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P087


Critical and/or creative approaches to bodily data and the management of health risks 
Convenors:
Myriam Durocher (University of Amsterdam)
Samuel Thulin (Concordia University)
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Format:
Combined Format Open Panel

Short Abstract:

We are interested in contributions that explore the links between bodily data and health, from critical and/or creative perspectives. We approach data largely in terms of meaning produced in the context of bodily testing or material sampling (e.g., blood tests, tissue sampling, urine analysis, etc).

Long Abstract:

As concern grows all over the world around widespread health issues, many of which are framed as noncommunicable diseases, data are positioned as key in the management of health risks. While many of these “noncommunicable” diseases are addressed by health authorities via a lifestyle approach centred on data monitoring, some of these conditions are either undocumented/little monitored, or left under-researched in terms of disease causation pathways, revealing how not all bodies and health issues are taken care of equally (e.g., cases of environmental racism, gender-, sex-, or race-based bias in science, etc.).

We are interested in contributions that explore the links between bodily data and health, from critical and/or creative perspectives. We approach data largely in terms of meaning produced in the context of bodily testing or material sampling (e.g., blood tests, tissue sampling, urine analysis, etc.).

Questions we are interested in exploring include (but are not limited to):

- What kind of health is framed or excluded by these data?

- Whose body/what kind of body is of concern/is absent?

- What is “data” in contexts of health and bodily testing?

- How can we use insights from feminist and Indigenous STS researchers and artists to rethink/disrupt/reclaim data production, mobilization, and meaning-making?

- How are data made to speak of bodies’ materialities, of boundaries and/or links with environments?

- How can creative approaches to data production, mobilization and (re)mediation help disrupt the taken-for-grantedness of data and ideas of objectivity?

- How can creative approaches to data offer a critical take on power as it relates to data?

- Ethical questions surrounding testing/sampling/analyzing bodily matters in the context of health risk prevention or control are also welcome.

We welcome ideas of workshops on the general theme of working with/re-rerouting data and their meanings with regards to bodies and/or health.

Accepted contributions:

Session 1
Session 2