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Making care and home for old people with digital technologies. 
Niels Christian Nickelsen (University of South-eastern Norway)
Antti-Pekka Hämäläinen (University of Jyväskylä)
Hilde Thygesen (University of South-Eastern Norway)
Doris Lydahl (University of Gothenburg)
Kristín Björnsdóttir (University of Iceland)
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Combined Format Open Panel

Short Abstract:

Home as context of care makes a powerful image. Care at home may be a matter of learning to become dependent. We explore how home is made when care enters the homes of old people. This panel contributes to STS by focusing on the specificities of the transformation of care and home.

Long Abstract:

The idea of home as a good place to live one’s life is indeed a powerful image (Healey-Ogden, 2014). This open panel unpacks assumptions like ‘there is no place like home to care for older adults’ (From et al., 2009). Our aim is to challenge the idea of staying at home as a matter of independence and autonomy (Jakobsen & Lind, 2023). Instead, we will explore how home is made when care enters the lives of people as they grow old at home. This issue has already been discussed in STS. In a recently edited volume, Pasveer, Synnes and Moser (2020) propose to view home as a verb rather than a noun. Home is made. They suggest that growing old with care is about learning to become dependent. Correspondingly, homemaking requires continuous tinkering, relations, and arrangements between various actors such as patients, care providers, relatives, and digital technology - to mention just a few. In this panel, we want to underscore that doing home with care is a material and situated practice that reconfigures homes when various components are introduced. Specifically, we invite presentations that focus on how homemaking is reconfigured when digital technologies are used. The discussion contributes to STS by focusing on the specificities of the transformation of care and home. We invite a combined form open panel focusing on STS sensibility in relation to homemaking and digital technology and thinking about how we can commit ourselves to our research fields and their normativities while continuing to highlight learning flows between STS and its fields. Thus, we are expecting academic paper presentations, while also welcoming experimental formats of knowledge expression, such as dialogue sessions and workshops focused on homemaking and care for old persons.

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