Friday March 30th, 11-4: "Animals:" The Hermanns Symposium. UTA Central Library.

About the Speakers

Allison Hunter:
Allison Hunter is a visual artist who over the past twenty years has worked in photography, video, drawing, sculpture, and installation. Hunter earned her first MFA at the Cantonal Art School of Lausanne, Switzerland (1990, Drawing/Photography), and her second MFA at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York (1997, Video). Hunter participated in video and sculpture art residencies at institutions such as the Banff Centre for the Arts in Calgary, Canada and the Hermit Center for Metamedia in Plasy, Czech Republic. Hunter is the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at the University of Houston, co-sponsored by the Mitchell Center and the Texas Learning and Computation Center, Fall/Spring, 2010-11. During her residency, she produced a stereoscopic 3-D video,Honey Bee.  Hunter has created many arresting art works featuring animals, including the photographs in Zoo Animals; New Animals; Floating, Flying Feet; the video Honeybee, and the installation, Zoosphere.  Hunter lives in Houston, Texas.

Neill Matheson:
Dr. Neill Matheson is Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas at Arlington, specializing in nineteenth-century American literature and culture. He has published essays on a wide range of topics and writers.  Current work includes a project focusing on the social meanings associated with distraction and other attention disorders in nineteenth-century American fiction.  He also has an ongoing interest in antebellum literary and scientific writing about nonhuman animals and species difference, particularly in Thoreau.  An earlier essay on Thoreau’s racial environmentalism was reprinted in the most recent Norton Critical Edition of Walden

Peggy McCracken:
Dr. Peggy McCracken is a Professor of French, Women's Studies, and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. She is the author of The Curse of Eve, the Wound of the Hero:  Blood, Gender, and Medieval Literature. (2003) and The Romance of Adultery:  Queenship and Sexual Transgression in Old French Literature. (1998). She has also co-authored and co-edited several books and published many essays on medieval studies, gender studies, and animal studies. Her current projects include a book on human/nonhuman embodiment in medieval texts tentatively entitled In the Skin and a collection of essays, co-edited with E. Jane Burns, called Stones, Worms, and Skin: Gender and Embodiment in Medieval Europe.  For more information see:

Cary Wolfe
Dr. Cary Wolfe is the Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor and Department Chair at Rice University.  He is the series editor for the Posthumanities Series at the University of Minnesota Press and the author and editor of several books, including, Animal Rites:  American Culture, the Discourse of Species, and the Posthumanist Theory  (2003). What Is Posthumanism?, (2010) and the forthcoming, Before the Law: Humans and Other Animals in a Biopolitical Frame (2012).  For more information see: Here is an interview with Cary Wolfe on the Bat of Minerva:


We thank the Provost’s Office, the Office of Graduate Studies, The College of Liberal Arts , The Honors College, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program for their generous support of this event.