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HRC/CRPLA Colloquium: Kafka and the human animal

Autumn 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Franz Kafka's 'The Metamorphosis'. CRPLA is honouring the occasion by hosting a colloquium at which scholars will consider how and why Kafka brings non-human animals into his works as he does. What questions do these works pose for human animals? The event is open to the public, and we welcome readers of Kafka who would like to deepen their exploration and appreciation of his work.

21 October 2015

3.00-5.30 pm

(Maths and Statistics Building Room .04, on mezzanine level--search for 'Maths' on campus map)


Welcome and introduction

Elizabeth Boa (Nottingham) - What is it to be human? Kafka's A Crossbreed and Report for an Academy

Carolin Duttlinger (Oxford) - Beyond Gravity: Kafka's Animals and the Dream of Flying

Anne Fuchs (Warwick) - The Whistling Mouse: Deliberations on Resonance and Voice in Kafka's Josephine, the Singer, or the Mouse People

Nick Lawrence (Warwick) - When Apes Speak: Kafka, Species-Being and Race



Join us in the atrium for drinks and conversation!

This event is sponsored by Warwick's Humanities Research Centre, with further support from the Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts. There is no registration fee, but please sign up for the colloquium by contacting Eileen John ( if you plan to attend.