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Symposium reminder: Health Technologies in Practice: Between the home and the clinic

                Health Technologies in Practice: Between the home and the clinic

Time and venue: From 12:30pm on Wed 19th June 2019 to 1:30pm Thurs 20th
June 2019
At: St Mary’s Church, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4QZ

Symposium Description
There has been an explosion in markets for digital and wearable
technologies such as Fitbit and health apps. At the same time, and to some
extent prefiguring this, there has been a growth in consumer markets for
what might be thought of as more clinically orientated self-monitoring
devices. Products that were seen as the preserve of clinicians, such as
blood pressure, heart rate, blood glucose or blood oxygen monitors, are now
widely available to buy. It is claimed that self-monitoring could transform
healthcare, promoting self-care, improving health and saving costs. The
provenance of such claims can be traced through previous innovations such
as ehealth, telecare and telehealth. Yet, as with previous innovations,
self-monitoring raises important questions about the distribution of
responsibilities for health and care, the spaces and relationships
involved, the role of health professionals and commercial actors, and the
production, distribution and control of knowledge. We might also ask how we
come to understand self-monitoring, and the different methods for
approaching this from a social science perspective.

The symposium is part of a Leverhulme Trust Funded Research Project on
‘Knowledge, Care and the Practices of Self-Monitoring’. Focusing on
technologies in practice, the project aimed to understand how and why
people self-monitor and to consider how this relates to knowledge,
expertise and care. Presentations at the symposium will relate to
self-monitoring and other everyday health technologies to consider ‘health
technologies in practice’ from different perspectives and very different
methodologies. The symposium brings together an interdisciplinary group of
researchers, with interests in STS, medical sociology, anthropology,
disability studies, media studies and cultural studies.

Speakers :

Btihaj Ajana, Kings College London
Sharing and its discontents in the quantified self culture

Dorthe Brogård Kristensen, University of Southern Denmark
Optimization and the imaginary of metrics

Fiona Stevenson, University College London
Raising, discussing and using the internet in GP consultations

Janice McLaughlin, University of Newcastle
The home and everyday life as a site of embodied self-monitoring

Minna Ruckenstein, University of Helsinki
Seeking medicinal agencies: antidepressants and life effects

Kate Weiner, University of Sheffield
Partial data and curation: the everyday data practices of self-monitoring

Catherine Will & Flis Henwood, Universities of Sussex and Brighton
Monitoring with care? Exploring the role of family (and friends) in the
practices of self monitoring

Ros Williams & Jacob Andrews, University of Sheffield
After the interview: adventures in methods

Full programme details:

Further information and to register:

Kate Weiner,* University of Sheffield*
Jacob Andrews, *University of Sheffield*
Catherine Will, *University of Sussex*
Flis Henwood, *University of Brighton*

Tracking ourselves? Research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust:

Kate Weiner | Senior Lecturer in Sociology | Room LG22 | Department of
Sociological Studies | Elmfield | Northumberland Road | Sheffield | S10 2TU
| 0114 2226491

Post-graduate admissions and marketing tutor

Tracking ourselves? Research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust

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Self-monitoring for health: questions for an emerging field

Thinking with care infrastructures: people, devices and the home in home
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Racialised prescribing: enacting race/ethnicity in clinical practice
guidelines and in accounts of clinical practice
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