Circulations of Knowledges in Digital Medical Applications
The new working alliances raise questions about how knowledge is created, translated, passed on, and create new relationships of dependency.
Please find our CfP “Circulations of Knowledges in Digital Medical Applications”/fSTS (for STS-hub.de 2023) attached. STS-hub.de takes place on March 15th-17th 2023 at Human Technology Center Aachen
Deadline for abstracts is October 16th 2022.
In medicine what is considered as knowledge is especially contested because the field greatly influences knowledge in other fields and other fields also influence how and which knowledge is constructed in medicine. We see this in archives of standardized knowledge that get circulated a lot also in other disciplines, such as brain atlases, anatomy books and the like (conceptualized by Susan L. Star as boundary objects). With new technologies and new digital applications also new disciplines and stakeholders get involved and claim their say. E.g., (bio)medical applications based on artificial intelligence are being developed by teams of medical and technical experts, ethicists, legal advisors, and others, such as it is intended in the ELSI (ethical legal sociological implications) framework mandatory for BMBF projects. The new working alliances raise questions about how knowledge is created, translated, passed on, and create new relationships of dependency. Feminist STS has a long tradition in criticizing (hegemonial) knowledge and analyses how knowledge is formed (or constructed), who is involved with which power and which consequences result thereof. By providing important analytical tools to ask about the production of knowledge and its effects, feminist STS makes an important critical contribution.
This panel aims to discuss the circulation of knowledge in/with/and through digital medical applications from a feminist STS view. Examples could be the analysis of:
- circulations of knowledge in empirical studies on inter-/and transdisciplinary development and application of such devices;
- (shifting) power hierarchies through the circulation of knowledge in medical applications;
- social inequality through different access to digital applications;
- the role of interdisciplinary work in the development and implementation of digital medical applications
- the consequences for users and the importance of users in the development of digital devices
- suitable methodological frameworks for the analysis of these circulations in medical applications; and others.
SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACT
Please send your English abstract (300 – 500 words) and a short biographical note including, name, affiliation and ORCID number (if available) until October 16th 2022 to all two panel organizers: Renate Baumgartner, Center of Gender and Diversity Research at the University of Tübingen, firstname.lastname@example.org AND Tamara Schwertel, Institute for History, Theory and Ethics of Medicine at the University Medical Center Mainz, email@example.com
Work and Disability/Chronicity at DGSKA
This panel is focused on how people navigate disabling, debilitating and/or are enabling experiences in and through work, and how these experiences are shaped by the social localities from which they emerge.
We are organizing a panel on work and disability/chronicity at next year’s DGSKA (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie) conference in Munich (25–28 July 2023). We hope to create a platform for scholars interested in how people’s being at/in work relate to experiences of disability and chronicity, in particular in (but not restricted to) contexts of the Global South. Your contributions to the panel will hopefully lead to a special issue that taps into this (neglected) field.
Submissions (max. 200 words) should go to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Call for Paper runs until 15 December 2022. Please consider submitting an abstract and circulate widely.
Being in/ at Work: Repositioning Knowledge about Work, Disability, Chronicity (Workshop)
Disability and chronicity are terms that seek to capture biosocial experiences that intersect with, and affect, how people engage in work, labor or employment. This panel is focused on how people navigate disabling, debilitating and/or are enabling experiences in and through work, and how these experiences are shaped by the social localities from which they emerge. We place emphasis on how work becomes significant for people whose bodily conditions or appearances are produced as ‘other’ in respective societies, or who experience pain or chronic illness that delimit (but maybe also reshape or expand) their possibilities to contribute to communities and other social arrangements. Departing from the focus on work-related exclusion put forward in previous inquiries in anthropology and related disciplines, we attend to positive relations between occupational identities and work embodiments on the one hand, and experiences of disability and chronicity on the other. Exploring new angles on the interplay between ‘being disabled’ and ‘being in/at work’, we ask whether and how work ‘works’ as a form to abandon or to problematize constructions of disability. The workshop will bring together scholars who address one or more of the following concerns:
Co-Constitution: How are forms of disability and/or chronicity defined in connection to notions and ideas of work? And vice versa, how do disability and chronicity shape extant forms of labor?
Meaning-Making: How do people with disability and/or chronic conditions in different localities around the globe perform and talk about their work?
Critique: How can embedded understandings of disability, chronicity and work be brought to estrange the workings of administrative procedures, ideologies and political arrangements?
Reflection and Auto-Ethnography: To what degree is the labor of anthropologists shaped by ableist conceptions? Which potential does disability hold to explore exclusionary dimensions of anthropological work?