A guide to upcoming conferences relevant to SocSci AMR
The multi-disciplinary nature of AMR research, and the productivity of the AMR community, means that there is an often-dizzying array of events and conferences to get involved with. To help you navigate the opportunities available at this time of year, we’ve put together a summary of relevant conference panels and calls for papers, highlighting upcoming registration and submission deadlines.
Alistair Anderson and Alice Beck are hosting a session on ‘Biotic Geographies: Unpicking Microbial Worlds in Health, Hygiene and Environmental Spaces’ at the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference in London, 1st-4th September. The session aims to extend geographical entanglements with the microbiome and microbial life by questioning how conceptions of the microbiome, and pre-/pro- and anti-biotic approaches are implicated in social, political, economic, methodological and cultural imaginations. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to 12th Feb, so get your abstracts in quickly! The ‘early-bird’ registration closes on the 12th June.
Cristina Moreno and Nicolas Fortane are both co-hosting panels at the EASST4S conference in Prague, 18th-21st August. Christina’s panel (no.156), Situating antimicrobial resistance (AMR): locations, spaces and borders, concerns the ways in which AMR and associated responses are framed in different contexts and locations. Nicolas’ panel (no.6), AMR in Globalized Economies: Knowledge, Regulation, Markets, focusses on three areas: controversies structuring the field of AMR; International policies and local specificities; and circulation of antibiotics in a globalised world. With an incredible 217 open panels, there’s plenty to choose from! Check out these and others for a fascinating look at AMR from the perspective of Science and Technology Studies. Submit your papers by 29th February and early-bird register from 1st-31st May.
The European Association of Social Anthropologists’ annual conference, ‘New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe’, is being held in Lisbon from 21st-24th July. Two panels of interest include ‘Animate mobilities: Troubling Social, Ecological and Biological Boundaries’ (P010), and ‘Living with microbes’ (P043), which will explore multi-species relationalities and emerging ecologies in and around microbes. The call for papers is now closed, but early-bird registration will open from the 12th March-20th April.
Later in the year, Coll de Lima Hutchison will be convening a panel at the Association of Social Anthropologists conference at St Andrews University from 24th-27th August. The theme of the conference is ‘Responsibility’: considering who is responsible, for what, and towards whom, in the production of anthropological knowledge. These are important questions as anthropologists increasingly engage with other disciplines and apply their insights in fields such as development and medicine. Should anthropology be held responsible for the knowledge it produces, and what exactly does this mean in practice? Coll’s panel asks, ‘Who are the ‘We’ that call for unity in response to emerging catastrophe?’, what do they construct their (dis)unity around, and what divisions and differences are denied or ignored when they do so. The submission deadline for papers and labs is 15th March and early-bird registration will open from 10th April-25th May.
The Royal Anthropological Institute is hosting its Medical Anthropology Conference 2020 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine from 3rd-4th September. This year’s conference seeks to explore the conceptual and methodological tensions that arise at the intersection of medical anthropology with public health, primary care, veterinary science, and global health – amongst others. It will consider the ways in which researchers from different disciplines understand and engage with anthropological approaches, and the collaborative and creative possibilities, and challenges, that emerge. This exciting and topical conference provides an opportunity for the whole #SocSciAMR community to consider how we might apply research insights in practice, and how we can extend the reach/impact of our work. The call for panels closes 17th Feb. The call for papers will open from 24th February-12th April. Registration opens 21st May.
The Health Systems Global Conference (HSR2020) is being held from 8th-12th November in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The theme of the conference is ‘Re-imagining health systems for better health and social justice’, seeking to break old silos and re-orient health systems to address public health and engage the political, social, and environmental forces that perpetuate health inequities and social injustices. This wide-ranging conference provides an opportunity to share knowledge and develop partnerships. Individual abstract submissions have now closed, but early-bird registration opens from 1st March-31st July.
Interestingly, the American Anthropology Association Annual Meeting 2020 is structured around a similar theme to the ASA, ‘Truth and Responsibility’, and is being held on 18th-22nd Nov in St Louis, MO. The theme focusses on the anthropological Imperative to bear witness, take action, and be held accountable to truths written and circulated, especially in light of knowledge production and intervention measures. Panels will consider how facts become stabilised as truths; how quantitative researchers might use anthropological insights to identify patterned truths; and the responsibility anthropologists have to critically challenge given ‘truths’. These enduring questions remain pertinent to the AMR community as we seek to engage with diverse stakeholders and provide ‘fresh perspectives’ on the global issue of AMR. The deadline for early-bird registration is 18th March, and the abstract submission deadline is April 8th at 3.00pm ET (Note: Deadline to begin a submission is April 3rd).
In summary, there are a wide range of opportunities to get involved with #SocSciAMR and related conferences throughout the coming year – covering diverse topics, from geographical entanglements with the microbiome, to interdisciplinary engagements with AMR research. We hope you enjoy attending and submitting to these conferences – remember to get in touch with your reflections and notes following the event, so that we can share these with a wider audience through our new ‘events’ page.