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Narrating the uncertainty of digitalised health and illness 
Xu Liu (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Matteo Valoncini (Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna)
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Digital lives
Thursday 8 June, -
Time zone: Europe/Prague

Short Abstract:

The pandemic polarised one's uncertain sense of health around the technological and digital transition in health discourse. With a focus on digitalised narrations, we invite scholars to discuss the regeneration and reconstruction of "health" in different landscapes of uncertainties.

Long Abstract:

It seems clear that a paradigm change is close: individuals perceive the uncertainty of war, Covid-19 and thus the economy in more tangible aspects. We are living a crisis of presence - in the word of Ernesto De Martino - where our way of being in the world is no longer taken for granted, the habitus has been affected. Assuming the concept of health as a socially generated cultural construct - considering the Geertzian symbolic dimension and Farmer's social production of illness - in this landscape, the technological transition is certainly affecting habitus and discourses around health. Referring to Nikolas Rose's molecular biopolitics and somatic individuality, digitalised health present how bodies, individuals, medical practitioners, and health authorities are resituated within different uncertainties. Here, how the narrations of health incite or transform one's sense of uncertainty show the tendency of 'flattened' biomedical epistemology and the somatic sense of ourselves. Such narrations work as a lens, reflecting the agencies and the embodiment of biopower from different perspectives. We then invite scholars to discuss how this "health" construct is regenerated and reconstructed in a landscape of uncertainties that includes the digital. For individuals, medical/healthcare professionals, and health authorities/governments, how does the uncertainty of health emerge through the digitalisation process and get embodied in different modes of narration? As different 'stakeholders' in the digitalised domain of health and illness, how does each side perceive the changing uncertainties and, potentially, utilise such uncertainties in their different positions of producing biomedical knowledge?

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Session 1 Thursday 8 June, 2023, -