Call for Papers | Equine Cultures in Transition: Human-horse relationships in theory and practice – changing concepts of interaction and ethics | Stockholm, 27–29 October, 2016


On behalf of the project “Horse Cultures in Transition,” it is our pleasure to invite you to the conference Equine Cultures in Transition. The conference will take place in October 27 – 29, 2016 at the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, Drottninggatan 95B, Stockholm, Sweden.

Interest in researching horses has traditionally been in abundance in a wide array of natural sciences, yet until recently there has been a lack of research into equine practices from humanities, social science, or interdisciplinary perspectives. Recently, there has been growing interest in reflecting upon horses from within a range of fields, including philosophy, epistemology, education, sociology, cultural studies and history. The study of horses and the range of practices they are embedded in form an emerging field of research for the humanities and the social sciences. The mutual interaction between concepts of horses and practices with horses creates transitions in equine cultures.

The organisers of this international conference invite participants from a variety of perspectives, including the abovementioned and other related perspectives. We request proposals for presentations on the theme of Human-horse relations in theory and practice: changing concepts of interaction and ethics.

Presentations and symposia will be arranged around following sub-themes:

  • theorising and academisation of human-horse relationships, changing concepts
  • interaction and ethics of human-horse relationships, horse views, horse-ologies and ideas of horse welfare
  • theory of practical knowledge, reflection and articulation of practice and experience
  • the posthumanist turn, zoo-anthropology, zoo-ontology in relation to horses
  • pedagogical relations, inter-species becoming
  • riding styles and rider-horse didactics
  • horse-assisted therapy and leadership education
  • equine cultures in social media
  • perspectives on equine cultures from the countries around the Baltic Sea

The conference is arranged by Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge and the project Horse Cultures in Transition. Interaction and Ethics between Human and Horse in Sweden and Poland which is funded by the Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies.

Guidelines for abstracts

For oral and presentations. Abstracts must not exceed 300 characters in length, excluding title, authors and affiliations. Size of the letters should be 12 point, Times New Romans character. Abstracts should be assembled in the order: title; name and postal address(es) of author(s); e-mail address of the corresponding author; where applicable, name and address of institution where the work was done.

Please respond with an abstract to the representative of the Scientific Committee, Mari Zetterqvist Blokhuis (, using the heading Equine2016 before 15th of March 2016. All authors are requested to identify the sub-theme to which their contribution corresponds. Conference language is English. Decisions will be announced by 15th of June 2016.

Scientific committee

  • Chair: Ulla Ekström von Essen, Associate Professor, History of Ideas, Södertörn University, Sweden.
  • Petra Andersson Ph. D, Philosophy Gothenburg University, Sweden.
  • Jonna Bornemark Associate Professor, Philosophy, Södertörn University, Sweden.
  • Erica Hagström Ph. D. Student, Education, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.
  • Mari Zetterqvist Blokhuis Ph. D. Student, Theory of Practical Knowledge, Södertörn University, Sweden.

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