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Call for Papers: ‘MICROBES I – THINKING PAST DUALISMS’ at EASST 2022, Madrid, Spain

‘MICROBES I – THINKING PAST DUALISMS’ panel at the EASST 2022 Conference, 6-9 July 2022 in Madrid, Spain

We will be hosting the panel ‘MICROBES I – THINKING PAST DUALISMS’ in the upcoming EASST Conference, to be celebrated 6-9 July 2022 in Madrid, Spain. The theme of the conference is ‘Politics of technoscientific futures’, and you can find the general call for submissions here.

Note that due to overlap, panels 008 MICROBES I: THINKING PAST DUALISMS and 017 MICROBES II: THE POLITICAL FUTURES OF MICROBIAL LIFE / MICROBIOPOLITICS will be organized jointly and merged at a later stage. The papers offered to both will be looked at together and allocated to suitable sessions, which form a single panel.

Panel abstract

Microbes are ubiquitous and almost all social practices involve an exchange of microbes. Approaches to microbes and an understanding about how microbes sustain other living beings and the Earth are key to developing sustainable ways of planetary co-existence. Until recently, social sciences have addressed microbes, if at all, only as an external threatening ‘Other’ capable of generating pathological conditions in humans and livestock. In line with current scientific advancements highlighting the complexity of human-microbe relations, contributions from social sciences are beginning to take interest in the role of more-than-human assemblages and challenge the one-sided definition of microbes as pathogenic.

We invite contributions exploring various case studies including microbes in environments, food traditions and industries, pandemic regulations, water and sanitation infrastructures, sites of zoonotic human-animal transmission, bodies, and everyday practices, just to mention a few. We welcome speculative thinking while also encouraging authors to consider their cases with novel concepts, reflecting on the availability and/or lack of social scientific tools to understand and analyse their area of interest.

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Please send your abstract (max 300 words) using the EASST submission system by 1st February 2022. To submit to our panel, select panel code/title ‘8 - MICROBES – THINKING PAST DUALISMS’ when submitting your abstract.

We look forward to reading your submissions!


Salla Sariola (University of Helsinki) Mikko Jauho (University of Helsinki) Jose A. Cañada (University of Exeter)

Best regards,

Jose A. Cañada MSCA Research Fellow University of Exeter Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology Lazenby House, G.01, Prince of Wales Rd, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4PJ

Butcher, A., Cañada, J.A. & Sariola, S. 2021. How to make noncoherent problems more productive: Towards an AMR management plan for low resource livestock sectors. Humanit Soc Sci Commun 8, 287.

Cañada, J.A. 2021. Scalability and partial connections in tackling antimicrobial resistance in West Africa. Chapter in With Microbes. Brives, C., Rest, M. & Sariola, S. (Eds.). London: Mattering Press.

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