onathan Burt (UK)

Jonathan Burt studied Palaeolithic archaeology at Cambridge University between 1977 and 1980. After two years as an archaeologist, agricultural contractor, and barman, amongst other miscellaneous jobs between 1980 and 1982, he became a freelance writer and teacher which he has been ever since. Between 1992 and 1995 he co-directed the Unofficial Knowledge project at the Kings College Research Centre, Cambridge University. He began working on animal history full time in 1994 and co-founded the Animal Studies Group (U.K.) in 2000 with Steve Baker, Erica Fudge, Robert Mckay, and Garry Marvin. He created and edits the Animal series for Reaktion Books. This series won the U.K. National Book Award for Best Designed New Series in 2004. He is also a review editor for the journal Society & Animals.


'Boria Sax, Animals in the Third Reich: Pets, Scapegoats, and the Holocaust (New York, 2000)', Society and Animals, 11 (2003), 199-201.

'Representing Animals, Nigel Rothfels (ed) (Bloomington, 2002)', Anthrozoos, 16 (2003), 376-382.

'Whale Rider and Winged Migration', Society and Animals, 11 (2003), 419-423.

'Seabiscuit', Society and Animals, 12 (2004), 87-91.

'Bill Viola's “I do not know what it is I am like”', Society and Animals, 12 (2004), 355-358.

'Cary Wolfe, Animal Rites: American culture, the discourse of species, and posthumanist theory (Chicago, 2003); Cary Wolfe (ed), Zoontologies: the question of the animal (Minnesota, 2003), Society and Animals, 13 (2005), 167-170.

'A day in the life of a Massachusetts slaughterhouse (PETA videos, 1988)', Society and Animals, 13 (2005), 347-351.

'The Animals' War Exhibition, Imperial War Museum, London / The Animals' War: animals in wartime from the First World War to the present day, Juliet Gardiner', History Today, October (2006), 70-71.

'Madagascar', Society and Animals, 14 (2006), 308-312.

'Conference “Tier im Film, eine Menschheitsgeschichte”, Köln, July 2006; Cynthia Chris, Watching Wildlife (Minnesota University Press: Minneapolis, 2006)', Society and Animals, 14 (2006), 437-443.


'The effect of pets in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries', in Jonathan Wood and Stephen Feeke (eds), Hounds in Leash: the dog in eighteenth and nineteenth century sculpture (Henry Moore Institute: Leeds , 2000), 54-61.

'The illumination of the animal kingdom: the role of light and electricity in animal representation', Society and Animals, 9 (2001), 203-228.

'Violent health and the moving image: the London Zoo and Monkey Hill', in Mary Henninger-Voss (ed), Animals in Human History: the mirror of nature and culture (Rochester University Press: Rochester, 2002).

'Mrs. Phillips (founder member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds)', Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2004).

'A close reading of John Berger's “Why look at animals?”', Worldviews, 9 (2005), 203-218.

'Conflicts around slaughter in modernity', in Animal Studies Group, Killing Animals (University of Illinois Press: Urbana, 2006), pp. 120-144.

'Solly Zuckerman: the making of a primatological career in Britain, 1925-1945', Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in the History of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 37 (2006), 295-310.


Animals in Film (Reaktion: London, 2002).

Rat (Reaktion: London, 2006).

Online interview

On animal studies and film, www.modernmask.org/film/Animals_and_Violence.html. September, 2006.


'Animals in visual art from 1900 to the present', in Randy Malamud (ed), Cultural History of Animals: Volume 6 (Berg: Oxford, 2007).

'Morbidity and vitalism: Derrida, Bergson, Deleuze and animal film imagery', Configurations (2007).

'The post-human and the post-animal', in Jessica Ulrich (ed), Animal Ipse [German]

'The aesthetics of animal agency in twentieth century art' in Linda Williams (ed), [as yet untitled].