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AIAS Seminar: Gordon McMullan, AIAS Fellow

Cormorant: A Natural History of Prejudice

Info about event


Monday 21 November 2022,  at 13:15 - 14:30


AIAS Auditorium and online via Zoom

Speaker: Gordon McMullan, AIAS Fellow

The seminar is held in-person, but online attendance is possible via:


What does a bird mean? How does it enter human discourse? And how might we speak of a particular bird, one that is hated across the globe? How might this bird's history be also a history of prejudice? This talk will address the cormorant – a bird that is both the object and the vehicle of prejudice – as a case study in the interweaving of cultural and scientific forms of knowledge about the natural world and in the ways in which prejudice bleeds across the human-animal divide.

Short bio

Gordon McMullan is Professor of English at King's College London and director of the London Shakespeare Centre; he is an AIAS-COFUND fellow, 2022-23. A literary critic and textual editor, he has published on Shakespeare, on early modern theatre, culture, reception and performance history, and on late-life creativity, and he has edited plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. His cormorant work is a little bit different from all of this.

Read about Gordon McMullan's project at AIAS here

What is an AIAS Seminar?

The AIAS Seminar is a session of seminars held by the AIAS fellow or by other speakers proposed by the fellows. In each seminar, one fellow will present and discuss his/her current research and research project, closing off with a question and discussion session.

All seminars are held in English.