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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
Lisbon

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:
https://easaonline.org/conferences/easa2020/cfp

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!

Convenors:
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
https://joseacanada.com/
https://blogs.helsinki.fi/culturesofcultures/
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), 93110.
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