Call for Participants: Graduate Workshop: Knowing Through Animals: The Animal Turn in History of Science

February 2, 2019, New York City, NY, USA

Building on recent literature on animal bodies in history of science and STS, the workshop is set as a collaborative effort to unpack methodological issues in the study of human-animal relations in the production of knowledge. The workshop is designed to support the process of dissertation writing by exploring some thematic and methodological aspects of the discussion of animal bodies and materiality in science. The workshop will include an opening presentation by the Max Plank Institute for the History of Science’s researchers about animal bodies and human knowledge, and the sites/context where questions of animals and knowledge arise. This presentation will be followed by three sessions of case study discussions (two graduate students will present their case studies in each session).

Graduate students will be teamed up before the workshop, based on similar methodological approaches. Each team of presenters will select three bibliographical items that relates to their work, and co-write an abstract for the discussion they lead. Discussions will engage with the selected literature while drawing on concrete examples from the students’ research.

Possible topics might include:

  • Knowledge across species
  • Animals as technology
  • Gender and race in conceptualization of animals in science
  • Use and Standardization of animal bodies in scientific work
  • Global health and cross-species health and medicine
  • Anthropomorphism and biopolitics.

The Center for Science will provide partial reimbursement of participants’ travel expenses (depending on cost and distance of travel).

 Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.

Graduate students interested in participating should send a short dissertation abstract and CV to Alma Igra. Please also mention 3 tentative readings you would like to discuss as methodological references.

PhD candidates in history of science, STS, history of medicine, sociology of science and critical animal studies are particularly encouraged to apply.

Posted: August 30, 2018