Hello Professor,
I was heavily considering writing about Chan Buddhism or the mysterious and ancient Japanese Dogu figures, but I think I’ve finally settled on a topic that seems to always have been, and always will be, prominent in the art or mythos of nearly every world culture; animal anthropomorphism.  no matter where you look around the world, depictions of human/animal hybrids, animals with humanoid forms, or animals capable of human speech seem to be a universally pondered topic.  From the Sphinx and Egyptian gods, to Hindu deities, to the sayders and fauns of greek mythology, to breakfast cereal mascots, to internationally recognized cartoon franchise characters, what is it about anthropomorphic animals that has managed to hold the fascination of human beings for millennia? I think that would be a fun paper to write.