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Workshop "Patients' Changing Agency in the Tension of digital and non-digital Health Communication", 4th/5th of February in Hamburg

Patients Changing Agency in the Tension of digital and non-digital Health

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)

4th & 5th February 2020, University of Hamburg, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1 West,
Room 221

As the digitalisation of health systems is progressing, digital and
non-digital health communication are increasingly challenged, new
possibilities as well as pitfalls especially for patients arise. Digital
devices and infrastructures are built increasingly for the various processes
within the health system. Communication and the manners in which knowledge
is generated in the field of illness and health in the digital sphere change
as well as concepts of privacy and anonymity. An intensive discussion of the
appertaining norms and values has begun in this context. Therefore,
questions concerning the changing relationship between patients, health care
providers, and the technical infrastructure emerge. Regarding diagnosis and
treatment of illnesses, patients changing agency as their processual
capacity to act and to decide on their health is becoming an important
angle. A special focus lies on mental health care and the area of emotional
and mental support.

The workshop aims to differentiate the research area of digital and
non-digital health communication with a focus on patients changing agency,
asking after evaluations of the changing field of health. The workshop
therefore examines these perspectives in an interdisciplinary context and
brings them together focussing on the discussion of emerging phenomena and
research questions.


Tuesday, 4th of February

13:00 Welcome and Introduction

13:30-15:30 Representations of Health Communication

What kind of new health communication emerge and what existing forms
persist? What role do changing agencies play here? How are they represented
within the tension of digital and non-digital settings?

Preferences for online E-mental Health interventions in Germany: a Discrete
Choice Experiment
Elena Phillips, Hamburg Centre for Health Economics, University of Hamburg

Challenges for Internet Users as Health Agents in their own Affairs
Claudia Lampert and Maia Abaiadze, Leibniz Institute for Media Research |
Hans Bredow Institute Hamburg

Mental-E-Healthy: Digital mental Health Care in India
Claudia Lang, Institute for Anthropology, University of Leipzig

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-18:00 Expertise, Public and Privacy within Health Communication

Where is agency for health expertise generated and what publics are emerging
within health communication? What changes of privacy and anonymity have
evolved or are in the making?

Stigmatized. Intruded. Disempowered? Do-It-Yourself Therapy Groups in
Paula Helm, Goethe University Frankfurt a.M. / Fernuniversitt in Hagen

Critical digital Research on medicinal Cannabis Discussions: Preliminary
Findings and Considerations
Katrine Meldgaard Kjr and Per Mldrup-Dalum, IT University of Copenhagen /
Royal Danish Library

Self-Cutting, digital-material Bodies, material-virtual Worlds
Annie Inman, Department of Anthropology, University of Sussex

18:00 Wrap Up of Day One

19:00 Dinner and informal Get-Together (at an external restaurant,

Wednesday, 5th of February

9:00-11:00 Platforms of Health Communication

Which platforms are of relevance for health communication and what kind of
agencies arise in this context? How are apps developed in this context and
what are they used for? What role do blogs and social media communities

#WeAreNotWaiting - Hacking Health as a matter of care
Lisa Wiedemann, Sociology with special Focus on Microsociology, Helmut
Schmidt University Hamburg

Situating Expertise in the Diagnosis of Autism: Parallel Lay and
Professional Expertise in a Time of Diagnostic Splitting
Jamie Steele, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, Troy/New York

Mental Health Chatbots for Delivering Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Kerstin Denecke, Nicole Schmid and Stephan Nssli, Bern University of
Applied Sciences / Suchtfachklinik Zrich

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-13:30 Knowledge Transfers within Health Communication

Where and how is knowledge produced and transferred within health
communication? Who are the agents of what kind of knowledge? What are the
differences between digital and non-digital in this regard?

Talking about lived Experience in bipolar Disorder: a corpus linguistic
Analysis of Social Media Posts
Glorianna Jagfeld, Steven Jones, Fiona Lobban and Paul Rayson, Spectrum
Centre for Mental Health Research / School of Communication and Computing,
Lancaster University

What we can learn about People struggling with Anxiety from Social Media?
Leyla Dewitz and Judith Ackermann, Digital Media in Social Work, University
of Applied Sciences Potsdam

How much Information is in clinical Texts? An Annotation Study of German
clinical Text
Christina Lohr, Jena University Language & Information Engineering Lab,
Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

13:30 Wrap Up of the Workshop

14:00 End of the Workshop

Participation within the workshop is free of charge, but registration is
needed. Please register via contacting Lina Franken
( ) no later
than January 31st.

Workshop organisation and planning: Lina Franken, Gertraud Koch, Heike


Dr. Lina Franken

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Universitt Hamburg

Institut fr Volkskunde/Kulturanthropologie

Forschungsverbund Automatisierte Modellierung hermeneutischer Prozesse

Grindelallee 46

20146 Hamburg

Tel.: +49 40 42838-9943

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