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Keywords:

  • experimental animals;
  • feeding;
  • metabolic relations;
  • historical ontologies;
  • praxeology;
  • material semiotics
  • Versuchstiere;
  • Füttern;
  • metabolische Beziehungen;
  • historische Ontologien;
  • Praxeologie;
  • materielle Semiotik

Abstract

Cakes and Candies: Historicizing the Feeding Practices of Experimental Animals. This special issue explores the history of experimental animals by studying the history of their feeding practices and nutritional regimes. Revisiting the literature of current historiographies of animals and drawing on new integrative approaches in the history of science, science and technology studies, and food history, we outline how historical ontologies and a praxeological approach in material semiotics can address the lack of research on experimental animals without reproducing the all too familiar nature/culture and subject/object binaries.