The workshop aims to investigate how scientific practices negotiated the human-animal boundary in different time periods and across disciplines. Discussions will mainly focus on issues related to experimentation in the life sciences, such as the laboratory, animal disease models, and the transfer of experimental results onto the human body; but will also establish a link to human-animal relations in other contexts (such as pet culture, anthropomorphism in society, public attitudes towards animal research etc.).


• Massimo Petrozzi (Johns Hopkins University): Inside and Outside the Laboratory: Animals, Humans and Blood Transfusion, 1666-1668.

• Stephanie Eichberg (Durham University): Constituting the human via the animal in 18th-century experimental neurophysiology: Albrecht von Haller’s ‘Sensibility’ trials.

• Frank Stahnisch (McGill University):. 19th-century French physiology and the conception of the human-animal analogy: The case of François Magendie (1783-1855) and Claude Bernard (1813-1878).

• Edmund Ramsden (Exeter University): Experimental methods in social and behavioural psychology: travelling facts in human and animal experiments in overcrowding.

• Rob Kirk (University of Manchester): A Chance Observation: ethological approaches to laboratory animals and human health c.1945 – 1969.

• Pru Hobson-West (University of Nottingham): Contemporary debates in the UK about the use of animals in science.

The speakers’ papers will be pre-circulated at the beginning of June.

For further details please contact the organiser Stephanie Eichberg ([email protected]) or visit