SOAS University of London

Call for papers for war horses conference to be held at SOAS

1 August 2013

The convenors of a 2014 conference entitled 'War horses of the world' have issued a call for papers.

The conference, which takes place on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May 2014 at SOAS, University of London, is open to the academic community and to members of the general public.

The conference will be cross-disciplinary, and critical rather than celebratory. It seeks to explore what happens at interfaces, in areas of in-betweenness and transition.

For instance, the affective relations between fighting people and their mounts; or what happens when horse cultures meet camel or elephant cultures in war; or the change from chariot warfare to cavalry and mounted archers; or horses meeting motorised armoury; or how the horse operates at the cutting edge of colonialism, fighting the as-yet unhorsed; or where the horse as embodiment of power meets the subaltern horse; or how 'martial horseness' is created as socio-cultural practice in given societies.

Conference organizer, Ed Emery, said: “We want to cover the widest possible range of topics, geographical regions and historical periods. In particular, we are keen to right the balance between the 'West' and the 'Rest'. For this conference we welcome papers that include mules as well as horses.”

This conference is part of a ‘stable’ of conferences focusing on the social and historical contexts of working quadrupeds from all disciplinary viewpoints. The series was first initiated on the Greek island of Hydra and is now staged at SOAS:  the Donkey Conference (2005, 2007, 2012), the Camel Conference @ SOAS (2010, 2011, 2013) and the Elephant Conference @ SOAS (forthcoming 2015).

Proposals for papers to be given at the conference should send their proposal by e-mail to the conference organizer Ed Emery

The proposal should include a provisional title for the paper; an abstract of the paper (200 words maximum); and a CV of the author(s) (100 words maximum). Deadline for submissions: Monday 4 November 2013.

For further information, contact:

Ed Emery, Conference Organiser,