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CfP: ‘Living with Microbes’ panel at the EASA Conference, 21-24 July 2020 in Lisbon

                Living with Microbes panel at the EASA Conference, 21-24 July 2020 in
<br>We will be hosting the panel Living with Microbes in the upcoming EASA
<br>Conference, to be celebrated in Lisbon, 21-24 July 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal.
<br>The theme of the conference is New anthropological horizons in and beyond
<br>Europe, and you can find the general call for papers here:
<br>Panel abstract
<br>This panel explores emerging ecologies in and around microbes. Novel findings
<br>about the ubiquitousness of microbes within bodies and environments, has
<br>illuminated new multi-species relationalities. While antibiotics are
<br>simultaneously increasingly becoming redundant due to drug resistance, modern
<br>medicine is at the risk of being turned back by a century. In this era, we
<br>argue, it is vital to gain a more granular view of the various practices of
<br>relation-making between humans, animals and microbes. While these changes have
<br>often been conceptualized as turns in human-microbe relations (Paxson, 2008;
<br>Lorimer, 2017), this panel invites papers that think about how various new and
<br>old notions about microbes overlap rather than superseed each other, producing
<br>spaces for microbial sociality to manifest in novel ways. Topics could
<br>include, but are not limited to, examples of the following: - Studies of novel
<br>biotechnologies of pre- and probiotic tools - Biographies of antibiotics,
<br>bacteriophages and diagnostics, the pharmaceutical industry and other R&D
<br>endeavours - How are novel subjectivities and national programmes constructed
<br>through microbiome research and as targets of AMR related activities, policies
<br>and research? - How are resistomes and microbiotas explored and compared? -
<br>The flows of resistance embedded in more-than-human social forms involving
<br>humans, animals, and the environment - How do people live with microbes in
<br>fermentation? - How is immunity and well-being thought about in the absence of
<br>antibiotics? - How boundaries of human and nonhuman bodies are un/made by the
<br>bacteria that flow between environments and bodies?
<br>Please send your abstract (max 250 words) using the EASA submission system by
<br>20 January 2020. To do this, find our session in the list of
<br>panels and click on
<br>Propose paper. You can find more instructions in the general call for papers
<br>linked above.
<br>We look forward to reading your submissions!
<br>Salla Sariola (University of Helsinki)
<br>Matthus Rest (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History)
<br>Charlotte Brives (CNRS CED-UMR5116)
<br>Jose A. Caada (University of Helsinki)
<br>Jose A. Caada
<br>Postdoctoral researcher
<br>Cultures of cultures
<br>Faculty of Social Sciences
<br>University of Helsinki
<br>Phone: +358(0)504719736
<br>Caada, J. A. (2019). Hybrid Threats and Preparedness Strategies: The
<br>Reconceptualization of Biological Threats and Boundaries in Global Health
<br>Emergencies. Sociological Research Online, 24(1), 93110.
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