Symposium: Health Technologies in Practice: Between the home and the clinic

19 June @ 12:30 pm - 5:15 pm, St Mary's Church, Bramall Lane, S10 2TU, Sheffield, S2 4QZ

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.

The symposium is part of a Leverhulme Trust Funded Research Project on ‘Knowledge, Care and the Practices of Self-Monitoring’. Focusing on health technologies in practice, the project aimed to understand how and why people self-monitor and to consider how this relates to knowledge, expertise and care.

Attend the 2-day event to hear about self-monitoring and other everyday health technologies to consider ‘health technologies in practice’ from different perspectives and very different methodologies. The symposium brings together an interdisciplinary group of researchers, with interests in STS, medical sociology, anthropology, disability studies, media studies and cultural studies.

Lunch will be provided on both days of the symposium. There is likely a chance for everyone to go out for a dinner on the 19th June, so please register your interest.

For full programme, please visit symposium webpage.

Speakers include:
  • Btihaj Ajana, Kings College London : Sharing and its Discontents in the Quantified Self Culture
  • Dorthe Brogård Kristensen, University of Southern Denmark: Optimization 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, University of Sheffield: Partial Data and Curation: The everyday data practices of self-monitoring
  • Catherine Will & Flis Henwood, Universities of Sussex and Brighton: Monitoring With Care? Exploring the role of family (and friends) in the practices of self monitoring
  • Ros Williams & Jacob Andrews, University of Sheffield: After the Interview: Adventures in methods

The symposium is organised by organisers from University of Sheffield, University of Sussex and University of Brighton; and funded by a Research Grant from the Leverhulme Trust.

There is no charge to attend, however registration is essential to reserve your place.