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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Antibacterial Clay Therapy - Workshop: Sociology of AMR

14th November 2019, 10:00 to 16:00, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study

Antimicrobial resistance is a global concern requiring innovative and lateral approaches to combat the threat to human health. New antimicrobial agents and materials are urgently needed to tackle increasingly drug resistant pathogens. For centuries, clay minerals have been employed in traditional medicine, either topically or by ingestion. Recent studies have verified that clays do possess unique antibacterial properties that offer considerable health benefits. The approach to this project aims to merge empirical studies on the constituents and antibacterial properties of therapeutic clays, while also considering political, social and cultural contexts that may inform future medical applications.


On Thursday 14th November (10am-4pm), a Social Theory and AMR workshop will be hosted to bring together social science and humanities colleagues with an interest in AMR. The workshop will explore how social scientists and humanities scholars have used social theory to make sense of AMR to date, and what the future of theorising AMR might be. The workshop is designed to be informal and conversational and colleagues from across disciplines are welcomed to attend and join the day-long workshop.

The convenors of this project, Dr Kim Jamie and Dr Gary Sharples are delighted to confirm the following speakers:

Any colleague who wishes to participate can sign up at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/social-theory-and-amr-tickets-74103901765?utm_term=eventurl_text

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Kimberly Jamie: kimberly.jamie@durham.ac.uk


Directions to the Institute of Advanced Study

MapThe IAS is denoted as building No.21


Contact kimberly.jamie@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.