Rats! Fabulation, Translation, Transmission
Rats are fable species in many ways. Not only do they feature prominently in fable traditions worldwide, but also we continuously invent and retell rat fables of our time. Rats are, for instance, a model species, extensively studied in experiments to uncover the stories of human nature. Vilified as vermin, they have given rise to countless ‘fables’ of rodent damage and havoc, offering perspectives on our societal values and norms. Their newfound role as a vector of plague transformed them into epidemiological fables, embodying cross-species infection and transmission, facilitated by global circulation. This workshop brings together six scholars specialising in rats to explore the nature and shapes of rat fables. Weaving together two papers and four shorter rat fable-telling, we aim to consider our varied and often contradictory representations of this species, as well as our relationships with rats and the world we share with them. Please join us and bring your rat ‘fables’ with you (we bet you must have some); we’d love you to be part of our rat fable-telling exercise and network.
Speakers: Prof. Christos Lynteris (University of St. Andrews) and Prof. Lucinda Cole (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) / Dr Jia Hui Lee (University of Bayreuth), Dr. Jules Skotnes-Brown (University of St. Andrews), Rory Hutchings (University of Kent) and Dr Kaori Nagai (University of Kent)