Session Two: Animal Apocalypses: Dogs and other animals.


Session Two: Animal Apocalypses: Dogs and other animals.

The pandemic has meant that we are taking our day with Riddley Walker online – to request the link to view these events, please click here. This will be sent to you shortly before the Sum Poasyum. The full schedule can be found here


Animal Apocalypses: Dogs and other animals

This panel, organised by the Kent Animal Humanities Network (University of Kent), explores the representation of dogs, and other forms of animality, with reference to Russell Hoban’s Riddley Walker. It features short talks by three experts in animal studies, Prof. Karen Jones, Dr. Angelos Evangelou, and Prof. Charlotte Sleigh, followed by a discussion. It will be chaired by Dr. Kaori Nagai. 

Prof. Karen Jones, “Dog Tales and the Apocalypse” 

Dr. Angelos Evangelou, “Dogs and Border-Crossing”

Prof. Charlotte Sleigh: “‘It aint us but yet its in us’: Riddley Walker and the beast within” 

Excited about all things animal, the Kent Animal Humanities Network is an interdisciplinary research network centred in the Schools of English and History at the University of Kent. Since their first conference ‘Cosmopolitan Animals’ in 2012, they have been working together to foster collaboration and exchange among animal studies scholars.

Dr Kaori Nagai specialises in colonial discourses of the 19th and early 20th centuries, and her recent research focuses on the intersections between animal studies and postcolonial studies.

Prof Karen Jones is a specialist in animal and environmental history, with research interests in human-animal encounters, conservation, identity and place. 

Dr Angelos Evangelou works on madness studies in literature and critical theory, border studies, border theory and border literatures.

Prof Charlotte Sleigh has been studying history and literature connected with animals for twenty years.  


This event is part of Sum Tyms Bytin Sum Tyms Bit – a programme of talks, creative responses and interventions inspired by Russell Hoban’s cult novel Riddley Walker, on the 40th anniversary of publication.

Riddley Walker, first published in 1980, is the Festival Read for 2020. Set in post-apocalyptic East Kent, written in a futuristic Kentish dialect, and with Canterbury at its heart, where better to host a celebration of Riddley Walker’s legacy?

Sum Tyms Bytin Sum Tyms Bit is a collaboration between Dr Andrew M. Butler, Dr Sonia Overall, Dr Paul March-Russell, and Feral Practice, with the support of Canterbury Christ Church University and The University of Kent. With thanks to The Russell Hoban Estate, The Arthur C. Clarke Award, The Science Fiction Foundation, The Canterbury Festival and Festival CHAT 2020. Russell Hoban’s illustrations are used with the kind permission of the Beinecke Library, Yale University.

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