What We Are Reading (fall 2017)

This summer and fall our busy working group has shifted to a reading group focused on books that directly or peripherally shape our (inter)disciplinary approaches to studying human and microbial relations: Matters of Care, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa Bioinsecurities, Ahuja Biocapital, Kaushik Sunder Rajan Meeting the Universe Halfway, Karen Barad Evolution in Four Dimensions,…

Towards a Geography of Microbes

By Nick Anderman, December 2016 UC Berkeley, Department of Geography Over the past 15 years the study of tiny things has undergone a sea change. The development of new, high-throughput gene-sequencing methods has allowed microbiologists and scientists working in related fields to observe, analyze, and manipulate microbes at previously unimaginable volumes and resolutions. The result…

Looking at the same interactions in the gut but with a different set of glasses

By Tamar Schneider University of California Davis, Philosophy Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a general term for a group of intestinal disorders. According to the National Institute of Health, there is no known cause for the syndrome. In IBS, inflammatory reaction occurs when the innate immune cells respond to a normal intestinal environment with commensal…

June 2, 2017: Thinking with Microbes and Humans at UC Davis STS

MicrobioSocial is thrilled to bring Hannah Landecker (Associate Professor of Sociology, and Director of the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics) and David Coil (Project Scientist in the Eisen Lab at UC Davis, and creator of Gut Check) into conversation as part of a workshop at the Thinking With Scientists event at UC Davis. See…

Find us at 4S: (In)Sensibilities of Human and Microbial Lives

Members of MicrobioSocial have organized a panel at the annual Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) conference in Boston, MA from August 30-September 2, 2017. (In)Sensibilities of Human and Microbial Lives Abstract: Building on the call to read and explore how the world is made differently sens-able through multiple discourses and practices of…

What We Are Reading (spring 2017)

In winter and spring we have been focused on writing, and planning a spring workshop, but we meet weekly to discuss a range of topics, including: Baas Becking hypothesis commercializing the microbiome bioprospecting / biopiracy stool banks fecal microbiota transplants biohackers Readings include: Stefan Helmreich, Alien Ocean: Voyages in Microbial Seas (2009) Cori Hayden, When…

Reviving colonial science in ancestral microbiome research

This is excerpted from my paper at the 2016 Crossroads in Cultural Studies conference in Sydney titled “Collapsing the pre-modern and the non-western in ancestral microbiome research,” and comes out of a chapter in my dissertation that examines the colonial logics of scientific research on the ancestral state of humans and their microbial symbionts. In…

What We Are Reading (fall 2016)

For fall quarter 2016, we are meeting weekly to read across our various interests in microbiosociality. Topics include: Holobiont / Hologenome Seth Bordenstein and Kevin Theis, Host Biology in Light of the Microbiome: Ten Principles of Holobionts and Hologenomes Seth Bordenstein, Getting the Hologenome Concept Right: An Eco-Evolutionary Framework for Hosts and Their Microbiomes. Donna…

The Humans

Stephanie Maroney, UC Davis (Cultural Studies), is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at UC Davis with a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research. At the intersection of food studies and food science, her dissertation project explores how the science of the human microbiome shapes advice about what to eat and the discourse of…