Human Predator Encounters

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‘Human Predator Encounters’ is a one-day interdisciplinary workshop gathering researchers from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences to develop a more holistic approach to understanding problematic human predator interactions. It will revolve around four key interrelated themes:

- Explanations for lethal attacks on humans

- Agency

- Responsibility

- Modes of expressing and reporting such events.

Throughout human (and hominid) history we have had intense relationships with those species which prey on us. Lethal encounters (for humans) with predators have been understood (and expressed) in a great variety of ways, but in terms of how we study such things, these can be categorised as cultural, social and scientific explanations. None of these approaches alone are adequate for understanding and mitigating such adverse encounters.


Conference Programme (tbc)

09.00 : Welcome and coffee

09.30 – 12.30 : Morning session

A series of 10-minute talks followed by 5 minutes of discussion, offering the perspectives of researchers from Anthropology, Conservation Science including WildCRU and Zoology, Geography and History.

12.30 – 13.30 : Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 : Afternoon session: synthesis and priorities

15.20 – 16.30 : Closing discussion: outputs and ways forward


Audience: Open to all, but places are limited, so please email to express your interest.



Environmental Humanities

Contact name: Simon Pooley
Contact email:
Audience: Open to all


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