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Call for Abstracts - 1st International SD Conference - TRACK F.2. Maker and Self-tracking cultures across democratization learning processes

                TRACK F.2. 

Maker and Self-tracking cultures 
across democratization learning processes 

Deadline for abstract submission: February 28, 2019
Please find attached the call.

Emanuele Toscano (University G. Marconi, e.toscano@unimarconi. it)
Assunta Viteritti (University of Rome “La Sapienza”,
Letizia Zampino (University of Rome “La Sapienza”, 

Technology, Community, Self-trackers, Quantified Self movement, Democracy. 

The development of digital technologies is raising new ways of
participatory democracy and knowledge production from below. Digitization
process is producing several community practicers - developers, users, makers
- with different competences and knowledges. It’s important put attention
on digital cultures in order to investigate, from one hand, subjectification
forms in the daily uses of Apps, wearable technologies, sensors etc., and,
from the other hand, the development of DIY (do it yourself) culture, based
on disintermediation, sharing, other’s recognition, mutual sustain and
help. The aim of this track is to investigate such issues through empirical
and theoretical contributions regarding phenomena like the Makers movement
and the Quantified Self movement (QSm), that could embed post
democratic regressive forms. Particularly, makers movement and the local
Fabrication Laboratories (FabLabs) are encouraging the creation of learning
spaces in which there is a strong focus on learning-through-doing. Indeed,
the simplification of assembling and programming processes allow making and
tinkering practices to be easily accessible to a wider public with always
less costs, contributing in the spreading of democratizing and design
processes, but also in the sharing, reusing, debating cultures. On the other
hand, the daily uses of digital  technologies facilitate the creation of new
forms of self-knowledge through numerical data. Therefore, everyday practices
and activities - calories, heart rates, mood shifts, steps, sleep hours,
reproductive health, chronic disease, as well as quality of air, state of
traffic, and so - are transformed through these devices into data, developing
statistical analyses and graphical representations. The QSm connects
self-trackers that tinker with objects like smartphones, apps, wearable
technology. Today, digital devices are protagonist in every field of social
life with the emerge of different forms of embodiment and knowledges. For
these reasons, topics of interest for this track include, but are not
limited to, the analysis of individual and collective practices that enact
democratization processes from below in the knowledge co-construction. 

Abstracts submission
Authors submit proposals using the abstract-template form available on line
both at: 
• Submission platform 
• Info on the
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Please feel free to circulate this announcement widely.​


Letizia Zampino

Visiting PhD  Researcher 
Department of People and Organisation - SBM
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Queen Mary, University of London
327 Mile End Road
London E1 4NS
PhD Reseacher in Applied Social Sciences
University of Rome «La Sapienza» – Department of Social Sciences and
Via Salaria 113, 00198, Rome (Italy)

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