From Ancient disputes over the role of human vivisection, through the wild self-experimentation of early modern chemists, to the establishment of modern codes of ethics and “informed consent” in the wake of Nazi atrocities, scientific experimentation on humans has a long and checkered history. By focusing on a series of close case studies, this class will explore how we have grappled with experiments with human bodies (and minds), how those bodies and minds have been conceived as scientific objects, and how our conceptions of “self” and “object” as a legitimate site of knowledge has been contested.

Note: CTMP3411.03 and HSTC3615.03 are held together, they are not cross-listed.