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The technopolitics of (health)care: transforming care in more-than-human worlds 
Kiran Pienaar (Deakin University)
Adrian Farrugia
Fay Dennis (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Michael Savic
Renae Fomiatti (Deakin University)
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Kiran Pienaar (Deakin University)
Renae Fomiatti (Deakin University)
Fay Dennis (Goldsmiths, University of London)
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Short Abstract:

From the vital forms of care enabled by overdose reversal drugs to the use of AI-driven chatbots in online counselling, care and technology are entangled. This panel explores care as a technopolitical enterprise with implications for the future of healthcare and the changing contours of the human.

Long Abstract:

The practice of care has never been an exclusively human endeavour. From the vital forms of care enabled by overdose reversal drugs to the use of chatbots in online counselling, care and technology are enmeshed. New reproductive technologies have expanded possibilities for care and kinship beyond the heteronormative nuclear family. At the same time healthcare access and mobility are increasingly governed by biometric technologies in the service of surveillance, border politics and carceral regimes. Addressing diverse techno-scientific practices, this panel will explore the possibilities and limits of technology as a site of care. It will draw together biomedical technologies, digital technologies, drugs and other technologies of the self (Foucault 1988) to trace how care is being (re)made through technoscience, broadly conceived. Building on feminist STS scholarship (e.g. Mol et al., 2010; Martin et al., 2015) that has subjected technopolitics to careful scrutiny, it will trace when, where and how techno-utopian promises fail to materialise, and who is excluded from the remit of care.

We welcome contributions exploring how care is made and transformed in concert with contemporary technologies and technical infrastructures. Topics could include:

• Care beyond technosolutionism

• More-than-human forms of care

• Promissory discourses and inequities in care

• Transforming care in pandemic times

• Relations of care and complicity in dominant systems

Keywords: Care studies; Medicine and Healthcare; Feminist STS; Health Technologies; More-than-human Practices; Policy and Practice


Foucault, M. (1988) ‘Technologies of the Self’. Lectures at University of Vermont, Oct. 1982. In Technologies of the Self. University of Massachusetts Press, pp. 16-49.

Martin, A., Myers, N., & Viseu, A. (2015). The politics of care in technoscience. Social Studies of Science, 45(5), 625–641.

Mol, A., Moser, I. & Pols, J. (Eds) (2010). Care in Practice: On Tinkering in Clinics, Homes and Farms. Columbia University Press.

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