Using perspectives from ethology and actor-network theory, this talk looks at how mixed breed dogs helped the Soviets develop the first successful manned spaceflight program. The model of animal agency presented here focuses on the space dogs’ relationships and interactions with human researchers, and on the unique social and cognitive capacities of dogs. It suggests that the space dogs’ significance as historical subjects depends as much on what they did as it does on their celebrity and how various human audiences perceived them.
When: Friday October 19, 2018 02:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Global and International Studies 4067
Contact: Tatiana Saburova, email@example.com
Sponsoring units: Department of Religious Studies, Department of History, and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Themester