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Living Through The Quantified Body: Reconfiguring relations of the political, cultural and material in app-based health

Today many aspects of our lives are connected to, re-configured, realized and controlled in relation to digital mobile technologies and social media. Health and disease, performance, body, lifestyle, economy, political activism, to name some, are increasingly intertwined with or even based on different sorts of digital mobile applications. These technologies provide us with numbers; mean values, percentages, highs and lows etc, to help us understand how to take control over our lives and bodies. Today tens of tousands of applications are developed to learn and motivate us to be healthy and responsible beings. There are several question that needs answers in conjunction with this technology driven health movement. When the border between information and body is blurred, what implication does this have for our concept of health? With the constant development of new apps, what are the implications for spaces and places for evaluating, regulating and performing health? The purpose of this initiative is to develop and consolidate a network of researchers and museum curators with an interest in the study of the political, cultural and material implications of mobile technologies for quantifying the body and the mind. The work will result in a coordinated research application including members from three multidisciplinary research and curatorial environments: The University of Gothenburg  Learning and Media Technology Studio (Letstudio), Art History and Visual Studies, Ethnology and Political Science all at Lund University and Medical Museion at the University of Copenhagen

The project is supported by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (Dnr F13-1483:1)

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For more information contact: Dick Kasperowski, Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg. E-mail

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