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Welcome to Fauna

We are an independent network of scholars interested in animal studies, ecocriticism, and the environmental humanities. With a core group of scholars based in and around Cologne, Fauna is an internationally oriented network that organizes talks, workshops, and conferences, and is working on establishing cooperations between early-career scholars and established experts in cultural and literary studies, history, philosophy, anthropology, and other fields.

Fauna is focused on an approach towards animal studies that investigates the forms and significance of human-nonhuman relations in the social, cultural, and political life and historical genesis of human societies. We are always interested in new conceptual tools and interdisciplinary stimuli that can help us make sense of the complex intertwinings of human and animal realities.