Guest lecture Joanna Latimer at KU Leuven: Working with Models of Ageing – Entanglements of Human and Animal Health and Wellbeing

On October 24 Joanna Latimer (Professor of Sociology, Science & Technology & Director of the Science & Technology Studies Unit (SATSU), University of York, UK) will give a lecture on ‘Working with Models of Ageing: Entanglements of Human and Animal Health and Wellbeing

ABSTRACT

This paper offers an empirical case study of how human and animal health become entangled as animal models are created and used to understand human ageing. We draw on ethnographic observations undertaken at a prestigious UK institute of life sciences. We focus on care and practice in their mouse house, and extend our analysis to how scientists’ and animals’ bodies become entangled in the day-to-day practices of doing the science of ageing. We explore these entanglements within the interdisciplinary scholarship on modelling and animal models, which we seek to extend through Anna Tsing’s (2012) twin notions of entanglement and nonscalability. Specifically, we focus on the ways in which human and animal health becomes entangled through the specific and local practices of animal modelling, but in ways that exceed the designed forms of experimentation. In other words, we explore the nonscalable elements involved in the scalar practice of animal modelling in biomedical research.

 

Practical info:

–          24 October; 14h00 – 16h00

–          Room AV 91.21 (Faculty of Social Sciences, Parkstraat 45, Leuven – http://www.kuleuven.be/lokalen/50075058.htm)

Details about the guest lecture can be found on our website: http://soc.kuleuven.be/ceso/life-sciences-society-lab

All welcome, please register by sending a mail to Annet Wauters: annet.wauters@kuleuven.be

Author: B.STS

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