PANEL – Dis/entangling living bodies and medical technologies in the post-genomic era: Health and wellbeing at the nexus between vulnerabilities, responsibility and solidarity

18.06.2020 - 20.06.2020
University of Trieste, -, -, Italy.


Dear colleagues,

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: 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 <>

Best wishes,

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

Research Fellow at PaSTIS
Padova Science, Technology & Innovation Studies (University of Padova)