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Message posted on 02/03/2019

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

Dear all,
We are pleased to announce that the deadline for submissions for the 
1st International SD Conference have been extended to March 10, 2019!

Maker and Self-tracking cultures
across democratization learning processes

Deadline for abstract submission: March 10, 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 conference:

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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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