Roeland Savery - Paysage de forêt avec animaux

New collections at PUV

The Presses Universitaires de Valenciennes is adding two new collections directed by Fabrice Guizard:

-" Animalités "

-" Societies Environment "

In the collection " Animalités " two books have just been published:

The first constitutes the proceedings of the meetings around the historical field inaugurated in France by Robert Delort.

Animals... History Continues, texts assembled by Corinne Beck, Fabrice Guizard, Emmanuelle Santinelli-Foltz.

C'has only been since the 1980s that the'animal has become a real object of research, with the publication of the'book Animals Have a History. For the firstthtime, Robert Delort attempted to structure a hitherto splintered field of research into a full-fledged historical fielder. Nearlys 35 years later, the'history of animals has grown significantly. The humanities ended up investing this field at a time whenwhere societal debates question the status of animals, their place in or alongside the'universe of human beings, the recognition of their sentience and capacity to act and behave individually... All this at a time whenwhereenvironmental concerns around the erosion of biodiversity are particularlyèstrong to the point of talking about sixièth great extinction.

The contributors to this volume testify to the vigor of zoohistory and the great diversity of approaches opening up many avenues of research to be explored in the coming decades. They also express their great gratitude to Robert Delort, tireless and always passionate defector.

The second book in the series is the published version of the dissertation by Nicolas Baron, a researcher in contemporary history, who has just received the SHS Dissertation Prize from the University of Lyon.


Enragés! An Animal History (France, late eighteenthth- late twentiethth centuries)

Few diseases have so captured the imagination as rabies. Yet its historical study has essentially been a history of scientific knowledge and techniques through the sithcles. Breaking with the'anthropocentrism and s'span>, memedicineveterinary...), this book proposes to reconstruct the experience of animals facing rabies in France, from the 1770s to the 1990s. Whether'they are wolves, dogs, foxes, but also cats, cows, guinea pigs, badgers, monkeys, or even mice, animals were the main victims of rabies and were the targets of often radical human practices. The fate of rabid animals has reflected as much the biological and behavioral characteristics of espèces as theevolution of the conceptions and means of the French society of those times.

At the'time owhen zoonotic diseases return to the spotlight'actuality, This book, which takes us back to the not-so-distant past, thus serves to remind us that humans and animals share a common destiny and that the health of one often depends on that of the other.

Enragés ! Une histoire animale