Lecture | Seminar
ASCL Seminar: The Lion’s Historian: Animal Histories from the South
- Thursday 7 June 2018
Pieter de la Court
2333 AK Leiden
This seminar will be given by Sandra Swart, Professor of History at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
Taking the African epigram “Until the lion has a historian of his own, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter” as its starting point, this seminar discusses how we may become the lion’s historians. Prof. Sandra Swart (Stellenbosch University) argues that including other species in understanding the past is another way of ‘doing history’ and not necessarily a separate ‘animal turn’ in historiography. Instead, she argues that we allow the creatures on the edge of our vision to move into our disciplinary line of sight. This has been seen previously in social history, first with workers, then with women, and now animals. Prof. Swart's aim is to start telling a social (rather than natural) history of the human-animal relationship.