Human Animal Studies



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Academic Responsibility

Prof. Dr. theol. Simone Paganini
Teaching and Research Area Biblical Theology
Prof. Dr. phil. Wulf Kellerwessel
Chair for Philosophy of Science and Technology

Contact Person




Tuesday, 6:30-8:00 p.m.




The relationship between humans and animals has characterised and influenced the history of humankind – at least since the Neolithic Revolution. It is often a history of oppression and exploitation of animals, but also a history of getting to know each other and appreciating animals. Today, this relationship to animals plays an important role in the context of various technical developments.

The lecture and the associated colloquium attempt to pursue the question of successful and unsuccessful forms of interaction, but also the questions of opportunities, risks and challenges of this exciting relationship from an interdisciplinary perspective.


13. April 2021

Introductory event


27. April 2021

“… Being only more animal than any animal”: humans and animals, classification and social order.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Böschen

Technology and Society
HumTec, Aachen

11. Mai 2021

Is a human being an animal?

Prof. Dr. Hermann Wagner


01. Juni 2021

Animal testing in biomedicine

Prof. Dr. René Tolba

Experimental Animal Science

15. Juni 2021

Are there basic animal rights? Reflections following Henry Shue’s conception of “Basic Rights”.

Prof. Dr. Wulf Kellerwessel


06. Juli 2021

What can art mean in the exploration of the human-animal relationship?

Kim Schreier, M.A.

Philosophy/Art Research

20. Juli 2021

Can animals create artefacts?

Nicolas Kleinschmidt, M.A., M.A.


Procedure/Working method​

Depending on the course of studies, module and examination, credit points can be achieved through participation.


Certificate of participation (0 CP)
Participation in the lecture and tutorial and preparation of a questionnaire for a lecture (3 CP)
Essay (10 pages/4CP)

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