Beastly Utterances: Postgraduate Workshop, with David Rothenberg

beastly utterance.jpg1:00 – 2:30pm, Wednesday 24th May
Free event
Contact: Joan Passey (

Postgraduates are invited to a lunchtime workshop with IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor David Rothenberg, in which he will discuss the different approaches through which human beings have attempted to understand the sounds and songs of other species. Examples range from sonogram recordings—which enabled scientists like William Thorpe to slow down and visually analyse the complex ‘patterning’ of a male chaffinch’s song—to rather less precise, though in some ways more evocative, renderings of birdsong in poetry and literature. Professor Rothenberg will be joined by the Experimental Psychologist, Dr. Nina Kazanina (University of Bristol), and Computational Neuroscientist, Dr. Conor Houghton (University of Bristol), who will introduce postgraduates in the Humanities to some of the groundbreaking research currently being conducted on the communicatory methods of other species. Postgraduates from all departments are welcome to this interdisciplinary workshop—free tea, coffee and sandwiches provided!

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Organised with The University of Bristol’s Research Cluster, Beastly Histories: