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Message posted on 09/01/2019

Call for Papers – Open Panel ‘New Social Forms of the Post-Antibiotic Era’ at the 4S Conference, 2019 in New Orleans

Dear all,

we would like to invite abstract proposals to our open panel in the next 4S
Conference, which will take place in New Orleans between the 4th and 7th of
September, 2019. The deadline for submission is on the 1st of February, 2019.
Find below the abstract to our panel. More information about the conference
and the submission can be found following this

Title: New Social Forms of the Post-Antibiotic Era: More-than-Human Hybrids,
Governance and Knowledge of Human-Microbe Relations


During the past decade, microbes have come to occupy new and central spaces in
scientific enquiry as well as their social analysis. As microbes mutate,
adapt and evolve towards resistance to antibiotics, there is mounting pressure
to search for new ways of preventing illness. While antibiotics are no longer
readily available to do their magic, new social forms that enable peaceful
coexistence with microbes are emerging, instead of a war against microbes that
Pasteur established and Latour documented in Pasteurisation of France.
Societies are rethinking relationships between humans, animals, and
environment in radically new ways, e.g. by building immunity through
fermentation or enhancement of gut microbiota; development of vaccines, phage
therapy or novel antibiotics; and promotion of sustainable food production. In
this process, drug resistance is not only framed as a medical concern but also
social, economic and political.

Re-situation of microbes is present in biomedical research and care, policy
and governance, and everyday practices. STS offers tools to regenerate
understanding of microbes; interruptions caused by the absence of efficient
medical countermeasures; and innovative practices that emerge as a result.
This panel puts microbes at the centre of social analysis and opens up new
avenues for thinking about microbial knowledge, governance, and
more-than-human relations.

We welcome presentations focusing on, among others:

Practices where traditional narratives about microbes are subverted;
Formation of more-than-human hybrids including microbial forms of life;
Governance practices and strategies aimed at regulating microbial
New communities of knowledge around new practices with microbes.
We look forward to your proposals!

Best regards,

Salla Sariola, salla.sariola (at), @SallaSariola
Jose A. Caada, jose.a.canada (at), @joseacanada
Twitter: @CultureCultures
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