CSSM, the Centre for the Social Study of Microbes at the University of Helsinki, is a hub for social scientists and artists conducting research on human-microbial relations. We aim to develop theory and methods to better make sense of the complex relations between humans, nonhumans, microbes, and their environments. We now invite applications from researchers, groups, or collectives to join this network and organise theory production seminars external to the University of Helsinki!
The CSSM seminar grant is a competitive grant call to organise a 2-3 day seminar on a theme and at a location proposed by an applicant external to the CSSM. The objective is to maximise the opportunities for networking among social scientists as well as other possible relevant groups, such as artists, conducting research on human-microbial relations at the applicant’s host institution (or nearby). Similar to what we do in the CSSM, the seminar should aim to develop theory and methods to better make sense of the complex relations between humans, nonhumans, microbes, and their environments.
Vision, innovation, and creativity will be key factors in selecting recipients for this grant, as will be the potential of the seminar to support/develop collaborative networks beyond the applicant group and CSSM. Applicants from the Global South and members of minorities are especially welcome to apply.
Successful application will require institutional affiliation in order to process the payment of the grant. The seminar should take place between March and December 2024.
Please submit your application, between 2-5 pages, to firstname.lastname@example.org by 17th of December 2023. Your application should at least include:
- Theme and rationale of your seminar
- How would your activities during the seminar be specifically generative for the development of theory and methods of the social study of microbes?
- Innovation and creativity of your vision
- How will you report back from the seminar in a meaningful way? What outcomes would you consider and to which audience?
Administrative aspects should include:
- Time, location, and planned number of participants
- Budget plan (max. €11,000) including a breakdown of costs
- (Possible) previous experience organising event and institutional support
- Networking plan: how do you intend to expand your own network?
- How does the seminar benefit the Global South and/or members of minorities? (if applicable)
We are looking forward to your applications! We will aim to get back to you with our
decision by the end of January 2024.
Please spread the call in your local networks, thank you.