Accepted Paper:

Alternative actors and their relevance for emergency warning systems   


Mariana Gavris (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
Swen Seebach (UAB (Autonomous University Barcelona))
Pedro Torrejón Cano (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona )
Francisco Tirado (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Paper short abstract:

The paper propose to debate on the performance by other means of alternative actors during an emergency crisis; focusing on the warning system's, on the moment before design proposal and on uses given to content (incl. visual) on virtual platforms through co-design in (open)knowledge proposals.

Paper long abstract:

The 2009 A(H1N1)pandemic event marks a turning point in the design on the emergence proposals, especially on global health. We propose the debate on alternative actors as mediators with capacity to perform as vectors in the creation of other possible futures (besides projected futurist scenarios plans).

From a deleuzian vision, we propose to see the virtual platforms as condition of possibility that permit and facilitate not only the translation of the knowledge movement (inform), but furthermore performing as active tool for (it's) transformation (use) of the emergency health information. Checking that on digital world, skilled actors can visualize and perform on the background articulations of the emergency knowledge design.

The sensation of being part of this global apparatus, it is considered "as advantage in terms of information and communication access". Whereas in global health security and surveillance, "global" seen as a sum up a space of interconnections potentially global, but that depend on performance with local conditions of possibility of actors involved and the use they give to knowledge (Latour1999, Blouin Genest, G.2015).

We propose debate on escape lines on development of the science as politics by other means (Latour,1993) to discuss on scenarios design, ethics in technoscience and critical global health. Also, on alternative performance of data use after events.

Based on focus group result working with different actors, we see that multitude (Hardt&Negri, 2004) could propose escape lines to attune knowledge and technologies to possible (diseased) bodies and scales involved.

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