Micro Worlds is a speculative workshop, bringing together scholars from diverse disciplines to explore the multiple ways in which museums and their collections can function as sites to better understand our relationship with microbial worlds. What if, we want to ask, we were to think about museum collections not just as cultural or artistic objects, but also as equivalent to microbiological labs or as spaces for the cultivation of small beings?  Can a focus on the microbial lives that inhabit these artefacts, give us a better understanding of the interaction between humans and non-humans. We will speculate on the use of objects in museum collections as “catalysts” for different ways of relating with microbes, or more generally small beings.

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