News | Sarah Bezan, Newton International Fellow

For more information about Sarah's research visit www.sarahbezan.com

Sarah Bezan is a Newton International Fellow with The University of Sheffield’s Animal Studies Research Centre. Her postdoctoral project examines how visual cultures of de-extinction, including representations of the Woolly Mammoth, Great Auk, and Thylacine, shape our understanding of species extinction in a time of environmental uncertainty. Sarah’s work has appeared in a wide range of venues, including a forthcoming special issue on “Taxidermic Forms and Fictions” (co-edited with Susan McHugh) for Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology. Her co-edited book, Seeing Animals After Derrida, was recently published in the Lexington Books Ecocritical Theory and Practice Series.

With the support of BIOSEC and the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities, Sarah is also organizing a conference on ‘Animal Remains‘ at The University of Sheffield (April 29-30th, 2019). The conference begins from the premise that animal remains are everywhere, from the cryogenically-preserved DNA of the extinct Po-ouli bird held in storage at the Frozen Zoo to the ivory tusks of African elephants that flood the market of the illegal wildlife trade. Building on emerging developments in conservation, zooarchaeology, extinction studies, animal studies, and the environmental humanities, the interdisciplinary conference will examine the material histories and futures of animal remains, and will culminate in an edited volume for consideration with the Palgrave Animals and Literature series.

To learn about Sarah’s research, or to view the Call for Papers for ‘Animal Remains,’ visit www.sarahbezan.com

A rocking horse with real horse hide. Photo: Sarah Bezan
Nile River crocodile taxidermy specimen and handbags. Confiscated by UK customs border agents. Photo: Sarah Bezan
Great auk bones. Photo: Sarah Bezan