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Redeeming the wolf: a story of persecution, loss, and rediscovery

18 November, 2017, 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Hunted to extinction in Britain, wolves haunt the human imagination. Stories of the wolf have portrayed a vicious, snarling beast that emerges from the wilderness to attack humankind. The werewolves of popular culture have further fomented fear. But the lost wolf is making a comeback: conservation groups are working to reintroduce the animal to the British countryside.

This event brings together scholars, writers, and conservationists to explore how literature, folklore, fairytale, and film have shaped our perceptions of the wolf and could be impeding its return. Mike Collins, chief ‘Wolf Keeper’ at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust, will introduce a short film on the impact of wolves. This will be preceded by a series of illustrated talks: Prof. Garry Marvin (‘lupophobia’), Dr Sam George (‘wolf children’), Dr Kaja Franck (‘monstrous werewolves’), and Dr Bill Hughes (‘beauties and beasts’). The audience will then be invited to debate the implications of redeeming and re-wilding this much-maligned ‘big bad wolf’ and what the wolf can teach us about being human!

For event information, please contact Sam George at s.george@herts.ac.uk.

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18 November, 2017
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm


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UK Wolf Conservation Trust, University of Roehampton
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University of Hertfordshire
School of Humanities, De Havilland Campus
Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9EU United Kingdom
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