Message posted on 15/05/2023

International Seminar Series Ecobiosocial Complexities

Dear colleagues,

This is a friendly reminder about the upcoming iteration of the seminar series "Ecobiosocial Complexities: encounters, critiques, integrations".

Wednesday, May 24th: Why the microbiome, why now? Historicising the post-genomic turn in social theory (with an attention to fermentation) (abstract below) Jamie Lorimer, University of Oxford. & Joshua Evans, University of Oxford

The session will take place from 13:00 to 14:30 (the time has been changed) at the University of Lausanne (Gopolis building . room 2215) and will be accessible online via Zoom: Due to the change of schedule, the lunch with the speakers (offered) will take place before the seminar, at 12:00 in the geopolis cafeteria.

The seminars are supported by the International Relations of the University of Lausanne (UNIL), by the Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione project "Constructing the Biosocial" (N.185822) and, for the Spring semester, by the STS Lab @UNIL.

The link to last semester's program is here , and the one for the current semester here .

We look forward to seeing you there !

Luca Chiapperino, Ccile Fasel, Francesco Panese

ABSTRACT A range of commentators across the medical and environmental humanities are making fresh epistemic alliances with microbiology and the post-genomic and ecological sciences. Figures like Donna Haraway and Anna Tsing find a new ontology in emerging scientific theories of the microbiome for grounding political and ecological projects. In contrast to the reductionist, individualistic and violent visions of the natural world offered by 20th century evolutionary biology, the microbiome offers a palatable worldview premised on symbiosis, holism, and collaboration. This talk reflects on this conjoined probiotic turn (Lorimer 2020) in social theory and the life sciences, noting the tensions it generates, and examines its implications for how we understand the role of science studies in the crisis-inflected atmospheres of Anthropocene knowledge production. This critical analysis is grounded in a close interrogation of the role being afforded fermentation in new materialist theories of food and health futures. It traces how the microbial relations associated with fermentation have been taken as affirmative grounds for a liberal, ecological, and more-than-human politics. It notes the potential of this alliance with science as well as its risk, mapping the wider diversity of political, economic, and ecological relations associated with fermentation.

Ccile Fasel

MD-PhD student University of Lausanne Faculty of Social and Political Sciences Institute of Social Sciences STSLab SNSF Ambizione Project: "Constructing the Biosocial"

Quartier UNIL-Mouline Btiment Gopolis, Bureau 5543 CH-1015 Lausanne - Switzerland

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