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Symposium Announcement: Health Technologies in Practice: Between the home and the clinic, 19-20 June 2019, Sheffield, UK.

Health Technologies in Practice: Between the home and the clinic. Time and

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, UK.

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 once 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
spaces, places and relationships involved, our interactions with different
objects, devices and health professionals, and the production, distribution
and control of knowledge and responsibility for health. We might also ask
how we come to understand self-monitoring, and the different methods for
approaching this from a social science perspective.

This symposium is part of a Leverhulme Trust Funded Research Project on
‘Knowledge, Care and the Practices of Self-Monitoring’. The project
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
very different methodologies. The symposium brings together an
interdisciplinary group of researchers, with interests in Science and
Technology Studies, medical sociology, anthropology, disability studies,
media studies and cultural studies.
Speakers include:

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

Dorthe Brogård Kristensen, University of Southern Denmark
Self tracking, data 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 & Ros Williams, University of Sheffield
Partial data and curation: the everyday data practices of self-monitoring

Catherine Will & Flis Henwood, Universities of Sussex and Brighton
Relating with data: stories of self-monitoring with care
Kate Weiner, University of Sheffield
Jacob Andrews, University of Sheffield
Catherine Will, University of Sussex
Flis Henwood, University of Brighton

For further information and to register:

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
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