On the Madness of Dr. Hubert Dana Goodale: Animal Agriculture, Experimental Endocrinology, and the Industrial Ecology of Sex in Early 20th Century America – Gabriel N. Rosenberg.

25. Jun

18:15 Uhr, C40.704

This talk explores the early career of the prolific poultry geneticist, Dr. Hubert Dana Goodale, and, in particular, experiments that he conducted in the 1910s in which he grafted hen ovaries into the bodies of castrated juvenile roosters to experimentally induce changes in the birds' secondary sex characteristics. Although these experiments were an important model for later human endocrinological inquiry, Goodale actually aimed to solve a notorious problem for commercial egg farmers: how to better detect and more quickly cull the half of all chicks that did not profitably contribute to egg production, the so-called “male chick problem.” Goodale’s experiments challenge how contemporary scholars narrate histories of sex, science, and agriculture, revealing an underlying transformation of an interspecies ecology of flesh that rippled through human and animal bodies alike across the 20th century.

Gabriel N. Rosenberg is an Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and History at Duke University and a Senior Research Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. He is the author of The 4-H Harvest: Sexuality and the State in Rural American (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) and the co-author of Feed the People!: Democratizing Food Politics in a Warming World (Basic Books, Forthcoming). He is currently writing a history of livestock breeding’s entanglement with human race science, Purebred: Making Meat and Eugenics in Modern America, and, with his colleagues at the MPI-WG, editing a volume on animal mobilities in the history of science. His scholarship has appeared in journals such as the Journal of American History, American QuarterlyGLQ: The Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, and TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly and he writes frequently on food politics for popular publications such as The New RepublicVox.comThe Guardian, and The Washington Post. He has held fellowships at Yale University, the American Philosophical Society, the National Humanities Center, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Die Veranstaltung wird zusammen vom Center for Critical Studies (CCS), dem Netzwerk Geschlechts- und Diversitätsforschung sowie dem DFG-Graduiertenkolleg Kulturen der Kritik ausgerichtet.

Sprache: Englisch

Organisation: Ben Trott, IPK (ben.trott@leuphana.de)