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Equine Cultures and Organizations in Transition Conference

Join us at Huron University College for the Equine Cultures and Organizations in Transition Conference
June 23-25, 2023

Call for Papers

Deadline for submission: January 16th, 2023. Results communicated by February 3rd  2023. 

The Equine Cultures in Transition conference has been held biennially three times in Europe and assembled researchers from the social sciences and (post)humanities focused on horses and horse-human relations. In June 2023, the conference will be held in Canada for the first time at beautiful Huron University College in London, Ontario, the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak, and Chonnonton Nations.  

The addition of organizations to the conference title recognizes that horse-human cultures involve horse stables of different kinds, tourist ventures, sporting facilities, businesses selling goods and services for horses and equestrians, equine-assisted therapy farms, equine rescues and sanctuaries, as well as governmental investment, policy, and programs that intersect with all of these areas of human-animal work, care, protection, and leisure.  

The three conference themes reflect significant issues integral to all equine activities. The concept of solidarity stems from a growing interest in thinking and acting in support of horses’ wellbeing and interests through interspecies solidarity (Coulter, 2016). It also values people who work with and for horses, including low-wage workers on the front lines, advocates, and diverse communities that seek to engage with horses for sport, leisure, and/or therapeutic reasons. Inclusion recognizes growing calls for ethnoracial justice and equity, as well as an expansion of opportunities for low-income people, recent immigrants and refugees, and persons with disabilities to engage with horses. The concept of inclusion also highlights that horses are not the only equines, and that donkeys and mules who are so central to low-income people’s livelihoods in the global south also warrant more scholarly attention. Given the severity of the climate crisis, the concept of sustainability is an urgent economic, social, and environmental priority for all people and organizations with horses and other equines, and an opportunity to co-create multispecies workplaces and communities rooted in reciprocity.  

This conference will be a thoughtful global assembly of junior and more experienced scholars that showcases innovative and influential research, facilitates nuanced and high-quality knowledge exchange, and recognizes the importance of Truth, Reconciliation, and Indigenization for Canada and the world.

This event will take place entirely in person and sessions will not be streamed online.

Kendra Coulter, Huron University College
Nina Reid-Maroney, Huron University College
Martha Geiger, University of Warwick


  • Keynote addresses by Dr. Susanna Hedenborg, Professor of Sports Science and Associate Professor in Social and Economic History, Malmö University and Dr. Yvette Running Horse Collin, Citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation and Executive Director and Principal Science Officer, Taku Škan Škan Wasakliyapi: Global Institute for Traditional Sciences (GIFTS) 
  • The Solidarity Prize for Excellence in Early Career Equine Research 
  • The inaugural Dr. Karen Dalke Memorial Equine Justice Award 
  • Unique conference dinner (cost of meal extra) 
  • Experiential learning session with Ojibwe Spirit Horses on the importance and lessons of Truth and Reconciliation 
  • Plant-based meals and refreshments provided throughout the day 
  • Some financial assistance for graduate students and scholars with limited financial support  (registration fee will be waived and a limited number of complimentary accommodations on site can be provided). Further details will be provided with the notice of acceptance.  
  • A range of accommodation options including conference rate hotels and on-campus housing 


Solidarity Prize for Excellence in Early Career Equine Research 

The Solidarity Prize for Excellence in Early Career Equine Research recognizes high quality research and analysis by a junior scholar that benefits horses’ wellbeing and/or protection. Accepted presenters who are graduate students or who earned their doctorates in 2018 or later are eligible. Accepted presenters who meet the eligibility criteria are invited to submit a one-page summary of their presentation by May 26th . Finalists will be selected and then present during a special session at the conference. Audience members will vote to determine the winner who will be announced at the conference dinner. 

Dr. Karen Dalke Memorial Equine Justice Award 

This inaugural prize is being launched in memory of scholar, animal advocate, vegan, anti-racist, Mustang defender, cherished partner, and beloved member of the global equine studies community Dr. Karen Dalke who sadly passed away in 2018. This award recognizes a committed equine advocate in the conference’s host country and supports a donation to a nonprofit or charity of their choice.  

Further details about travel and accommodations options coming soon. Please email if you have any questions.  


Submissions will follow the following format: 

Abstract (100 words): What will you present, discuss, and argue? What is the basis for your presentation (e.g. research methods used, theoretical frameworks interwoven)? 

Conference theme(s) alignment (50-100 words): How does your presentation reflect one or more of the conference themes? 

Social benefits (50-100 words): How does your scholarship benefit horses and/or other equines and/or horse/equine-people? 

Biography (50-100 words) 

Due to space constraints and to ensure a high-quality experience for participants, a limited number of novel presentations will be accepted. Submit your proposal using the button below:

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