Nebraska co-hosts International Bovine Conference

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Craig Chandler, University Communication
March 28, 2023

Lincoln, Neb. —The Bovine Scholarship Network is holding its 3rd Bovine Scholarship Workshop: a multi-day, online, international gathering for researchers interested in and contributing to understandings of bovines in the social sciences, humanities, and the arts. The conference will be held June 5-7, 2023, and the theme for this workshop is Methods for Bovine Scholarship. This hybrid event will be hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, convened by Scout Calvert, chair, Research Partnerships, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries and Roxane Gabet, Université de Liège, Belgium, with support from co-founders of the Network Andrea Petitt, Uppsala University, Sweden, and Claudia Towne Hirtenfelder, Queen’s University of Ontario, Canda. 

Workshop organizers are accepting traditional papers/presentations, shorter lightning round papers, project updates, and panelists on a topic. According to Calvert, everyone who is accepted will participate. They are taking applications until April 15.

“Networking and interdisciplinary collaboration is a big part of this eclectic conference,” said Calvert, “We love to see historians talking to dairy farmers, and scientists and sociologists collaborating.”  

The spark that started the first Bovine Scholarship Network Workshop occurred in 2018 at a conference held in Sweden called “Changing Animal Bodies.” About 20 senior and junior scholars were in attendance, and out of that conference came the inspiration to begin the Bovine Scholarship Network to support interdisciplinary research and scholars in various fields studying different aspects of bovine research.

Calvert points out that bovines are found in every country around the world and among the cow’s many contributions to society are as labor, a food source, in art, religion, and culture, and as economic contributors. There is still more to learn about cows and other bovines and the Bovine Scholarship Network provided an infrastructure for scholars to connect with each other across institutional and disciplinary boundaries.

Join the Bovine Scholarship Network to receive information on future workshops.

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