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Sam Ducourant

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (Dez 2022-Aug 2024)

Sam Ducourant is a visiting predoctoral fellow in the Practices of Validation in the Biomedical Sciences Research Group at the MPIWG, led by Lara Keuck, as well as a visiting fellow at the Maison Française d'Oxford. Sam is currently carrying out her PhD in cooperation with École Normale Supérieure de Paris (ENS, France), and her work focuses on the History and Philosophy of Animal Welfare Sciences in twentieth-century Western Europe and the USA. She studies the relationships between scientific discipline construction and political debates around the use of farm animals. She arrived in the Max Planck Research Group as a DAAD-funded fellow (2021–22), and her current research project deals with concept transfers between biomedical sciences, that is, how disciplines share, exchange, and negotiate concepts—and their validity—in order to build and solidify their identities.

Sam received an MA in History of Philosophy at ENS and Paris Sorbonne University, and an MA in History and Philosophy of Science at ENS and Paris Diderot University. In 2017–18, she was a visiting fellow at Université de Montréal and started a French translation of Georg Ernst Stahl’s Theoria Medica Vera (1708). During her first four PhD years (2018–22), Sam also taught general philosophy, history, and philosophy of sciences, and supervised research projects at Université Paris Sciences et Lettres and AgroParisTech.


Validating the Animal Welfare Sciences in 20th Century Western Europe: A Scientific or a Political Practice?


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Selected Publications

Ducourant, Samuel (2023). “Science or Ignorance of Animal Welfare? A Case Study: Scientific Reports Published in Preparation for the First European Directive on Animal Welfare (1979-1980).” Science, Technology, & Human Values 48 (1): 139–166…

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Ducourant, Samuel (2020). “Adaptation à l’environnement et réduction au silence. Analyse d’un débat scientifique sur les cages de batterie (1979-1981) au prisme des subaltern studies.” Diacronie. Studi di Storia Contemporanea 44 (4): 25–43. https:/…

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Past Events

Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

In Search of Biomedical Validity: Towards a Cross-Disciplinary History of Validation Practices

Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology, University of Toronto Symposium, together with Simon Brausch, Alfred Freeborn, Ariane Hanemaayer, Lara Keuck, Michele Luchetti, and Hanna Worliczek