Last year Greg Hollin (from Leeds University) and I wrote an article that critically engaged with how feminist theories of care had been related to laboratory animals. When writing about this topic we discovered that the first experimental beagle colony was created by the Manhattan Project in order to test the long term effects of radiation on a living population (with the popular press since writing about fears of radioactive zombie beagles in the wake of these experiments). The online first version has now been published by Theory, Culture & Society, with an open access version available in Keele’s repository here.
As you can see we were also asked to make an accompanying video abstract, which we decided should involve dogs. This probably seemed a better idea at the time than in hindsight – I’m a bit concerned that my level of enjoyment at getting to mess around with a friend’s two lovely beagles might detract from the seriousness of the message. Nonetheless, it’s always nice to see an academic getting sneezed on by a dog.