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Emily Morgan

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An article by Emily Morgan, associate professor of art and visual culture, and Camille Bellet, Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the Center for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester, UK, appears in the current issue of Animal Studies Journal.

“Breed(ing) Narratives: Visualizing Values in Industrial Farming” considers how farmed animals, specifically pigs and chickens, are visualized in literature designed for circulation within animal production industries. Morgan and Bellet argue that breed-standard images of pigs and chickens uphold complex and deeply imbricated value systems that extend beyond discourses centered on the animal body.

The result of an innovative collaboration between Morgan, a historian of photography, and Bellet, a veterinary epidemiologist working in medical humanities, the article offers an unusual interdisciplinary examination of a form of imagery rarely considered in scholarship.