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Microbes workshop: call for papers

7 July 2016 - 9 July 2016

Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Venue: QMUL

E. coli microbes

Making microbes complex: parasites, epidemics and the intellectual origins of disease ecology” is the title of a two-day workshop on 7-9 July at QMUL. It will bring together prominent scholars in the medical humanities and allied sciences to present a series of papers re-interrogating J. Andrew Mendelsohn’s question “where did the modern, ecological understanding of infectious disease come from?”

In particular, the workshop aims to examine the works of forgotten medical researchers from the golden age of bacteriology and their interactions with ecological thinkers from other disciplines and locales, such as the Soviet Union, Africa and Southeast Asia, with a view to reassessing the trajectory of these ideas within medical microbiology and their reception within public health more generally.

Confirmed speakers include Warwick Anderson, Christoph Gradmann, Susan D. Jones, Andrew
Mendelsohn, Anne-Marie Moulin, Betty Smocovitis and Nils Stenseth.

Papers addressing current scientific debates around antibiotic resistance, emerging infectious diseases and the genesis of epidemics are welcome. The deadline for submission of 400-word abstracts is 1 February. Contact Dr Mark Honigsbaum for more information.

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