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CALL FOR PAPERS - "Examining Collaborations in Molecular Research Infrastructures" panel at the RAI Mobilising Methods in Medical Anthropology conference - 18-21 January 2022

Dear Colleagues,

We invite submissions to our panel =93Examining collaborations in molecular= research infrastructures=94 which will take place as part of the Royal Ant= hropological Institute=92s Mobilising Methods in Medical Anthropology onlin= e conference, 18-21 January 2021.

Our panel explores novel and existing collaborations between biomedicine an= d the social sciences in the field of molecular genetics. In particular, i= t explores the potential and limits of ethnography in such collaborations, = asking what does ethnography afford in the study of and participation in th= ese collaborations? Further details below.

The Deadline for proposed papers is 25 October 2021

The conference will be held online on 18-21 January 2022

All proposals must be made via the online form, found here: https://therai.= org.uk/conferences/mobilising-methods-in-medical-anthropology-2022/programm= e#10936

For further details about the conference visit https://therai.org.uk/confer= ences/mobilising-methods-in-medical-anthropology-2022

Please note: Papers that are not accepted for the panel might be considered= by the Conference Committee for their fit in the wider conference programm= e. However, there is no guarantee that such papers can be re-housed.

We look forward to receiving your proposals.

Best wishes,

Ignacia Arteaga and Henry Llewellyn


=93Examining collaborations in molecular research infrastructures=94 (P13) Ignacia Arteaga (University of Cambridge) and Henry Llewellyn (University C= ollege London)

While research collaborations in genomics might generally be confined to th= e biomedical sciences, they increasingly include associations with social s= cientists. We ask: What does ethnography afford in the study of and partici= pation in these collaborations?

Contemporary research on cancer, dementia and rare diseases, among others, = cultivates understandings of disease aetiology and prevalence based upon an= alysis of =91genomic data,' further envisioning these conditions at a molec= ular level. These innovations increasingly rely on multidisciplinary kinds = of expertise and pools of resources distributed across complex transnationa= l infrastructures. While research collaborations might be confined to disci= plines traditionally understood to lie beneath the mantle of the 'biomedica= l sciences,' they also include new associations with the social sciences. T= hese research practices not only give rise to novel disease categories and = other forms of biological and social stratification, but they also inform n= ovel requirements and expectations of and for new stakeholders and patient = subjects. In this panel, we invite submissions which address the following = concerns, among others: How do biomedical and social scientists variously i= magine multidisciplinary collaborations within the molecular turn? How can = ethnographic research methods be mobilised to better understand these colla= borations and what can they offer? How can ethnography be used reflexively = to examine stakeholders=92 understandings of its potential to enrich collab= orations in molecular research? How could we craft ethnographic voice(s) th= at highlight how stakeholders imagine, maintain and contest borderlands bet= ween science and society? What tensions emerge when negotiating competing d= isciplinary norms and epistemic categories in these collaborations?

Contact: h.llewellyn@ucl.ac.uk / mia42@cam.ac= .uk

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