplinary PhDs.

Professional activities

New Networks for Nature - Nature Matters: Changing Nature
Participant
17/11/2017
British Animal Studies Network, 'Working with Animals'
Participant
6/10/2017
External Examiner of PhD
External Examiner
15/6/2017
Renaissance Quarterly (Journal)
Peer reviewer
21/5/2017
British Animal Studies Network: Hearing
Organiser
19/5/2017
Lecture at Leeds Animal Studies Network Seminar
Participant
26/4/2017

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Projects

Poetry Reading by Susan Richardson
Fudge, Erica (Principal Investigator)
Poetry Reading by Susan Richardson funded by the University Public Engagement Fund (£300)
Period 19-May-2017 - 19-May-2017
AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland
Edwards, Sarah (Principal Investigator) Fudge, Erica (Principal Investigator) Logan, Louise (Post Grad Student)
PhD studentship - 3 years - 2015-18
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 30-Sep-2018
The Farmyard Worlds of Early Modern England: Animal Studies, History, Theory and Interdisciplinarity
Fudge, Erica (Fellow)
"What was it like to work with a cow in early modern England? What were people's feelings about and towards the livestock who worked with them? These questions are the starting point for the book project that is central to this proposal. Current historical analyses tell us how important livestock animals were to the development of the economy and to the process of industrialization, for example, but thus far little has been written recognizing the crucial fact that animals are, and always have been, more than simply stock: they are living, sentient beings with whom negotiated interaction is required. This project will take such interactions as its focus and will return animals to the central place they had in the domestic environments of so many, thus tracking a lost aspect of early modern life: the day-to-day relationships between humans and livestock animals.

Tracing the simultaneously emotional and instrumental relationships that humans had with their livestock is of value for a number of reasons.

1. Historical/Pragmatic: working with animals took up a lot of time (estimates suggest that for some in the early modern period, 75% of waking hours were spent in the company of animals); and the economic and nutritional value of animals (pulling the plough, providing meat or milk) meant that livestock would have been attended to with care because illness or injury would have been a real threat to both human and animal wellbeing. To ignore livestock in the period, therefore, is to ignore something that the people themselves thought of as vital.

2. Historical/Bigger Picture: the mid-seventeenth century has been recognized as a moment when herd sizes increased and intensive farming began to emerge as the norm. This project would offer a new perspective on this larger social shift, exploring its impact on human-animal relationships, and - by extension - on concepts of the home and the family.

3. Theoretical/Interdisciplinary: the project is part of a movement in the humanities and social sciences to engage with human-animal relations. Animal Studies is a cross- and interdisciplinary field, and this book will contribute to ongoing scholarly debates about human-animal relations, but also about how such relations might (or might not) be thought about within the theoretical paradigms that we have; and within the disciplinary contexts we work within.

Associated with this research are three other activities which will engage wider audiences, support interdisciplinary work, foster impact, provide intellectual leadership for junior scholars, and help to shape future research agendas. These are:

1. an article for the magazine History Today (the editors have already commissioned this). This will increase awareness of the history of animals and what it adds to our understanding of the past; and a report for the Centre for Animals and Social Justice on historical shifts in farming;

2. a postgraduate symposium offering the opportunity for current animal studies PGRs to meet and engage with experienced practitioners and scholars in the field. The symposium will focus on three issues: interdisciplinarity; the establishment of animal studies in the undergraduate curriculum; and the potential for those in animal studies to work with non-academic bodies (e.g. policy makers, charities, think tanks);

3. the establishment of an online bibliography, the aim of which will be to make it easier for those in the field to keep up with new work from the range of disciplines involved. Scholars as well as those working with animals outside of academia will be able to access and contribute to the bibliography, and as such it will also enhance the potential of academic work to find wider-than-academic readerships, and offer the opportunity for scholars to engage with work and from outside of academia"
Period 01-Sep-2015 - 31-Dec-2016
Willing Livestock: links between humans, animals and wellbeing as traced in wills in early seventeenth-century London and Essex
Fudge, Erica (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2013 - 31-Oct-2013
British Animal Studies Network
Fudge, Erica (Principal Investigator)
The British Animal Studies Network is a meeting point for people - within and outside of academia - who are working in the field of animal studies. It emerged out of a recognition that a growing number of scholars were working on issues concerning human-animal relations from a number of different humanities and social sciences disciplines and from a number of different institutions within the UK and beyond, and that a place to meet that crossed disciplinary boundaries would develop ideas in the field.
Period 25-May-2012
New Professor Start Up Funding
Fudge, Erica (Principal Investigator)
two aspects: 1. personal archival research; 2. Re-establishment of the British Animal Studies Network at Strathclyde
Period 01-Feb-2011

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