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[Extension deadline] Call for abstracts - Social learning and technoscience from below: uses of digital devices and knowledge construction - 7th STS Italia Conference 2018

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7th STS Italia Conference

JUNE 14-16, 2018 – University of Padova



Social learning and technoscience from below: uses of digital devices
and knowledge construction

Deadline for abstract submission: February 15, 2018


Mariacristina Sciannamblo, - Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute,

Assunta Viteritti, Sapienza - University of

Letizia Zampino, Sapienza - University of Rome,

The track aims to explore the forms of technoscientific learning and
co-construction within datafication processes, namely the production and
transformation of aspects of social and private life into data through
the uses of digital monitoring technologies. Such uses create forms of
engagement and participation that entail reconfigurations between formal
and informal, expert and non-expert knowledges, distributed between
human and non-human actors. These devices enable and suggest different
uses and, therefore, they produce information aggregate made up of big
data and metadata, which populate virtual database in the digital data
economy. The range and variety of these technologies (digital
application, wearable technologies, sensors, nanotechnologies) enable
the recording and collection of data, thus the self-tracking and
processing of experiences in many spheres: health, fitness, reproductive
and sexual activity, education, social politics, organizations,
institutions, environmental health, urban and domestic life, social
wellbeing. The aim of this track is to investigate such issues through
empirical and theoretical contributions which shed light not only on the
ways whereby tracking and self-tracking digital devices are designed and
developed through the assemblage of different scientific knowledges, but
also on how different uses from below engender a reconfiguration of
knowledge and expertise.
Topics of interest for this track include, but are not limited to:

• the production of digital data for personal use through digital
devices as a practice of formal and informal learning;

• personal data management, control and privacy;

• the relationship and reconfiguration between the uses inscribed or
suggested in the design of digital objects and the actual uses;

• processes of reappropriation from below of the knowledge inscribed in
the devices by user and activist networks;

• reproduction, negotiation and reconfiguration of practices, beliefs
and values related to gender relations and body through the use of
personal digital devices.



Abstracts should be submitted by February 15, 2018 to the conference
email address: and to the emails of
convenors' selected track.

Submission should include:
1. Author’s name and surname, institution and email address
2. Title
3. Abstract’s text (no more than 300 words)

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