This project is funded by the British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award and is led by Dr Danielle Sands (Principal Investigator). Events will consist of a launch and three workshops across 2018-9. The project aims to develop an interdisciplinary dialogue between the posthumanities, the sciences and policymakers in issues relating to bio-, animal- and technological-ethics.
Danielle Sands is a Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Culture (School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures) at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is also Fellow at the Forum for European Philosophy at the London School of Economics and Politics Science where she organises and chairs ten events annually. Her recent research bridges philosophy and literary studies and focuses on representations of animals in contemporary thought and fiction, environmental ethics, posthumanism and the Anthropocene. She has published a number of articles and book chapters in these fields, including: ‘Gaia, Gender, and Sovereignty in the Anthropocene’ (philSOPHIA, 2015),‘Returning to Text: Deconstructive Paradigms and Post-humanism,’  (Philosophy after Nature, 2017), ‘The Story of the Anthropos: Writing Humans and Other Primates in Contemporary Fiction,’(Storytelling and Ethics: Historical Imagination in Contemporary Literature and Visual Arts, 2017), and ‘Animals,’ (The Routledge Companion to Twenty-First Century Literary Fiction, Routledge, forthcoming 2018). Her first monograph Writing Animals: Empathy, Selfhood, Storytelling is forthcoming (EUP, 2019).

The assistant for this project is Zosia Edwards, a PhD student within the History Department at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her thesis focuses on pregnancy diagnosis in the middle ages, in medical and legal contexts.