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Invitation: Critical Automobility Studies Lab

                Critical Automobility Studies Lab
<br>Should you be in Vienna, you are invited!
<br>Dec 13, 2019, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, IHS, Josefstdter Strae 39, 1080 Vienna,
<br>Institute for Advanced Studies research group Techno-Science and Societal
<br>Transformation is happy to announce the start of its Critical Automobility Studies
<br>Lab. The lab kicks off with a launching event that offers presentations and
<br>discussions as well as networking opportunities for everyone interested in
<br>Critical Automobility Studies.
<br>Automobility is a hegemonic and enduring sociotechnical setup worth critical
<br>attention. To concentrate on a critical approach to automobility is all the
<br>more important as new societal challenges related to automobility emerged in
<br>the last few years from sustainability of electric vehicles to ethical
<br>questions related to the transition to autonomous devices or spatial justice
<br>in modern urban environs just to name a few. Automobility, in our view, is a
<br>complex construct of technologies, apparatuses, ideologies; an imaginary of
<br>and in the present. It is composed of both the material and the
<br>representational: of discourses, visions and images, of automobiles and the
<br>physical infrastructure of automobility. Our interest is in aspects of social
<br>justice and violence, gendered representations and cyborg autoselves, the
<br>interplay of cared and non-cared bodies, connections and contacts,
<br>spatialities and power plays as well as social pasts, presents and futures of
<br>automobilities. A special focus is given to post-automobility, a new versatile
<br>urban ecosystem that may disrupt the current technosocial operation, as well
<br>as social challenges presented driver-car hybridity or driverless futures
<br>imagined by many.
<br>  *   Robert Braun (Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna) -- "Automobility
<br>nomos and biopolitics"
<br>  *   Richard Randell (Webster University, Geneve) -- "The imaginary of
<br>  *   Carlos Lopez-Galviz (Lancaster University) -- "The Past Futures of
<br>Cities and Mobility: A View from History"
<br>We would like you to be part of our community. Please join us for this first
<br>event of presentations and discussion and register via
<br>The event will be followed by light lunch and drinks.
<br>Assoc. Prof. Dr. Robert Braun
<br>Senior Researcher, Techno-Science & Societal Transformation
<br>Institut fr Hhere Studien - Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS)
<br>Josefstdter Strasse 39, 1080 Vienna, Austria
<br>Tel:        +43 1 59991 - 134
<br>Fax:        +43 1 59991 - 555
<br>My new book chapter on autonomous mobility pasts in Aguiar, Mathieson, Pearce
<br>(Eds.) Mobilities, Literature, Culture, Palgrave Macmillan,
<br>My new book:
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<br>Sent: Donnerstag, 5. Dezember 2019 10:11
<br>Subject: [EASST-Eurograd] CfP: 'Living with Microbes' panel at the EASA
<br>Conference, 21-24 July 2020 in Lisbon
<br>'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), 93-110.
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