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Call for Papers: Digital (mental) health? On new orientation of diagnosis, treatment, and self-help through the use of digital media

Call for Papers: Digital (mental) health? On new orientation of diagnosis,
treatment, and self-help through the use of digital media



Workshop of the collaborative research project Automated modelling of
hermeneutic processes The use of annotation in social research and the
humanities for analyses on health (hermA) on the 4th and 5th February 2020
in Hamburg



As the digitalisation of health systems is progressing, an intensive
discussion of the norms and values concerning this process has begun.
Regarding the field of diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, as well as the
storage of the data that is produced in the course of this, new questions
arise. Digital devices are used increasingly in the various processes in the
health system, with which data is collected and stored digitally. As a
result, questions concerning the changing relationship between health care
providers, patients, and the technical infrastructure, as well as regarding
the processing, storing, and analysis of the thus created data emerge. At
the same time, the communication and the manners in which knowledge is
generated in the field of illness and health in the digital sphere change,
as in such cases as consulting Dr. Google, viewing videos on YouTube, or
using apps as a way of treatment or for monitoring your own health.



The workshop aims to differentiate the research area of digital health care
and communication with a focus on mental health. This thematic context
offers links to the methods of the Digital Humanities and the Computational
Social Sciences and their further development within the thematic field of
interest. The workshop will have two core themes:



1. Digital (mental) health care

What kind of data exists and is generated on the institutional, economic,
and personal level within the health care system? How can the structured
analysis of (long-term) data facilitate diagnoses and treatments? How is the
increasing access to big data changing the health care system?

What possibilities do apps offer in the context of treatment, for example in
the area of emotional and mental support? How do these work together with
analogue treatments? In which cases do doctors and health professionals
offer remote treatment, in which are chatbots used, and where are the both
combined? Who designs these formats, and what do the usage and interactions
facilitated by them look like?



2. Digital health communication

What new forms of health communication emerge and persist in the process of
digitalisation? What role do blogs and social media communities play in
health communication? Where can one find professional services online and
how are these used? How are images of mental and physical health conveyed as
a result?



Both perspectives have in common that they are asking after evaluations and
the acceptance of the changing field of health, as well as the appertaining
norms being negotiated. The workshops goal is to examine these perspectives
in an interdisciplinary context and bring them together productively in
order to work together to develop them further. Because of this, we
explicitly welcome conceptual or theoretical contributions that are still at
an early stage of development. Subsequent to the workshop, a further
collaboration of the participants is aimed for.



Please send your abstract for a paper of 20 minutes to
lina.franken@uni-hamburg.de until the 30th of November 2019. The abstract
should be 1-2 pages including references. Please also enclose a short
biographical note. A reimbursement of travel expenses is possible.



Organisation and planning: Lina Franken, Gertraud Koch, Heike Zinsmeister





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Dr. Lina Franken

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Universitt Hamburg

Institut fr Volkskunde/Kulturanthropologie



Forschungsverbund Automatisierte Modellierung hermeneutischer Prozesse
(hermA)



Grindelallee 46

20146 Hamburg



Tel.: +49 40 42838-9943

E-Mail: lina.franken@uni-hamburg.de



https://www.herma.uni-hamburg.de/
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