The research project is concerned with trajectories of human-microbial coexistence in the Czech Republic. It builds on three key theoretical concepts of microbiopolitics, (micro)biological citizenship, and situated biologies. It investigates the modes, developments, and challenges of microbiological citizenship as situated in the postsocialist context. It maps out how embodied subjectivities, biosocialities, and state governance are being (re)configured in relation to and through microbial agents. The project consists of two contrasting thematic inquiries—a study into food fermentation practices and a study into practices of antibiotic use—which arguably represent different biopolitical regimes of human-microbial coexistence: the probiotic and antibiotic. Such juxtaposition promises to shed light on the multiplicity, dynamics, conflict zones, and tensions within microbiological citizenship. It also challenges any notion of a clear cut difference between the probiotic and antibiotic regimes, and allows for a more nuanced study of their overlaps and the messy spaces between.
The project team includes Tereza Stöckelová, Kateřina Kolářová and Lukáš Senft.
In 2022, the team set up, together with Jan Gojda (3rd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University), the Multidisciplinary Platform for the Study of Metabolism and Nutrition in Social and Ecological Contexts.
Publikace vydané v rámci projektu (celkem 5, zobrazeno 1 - 5)
Kapitola sociologicky analyzuje případ výzkumné a zároveň komerční iniciativy společnosti ZOE, která představuje globální avantgardu lékařsko-mikrobiomového výzkumu v oblasti personalizované medicíny a výživy.
Drawing upon ethnographic research on human living and producing with fungi, and Haraway’s theorization of sympoiesis and the model ecosystems of mycorrhizae developed in current mycological research, we offer a concept of sympoietic growth.
This article offers insights into eating practices, conceptualising and making of ‘good’ food by people living with chronic disease. Based on ethnographic research focussing on people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and undefined IBD) in the Czech Republic, we explore what it would mean to conceptualise disability from the non-normative gut.
Objectives: The growing popularity of diets that restrict the consumption of animal-based foods is an important new challenge for the public healthcare system in Czechia. While the environmental and health-related benefits of plant-based diets are widely discussed in the media, people who follow these diets may lack professional support in terms of nutritional advice and even access to healthcare.