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Living with Microbes
Jose A. Cañada (University of Helsinki)
Matthäus Rest (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History)
Salla Sariola (University of Helsinki)
Salla Sariola (University of Helsinki), Matthäus Rest (Max Planck Institute)
Time zone:
Tuesday 21 July, 11:00-12:45, 14:00-15:45

Short abstract:

Novel findings about the ubiquitousness of microbes within bodies and environments has illuminated new multi-species relationalities. This panel explores emerging ecologies with microbes, animals and humans together with politics, policies and research.

Long 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?