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Message posted on 05/12/2019

Invitation: Critical Automobility Studies Lab

Critical Automobility Studies Lab
Should you be in Vienna, you are invited!

Dec 13, 2019, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, IHS, Josefstdter Strae 39, 1080 Vienna,

Institute for Advanced Studies research group Techno-Science and Societal
Transformation is happy to announce the start of its Critical Automobility Studies
Lab. The lab kicks off with a launching event that offers presentations and
discussions as well as networking opportunities for everyone interested in
Critical Automobility Studies.

Automobility is a hegemonic and enduring sociotechnical setup worth critical
attention. To concentrate on a critical approach to automobility is all the
more important as new societal challenges related to automobility emerged in
the last few years from sustainability of electric vehicles to ethical
questions related to the transition to autonomous devices or spatial justice
in modern urban environs just to name a few. Automobility, in our view, is a
complex construct of technologies, apparatuses, ideologies; an imaginary of
and in the present. It is composed of both the material and the
representational: of discourses, visions and images, of automobiles and the
physical infrastructure of automobility. Our interest is in aspects of social
justice and violence, gendered representations and cyborg autoselves, the
interplay of cared and non-cared bodies, connections and contacts,
spatialities and power plays as well as social pasts, presents and futures of
automobilities. A special focus is given to post-automobility, a new versatile
urban ecosystem that may disrupt the current technosocial operation, as well
as social challenges presented driver-car hybridity or driverless futures
imagined by many.


Robert Braun (Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna) -- "Automobility
nomos and biopolitics"
Richard Randell (Webster University, Geneve) -- "The imaginary of
* Carlos Lopez-Galviz (Lancaster University) -- "The Past Futures of
Cities and Mobility: A View from History"

We would like you to be part of our community. Please join us for this first
event of presentations and discussion and register via

The event will be followed by light lunch and drinks.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Robert Braun
Senior Researcher, Techno-Science & Societal Transformation


Institut fr Hhere Studien - Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS)
Josefstdter Strasse 39, 1080 Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43 1 59991 - 134
Fax: +43 1 59991 - 555

My new book chapter on autonomous mobility pasts in Aguiar, Mathieson, Pearce
(Eds.) Mobilities, Literature, Culture, Palgrave Macmillan,
My new book:


From: Eurograd On Behalf Of eurograd--- via
Sent: Donnerstag, 5. Dezember 2019 10:11
Subject: [EASST-Eurograd] 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

We will be hosting the panel 'Living with Microbes' in the upcoming EASA
Conference, to be celebrated in Lisbon, 21-24 July 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal.
The theme of the conference is 'New anthropological horizons in and beyond
Europe', and you can find the general call for papers here:

Panel abstract

This panel explores emerging ecologies in and around microbes. Novel findings
about the ubiquitousness of microbes within bodies and environments, has
illuminated new multi-species relationalities. While antibiotics are
simultaneously increasingly becoming redundant due to drug resistance, modern
medicine is at the risk of being turned back by a century. In this era, we
argue, it is vital to gain a more granular view of the various practices of
relation-making between humans, animals and microbes. While these changes have
often been conceptualized as turns in human-microbe relations (Paxson, 2008;
Lorimer, 2017), this panel invites papers that think about how various new and
old notions about microbes overlap rather than superseed each other, producing
spaces for microbial sociality to manifest in novel ways. Topics could
include, but are not limited to, examples of the following: - Studies of novel
biotechnologies of pre- and probiotic tools - Biographies of antibiotics,
bacteriophages and diagnostics, the pharmaceutical industry and other R&D
endeavours - How are novel subjectivities and national programmes constructed
through microbiome research and as targets of AMR related activities, policies
and research? - How are resistomes and microbiotas explored and compared? -
The flows of resistance embedded in more-than-human social forms involving
humans, animals, and the environment - How do people live with microbes in
fermentation? - How is immunity and well-being thought about in the absence of
antibiotics? - How boundaries of human and nonhuman bodies are un/made by the
bacteria that flow between environments and bodies?

Please send your abstract (max 250 words) using the EASA submission system by
20 January 2020. To do this, find our session in the list of
panels and click on
'Propose paper'. You can find more instructions in the general call for papers
linked above.

We look forward to reading your submissions!

Salla Sariola (University of Helsinki)
Matthus Rest (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History)
Charlotte Brives (CNRS CED-UMR5116)
Jose A. Caada (University of Helsinki)

Jose A. Caada
Postdoctoral researcher
Cultures of cultures
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Helsinki
Phone: +358(0)504719736
Caada, J. A. (2019). Hybrid Threats and Preparedness Strategies: The
Reconceptualization of Biological Threats and Boundaries in Global Health
Emergencies. Sociological Research Online, 24(1), 93-110.
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