Keynote Speaker


Kari Weil

Wesleyan University

Kari Weil is University Professor of Letters and affiliated faculty with the College of the Environment and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University.  She is the author of Precarious Partners: Horses and their Humans in Nineteenth-Century France (University of Chicago Press, 2020), Thinking Animals:  Why Animal Studies Now (Columbia UP, 2012), Androgyny and the Denial of Difference (University Press of Virginia, 1992), and numerous essays within the fields of animal studies and feminist theory. Her current research explores the legacies of animal magnetism in nineteenth and twentieth century theories of affective influence, tactility, and traumatic healing.