Professor Steve Baker (UK)
Steve Baker is Professor of Art History in the Department of Humanities at the University of Central Lancashire. Author of The Postmodern Animal and of Picturing the Beast: Animals, Identity, and Representation, his research on questions of visual identity and on attitudes to animals in 20th and 21st-century art, philosophy and popular culture now draws increasingly on his interviews and correspondence with contemporary artists in the UK and abroad. His forthcoming book, Art Before Ethics: Creativity and Animal Life (supported by AHRC research leave), proposes a distinctive link between creativity and ethical responsibility in the manner in which contemporary artists engage with questions of animal life. Aspects of this research were presented in 2006 at the SLSA conference in Amsterdam, at the Forum for European Philosophy's lecture series ‘The Lives of Animals' at the LSE, and at the symposium Animal Humanities: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Creaturely at the University of Texas at Austin.