Call for papers: Lives Beyond Us

by Seb Manley

I haven’t posted here recently for a number of reasons, and one of those reasons is that I have been planning a book on animals in film, which I will be co-editing with Kirsten Irving. The book is provisionally titled Lives Beyond Us: Poems and Essays on the Film Reality of Animals and will be published by the small poetry press Sidekick Books. If you would like to contribute an essay, please send me a proposal of around 300 words and a writing sample. Submissions are welcome from academics, filmmakers, writers and any other sort of people. Here are some possible subjects:

Animals and genre (westerns, horror, comedy, etc.)

Symbolic animals

Animation and animals

Animal genres (the dog film, the shark film, etc.)

Activism and animal films

The history of animals in film

Animals and emotions

Speciesism and other isms (sexism, racism, etc.)

Animal stereotypes

Animal documentaries

The natural world on film

Animal characterisations

Animal representation

Ethics and animals

Auteurs and animals (Lynch, Miyazaki, Malick, etc.)

Anthropomorphism and anthropocentrism

Animals in human society

Animals in the wild

Animals and national cinemas

Zoos on film

Send proposals to me at by 12 April (and questions to the same address at any point). I’ll get in touch with everyone who submits a proposal by 30 April.