Call for Papers for the world’s first furry studies conference, to be held at the Otterdam Furry Arts Festival

The Otterdam Furry Arts Festival ( will host the world’s first furry studies conference, with the theme of “Being Furry”. With support from Swansea University (UK) and Birmingham City University (UK), the all-day conference will bring together academics from around the globe to “formalise a field of ‘furry studies’ that explores and examines this creative community.”

Its chairs “encourage the submission of proposals for academic papers, short workshops, practitioner-based activities, best-practice showcases, and pre-formed panels. We welcome established academics at all stages of their careers, and warmly embrace independent scholars. We also encourage submissions from non-academic furries and welcome other presentation formats such as photographic essays, alternative presentation styles, etc.”

The deadline for abstracts and/or proposals is Monday, 10 June 2024, at 1700 (UTC). All submissions will be double-reviewed by a panel of researchers who are actively involved in furry fandom. Submitters will be notified of the panel’s decision on 1 July 2024.

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