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Message posted on 25/02/2020

Panel 4S/EASST: More-than-Human Ethnographies of Global Health

Dear all,

We would would like to share with you the CfP to our upcoming panel in the EASST/4S Conference 2020 in Prague: “113. More-than-Human Ethnographies of Global Health”. Find below the abstract. You can submit at the conference’s website by following this link:

The deadline for submissions is on February 29th, 2020. We look forward to reading your abstract and please do get in touch if you have any questions about the session.

Panel abstract:

Global Health initiatives are a productive site to reflect on the role of non-humans as driving research and technology on health around the world. Non-human creatures are often framed as a (future) threat causing pandemics and pestilence. Movement of pathogens, insects, and pollutants that defy national borders are but some examples of non-humans that animate much of the Global Health research and policy today. STS scholars have examined the role of non-human entities in biomedicine as either functional assets (e.g. mice in labs), or outright detrimental to public health, a target to be controlled (as vectors of disease). Instead, this panel invites scholars to reflect on the role of non-human entities as analytically central to the ways in which Global Health collaborations are organized, where the non-human entities are at times symbiotic, at times commensal, and even parasitic.

In this panel, we invite papers to reflect on how universalist Global Health is problematized by non-humans in the particular policy and scientific spaces where global health programmes are implemented. This highlights the differentiated multi-species entanglements that make visible infrastructural divergences, unequal power dynamics, and different rationales of global health projects. How are non-humans considered to be limiting or enabling these kinds of projects? How are different ways to know and live with non-humans rearranged or erased in the implementation of these initiatives? The discussions will allow us to investigate: how might an analysis attentive and attuned to the more-than-human entanglements offer a new perspective on global health collaborations?

Keywords: health; global STS; non-human; multispecies; postcolonial

Categories: Medicine and Healthcare; Environmental/Multispecies Studies; Postcolonial/Decolonial STS

All the best,

Jose, Luisa and Salla

Jose A. Cañada
Postdoctoral researcher
Cultures of cultures
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Helsinki
Phone: +358(0)504719736
Cañada, 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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