851-0549-20L  Cattle Commodities. Animal-Men-Machine Interaction between Oxcart and Butchery, Lab and Factory

SemesterSpring Semester 2019
LecturersG. Hürlimann
Periodicitynon-recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentNumber of participants limited to 40

Catalogue data

AbstractThe rich histories that cattle have produced since the late 19th century tend to disappear behind the iconic character of the milk cow. The seminar sheds a light on a historical agent who generates businesses, organizations and research labs, for whom forage, slaughterhouses and cooling technologies are developed, who is a means and object of transportation and inspires social dispute.
ObjectiveThrough the example of the cattle, an iconic „object“ of Swiss touristic, eoconomic and everyday historic reality, students learn how research and cultivation patterns, as well as technologies and logistics of production, transportation and consumption have evolved and changed since the late 19th century. For such an approach, they become familiarized with an “entangled-histories”-perspective, as well as with the symmetrical anthropology approach from the philosophy and sociology of technology (Latour/Callon). But above all, students learn how to read and interpret historical texts and sources on cattle as commodity, by identifying actors, interests and historical context. The fact that this commodity is a living creature, adds to the topic’s ethical complexity, but also serves the learning purpose.
LiteratureSyllabus and texts will be listed and/or uploaded in the corresponding Moodle-course at the onset of the spring semester 2019.
Prerequisites / NoticeTexts and sources will be mainly in German, some in English. On a voluntary base, also French sources can be read.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersG. Hürlimann
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.

Learning materials

Main linkRessource Rind. Vieh-Mensch-Maschinen-Interaktionen zwischen Acker, Schlachthof, Labor und Fabrik
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851-0549-20 SRessource Rind. Vieh-Mensch-Maschinen-Interaktionen zwischen Acker, Schlachthof, Labor und Fabrik
Beginn am 25.02.19
2 hrs
Mon13-15LEE C 114 »
G. Hürlimann


No information on groups available.


Places40 at the most
Waiting listuntil 25.02.2019

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Doctoral Department of Humanities, Social and Political SciencesDoctoral and Post-Doctoral CoursesWInformation
GESS Science in PerspectiveHistoryWInformation
History and Philosophy of Knowledge MasterSeminarsWInformation