PANEL – Dis/entangling living bodies and medical technologies in the post-genomic era: Health and wellbeing at the nexus between vulnerabilities, responsibility and solidarity18.06.2020 - 20.06.2020
University of Trieste, -, -, Italy.
We are pleased to invite you to submit abstract proposals to our panel “Dis/entangling living bodies and medical technologies in the post-genomic era: Health and wellbeing at the nexus between vulnerabilities, responsibility and solidarity ” (TRACK 2) at the 8th STS Italia Conference “Dis/Entangling Technoscience: Vulnerability, Responsibility and Justice”, University of Trieste, Italy, 18-20 June 2020.
Follow this link: https://www.stsitaliaconf2020.com/call-for-abstracts and submit a title, and a short abstract of less than 300 words by February 9th. If you have any questions please email myself at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Stefano Crabu and Federico Neresini
Track: Dis/entangling living bodies and medical technologies in the post-genomic era: Health and wellbeing at the nexus between vulnerabilities, responsibility and solidarity
Convenors: Stefano Crabu (Politecnico di Milano) & Federico Neresini (University of Padova)
Description of the track:
Post-genomic sciences and related technologies of life are considered the cornerstone of contemporary biomedicine: precision medicine, clinical genomics, gene-targeted therapies, direct-to-consumer genetic tests are some of the most relevant developments that are reconfiguring medical practices, and the relations between patients and medical practitioners, as well as the alignment between the normal and the pathological. Hence, even if it has yet to realize its radical potential, post-genomic based medicine is often celebrated by practitioners and policymakers as an instance for a new disruptive paradigm for healthcare, being based on “promissory virtues” such individualized diagnosis, more effective personalized prevention and risk prediction, as well as patient empowerment. Alternatively, these developments are dismissed as an outcome of a medical reductionism in which living bodies, health and wellbeing are increasingly understood in molecular terms, as an objective to accomplish via technical means. Thus, post-genomic era is considered as the climax of the injection of neoliberal architecture to health care. The aim of this track is to integrate science and technology studies (STS), philosophy of science, policy studies, and more in general interdisciplinary studies of health and biomedicine with the aim to challenge these polarized and dichotomous views, by exploring both emerging forms of inequalities, vulnerabilities and novel process of citizens, and patients empowerment within post-genomic landscapes.
We therefore encourage social scientists, STS scholars and biomedical researchers to submit theoretically, empirically, and/or methodologically oriented papers that aim at exploring:
•Vulnerabilities and solidarity: In which ways relevant actors and stakeholders engaged in the field of post-genomics medicine should be actively empowered, thus to prevent and reduce possible discriminations in access to healthcare? Here we invite contributions aimed at exploring issues of privacy, discrimination, and concerns about the potential of post-genomics medicine to exacerbate disparities in healthcare;
•Socio-technical practices of genomics-based technologies: In which ways relations and communication between patients, citizens, and health professionals do change with the introduction of post-genomics innovations? Here we solicit contributions on how diverse groups of patients and citizens integrate post-genomics innovations and new computable health information and biodata into their daily lives and practices. A further question is whether bottom-up citizen’s practices (such as the online-based genetic testing service, or data cooperatives) create tensions, conflicts, or new form of compliance with the practices of healthcare professionals;
•Responsible Innovation in post-genomic era: Here we invite contributions oriented to study how different forms of co-creation and engagement (also from below) of citizens, patients and concerned groups of people can contribute to responsible innovation in post-genomic era. In particular, we welcome investigations on the roles patients associations, fab lab, living lab, makerspace, and other collectives can take in post-genomics innovation processes and knowledge production, as well as the needs, opportunities and effects of citizen involvement in post-genomics sciences
-- Stefano Crabu, Ph.D. Assistant Professor in Sociology (Politecnico di Milano | Dep. of Design) Via Durando, 38A - 20158 Milano Ph. +39 02 2399 7244 | Mob. +39 340 6159556 M@il: email@example.com www.meta.polimi.it -- Research Fellow at PaSTIS Padova Science, Technology & Innovation Studies (University of Padova) http://www.pastis-research.eu/