Antimicrobials in Society: An anthropological contribution to the study of AMR

In this Global Health Unpacked seminar co-organized with the Forum for Antimicrobial Resistance (UiO), Prof. Clare Chandler (LSHTM) will discuss how our societies have become reliant on antimicrobials, and the challenges posed by rising antimicrobial resistance.

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Antimicrobial resistance

Concerns about antimicrobial resistance are rising, prompting increasing awareness of the presence of antimicrobials in many areas of life.

Clare Chandler, Professor of Medical Anthropology, LSHTM
Photo credit: LSHTM - Anne Kroeber

In this talk, Clare will draw on her work with the Antimicrobials In Society (AMIS) programme in Uganda and Thailand to illustrate multiple ways in which our societies and economies have become reliant on these substances.

Clare will propose antibiotics as infrastructure, as a way to work with this moment of inversion that antimicrobial resistance offers whereby medicines and their residues are rendered visible and their presence is exposed for action. She will consider, then, how imperatives for the restriction and rationing of antimicrobials are enacted in practice and what the consequences are for care.

About Clare Chandler

Clare Chandler is Professor in Medical Anthropology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Director of the LSHTM Antimicrobial Resistance Centre.


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On the seminar series "Global Health Unpacked"

“Global Health Unpacked” is a seminar series that aims to bring together the global health community on a regular basis to critically discuss key debates in Global Health in informal and interactive seminars. Guest speakers (both from the University of Oslo and from other universities) will bring an original perspective to the topic and engage in a conversation with the audience.

With this forum, we also hope to facilitate exchanges and collaborations between global health researchers and students present in Oslo and foster interdisciplinary research. “Global Health Unpacked” is jointly organized by the research group Power and Politics of Global Health, Centre for Development and the EnvironmentUiO Centre for Global Health.


Centre for Development and the Environment, UiO Centre for Global Health and Forum for Antimicrobial Resistance, University of Oslo
Published Sep. 30, 2019 11:09 AM - Last modified Oct. 4, 2019 1:06 PM