Digital Health/Digital Capitalism on 4th July 2016 at Leeds Beckett University

Digital Health/Digital Capitalism on 4th July 2016 at Leeds Beckett University. Tickets are £20 and can be purchased here:

Details are below. Please contact Chris Till c.till@leedsbeckett for more info.

Plenary speakers
Nick Fox – Professor of Sociology, The University of Sheffield
‘The micropolitical economy of posthuman health’
Graham Scambler – Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University College London
‘Digital sociology or sociology of the digital? A case study on health.’

Digital technologies have had a profound impact on the ways in which people live their lives, relate to one another and think about themselves and their capacities. This event will bring together scholars who are interested in the impacts of the digital on ideas and practices of health and the workings of capitalist economies and how the two come together.
The generation and management of vast amounts of health data has been enabled through digital means. In particular this has enabled fine grained analysis of particular types and groups of people in relation to a diversity of factors. Private and profit making enterprises have become increasingly involved with personal health data through partnerships with health services and the generation of new kinds of data through commercial devices apps and websites.
Digital capitalism has produced new approaches to work and profit generation. Human bodies are now intensively digitised due to the (self) tracking and monitoring conducted by commercial enterprises. New digital ways of working have freed some workers from the office while increasing the amount of time and attention they are expected to dedicate to work tasks and the length of time spent sedentary. The productivity and activity levels of some workers are closely monitored leading to increasing physical and psychological stress.

‘Citizen Science in Biomedicine in Midstream’ – Lorenzo Del Savio, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
‘Integrated Care and Collaborative Competition: exploring the limits of digital healthcare’ – Lynne Pettinger, University of Warwick; Ewen Speed, University of Essex; Andrew Goffey, University of Nottingham
‘In what ways does the drive towards digital health increase the potential for a shift from public to private provision?’ – Caroline Molloy openDemocracy
‘Disruptive innovation in digitally-enabled medical research. Research ethics, privacy and power’ – Tamar Sharon, Maastricht University
‘Autonomy, Automation and Care for the Self: Temporalities of Health in Digital Capitalism’ – Dr David Hill, University of Liverpool
‘From knowledge to power? Articulating expectations of patients’ empowerment through access to health records’ – Federica Lucivero, King’s College London
‘Do Algorithms Dream of “Data” Without Bodies?’ – Joseph Savirimuthu, University of Liverpool
‘Sleeping with Cognitive Capitalism’ – Christel De Maeyer, University College Ghent

Categories: Conferences, Digital Sociology


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